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Hering makes pitch for District 9A representative

Alex Hering, DFL vice-chairman for Cass County, expounds on his vision as a candidate for District 9A representative, which includes part of Todd County. (Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch)

For Alex Hering of Pillager, the vice-chair of the Cass County DFL, a keyword is "care" — health care, elderly care, home care and daycare, or caring for the environment and caring for one's neighbor.

Care, in the sense of being valued and supported by one's community, is starting to diminish in Minnesota communities, Hering said. That's a central reason why he's running to be representative of District 9A (an area covering almost all of Wadena and Todd counties, as well as the southern portion of Cass County) in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

"Who's taking care of who? Are we being represented by a government that wants to help people or help corporations or lenders or outside big interests?" Hering said. "It comes down to who your neighbors are and are they OK? Looking after each other doesn't seem like a priority lately."

Hering, 50, a general contractor and the owner of Cygnet Mina Inc. Building Services, came to the area in 1996, though he's originally from the Twin Cities. He studied at Minnetonka High School, then went on to the Minnesota Technical and Community College, where he graduated in 1989. He married his wife, Jill, in 1990 and shares two daughters with her, Nicole and Amber, both in their early twenties. He has one granddaughter.

For virtually all of Hering's professional life he's been a contractor, specializing in care facilities and hospital designs — though he's dabbled as an insurance salesman as well.

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