Aric Putnam Runs for Office a Second Time


Aric Putnam announced on Monday, Nov. 6 that he will be joining the race for the Minnesota District 14A House seat.

Next year’s election will determine the outcome of two CSB/SJU professors, Aric Putnam and Jim Read. Putnam is running for a seat in the Minnesota state legislature representing District 14A, which includes South and Northwest St. Cloud, St. Augusta and Waite Park. Read, on the other hand, is running for the District 6 Minnesota State Legislature seat.

At CSB/SJU, Putnam spends his time teaching classes within the Communication Department, with a primary focus in the history of rhetoric in politics and rhetoric relating to race.

Although being a professor does not specifically give Putnam an advantage in his campaign, he believes his background in rhetoric does.

“A lot of politicians depend on their party for talking points and research. I bring a new independence to the job of legislator because I don’t need that,” Putnam said.

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Putnam Announces Bid for District 14A Seat


A college professor announced Monday he is reviving his bid for the District 14A House seat.

Aric Putnam, a Democrat, is running for the seat now held by Rep. Tama Theis, a Republican who was first elected in 2013. District 14A includes Waite Park, St. Augusta and portions of St. Cloud.

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Stop the Violence Event in St. Cloud


ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) – A lot of people came out to a Stop The Violence event in St. Cloud over the weekend.

The event at South Junior High School was put on by Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota.

“It’s a great event to bring the community together,” said Aric Putnam of Promise Neighborhood.

“We feed folks, they play basketball together, we have tables for different community organizations to talk about the services that they offer.”

He says the event aims to stop violence of all kinds, whether its out in the streets or in the home.

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