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Taffe to run in primary in District 12A

Small business owner Nancy Taffe says she will continue campaigning for support leading to Minnesota’s primary election.

Taffe is seeking to become the Republican candidate for the House of Representatives in House District 12A, which includes Big Stone, Grant, Traverse, Stevens and Wilkin counties as well as portions of Douglas and Pope counties. She will be running against Republican-endorsed Jeff Backer of Browns Valley in the primary.

Jay McNamar, DFL-Elbow Lake, is the District 12A incumbent.

Taffe said she’s received overwhelming support since she began her campaign.

“We usually have a choice between a polished politician versus a professional politician and I want to offer voters a new option: a candidate like myself who cares about the future of this community and is not a career politician,” Taffe said.

Taffe cited jobs, education and agriculture as three main areas she will work on at the Legislature if she’s elected.

“We need to cut the unnecessary regulations and taxes that are burdening our small businesses so we can grow our economy, and create incentives for people to want to live and work here,” she said. “We must also ensure that Minnesota continues to be a leader in education.”

Taffe added that parents, teachers, local school boards and administrators should make decisions about children’s education. “The government should not tell us what is best for our kids,” she said.

Taffe said the state also needs to provide support to farmers for the work they do.

She grew up on a farm just south of Chokio. She and husband, Dennis, have three daughters and three grandchildren.

Taffe has owned her own small business in Morris for more than 16 years, is an active member of Assumption Catholic Church, and serves on the Prairie Community Services Board.

The primary election will take place August 12.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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