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Elbow Lake mayor seeks House District 12A

The race for the District 12A House seat is getting crowded.

On Monday, Elbow Lake Mayor Jay McNamar announced that he is seeking the DFL endorsement

He joins two other DFL candidates who are vying for the endorsement - Tamy Reese of Morris and Matthew Fredericks, a student at the University of Minnesota Morris.

One Republican candidate has emerged - Scott Dutcher of Brandon.

They are all vying for a seat that opened after long-time Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, announced that he is seeking the District 12 Senate seat.



McNamar said he is running to preserve the cities, schools and lifestyle in West Central Minnesota. He said he strongly supports the area's farming communities, agribusinesses, industries, small town retail businesses, schools and local governments.

"We need to find a common ground of responsible spending and revenue generation to pull us out of our economic situation," he said. "I firmly feel we must protect our schools and senior population with realistic expectations, common ground, and common sense to keep what we have and get what we need."

McNamar also believes the district needs readily available healthcare facilities, along with high achieving schools to keep the area an outstanding place to live, raise a family and retire.

During his three years as mayor, Elbow Lake has rebuilt the infrastructure of the west side of the city, constructed a large hangar at the airport, built a storm shelter at Tipsinah Mounds campgrounds, created a community garden, constructed a disc golf coarse, and remodeled the Goetzinger room of the community building.

"Our city has been progressive while keeping our levy down," McNamar said. "We have not increased our levy in three years, yet have been able to maintain our services. I'm proud of what the city employees and council have been able to accomplish. When people work together, good things will occur."

McNamar and his wife, Robin, have lived in Elbow Lake for the past 41 years, and were born and raised in western Minnesota. They have two daughters who received their high school education at West Central Area schools in Barrett, as well as getting college degrees from Minnesota state universities.

The McNamars are both retired public school teachers.

"The combination of being a lifetime resident of this area, of being involved in the community, and of being a leader in local government gives me insight to best serve our district," McNamar said.

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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