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Anderson, Backer, Westrom get party's nod for re-election

State Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, received his party’s endorsement for the Legislature in District 12B on Saturday, April 9.

The four-term Republican, who currently serves as chair of the House Agriculture Policy Committee, was endorsed unanimously at the gathering of delegates in Starbuck.

Addressing the crowd after his endorsement, Anderson explained that the Legislature needs to be careful in how it deals with the state’s projected surplus of $900 million.

“Because it’s one-time money,” he said, “we have to be careful about adding too much permanent spending to the budget. The same is true for tax cuts, as any that are made permanent will have lasting implications on the budget.”

In addition to chairing the ag committee, Anderson also serves on Education Finance, Agriculture Finance, and the Property Tax Division of the Tax Committee.

District 12B includes the western half of Stearns County, the eastern two thirds of Pope County, along with four townships in Douglas County and two precincts in the city of Alexandria.

“It’s an honor to serve the people of 12B,” Anderson added. “There is more work to be done in the Legislature, and I would like to go back to St. Paul next year and continue that work.”

Also endorsed at the same convention were District 12 State Sen. Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake and 12A Rep. Jeff Backer of Browns Valley.

“It is an honor to receive the support of local Republicans and their backing of my continued work protecting agriculture, ensuring our rural schools and nursing homes receive the resources they need, and standing strong for rural values,” Backer said.

At the convention, Backer spoke of his success passing bipartisan legislation to permit rural ambulance services to work jointly on scheduling and provide quicker response to medical emergencies in rural Minnesota, and of his goal to dedicate the state surplus to middle class tax relief and a transportation bill.

Backer is a member of the Agriculture Policy, Health and Human and Services Policy and Health and Human Services Reform Committees as well as a member of the Child Care Task Force.

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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