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Anderson endorsed by GOP in District 12B

State Representative Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, was endorsed March 17 as the Republican candidate for Minnesota House of Representatives in the new District 12B.

This endorsing convention took place in Starbuck along with the conventions for House District 12A and Senate District 12.

Several hundred delegates, alternates and interested individuals attended the day's events.

Bud Heidgerken, Freeport, placed Anderson's name in nomination and Eymard Orth of Melrose seconded the motion. Neil Nelson and Herbert Peterson, both of Glenwood, spoke in favor of Anderson, and the motion to endorse him passed unanimously.

The newly defined House District 12B includes 36 townships and a number of municipalities in Pope, Stearns and Douglas counties. Anderson has represented most of the new district during the past four years.

"I was pleased to be endorsed by the party and I promise to work hard for all the people of 12B if I am elected in November," said Anderson. "I plan to take in as many events as I can and will be traveling throughout the district to meet and visit with the residents."

Anderson is a fourth generation family farmer and a lifetime resident of Pope County. He's a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has been a school board member, township official and a county commissioner prior to his election to the House of Representatives in 2008.

Anderson currently serves on the Minnesota House Education Finance Committee; Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee; and as vice chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Finance Committee.