Herald JournalHerald Journal, Dec. 1, 2003

Kubasch withdraws, Newman gets Republican endorsement

By Ryan Gueningsman

Aaron Kubasch of Winsted withdrew his name as a hopeful for the Republican endorsement at the beginning of Tuesday night's endorsing convention in Hutchinson.

In a moving speech, Kubasch expressed appreciation to former Rep. Tony Kielkucki, and commented that no one will be able to fill his shoes. He also expressed his appreciation to the legislature for balancing the budget without raising taxes.

"We have to be vigilant, engaged, and respondent," Kubasch said. "For example, after Sept. 11, 2001, the churches were full. Everybody was going to church, and working hard to get back to spiritual things."

"Take two years later now, and you've got the Ten Commandments getting ripped out of the public square all over, you've got no prayer in public schools, and you've got God taken out of things," he continued.

"We shouldn't keep turning our back to God, we should turn back to God," he said to applause.

Last Sunday morning, Kubasch couldn't sleep. He said he was pondering his choice to run for state representative, and thought "I can do these things. I can be a legislator, a dad, I can still work. It'll all work out ­ no problem."

"Problem ­ God spoke to me and told me that I have to be there for those kids, so I'm going to withdraw and drop my name from this race," he said. "I've got to do what's right, and I feel that is being there for my kids."

With that, Kubasch left the podium to a standing ovation, and took his seat as one of close to 80 delegates to select the Republican endorsed candidate for the special election.

Later in the evening, Scott Newman, an attorney from Hutchinson, received the delegate vote.

Newman is the vice chairman of the McLeod County Republican executive committee, a member of the Elks Club, and chairman of the World War II Veterans Memorial committee.

Newman's campaign literature describes his top priorities as fiscal responsibility, being a pro-lifer defender, a proponent of back-to-the basics education, and an advocate of the right to keep and bear arms.

Newman will likely face off against Lowell Ueland of Glencoe, who, to date, is the single DFL candidate to step forward showing interest in the race.

The special election will take place Tuesday, Dec. 30. Persons filing must do so by Thursday, Dec. 4 with the secretary of state's office.

The DFL endorsing convention will take place Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Main Street Bar and Grill, 18 Main N. Main, Hutchinson, at 7 p.m.

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