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Howard Lake chief is one of five candidates seeking endorsement
May 10, 2010

By Lynda Jensen
Editor

HOWARD LAKE, MN – For local voters, the election process is kicking into a higher gear, and perhaps taking surprising turns, with five candidates expressing interest in the seat being vacated by Tom Emmer, who is the state representative for District 19B, and a gubernatorial candidate.

The five candidates include:

• Tracy Vetruba of Howard Lake, who is the Howard Lake police chief.

Vetruba is a Christian conservative who pledges to preserve constitutional rights. “We stand up for our constitutional rights and we fight for what we believe,” is listed on his Facebook account. He has a Facebook site, as well as a web site with regular entries to it at http://vetruba.com.

Vetruba attends Delano Evangelical Free Church in Delano.

• Delano Mayor Joe McDonald said late last week that he is “contemplating all aspects of making the decision to seek the endorsement,” and has not decided yet one way or another if he is going to seek the endorsement.

“I’m exploring it,” McDonald said, adding that he is planning to meet with the search committee this week. He said a determining factor for him, as well as would be likely with any candidate, is having full support financially and also from Republican volunteers across the district.

• Jason Meszaros, who is a veteran and book author from the St. Michael-Albertville area is also a candidate. He was recently featured as a speaker by Camp America at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted. His book is called “Interrogation of Morals.”

• Ken Felger, a long-time resident of Rockford Township, is also seeking the Republican endorsement for the House seat.

A conservative, Felger says he will work to “restore the principles of an efficient and limited government enumerated in our Minnesota Constitution.”

• Greg Norris of Montrose, who moved to Minnesota about 10 years ago from California, is the fifth candidate.

The Democrats have already endorsed Chris Brazelton of Delano for the District 19B seat.

District 19 includes all of Wright County except for the following: the cities of Howard Lake, Cokato, and Annandale; and townships of French Lake, Middleville, South Haven, Southside, and Stockholm

State senate and state representatives

This year, all of the state senate and state representative seats are on the fall ballot.

District 18

The seat in District 18, served by Steve Dille of Dassel, is up. Dille has announced his retirement, saying he will not run.

Scott Newman was recently endorsed by Republicans to run for the seat in the fall. Newman is an attorney who practices in Hutchinson.

Unofficially at the Republican convention, Glencoe Mayor Randy Wilson had indicated that he would run against Newman in the primary. This appears to be up in the air yet.

Hal Kimball of Cokato will be the DFL candidate for this seat. Kimball served 11 years in the Army.

District 18 includes all of Meeker and McLeod counties, plus the following area in Wright County: the cities of Howard Lake, Cokato, and Annandale; and townships of French Lake, Middleville, South Haven, Southside, and Stockholm.

District 18A

The seat for District 18A, served by Ron Shimanski, is also open in the fall.

Shimanski was endorsed by Republicans in March. He is a farmer, and a layout and design technician from Silver Lake.

No DFL candidate has been endorsed yet for the District 18A seat.

District 18A includes all of McLeod County, plus Collinwood Township, Cedar Mills, and Cedar Mills Township in Meeker County.

District 18B

The position for state representative in District 18B, served by Dean Urdahl, is also up in the fall.

Urdahl, who was endorsed by the Republican party as its candidate in March, is a book author and history teacher and coach for the New London-Spicer School District.

DFL challenger Darrin Anderson of Lichfield will take on Urdahl for District 18B. Anderson teaches social studies in the Willmar School District and was endorsed by the Democrats in February.

District 18B includes the cities of Annandale, Cokato, Howard Lake, and South Haven, and the townships of Cokato, Corinna, French Lake, Middleville, Stockholm, and Southside in Wright County, and extends west into Meeker County (covering all of Meeker).

District 19

The position served by State Sen. Amy Koch also is up for election this fall.

District 19 includes all of Wright County except for the following: the cities of Howard Lake, Cokato, and Annandale; and townships of French Lake, Middleville, South Haven, Southside, and Stockholm

District 19A

The position served by Republican Bruce Anderson in District 19A is also up in the fall. Anderson intends to run again, commented Andy Cook of his office. The DFL challenger will be Barrett Chrississ, a police officer of 22 years.

District 19A includes: the townships Albion, Buffalo, Chatham, Clearwater, Maple Lake, Marysville, Monticello, and Silver Creek; and the towns Buffalo, Clearwater, Maple Lake, Monticello, and Silver Creek.

District 34A

State Rep. Paul Kohls recently announced he accepted a job in the private sector that won’t allow for public service. He has served four terms.

Kohls has worked as an attorney at both a major law firm and a large Minnesota-based insurance company during his time in the legislature.

Waconia City Council member Jim Nash has expressed interest in the Republican nomination for this seat, with the blessing of Kohls.

A DFL challenger there is Leanne Pouliot Kunze of rural Waconia.

District 34A represents Hollywood Township and the City of New Germany.

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