Starbuck Republican is so far unopposed in House 13A race
STARBUCK -- Rep. Paul Anderson might have an easier time seeking his second term in office this year.
That's because the Republican from Starbuck so far does not have an opponent.
Anderson received his party's unanimous endor-sement for the House 13A seat last week during the district's endorsing convention, which was held in Belgrade.
During the District 13 convention a month earlier, DFL'ers didn't have a candidate for endorsement to challenge Anderson.
For his part, Anderson said he's proud to represent district residents "and I thank the people of this area for putting their trust in me and sending me to St. Paul to work for them."
"I appreciate the support shown by delegates and residents as I seek another term this fall," he said.
Sen. Joe Gimse, of Willmar, also received unanimous endorsement at the District 13 convention.
He is being challenged by Larry Rice, a Democrat and businessman from Willmar.
Gimse said delegates "seemed very happy with my performance for the last four years and are encouraged I'm going to run again."
Gimse said this election will be different than four years ago because he has a legislative record. "And I'm going to be out talking about that record."
He said economic development and job creation for west central Minnesota are top priorities, as well as dealing with a potential $6 billion state budget deficit.
The state has "huge challenges" and tough decisions to make, Gimse said.
Because of redistricting, the new Senate term will be just two years.