House District 18B voters will again face the choice of Republican incumbent Dean Urdahl of Grove City and Democrat-endorsed David Detert of Litchfield. The two ran against each other in 2004 and 2006 in the same district, with Urdahl winning each time.
This district includes much of Meeker and six townships in Wright County. The West Central Tribune believes Urdahl has earned re-election to represent this district.
A three-term legislator, Urdahl has focused on ag, education and transportation issues. He has grown as a legislator in recent years, learning to work across the aisle.
Urdahl has done some good things. He helped obtain state funding assistance for the Litchfield wastewater treatment facility, which is critical to a major dairy processor in town. He also voted for a statewide smoking ban in public places.
We were disappointed in his vote against the override of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto on the transportation bill. However, Urdahl did not want to risk state support for funding for the Litchfield wastewater treatment plant.
Detert certainly is an intriguing candidate. A Litchfield doctor and a former Litchfield School Board member, he is knowledgeable in two critical issues in the Legislature. He would be a good legislator for the district.
However, Urdahl knows the issues critical to the district and now has experience and some seniority. Detert has not demonstrated a good enough reason for a change in this office.
The West Central Tribune endorses Urdahl for re-election in House District 18B.