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Letter: I endorse Gimse

This letter is directed to you intelligent voters who may not as yet have decided for whom to vote in the District 17 state senate race, incumbent Joe Gimse or challenger Lyle Koenen.

I am proud to say that Joe Gimse is my friend and I'd like to share with you a few attributes of Joe's character.

We have participated in several business dealings over the years and whether an agreement is on paper or just a hand shake, Joe's word is good. His word is his bond. He is a man of integrity. And, his common sense approach to problem-solving is commendable.

Joe has the respect of fellow senators from both sides of the aisle and has been selected by his peers to chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. In this important position Joe sees to it that funding for our roads in outstate Minnesota is as important as any highway project in the metro area.

Joe has not and will not slander or defame his opponent. Wouldn't it be nice if everyone was this decent? Joe is running his campaign on his record and his obvious qualities of leadership.

Together we can keep this strong leader working for us in the Minnesota Senate. I urge you to vote for my/your friend, Joe Gimse.

Gene Brinton