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GOP endorses candidates for House District 12A and 12B

STARBUCK -- Paul Anderson of Starbuck and Scott Dutcher of Brandon were endorsed March 17 as the Republican candidates for the Minnesota House of Representatives for District 12B and District 12A.

The endorsing convention took place in Starbuck.

"I was pleased to be endorsed by the party and I promise to work hard for all the people of 12B if I am elected in November," said Anderson. "I plan to take part in as many events as I can and will be traveling throughout the district to meet and visit with the residents."

The new-ly defined House District 12B includes 36 townships and a number of municipalities in Pope, Stearns and Douglas counties. Rep. Anderson has represented most of the new district during the past four years.

Anderson is a fourth-generation family farmer and a lifetime resident of Pope County. He's a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has been a school board member, township official and a county commissioner prior to his election to the House of Representatives in 2008. Anderson currently serves on the Minnesota House Education Finance Committee; Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee; and as vice chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Policy and Finance Committee.

Dutcher is a small-business owner from Brandon, where he also serves on the City Council. He will run in the new District 12A, which is comprised of All of Big Stone, Grant, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties, the western part of Douglas County and several townships and cities in Pope County.

"It is a privilege to be endorsed by our neighbors and friends who make our communities strong," Dutcher said. "My campaign will be about fighting for small businesses in western Minnesota by giving them the freedom to be successful and get more people working again.

Dutcher said rural property taxes are among his top concerns. He said his role in reducing the city tax levy taught him the value of building a coalition of support to achieve success that benefits constituents. "You have to build relationships, earn trust, and work with everyone to move in a common direction."

Dutcher said the current "we win, you lose" mindset among the two parties isn't serving Minnesota.

Dutcher lives in Brandon with his wife, Tessa, and their two pre-school age children. They attend Trinity Lutheran Church in Millerville Township. He is also a member of the Brandon Lions Club.