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Editorial: Shuck's our choice in House 13A

House District 13A voters have a new choice as Republican incumbent Rep. Bud Heidgerken retired after the last session. Heidgerken was one of the six GOP representatives punished by party leadership for voting to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of the transportation bill during the 2008 legislative session.

The district includes northern Kandiyohi County, Pope County and western Stearns County.

We hope the next 13A representative will continue follow in Heidgerken's independent walk and vote for the best interests of the district.

The district can choose between DFL-endorsed Bruce Shuck of Sunburg and Republican-endorsed Paul H. Anderson of Starbuck. Both men are farmers and have been county commissioners in their respective counties. Each man is knowledgeable about this district, especially concerning agriculture.

Anderson is a first-time candidate in District 13A. He has experience includes two years as a Pope County Commissioner plus school and township board experience. His key priority is balancing the state budget without raising taxes significantly and at the same time to provide adequate K12 funding.

Shuck is running for the District 13A seat for the fourth time, learning a lot during his travels in the district. He has served 8 years on the Kandiyohi County Board and is employed in Pope County. He is a passionate individual who knows his issues in the district.

Overall, Shuck has more county board experience. He is focusing on the critical issues: the economy, education and health care costs.

The West Central Tribune endorses Shuck for election in House District 13A.