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Miller handily defends 17A seat in rematch with Falk

WILLMAR -- Rep. Tim Miller handily fended off a challenge by Andrew Falk in a rematch for the District 17A House of Representative seat. The incumbent won 11,517 to 8,011 in unofficial counts reported by the StarTribune with all 95 precincts repo...

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WILLMAR -- Rep. Tim Miller handily fended off a challenge by Andrew Falk in a rematch for the District 17A House of Representative seat.

The incumbent won 11,517 to 8,011 in unofficial counts reported by the StarTribune with all 95 precincts reporting. Falk needed a strong showing in Montevideo to oust the incumbent, but unofficial results showed it was Miller who improved his showing there. Miller won the two Montevideo precincts by a 1,239 to 1,135 tally.  

Miller, R-Prinsburg, and Falk, DFL-Murdock, have now battled each other in three contests.

“I made sure I made my message very clear,’’ said Miller when asked what he felt helped him win the voters’ support. “I worked very hard over the last couple of years to represent my district with what I thought was important and I communicated with them. I think people appreciated that and they gave me the votes in support of that,’’ said Miller, adding: “I’m very appreciative of the support I got.’’

Miller will return to the Legislature for his second term after defeating Falk two years ago. Miller had won his seat on a 8,453 to 6,789 tally in the off-year election. Falk had prevailed two years prior by a 10,489 to 8,956 count.

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Falk helps operate a family farm and seed business. He had served three terms in the Legislature.

Miller is a self-employed consultant.

The two differ on conservative and liberal grounds over social issues.  Campaign sparring focused on reopening the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton, funding for a veterans home in Montevideo, transportation funding and the discord between the parties in the Legislature.

District 17A includes all of Swift and Chippewa counties and most of Renville County as well as a small portion of Kandiyohi County.

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