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Lueck earns second ballot victory for GOP 10B nod

AITKIN — Describing himself as a social and fiscal conservative, Dale Lueck of rural Aitkin won a second ballot endorsement from the Republican House District 10B endorsing convention.

The Aitkin County cattle rancher, who served two terms as an Aitkin County commissioner, said he hoped to help give the next generation the same types of opportunities his parents provided for him. Lueck served 28 years in the U.S. Navy. He is currently president of the Aitkin-Carlton County Farm Bureau and chairman of the Aitkin County Planning Commission. He and his wife raise beef cattle on their 340-acre farm in Nordland Township.

He and his wife, Linda, have been married 43 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Lueck, 62, won 60.4 percent of the vote compared to David Allan Pundt’s 39.6 percent of the vote. Sixty percent of the vote was required to win endorsement. A third candidate, Deerwood City Council member Tom Nixon, was eliminated after the first ballot when he failed to meet 20 percent benchmark necessary to advance to another ballot. The first ballot results were Lueck , 45 percent; Pundt, 36.6 percent; and Nixon, 18.7 percent.

When he addressed the delegates, Pundt, the news director and co-host of the Internet station Broken Road Radio, said Republicans needed to “battle the lefties” and send people to St. Paul who were politically pure in their hearts, minds and principles.

In Nixon’s prepared remarks, the 30-year-old employee of North Memorial Ambulance emphasized his experience in health care and said he wanted to reduce spending, the size of government and the tax burden.

The new House District 10B includes Aitkin County and the majority of Crow Wing County.

Both Pundt and Nixon said they would abide by the decision of the convention. The endorsed Democratic candidate for the House District 10B seat is Joe Radinovich of Crosby.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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