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Kresha, Anderson win GOP nod for re-election

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VERNDALE — Senate District 9 Republicans Saturday endorsed their two first-term House incumbents Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls, and Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore, for re-election.

The endorsing convention was conducted at Verndale High School with about 75 delegates and alternates from Districts 9A and 9B. On a voice vote, the House District 9A and 9B delegates unanimously endorsed the uncontested candidates.

Kresha said Monday he was very confident about his decision to seek a second term. He said he’s received a great response and much encouragement regarding his campaign.

“There is no way to fully express my gratitude and humility to represent District 9B,” said Kresha in a statement. “As a person who enjoys meeting people and solving complex issues, this is challenging and enjoyable.”

Kresha, 44, and Anderson, 55, were elected to their first terms in November 2012.

Kresha won 53 percent of the votes in 2012. Since taking office he said he has worked on a variety of issues key to District 9B: agriculture policy, rural economic development and broadband expansion, veteran’s benefits, and education policy and early learning.

“My experience in education, business and economic development allow me to dive deep into policy that affects our area,” stated Kresha. “I have worked hard to understand the policies and to build relationships with other legislators who share the same concerns for fiscal responsibility and economic growth.”

He has been married to his wife, Wendy, for 20 years and together they have five children. His son, Alex, has joined the Air Force and his four daughters attend Mary of Lourdes and Little Falls High School.

Anderson said the opportunity Republicans have of taking control of the House in this fall’s elections was one of the factors that led to his decision to seek re-election.

“I’ve always wanted to do at least one term in the majority,” Anderson said Monday. “I’m just doing my best to keep the tax increase down to a minimum.”

He said the other issue important to him was continuing his opposition to gun restrictions. He said there were bills proposing gun restrictions so far this session.

Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, is not up election this year.

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