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Heintzeman endorsed by GOP for 10A seat

BAXTER -- First-time candidate Josh Heintzeman, 36, of Nisswa, on Thursday was unanimously endorsed by Republicans for the House District 10A seat. He will face Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter in November. He told the crowd of about 20 delegates and a...

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Josh Heintzeman

BAXTER - First-time candidate Josh Heintzeman, 36, of Nisswa, on Thursday was unanimously endorsed by Republicans for the House District 10A seat.
He will face Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter in November.
He told the crowd of about 20 delegates and additional guests at Mills Indoor Shooting and Archery that he was excited about his prospects and about the Republicans’ chance to win back the state House.
“John (Ward) has never been more vulnerable in this race,” the newly endorsed candidate said.
Heintzeman said Ward, a retired teacher who is seeking his fifth term in Legislature, has not represented the district well. In particular, Heintzeman noted his own strong views on traditional families and marriage - an apparent reference to Ward’s vote in support of gay marriage. Heintzeman said he was disappointed in that legislation.
“It’s time to end the DFL monopoly,” he said.
The candidate also said the DFL-led net tax hike of $1.6 billion hurt businesses. “That has a huge impact,” the co-owner (with his wife, Keri) of Upcountry Log, a business that makes log accents such as signs, columns and trusses.
Currently serving as Crow Wing County Republican Party chair, Heintzeman delivered his speech with his wife and three daughters by his side. His two boys were on the sidelines. Heintzeman said he expects a new chair will be named at the party’s next meeting.
Heintzeman has been married 14 years. He and his wife are the parents of five children ranging in age from 1 to 12.
He previously served on the Crow Wing County Human Rights Commission and was appointed as a manager for the Thirty Lakes Watershed Board.
He was nominatd by former Rep. Dale Walz and that speech was seconded by Chris Kellet-Walz. Walz said Ward has listened less and less to his constituents and it was time for him to be defeated at the polls.
“It’s time he be replaced, be retired, put out to pasture,” Walz said. Kellett-Walz described Heintzeman as a man of character and urged Republicans to band together in support of his campaign.
At the endorsing convention there was no opposition to Heintzeman, who said he didn’t believe in lengthy campaigns and waited until late May to announce his candidacy.
His Republican counterpart, House District 10B candidate Dale Lueck, was endorsed by on March 22. Filings closed Tuesday for the legislative races.

MIKE O’ROURKE may be reached at 855-5860 or mike.orourke@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MikeORourkenews .

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