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District 7 Republicans endorse candidates

By Staff | Apr 2, 2010

When over 200 turn out to endorse a party’s legislative candidates, you get a sense how important this upcoming election will be, says Jon Nelson-R, District 7 House of Representative candidate.

Nelson, of Rugby, who has served in the legislature since 1996, was one of three to be endorsed by Republicans at a gathering last week in Rugby.

Richard “Dick” Anderson, of Willow City, also was selected to run for the other House of Representatives seat and Craig Wollenburg, of Rugby, will run for the district’s Senate seat.

“Getting over 200 votes cast for a district our size is quite impressive,’ Nelson said. “Not too many districts in the state garner that kind of interest.”

Nelson is thankful for the opportunity to run again. “Fourteen years is a long time, but it’s something that I’ve enjoyed,’ said Nelson, who farms in the Wolford area.

The past few terms he’s been working on health and human services and is a member of the appropriations committee.

Anderson ran for district Senate seat four years ago, but was defeated by incumbent Ryan Taylor, DTowner. Anderson said that experience will be beneficial this election. “You go through the process once and you learn a lot,’ he said. “I already feel more confident and relaxed.”

Anderson farms in the Willow City area, and said his decision to make a bid for another legislative seat was made possible because of the support of his wife and son. “They are willing to keep things going at home (the farm),’ he said.

Wollenburg is running in his first legislative race, but has been involved in the local campaigns and the local Republican party for years. He’s had in interest in serving at the state legislative level. “The timing was right (to run),’ he said. “It’s a big commitment to run for office, but I’m looking forward to that opportunity.”

Wollenburg owns and manages a financial planning and investment business. All three are active in their respective communities and the region, serving in organizations and boards.

Jeff Miller, party chairman for District 7, added the turnout was outstanding and this was a great way to kick off the campaign. Over 300 attended the March 30 meeting.

“The work is just starting,’ said Anderson.

And the June Primary is just two months away.

“It’s going to be a busy next several months, but it’s also going to be exciting to meet residents and talk about important issues,’ Wollenburg said.

Jerry Effertz of Velva also was bidding for part of the district’s House of Representative ticket.

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