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Al Doty endorsed for Senate District 9

Delegates from Cass, Morrison, Todd and Wadena Counties met in Browerville April 29 to endorse DFL candidates for election from the newly-reorganized State Senate District 9.

Former State Representative Al Doty was endorsed as the DFL candidate for State Senator. Before his legislative career, Doty served as a senior advocate and a teacher and coach at Pierz High School. He lives in Royalton with his wife Donna.

Nominating Doty were Ben Surma of Little Falls and Cathy Adamek of Randall. "Al understands the fact that the middle class has been 'taking it on the chin' from rising property taxes and bearing the burden of the so-called 'balanced budget' of the last session," Surma said.

In his acceptance speech, Doty talked about rural Minnesota values and rural Minnesota economy. He stressed the need for voters to send representatives and senators to St. Paul. Doty went on to say that recent legislative changes resulting in higher property tax increases for rural Minnesota show a lack of that understanding. "The next legislature will make a lot more decisions about how money is distributed in Minnesota," Doty said, "We'd better send someone who understands and votes for rural Minnesota or we'll end up with the short end of the stick again like we did with property taxes."

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