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Editorial: Send Schomacker back to St. Paul

Gene Short and Joe Schomacker

Joe Schomacker has served as Minnesota's District 22A representative for one two-year term, and he is poised to begin a second. Schomacker, a Luverne Republican, brings contagious energy and enthusiasm to his race against DFL opponent Gene Short of Currie, and we're confident Schomacker will deliver that to St. Paul if re-elected.

Schomacker has positioned himself as a champion of small business, something with which he has both personal and family experience. He is passionate about the importance of being able to encourage young people to stay, or return, to southwest Minnesota, and understands that creating a more ideal environment for business growth in this region has multiple positive ramifications.

As leader of the House's long-term care study group, Schomacker has had the opportunity to work with legislators on both sides of the aisle. His interest in health care is noteworthy in that he, along with fellow Rep. Rod Hamilton, have teamed to help achieve sorely necessary rate increases for rural nursing homes and group homes. He has also stressed the need to address inequities between rural and metro schools.

Short, a longtime Redwood County commissioner and a past president of the Association of Minnesota Counties, certainly brings experience to his candidacy. But while Short has pledged the importance of working together, it's clear to us that Schomacker possesses more ideas to do just that for all of us.