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Winter running in District 22A

WORTHINGTON -- Former State Rep. Ted Winter has filed as a candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 22A. He was first elected to the Minnesota House in 1986 and served through 2002.

Winter represented the old District 28A and later District 22A, which included all or portions of Cottonwood, Jackson, Lyon, Murray, Nobles and Redwood counties. During his years in the House, he was chosen by his peers as House Majority Leader.

In a press release received Friday at the Daily Globe, Winter said he is running because he believes his experience balancing the state budget and his record of fiscal responsibility with state revenue can help solve Minnesota's ongoing budget challenges.

"I believe my leadership abilities and past experience can make a real difference next year as we face another deep budget deficit," Winter said.

"I'm especially concerned that rural Minnesota be treated equitably," he added. We should not be expected to bear more than our fair share of budget cuts."

Winter was born in Fulda and has been a lifelong resident of the district. He has farmed all his life and is also a small business owner. He and his wife, Marge, have four children and four grandchildren.

"I believe I'm the only farmer running for a seat in the House, and I consider that to be both an honor and a responsibility," said Winter. "Minnesota's rich heritage was built by farm families across our state, and that heritage needs to be protected and valued. It would be an honor to once again serve the people of my district in the House of Representatives."

Winter's decision comes weeks after District 22 DFLers failed to endorse a candidate for District 22A Representative at their May 15 convention. That same weekend, District 22A Republicans endorsed Keith Forshey of Hills to be their candidate for the seat, which is being vacated as a result of Republican Rep. Doug Magnus' decision to run for the Minnesota Senate.

Forshey withdew from the District 22A Representative race earlier this week, citing family reasons. The Minnesota Secretary of State website lists Joe Schomacker of Luverne as a Republican who filed for candidacy Tuesday.