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Editorial: An intriguing race

Ana Anthony/Daily Globe Mayor Alan Oberloh sits in his chair in the Worthington City Hall council chambers during a September 2011 meeting.1 / 2
brian korthals/Daily Globe Former Luverne Mayor Bill Weber announced his candidacy for the District 22 Senate seat Tuesday. Weber said he was waiting to find out whether Sen. Doug Magnus planned to run again before making his decision. Magnus announced Monday he would not run for re-election.2 / 2

Doug Magnus may be opting to not run for re-election to his District 22 Senate seat, but that doesn't mean voters won't have the opportunity to choose a quality candidate to send to St. Paul.

Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh announced Friday that he will run for the office currently held by Magnus. Oberloh will be on the DFL ticket and face Republican Bill Weber, a former Luverne mayor and city council member.

Both Oberloh and Weber have the capability of generating plenty of name recognition among voters.

Weber, in addition to more than 16 years of municipal government service, has operated Jensen Management Service Inc. for 36 years. He has been active in the Rock County Republican Party, serving as county chairman and finance director. Among other community involvement, he has been president of the Luverne Economic Development Authority and chairman of the Rock County Solid Waste Advisory Committee.

Oberloh, meanwhile, has been mayor of Worthington for the past 10 years; the lifelong Nobles County resident has also been a member of numerous committees and boards in the community. The owner of Quality Auto Body since 1983, Oberloh is the current president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization representing 77 cities outside the metropolitan area.

Weber, upon declaring his intent to run, praised Magnus and said he hoped to fill the outgoing legislator's shoes at the Capitol. As for Oberloh, he said he thinks of himself as "a very independent guy" and that "people in St. Paul (have) said, 'We really need you up here.'"

We look forward to seeing how this intriguing race plays out.