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Letters: Eken will stand up for us

I am writing to encourage the voters of northwest Minnesota to re-elect Representative Kent Eken to the Minnesota House of Representatives in the upcoming election.

I am writing to encourage the voters of northwest Minnesota to re-elect Representative Kent Eken to the Minnesota House of Representatives in the upcoming election.

Eken has been an effective and passionate leader for our communities in rural Minnesota. He vigorously defended our communities against investment cuts and hidden tax increases that targeted rural Minnesota. He also worked for lower property taxes, affordable health care, better long-term care, better schools, and good roads and bridges.

The struggles that working people in rural Minnesota go through are not an abstraction to Kent Eken. He instinctively understands these struggles because he is one of us. He understands that our families are being squeezed by increasing health care costs, declining job opportunities and rising property taxes. Even more important, Kent Eken has demonstrated that he is not afraid to speak out and defend our rural communities and our rural way of life.

We, in rural Minnesota, have fewer representatives in the House because of declining population. We need a representative like Eken who can effectively articulate our concerns. Kent Eken will ensure rural Minnesota is not ignored.

Virgil DR Gunnarson

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