To the Editor:
Recently, Rep. Bob Gunther sent out an insert for his election campaign in the Livewire newspaper, the Faribault County Register, and the Fairmont Sentinel (and may be coming out in other area papers as well) using a picture of him, a colleague of mine, and myself that was taken during a "meet your legislator" event at the state capitol.
As a strong supporter of Kevin Labenz for Minnesota House of Representatives in District 23A, I must clarify that I did NOT give permission for Bob Gunther to use my picture and do NOT support him for re-election to the MN House of Representatives. I do support Kevin Labenz for election to the MN House of Representatives District 23A.
Kevin Labenz grew up in this district. He is the product of our rural education system and graduated from Martin County West in 2000. His father is a long-time pork producer and his mother is a long time public school teacher. His roots in education and agriculture run deep. With 90% of our local economy directly or indirectly related to farming we need someone who fully understands it like Kevin does.
There is no other candidate who has the energy to work as hard to bring economic development, constituent service, and common-sense policy that we need to have a bright future again. His campaign is focused on the things this district needs to survive and thrive in the 21st century. And I whole-heartedly support Kevin Labenz for election on November 6th.