District 9 needs a longtime resident

To the Editor:

Redistricting put Sen. Paul Gazelka in District 10 as the only incumbent state senator. I thought he’d run for re-election there. He’s represented Crow Wing County for almost four years, first as representative and then as senator. But he’s abandoning them and moving here where he’s a complete stranger to many. He claims he wants to continue representing us; instead, he’s moving into Cass County, the northern part of the district, which is only a few miles from where he now lives. Why? Probably because the new 9th District leans more Republican than the new 10th District and Gazelka thinks he’ll have an easier time getting elected. Does this sound self-serving to you?

Gazelka represented Morrison County for less than a biennium (two years). That doesn’t entitle him to receive our endorsement or to be elected our senator. We have good local people available.

Ron Kresha, a 15-year resident of Little Falls, has entered the race. He’s a business owner  and entrepreneur who’s been a teacher and company president. He’s very active in the community and knows how to create  jobs and attract new businesses. He’s exactly what we need: a qualified District 9 resident, not a carpetbagger/outsider. — Clara Kedrowski, Little Falls