Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers speaks in favor of District 27A Rep. Rich Murray Friday during a rally at the Freeborn County Republican Party headquarters downtown. -- Sarah Stultz/Albert Lea Tribune

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Minn. House speaker stumps for Murray

Published 2:18pm Friday, October 26, 2012

Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers praised District 27A Rep. Rich Murray Friday calling him a “perfect fit” as a representative.

During what was a campaign stop at the Freeborn County GOP Headquarters in downtown Albert Lea, Zellers, R-Maple Grove, asked about 20 local Republicans to re-elect Murray, R-Albert Lea.

“He’s one of the hardest working guys at the Capitol,” Zellers said.

District 27A Rep. Rich Murray, center, speaks to Freeborn County GOP supporters Friday at the local Republican headquarters downtown with Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers.

The visit came as both Republicans and Democrats around the state are making a last-minute attempt to rally voters prior to the election. Earlier in the week, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton stumped in town for one of Murray’s opponents, Shannon Savick, DFL-Wells. Dayton is also expected back in the city next Friday for a rally with other DFL leaders.

Zellers, who has been the Speaker of the House for almost two years, commended Murray’s background as a small business owner who is involved with the community and who has a high priority for family. He said it is notable that Murray is running for office to help make a better future for his children and grandchildren.

“We have left them a mess, and we need to fix it,” Murray said.

Following the stop at the headquarters, Zellers and Murray were expected to go doorknocking, along with about a dozen others, to drop off campaign literature within the city.

Murray said they planned to knock on doors in the 1st and 2nd Wards in Albert Lea Friday but hope to knock on doors of the entire district an additional time within the next eight days.

“We have some good ideas, and we need a couple more years to work on them,” Murray said.

District 27 Sen. candidate Linden Anderson, R-Waltham, was also in attendance at the rally. Anderson faces District 27 Sen. Dan Sparks.