Endorsement: Dorman a good fit as state representative

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 26, 2002

Dan Dorman has served Freeborn County well as state representative for four years, and as a moderate Republican, is well-positioned to adhere to a sensible, middle-of-the-road course that fits well with our area. Despite facing probably the strongest opponent he’s seen, he is deserving of another term as our state representative.

Dorman has become a highly knowledgeable and skillful legislator, and his record shows a firm commitment to issues of importance for our area. From farm-related initiatives like the biodiesel mandate and help for EXOL, to local projects like aid for Farmland and its former employees, to a commitment to securing equal funding for rural schools, local residents can testify to his commitment and effectiveness.

His opponent, DFL nominee Allan Halvorsen, is an energetic and truly amicable candidate who sticks mostly to the traditional Democratic themes of education, the environment and help for those who need it. He says he was motivated to run for office after the legislature watched a multi-billion dollar surplus vanish, replaced by a $3 billion deficit. He blames recent tax cuts, saying they went too far.

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Halvorsen has much to offer in the realm of public service; he is a dedicated and trustworthy person. In this race, he’s at a disadvantage because it’s hard for him to match the policy prowess and knowledge Dorman has. He’s simply less experienced, and although he has the potential to be a rising political star, he has provided few reasons to replace Dorman at this point.

Making Dorman most appealing is his moderate stance on most issues. Despite being a Republican, he has not signed any no-new-taxes pledges, and recognizes that all avenues must be explored for the state to tackle its budget problems. He’s guided by mostly conservative ideals, but he also is pragmatic enough to realize when compromise is the best road.

Freeborn County would be well served by another two years of Dorman in St. Paul.