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Poston wins 9A endorsement: Incumbents also endorsed for state legislative seats

Lake Shore mayor John Poston received the Republican endorsement for the state House District 9A legislative seat Saturday, April 2, at an endorsing convention at Verndale High School.

John Poston
John Poston

Lake Shore mayor John Poston received the Republican endorsement for the state House District 9A legislative seat Saturday, April 2, at an endorsing convention at Verndale High School.

Larry Lundblad, Central Lakes College president and also a candidate for the seat, then dropped out of the race and said he'd support Poston.

"We both had said we would abide by the convention outcomes," Lundblad said. "He was the winner, so that's the way it went Saturday. I'm not going to pursue it any further."

Lundblad did say he would keep his options open for future election years.

"To say the least, it was an exciting day for me," Poston said. "We got a day that I'm glad is behind me. Step No. 1 is accomplished. I got the endorsement from the Republican Party. I'm very very excited about it."

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The next step, he said, is campaigning.

The District 9A incumbent - Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore - is not seeking re-election.

Also endorsed April 2 were Senate District 9 incumbent Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, and House District 9B incumbent Rep. Ron Kresha, R-Little Falls. Incumbent Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, was endorsed Friday, April 1, for his District 10A seat at an endorsing convention at the Mills Shooting Range in Baxter.

Senate District 9 includes parts of Cass, Wadena, Todd and Morrison counties. House District 9A includes East Gull Lake, Lake Shore, Fairview, Home Brook, Loon Lake, Wilson, Walden and Bungo townships in Cass County, as well as parts of Wadena and Todd counties.

House District 10A includes Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Jenkins, Breezy Point and Gail Lake, Jenkins, Ideal, Pelican, Mission, Center and Lake Edward townships, Brainerd, Baxter and Unorganized Territory in Crow Wing County.

It took two rounds of balloting for Poston to gain the endorsement because he lacked the required supermajority of votes on the first ballot.

Though they were competing, Poston and Lundblad both spoke well of one another.

"It was a great day, very excited with the outcome," Poston said. "I'd like to say that one of the nice things about the process over the last six weeks was getting to know Larry Lundblad. The two of us ran for the same position and over that period of time became friends. We like each other, respect each other. We both ran respectable campaigns up to that endorsing campaign. I'm proud of that and I think Larry is too."

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"I wish John Poston well and I think he'll do an excellent job at the Legislature in the future," Lundblad said.

Lundblad suggested that background may have been the deal breaker for voters choosing between him and Poston, whom he said had many similar policies.

"I think it probably just came down to recognition, then connecting with voters," Lundblad said. "It's a matter of getting out there. I don't think John and I were very different in terms of our basic outlook and philosophies. I think it came down to whether you want someone with a background in education or a background in business. It's hard to see what influenced the final outcomes."

Related Topics: LAKE SHORE
Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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