On October 26, the Echo Press endorsed Jay McNamar for District 12A. The editorial is reproduced (in part) below:
It’s time for changes in the Minnesota House.
The last session, marred by partisan bickering and an inability to compromise, was not a productive one, even though legislators had a $900 million surplus to work with. A bonding bill for public works and transportation funding failed to materialize. A tax bill fell victim to the governor’s veto because of a $100 million typo.
The GOP-controlled House also failed when it came to providing adequate funding for Local Government Aid, a lifeline for rural cities like Alexandria that use it to provide essential services at a reasonable tax rate. The DFL-controlled Senate proposed a $45.5 million increase, restoring LGA to 2002 levels. The House wanted to cut $85 million in LGA to Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth while giving no additional aid to other cities.
Another House district in Douglas County, District 12A is a rematch between Republican Jeff Backer of Browns Valley, now the incumbent, and challenger Jay McNamar of Elbow Lake.
We believe that Jay McNamar has a better sense of bipartisanship to end the gridlock in St. Paul. Backer’s campaign seems fixated on blaming Gov. Dayton and metro legislators for the session’s failures when it should be focusing more on solutions.
McNamar, having served as a mayor, has a good grasp of the importance of LGA. He realizes that a transportation bill must include a dedicated funding in order to fix roads and bridges.
McNamar is also a strong advocate for border-to-border broadband to help businesses, schools and farmers who need access to high-speed Internet.
McNamar has also demonstrated a concise understanding of MNsure, noting that it is simply an online marketplace to buy insurance, not a scapegoat for rising health insurance rates.
McNamar’s reasoned commonsense, experience and ability to see how the art of compromise can result in better outcomes for all of Minnesota make him the best fit for District 12A.
To read the full editorial, visit the Echo Press.