SW MN representative incumbents will face DFL challengers in November election

WORTHINGTON – Both Republican representatives from southwest Minnesota will be facing opponents in the 2014 general election in November.

In District 22A, incumbent Joe Schomacker will face a newcomer to the political field.

Diana Slyter has lived in the small town of Florence for about four years after retiring from the U.S. Postal Service and moving to the area from west central Minnesota after living in the Twin Cities. She has experience as a city leader, having been elected to the Florence City Council in the 2012 election.

“I feel there’s a need, someone to carry the positive DFL vision out here,” Slyter said. “We need somebody to really represent the communities and go to work for the them on some of our infrastructure needs, like on our highways, which are in awful condition, and projects like bike trails. We’ve got bike trials that they started on 20 to 30 years ago. They put in a couple miles and that’s it.

“We need a representative that instead of saying they’re going to cut taxes and all that, will say we need to get our fair share of the funding, instead of it all going to the cities. We pay taxes too we deserve to get some of these benefits back.”

Slyter said she has been involved in the DFL party for years, but describes herself as more of an Independent.

“The Republican party has moved so far to the right, I’ve become a default Democrat," Slyter said. “You could probably describe me as sort of a social liberal fiscal conservative, I keep seeing some of the big ticket projects and I look at it and wonder why they are spending so much money on this?”

In District 22B Rod Hamilton will once again face DFL opponent Cheryl Avenel-Navara of Worthington, who made a bid for the representative seat during the last election, garnering just slightly less than 40 percent of the votes.

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