Minneapolis Star-Tribune Endorses Haag

Some good news for Independence Party candidate Del Haag:

Superior preparation makes Buffalo City Council Member Del Haag a standout in the three-way race that will fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Republican Sen. Mark Ourada. A career in state and local government, 17 years on the City Council and leadership posts in both the state and national League of Cities have schooled him well.

Haag, 58, would be an instant expert in the Senate on the intricacies of the state-local relationship and a knowledgeable proponent of greater government efficiency. He would also be a needed advocate for vocational retraining for adults, an expert voice on water quality and a dependable vote for balanced investment in both roads and transit.

After long service in nonpartisan posts, Haag found the Independence Party a better fit than either the DFL or the GOP. We hope the IP’s waning fortunes don’t deny his candidacy a serious look.

Both the GOP candidate, Amy Koch, and the DFLer, John Dietering, are making their first bids for elective office. Dietering, 60, a former small-business owner and tax specialist, has a good head for public policy and commendable commitment to improving the lot of working people. Koch, 34, who works in her family’s business, is a social conservative who seems less prepared to take on weightier matters like education and transportation funding. Neither seems likely to quickly become a leading voice in the Senate. Haag does.

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