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Welti to highlight successes in re-election bid

By Mike Dougherty

mdougherty@postbulletin.com

DFL state Rep. Andy Welti planned to stand in a Rochester skyway this morning and look out on the city's skyline that includes the new three-story addition to Mayo Clinic's Stabile Building, which was funded through the state bonding bill he helped pass in 2005.

Welti, 25, of rural Plainview, was scheduled to announce today his intention to seek a second term in the Minnesota House of Representatives as the representative of House District 30B, which includes Plainview, Chatfield, Dover, Eyota, Stewartville and a portion of Rochester. He planned to stand in the skyway at the city-county Government Center that stretches across the Zumbro River in Rochester.

"I want voters to look at the successes we've had and also understand that we need to continue this course to advance the causes for the district," Welti said.

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Welti highlighted the bioscience efforts that included the partnership between Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota and the state of Minnesota, and the higher education initiative to expand the University of Minnesota's campus in Rochester.

"Our work doesn't stop with that success, because we will continue to need to educate legislators and others on the continued needs of Rochester and the costs that go with the operations we've begun," he said.

Welti is expected to face Bill Kuisle, 48, a Stewartville-area farmer, who served eight years in the Legislature before Welti defeated him in the 2004 election. Kuisle announced his plans to seek the seat earlier this month.

Welti said he plans to stress the results Rochester has seen during his time in the Legislature and how he would continue to push for bipartisan solutions and continued voter outreach in seeking those solutions. A key factor in Welti's election upset of Kuisle in 2004 was his door-knocking efforts and outreach to voters as a new candidate.

"People have come to know me as their representative for their contact with me and the results I've brought home," he said.

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