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GOP endorses Kowalski, McNamara for south Washington County House races

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Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

South Washington County-area Republicans picked Matthew Kowalski to run against state Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, in the fall election.

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Kowalski, of Cottage Grove, was endorsed for the House 54A race at the District 54 GOP convention Saturday in South St. Paul. Incumbent Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, was endorsed for re-election in House 54B. 

Kowalski, a married father of two, works as a sales manager for Walser Honda. He serves on the Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and was a candidate for Cottage Grove City Council in 2012.

Schoen is in the middle of his first two-year term in the Minnesota House.

District 54 DFLers convened earlier this month to endorse Schoen but have not endorsed a candidate to challenge McNamara. 

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