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GOP endorses Kowalski, McNamara for south Washington County House races

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

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. 

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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