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Forum Communications, Published February 18 2010

Spicer woman joins 7th District race

SPICER, Minn. – A psychiatrist here has announced her candidacy as a Republican for Minnesota’s 7th District congressional seat now held by U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson.

Karen Nelson, who served for eight years on the New London-Spicer School Board, announced her candidacy in a statement on the 7th District Republican Web site.

Peterson, a Democrat, is a veteran lawmaker who is the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

Nelson said her training as a physician has taught her to “listen, evaluate, and solve problems.”

Nelson said her time on the School Board taught her about balancing budgets, negotiating with unions and working with many types of people, she said.

Nelson said she is opposed to abortion, allowing gay marriage, gun control and cap-and-trade legislation. She is also opposed to current health reform proposals.

“Having grown up in western Minnesota, I will bring our core values to Washington, D.C.: hard work, personal responsibility, and respect and caring for others,” she wrote.

Three other Republican candidates are running for the seat: Melva Larson of Bagley, Glen Menze of Starbuck and Lee Byberg of Willmar.

The West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minn., is owned by Forum Communications Co.