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7th District Republicans endorse Westrom

Gretchen Schlosser

Forum News Service

WILLMAR — Torrey Westrom, a Republican state senator from Elbow Lake, received the Republican endorsement Saturday and will challenge Rep. Collin Peterson for Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District seat.

Westrom was the only Republican candidate who had announced a campaign against Peterson, who is seeking his 13th term serving the sprawling House district that covers much of western Minnesota.

“It’s time for change in Washington, D.C.,” Westrom said Saturday at the 7th District convention in Willmar. “You don’t change the direction without changing who is at the table.”

Westrom is currently a senator for eight counties in western Minnesota. He served in the Minnesota House from 1997 to 2012 before being elected to the state Senate in 2012. He is an attorney and small business owner. He was blinded in an accident when he was 14.

Westrom considers himself to be David against Peterson’s Goliath. Peterson has won re-election handily in the past, even as Republicans have garnered support in other offices.

In 2012, Mitt Romney carried the district in the presidential election, but Peterson claimed 60 percent of the vote against Willmar Republican Lee Byberg.

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