McNamara endorsed for re-election by area Republicans
Area Republicans endorsed incumbent Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, for re-election in House 54B at the District 54 GOP convention Saturday in South St. Paul. South Washington County 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.
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.