To the editor:
Who I vote for is an important decision. To help make my decision I weigh many things. The most important is the candidate's ability to represent us, the voters, rather than a political party or special interest.
We have two candidates asking for our vote for state senator in District 22. We were represented ably for more than 20 years by Jim Vickerman. We need a state senator who can follow Sen. Vickerman's example of integrity and independence.
Alan Oberloh has never been involved in partisan politics before, while Bill Weber is a political party insider who once was his local party chair and his party's 2006 candidate against Vickerman. Both Oberloh and Weber served their cities as mayor, but Oberloh went the extra mile for Worthington. Realizing that rural towns faced similar problems, Oberloh chose to work for his community by serving on the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, where he was elected president.
In his role as mayor of a rural city and chairman of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, Alan Oberloh worked with both Democrats and Republicans at the state legislature.
And when necessary, Oberloh argued with legislators from both parties as he pushed for recognition of greater Minnesota's special needs.
Looking over the resumes of both candidates I made my choice. On election day I will cast my vote for Alan Oberloh.