Republicans endorse candidates in 6th, 39

Republicans meeting in convention last weekend have endorsed candidates in the Sixth Congressional District and in new Senate District 39. For the Senate race, incumbent Sen. Ray Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake, was selected. In the two House 39 seats. Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake, and Rep. Kathy Lohmer, R-Lake Elmo, were endorsed. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-West Lakeland Township, was endorsed by Sixth District Republicans for a fourth term. In a new item related to Rep. Bachmann, the St. Cloud Times reported that Bachmann spent more on maintaining her congressional offices in 2011 than any other member of the Minnesota member of the U.S. House of Representatives. The information was part of a review by the newspaper of the House Statement of Disbursements for the final quarter of 2011.