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Clearbrook man seeking District 2 Senate seat

Clearbrook man is seeking the Republican Party's endorsement for the Minnesota Senate District 2 seat.

Citing a trend in the wrong direction by governmental bodies, Dennis Moser of Clearbrook announced that he is seeking the Republican Party's endorsement for the Minnesota Senate District 2 seat.

Moser, 63, said, "We need people with conservative values. I have 19 grandchildren, and they won't have a chance to know the liberty we've enjoyed unless government is turned around."

The Senate seat he seeks is presently occupied by State Sen. Rod Skoe, a DFL-Party member from Clearbrook.

Moser presently drives truck for Winter Truck Line of Mahnomen. He and his wife Joleen have six children, and he also has two adult children from a prior marriage. He and Joleen have been married since 1972 and have resided in rural Clearbrook since 1974.

Moser's background includes one tour of Army duty in 1967 in Vietnam, service on the Dixon, Ill. Police Department (hometown of former President Ronald Reagan), owning and operating a heating and air conditioning business in St. Petersburg, Fla., an associate's degree in business, and various short-term jobs that have included several years behind the steering wheel of a semi.

He said he worked as an employer and also a fellow employee, and he "got tired of the entitlement mentality" that seems to prevail in the labor force. He enjoys having his "office" on the highways.

He noted that he is seeing too much of the entitlement mentality taking control of government.

"We have to get spending under control. Pretty soon, there won't be anybody left to pay taxes."

He asked if anyone knows how the government will sustain itself when private enterprise is overwhelmed by government spending and debt.

He cited four constitutional issues that he wants to address in his campaign and as a state senator.

Regarding the First Amendment, he pointed to the clause, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

He said that the liberal politicians are twisting the establishment clause to limit the free exercise of Americans' religious beliefs.

On the Second Amendment, he pointed to the clause, "...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

"I'm strongly in favor of private citizens being able to own firearms," he said.

When he looks at the arguments about nationalized health care, he asks that citizens consider the implications in regard to the Fourth Amendment: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated..."

He said that putting health care into the hands of state and federal government would mean sacrificing our right to personal and private information. "All our personal information will be in a database."

He fears for freedom when he sees the federal government - with an apparent willingness to comply shown by many state governments - usurping the power of the states. Again, he cites the U.S. Constitution, Amendment 10: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." He sees the federal and state government as simply usurping power at will.

"We have to get people to stand up to the power of federal and state governments," Moser said.

So far, Moser is the only candidate to announce he is seeking the Republican Party's endorsement vs. Sen. Skoe. The party's district convention will be held April 9 and 10.