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Emmer visits Perham days before election

Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer speaks at the Lakes Café in Perham on Oct. 29, with wife Jackie looking on.

In the final stretch before the general election, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer stopped in Perham to greet his supporters and urge folks to vote.

Emmer, with wife Jackie behind him, spoke to a standing room only crowd at the Lakes Café on Oct. 29.

He was confident at the event and reiterated his goals for the state if elected.

"It's time for new leadership. You're going to win this one on Tuesday," he said. "Government has gotta' start living within its means. It has to deliver the services it has to with the resources it has."

Emmer also spoke about his Democratic opponent Mark Dayton.

"I don't have anything negative to say about him as a person," Emmer said. "We want more families to enjoy the success his family had."

Emmer went on to say Dayton's family hasn't experienced hardship like his has.

"He's never experienced what we've experienced with a family of seven kids," Emmer said.

He left the crowd with the message to go vote and urge others to cast a ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

"We have the message," he said. "We have the candidates, we have the momentum. The key is not to leave it to chance."

His final words to supporters were words of warning.

"We've left others to play with politics," he said. "Ladies and gentlemen, they have taken us straight to the edge of financial disaster. We cannot afford to let this thing slip away. We need to finish what we've started."

The crowd was also greeted by Gretchen Hoffman, candidate for Minnesota Senate, district 10; and state Reps. Mark Murdock and Bud Nornes.

Hoffman, who lives in Perham, also said she believes change will come with the 2010 election.

"I've lived in Perham for 30 years," she said. "My kids are graduates of Perham High. Perham is proactive instead of reactive. We're going to take that common sense to St. Paul. We have a lot of challenges ahead in our state. We need to bring the jobs home. The best social program in the world is a job."