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Published April 10, 2010, 02:51 PM

Democratic delegates endorse Congressman Collin Peterson

Fergus Falls, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The political season is starting to heat up on the local level between Republicans and Democrats in Minnesota. Conventions for the 7th District were held, resulting in nominations for candidates for the U.S. House.

Democratic delegates endorsed Congressman Collin Peterson. The convention was in Fergus Falls. He's held that seat since 1990.

Peterson is the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. Just months before Congressman Peterson runs for re-election, some democrats question his decision to vote against the health care bill. Peterson is the only democrat from Minnesota in the U.S. House or Senate to vote against the bill, leaving some worried come November.

Congressman Collin Peterson says he's not against the Healthcare Bill. Rather, it was the right time to change more problems with the system.

"If were going to make this thing work long term, we've got to get these changes done."

Peterson says one major part left out was addressing Medicare benefits across the county, he calls unfair. Medicare beneficiaries in Minnesota's district 7 get 62 hundred dollars in replacement costs compared to people in other parts of the U.S. Getting 16 thousand dollars.

"We've been trying to fix this for 20 years and I just felt like if we didn't get this fixed in this bill, we're never going to get this fixed."

After some questioned his vote, Peterson held a meeting with DFL leaders in District 7 to explain his reasoning.

"I think they understand where I’m coming from and I probably didn't do a very good job of explaining it prior to that."

The DFL county chair and co-chairs we talked to today say Peterson cleared all their questions in the meeting he held with them. They say combining that with his national work with agriculture makes endorsing him a no-brainer."

“And when we left I don't think that anybody would be voting against him because of the openness of the discussion and the promise of more active, getting more information out there."

It was a vote that was against the grain, but his past supporters look to be on the same page once again.