A New Ulm man has announced his candidacy for the new Minnesota House District 16-B seat, and Jerry Pagel will be running without a political party affiliation and without accepting any campaign contributions. He says he believes partisan politics resulting from extremism by both major political parties have crippled state government. Pagel describes himself as “either a very conservative liberal or a very liberal conservative,” and says his campaign will focus on improving Highway 14, improving education practices, improving the state business climate and making health care more affordable to all citizens. He plans to use his personal finances to travel the newly-formed District 16-B, which consists of all of Brown County, most of Redwood County and a small portion of Renville County. Pagel says he won’t take out any campaign ads, but won’t stop others from running ads in his support.