VIDEO: Rep. Mary Sawatzky Debates Dave Baker In Minnesota Swing District By Michael McIntee | October 18, 2014 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on MN Legislative Races Subscribe to MN Legislative Races Follow this author Mary Swatzky & Dave Baker 17B candidates Rep. Mary Sawatzky (DFL) v Dave Baker (R) – 17B Willmar This seat has flipped back and forth between Republicans and Democrats the last three elections. Both parties say it is crucial to controlling the House this year. Rep. Mary Sawatzky (DFL) is one of the few DFLers who voted against legalizing same-sex marriage. Her district voted for the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2012, which has made it hard for social conservatives to attack her. Her Republican opponent, David Baker, is a businessman. Sawatsky and Baker debated on Oct. 9 at the Pioneer Public TV studios in Appleton. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.