Many lessons come with representing youAs I reflect back on this year as your representative, above all, I am simply honored to be in this position.
By: Tim Kelly, Red Wing, The Republican Eagle
As I reflect back on this year as your representative, above all, I am simply honored to be in this position. You gave me the opportunity to get out and meet the people of our district in many different settings and to discuss multiple issues.
I’m sure it does not surprise you that this was an extremely rewarding task.
The communities of Cannon Falls, Wabasha, Goodhue, Lake City and Red Wing are very similar. The common theme throughout the area is that people care about their families, each other, and their communities.
There are certainly times that we disagree on policy and how to achieve the results we all desire but, ultimately, the people of our district are the epitome of “Minnesota Nice.” I witnessed a great deal of respect for individuals especially during times of disagreement and debate. This allowed for the free flowing of ideas and solutions which I appreciated as I engaged in the same process in St. Paul.
As you know, Sen. Steve Murphy and I sit in different bodies of the Legislature and belong to opposing political parties. However, in the spirit of what I learned across this district, it was quite clear that your example of how to get things done by working together resonated upward.
I actually enjoyed the odd looks or questions that would come from individuals that were surprised that the senator and I were more than happy to meet together with groups, as opposed to having separate meetings to further personal agendas.
I personally received the benefit of Sen. Murphy’s experience and assistance in navigating through some of the processes for the first time. Hopefully the effort we made by working together in a professional manner was an example for others to follow.
Yes, these are difficult times with many challenges ahead, but I am convinced that we will overcome these challenges by working together and listening.
If I could make one suggestion it would be to get engaged or stay engaged in the process. It is imperative that you give your input and be heard. Let’s just stay away from the personal attacks on individuals.
Many men and woman have sacrificed their lives for all of us to have the right to voice our opinion, let’s honor that sacrifice by showing respect to those we disagree with the most. By all means, attack policy, procedure, and ideals, but let’s stay focused on the issues themselves. Better yet, bring solutions and we all win.
Thank you again for this opportunity. Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all!
Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, can be reached at (651) 380-4345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.