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Many Americans are disgusted, distressed and disillusioned with the 2016 election process, and with good reason. No one alive can remember a nastier presidential campaign. Tuesday can't come soon enough. People want it over — or to be over and done with it. This may be one reason an unusually high percentage of voters have cast absentee ballots.
I first ran for this seat four years ago because Commissioner Ted Seifert wanted to allow frac sand mining. Since then, demand for frac sand has gone down with the price of oil, but our differences give voters a clear choice. You can count on Seifert to put big-business interests first, and you can count on me to put our citizens' health and safety first.
As your county commissioner, my primary goal is to protect our community core values: •Public, individual, and family safety •Ensure emergency preparedness and proactive public health •Protect the environment •Promote job growth and economic expansion •Maintain roads and bridges •Support commerce and public safety •Promote our community vision of Red Wing as a special place. I will always protect those core values.
Four years ago I ran for state Senate for one simple reason: to do my part to make Minnesota a better place to live, work and raise a family. We promised to balance our state budget honestly — with no gimmicks or games; to invest in education and repay over $1 billion previously borrowed from Minnesota schools; and to make the legislature run more smoothly — without regular budget showdowns or state government shutdowns. Four years later, our state Senate has delivered on these promises and many more.
To the voters of Goodhue and Wabasha Counties, Over the past nine months, I have met many of you, either talking at your door, visiting at the caucuses, community events or at the local coffee shops. Thank you for welcoming me into your homes, to sit on your front porches, or to come speak at your civic groups.
Seventeen years ago, I drove into Red Wing and was immediately drawn in by her charm. After driving atop Memorial Park, a welcoming local pointed over to Barn Bluff while saying, "You ain't seen nothing yet." We wasted no time hiking to its overview. Truth be told, my two boys decided on Red Wing before my wife and I. We found ourselves an agent and explored the real estate market. Of all the options and all the views, what really sold us on Red Wing was the $800 annual property tax and $75 utilities, every other month.
If you go ... Who: Gretchen Marquette and Christopher Burawa What: Poetry reading and reception When: 7 p.m. Nov. 11 Where: Tower View barn How much: Free More info: 651-388-2009 or www.andersoncenter.org A Minneapolis poet/writer/teacher and Anderson Center Executive Director Christopher Burawa will share their words at a poetry reading, reception and book signing at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the historic Tower View barn.
Over the last seven months, I've driven all over this district knocking on doors, marching in parades, and meeting with employees at factories and farms. I've been struck by two things: first, how beautiful this area is, whether it's the sunset over Lake Pepin, the serene Sogn Valley or the vast acres of rippling green corn in Mount Pleasant Township. Second, that even though we are spread out and diverse, the people of this area are unified in their desire for leadership that gets things done.
I have been neighbors to John and Val Becker for 12 years and enthusiastically endorse John's candidacy for City Council. In our many discussions of topics pertaining to visions for the city, business and community affairs and politics both regional and national, I have found John to be well read and well informed. He listens well and considers issues from a variety of perspectives before forming his opinion.
For all the talk of "public service" playing out in the race for Senate District 21, I was totally upset after reading Deb Roschen's letter. Having known our Sen. Matt Schmit as his business colleague, his friend and now his constituent, I can tell you what he won't: Matt built a very successful consulting practice from nothing. He applied his background in economics and public policy to a wide range of issues all benefiting the public good.