After months of hard work, it will all come to a head this Sunday. I have door knocked and phoned and talked with many of you. You know my strengths:
Leadership in the Community – I have served on the Highland District Council and on the Capital Improvement Budget Committee, so I know intimately the issues specific the district, such as the Ford Plant redevelopment and transportation issues. I have worked with both the St Paul and Minneapolis City Councils, building coalitions of people and getting ordinances passed, so I know how to get things done.
Leadership in the DFL – I have worn many hats over the years, from delegation chair at the State Convention, campaign manager, affirmative active chair, caucus organizer, delegate to the National Convention, and much more.
None of these leadership positions were part of a paid job. They were all because of my devotion for my community and my passion for the principles of the DFL party.
I am different from the other candidates. I am the only one to come from a low income family, and made it to college only with a lot of help. So, when I talk about wanting to advocate for those programs, I know why they are important from real experience. Also, my passion for the woods and waters of our state isn’t something just for a campaign, but has been a part of me all my life. I know caring about our natural resources isn’t just taking a stand on PolyMet, but on climate change, invasive species and open space protection. I know also what our teachers are facing in the classroom, and how the mountains of paperwork for our special ed teachers is impacting our kids. See, I live with a teacher, so I see every day the challenges they face.
So I have real life experience to bring to the legislature – the experience of working in a regular, private sector job, the experience of living with a teacher and knowing the hardships they often face, and the experience of growing up in a low income family and the real difference a helping hand can make to get to independence.
I hope we can talk more on Sunday and I can join my long list of supporters!