What a couple of weeks this has been.
Our state senator resigned over sexual misconduct allegations. Governor Dayton has announced he’ll call a special election to replace him. Many people have contacted me, hoping I would consider running for the soon-to-be-open seat.
When I announced my retirement from the Minnesota House of Representatives last year after 14 years of public service, I truly believed my time to be part of elective government was over. I always worked hard to serve my constituents as state representative and knew this commitment made sure the district was in better shape than when I arrived in 2002.
Deciding not to run for re-election was a difficult choice but one I was at peace with. But the special circumstances and recent events that have occurred with our current state senator have compelled me to reconsider.
After much discussion with family and friends, I have decided to run to become your new senator in State Senate District 54.
It was an honor and privilege to be elected seven times to represent the good folks of District 54B in the House of Representatives. Today, I have an opportunity to serve the entire Senate District 54.
I’m excited to get back to St Paul and return trust to the office of State Senate District 54. With the Republican senate majority being a slim 34 to 33 margin, this is a very important race. Not only is it important for our district, it also has statewide significance – which means I will need to have the resources it takes to win.
I need your help more than ever. I closed the campaign fund from my time as a State Representative which means I’m starting from scratch. The great news is that the Political Contribution Refund (or PCR) is back. Minnesotans can donate up to $100 per couple or $50 per individual to my campaign and get reimbursed from the State. (Please note this can only be used one time per year.) I am including a contribution form and information about the PCR with this letter.
I am proud to be one of very few state legislators to have never taken any PAC, lobbyist or special interest money. I’m at the Capitol to represent you and not the special interests.
Once again, I look forward to making Minnesota a better place to live, work and play. The reality is that I can’t do it without your financial assistance. Please consider giving whatever you can.
I hope you have a great holiday season, and I hope to see you at your door in the coming weeks!
Keep in touch,