Special election for Minnesota's District 11 Senate Seat.
Primary Jan. 22, 2019
Special Election Feb. 5, 2019
I am humbled by the enthusiastic support I received during last year’s congressional race and the encouragement I’ve been receiving since the news that Senator Tony Lourey was being appointed to serve in the administration of Governor Tim Walz. I thank Senator Lourey for his years of dedicated service to the residents of District 11 and wish him much success as Commissioner of Human Services.
I’ve made my home in this district for the past 30 years. My congressional campaign and decades as a broadcast journalist have provided me with the background and knowledge needed to understand and promote the needs and desires of the residents of this district in the Minnesota Senate.
Although this campaign will be short, it will allow time to outline the issues I believe are important to all residents within the district. Today, with dreams of college, a decent paying job, and a secure retirement slipping beyond the reach of so many, the future for many seems to be hanging by a thread. Family-owned businesses and family farms are struggling to survive. Almost 70 percent of us are earning the same or less than we did 15 years ago. Our infrastructure is crumbling and needs immediate attention.
Yet, I’m optimistic about our future in Minnesota. The voters have placed their trust in new leadership intent on bringing us closer together regardless of Zip Code or social standing. We are One Minnesota and I believe our brightest days are still to come.
I’m asking the voters of Senate District 11 in Carlton, Pine, Kanabec and St. Louis counties to give me the opportunity and high honor to represent them in St. Paul. As I often said in my congressional campaign, we can move forward together securing an even stronger future for all of us.