Farmer “I live and farm on the same ground that my father and my grandfather farmed.”
Teacher “I have taught in public schools since 2001, and I continue to teach part time.”
Businessman “I ran a grain elevator for Cargill; I worked in the Ag. Software Industry for 15 years, and I now run my family farm.”
“I am running to be your State Representative because I want to give back to the community that has given me so much. My experiences as a father, farmer, teacher, and businessman have given me an appreciation of the issues faced by the people and businesses of District 27A. I pledge to work hard on Economic Development, Education, and Health Care”
As someone who has farmed and worked in the Ag. software industry, I have come to believe in Rise-Up Economics, not trickle-down economics. If we invest in Human Capital--education, vocational training and re-training, healthcare, childcare, transportation, and I.T--then workers will earn more money for themselves and their employers by increasing productivity in the workplace. We are near full employment in Minnesota, and if we are going to grow the economy, we will have to do it by increasing productivity.
Having taught in two different school systems, I understand how much we are asking of our students, parents, teachers, and districts. Accountability and high stakes testing consume time, resources, and energy. While it is true that we tend to improve the things we measure, sometimes it feels like public education has lost its human connection. We need to create an environment where we encourage all 21st century learners to develop growth mindsets and a sense of community. I will advocate for a stronger connection between high school students and local employers. We must support and encourage our high school graduates who drive out local economies by choosing to live here and work here.
Access to high quality, affordable healthcare is one of rural Minnesota’s biggest challenges. I have served on the Mayo Patients & Family Advisory Council since 2006. We have seen how access is affected when a Non-Profit Public Charitable Organization makes decisions without input from all the stakeholders in the community it serves. This is not just a healthcare issue, it is an economic development issue. Young families are reluctant to move to a community without a full-service hospital. On the cost side, I know the insurance premiums faced by farmers and the difficult decisions being faced by families due to rising healthcare costs. The solution to these problems must be bi-partisan and data-driven.