Jobs. Agriculture. Education.
I am a long time resident of the district; I grew up on a farm outside of Welcome and went to Martin County West High School in Sherburn. I graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul and subsequently spent 5 years teaching English in Japan before returning home to the farm in 2009.
Spending time with family and old friends, working again in agriculture, and reconnecting with the communities that nurtured me, I was reminded why Southern Minnesota is a wonderful place to live and raise families. Our values and way of life remain attractive, but I have grown increasingly concerned about young peoples' ability to stay and make a living in the communities where they grew up.
My opponent seems satisfied with the status quo for our area, but I believe that the same tired politics of the past aren't working. We need a new generation of leaders to solve the issues facing us in the 21st century, and I have the energy and desire to work hard to revitalize our communities for the future. My campaign is focused on jobs, agriculture, and education because I believe this is the bedrock that will pave the way toward keeping Southern Minnesota strong.