Thursday, October 27, 2016

State Senate District 7 - Erik Simonson

Erik Simonson
I’ve had the amazing opportunity to represent central and west Duluth for the past four years in the Minnesota House of Representatives. This fall, I’m running for the open Minnesota Senate seat which represents nearly all of Duluth.
Minnesota is turning the corner in its recovery from the great recession. Our economy is stronger, wages are slowly increasing, and signs of improvement and lower unemployment are constantly being publicized as accomplishments.
But we’ve much more work to do. Not every neighborhood is feeling the positive effects, nor are they recovering as quickly as other areas of the state. We can, and need to do more for all of our citizens, especially those less fortunate.
I was proud to support increasing the minimum wage, passing legislation to increase both homeowners’ and renters’ property tax rebates, and to make historic investments in education, including all day free kindergarten, and for the very first time–we invested $25 million in free, quality education programs for four year olds! We made a record investment into affordable housing–and I know safe, stable housing is the cornerstone to anyone’s success!
As we move forward together, I’ve heard your voices loud and clear. Free public school opportunities are only helpful if there is transportation to get there. Job opportunities are only good if graduation rates from high school increase. And we absolutely have to find lasting solutions to our race and gender achievement and income gaps.
As your next Minnesota State Senator, I will be your voice at the capital. You will always have an open door–and a friendly ear to listen. Being your legislator is not just passing laws–it is solving those problems that arise day to day–that is where we can make a difference together.
Please consider voting on November 8!