We want Jim Carlson back
To the editor:
I’m supporting Jim Carlson for DFL endorsement to the Minnesota Senate this year. Jim has been a leader in the south metro area for decades, had an outstanding career as a engineer at 3M, and did great work in Eagan and Burnsville that led to his election as a state senator in a tough partisan race in 2006. Experts say he can do this again.
• Jim’s sensitivity to lack of basic health care has prompted his leadership on innovative legislation to ensure that all Minnesotans be covered. He realizes that the major cause of housing foreclosures is unpaid medical bills and that 45,000 people die each year in America due to lack of coverage.
• During his turn in the Minnesota Senate he helped to build bipartisan support for funding our bridges and highways after the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge. He realized that the administration in St. Paul needed a clear signal that Minnesotans wanted funding to repair dangerous infrastructure.
• The Sierra Club recently endorsed him because of his commitment to the environment. Jim spearheaded legislation to regulate pollution from sulfide mining too close to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
• He was recently endorsed by Education Minnesota for his work for students. Jim says Minnesota’s education budget has been neglected over the last decade. Class sizes and property taxes have mushroomed over that decade.
In the new Senate District 51 we can take responsibility for restoring these important values by endorsing Jim Carlson.