Halverson will work for compromise
To the editor:
This time last year, we were in the midst of the state’s record 21-day government shutdown. It’s the best evidence we have of the gridlock at the Legislature and a compelling reason to vote for change by electing Laurie Halverson in House District 51B this November.
Regardless of political party, everyone I know is fed up with the partisan extremism that prevents good work from getting done. The inability to set ideology aside had real consequences for our community. It led to many job layoffs, closed parks and other headaches simply because our legislators couldn’t work together to reach a compromise.
Unfortunately, during this historic shutdown, our incumbent legislator Rep. Doug Wardlow said, “the time for compromise is over.”
It’s worth revisiting the shutdown and our incumbent’s position because we don’t want history to repeat itself. We face another big deficit next year. If we don’t elect Laurie Halverson, we could easily see more gridlock and negative consequences for our community.
Given Wardlow’s open embrace of a “no compromise” position, I find his recent statement to this paper that he is sure he will win re-election offensive. No elected official should ever take our votes for granted, especially one who prioritizes his party over what’s right for our community.
I believe the people of Eagan want to see more cooperation – not less. Compromise shouldn’t be a dirty word. That’s how things work in the real world, and it’s how they should work at the Legislature.
It’s time for change. Vote Laurie Halverson.