Thank you for the opportunity to speak with so many of you by phone, email and in-person as we sprint towards the first two landmarks in this campaign – the Republican endorsing convention on April 23rd in Mankato and Special Election primary on May 24th. Following my official filing on March 10th, I have been working tirelessly to become a top-tier contender among the Republican field of ten.
Most recently, I was featured on the Sunday Take with Blois Olson to discuss my candidacy. Having grown up during the farm crisis, I quickly learned the value of the hard work and perseverance. As discussed in my WCCO interview, “I am not afraid to advocate. People know that when I put my nose to the grindstone, or I head in a direction, they know where I stand.”
On the day of my announcement, the Albert Lea Tribune featured my race with a series of detailed questions on where I stand on many important issues facing our District. As I stated in this article, “Morally and fiscally the country right now is on the wrong path. I just felt like if leaders were going to step forward – good, conservative, common sense leaders – if there ever was a time, this is it.” As I expanded on in this article, I think it is time for our Country to take a deep breath and put our best team on the field to address the multitude of challenges we are facing.
Since then, my candidacy has been featured with the headline photo by Minnesota Public Radio, the only quoted candidate in the StarTribune and other news outlets throughout the State. Most recently, MinnPost featured this race.
Several years ago, I wrote a series of articles about growing up on the family farm entitled, “The Old Acres Way.” In one of those articles, I explained my version of perseverance:
“The Old Acres way is not flashy or shiny or rich. Old Acres raised five kids through the farm crisis and a changing world. One step at a time determination does not mean that every step had to be strong or straight forward. Yet, a step is not a sit down and a step after a fall is the best step of all. As John Wayne (my dad’s favorite) would say, “Life is getting up one more time than you’ve been knocked down.”
Our Country may be struggling right now, but I am optimistic that with a quick course correction, we can regain a strong and proud America.
I ask for your support to serve you as your homegrown, hardworking advocate for southern Minnesota.