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Letter: Candidate hopes to keep American Dream alive

By Karin Housley, Republican-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate

I’m a mom to four great kids, a grandma to two precious boys, a wife to Phil, a small business owner, and a state senator for Chisago and Washington counties. I’m also the Republican-endorsed candidate for United States Senate this fall, running for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Al Franken.

Minnesota has always been my home — and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Growing up, my dad would continually tell me to work hard, play fair and do the right thing. Those words stuck with me as I got married, started my career and raised my family. When I ran for the state legislature, I promised myself I’d never lose sight of my dad’s wisdom.

Here in Minnesota, we have pride in our communities. We love our neighbor, we do what’s right and we aren’t afraid to call out injustices. But too often, those Minnesota values seem to be forgotten by the ‘political elite’ — and it comes at the expense of our rural communities.

There’s no question Greater Minnesota’s agricultural economy is a major economic driver in our state. Our state’s agricultural industry supports 430,000 jobs and contributes over $121 billion in economic activity each year. In the U.S. Senate, I will work with President Trump to make sure rural America — and your voice — is always heard.

As I travel all across our great state this summer and fall, I want to learn more about the challenges facing Minnesotans. Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican or somewhere in between, I hope you’ll come out and say ‘hi’ when I’m in your area. In a democracy, every voice matters — and that means you.

I’m running for U.S. Senate because I believe in our future. I believe in Minnesotans, I believe in the American Dream and — with your support — we can pass that dream along to our future generations.

I’m looking forward to meeting you on the campaign trail!