Candidate's view: Fresh ideas and attitudes will solve Minnesota's problems
In the past five months, I have learned more about our city, our neighborhoods and you. In doing so, my family and I have had experiences that will last a lifetime. For that gift alone this experience of being a candidate for Minnesota House 7B h...
In the past five months, I have learned more about our city, our neighborhoods and you. In doing so, my family and I have had experiences that will last a lifetime. For that gift alone this experience of being a candidate for Minnesota House 7B has been worth every moment.
With pressing issues such as a $6 billion deficit and a $1.4 billion IOU to the students, at a cost of $1,400 for every man, woman and child, it is time for a new direction in St. Paul. We must focus on spending tax dollars wisely and redesigning public programs -- because we can't afford not to.
For us, this election is not about political parties; it's about people. It's about looking forward to the future that we are handing over to our children. It's about looking forward to honoring our parents and grandparents with dignity. This election is about making decisions that will have a positive impact on many rather than on a few. I have to believe my colleagues have the same core values to provide this type of service to you, the people. I have to believe that coming to the table with our common goals in mind, we will be able to have
forward-looking solutions for the good of the people we represent.
Make no mistake about it; these are trying times for Minnesota and our country. As our parents and grandparents have done before us, we must come together, roll up our sleeves and get to work for our own good.
The heart of Minnesota lies in its people. As representatives, we in the Legislature will need to be bold for those we serve. We will need to take risks while understanding that doing what is right is more important than who is right. This not an us-or-them state; this is our state. In creating a better Minnesota, we can lead the nation in recovery and become a state of attraction rather than promotion. By coming together, we will be second to none.
Through this campaign, we have understood the importance of being engaged with people we represent. As your representative you can be assured that I will continue to be engaged and develop relationships while working hard to better Duluth. Armed with fresh ideas and a fresh attitude to bring the best practices and support the solutions for a better government, I am honored to have earned the News Tribune's endorsement as the "best candidate to replace Roger Reinert in 7B," as Reinert, who also was endorsed by the newspaper, runs for the Minnesota Senate in the 7th District.
As your representative, I look forward to working with my colleagues in creating solutions that resolve our budget issues, improve our education and lower our property tax burden. In St. Paul, I will support Duluth and Northeastern Minnesota with my colleagues from the Iron Range and the North Shore. I will bring my fresh ideas, such as an entrepreneurial revolution, small business tax incentive and little cottages. Being uniquely qualified to understand business, family, poverty and recovery, we understand the things that are possible and understand that sometimes the best solution for our future is moving government out of the way so that the people can stand up and move forward.
On Nov. 2, be bold and vote for our Duluth. Vote Tony Salls.
Tony Salls of Duluth is the Independence Party candidate for Minnesota House District 7B. He's being challenged by DFLer Kerry Gauthier and Republican Travis Silvers.