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Candidate's View: Let fresh perspective reinvigorate bipartisanship

Alex Moe is the Republican candidate for Senate District 8 in Duluth. He wrote this for the News Tribune at the invitation of the Opinion page. Election Day is Nov. 8. Early voting starts Sept. 23.

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Alex Moe
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I am running for state senator for Minnesota Senate District 8. I have lived in Minnesota my entire life, growing up in Delano, west of Minneapolis. I moved to Duluth to pursue my undergraduate studies. After four years at UMD, I graduated with majors in criminology, political science, music, cognitive science, international studies, and philosophy. After graduation, I have been building my work experience by securing employment as a jailer for Douglas County.

My reason for running is to restore Minnesota to its former greatness. Specifically and in accordance with my interests, talents, and recent firsthand experience in the state’s education system, I want to address the serious issues affecting the quality and cost of education. I have been engaged even while in high school on such topics, serving as a student school board representative and then later in college with the UMD Student Association as a representative. I was also a speaker of congress in college. From those experiences, I gained insight into how political systems work and how they may be flawed in the realm of education.

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My candidacy offers a fresh perspective not found among career politicians who have been running our state. My responsibility in office will be to represent the citizens of Duluth’s Senate District 8 and work for the good of all Minnesotans, regardless of what agendas political action committees and lobbyists may want. Our political system is too beholden to moneyed interests and is not sufficiently prioritizing the welfare of the citizens.

In today’s political system, it has become an unfortunate necessity to pick between running as either a Democrat or a Republican, not allowing for third parties or independent candidates to truly run with a hope for success. Though I am running as a member of one of the two major political parties, that does not mean I plan to ignorantly follow my political party at the detriment of my constituents.

I want to reinvigorate the lost concept of bipartisanship and encourage others to reach across the aisle for the betterment of our great state of Minnesota.

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We need to protect our amazing wildlife and wilderness areas while also allowing small businesses and families to thrive in a market that gives everyone the opportunity to do something meaningful with their lives. Minnesota has so much potential, and our current, polarized, career politicians are letting that potential go to waste.

My candidacy offers Minnesotans a new option rather than simply Democrat or Republican: hope. That is, hope for a new type of candidate, a fresh start, and a new perspective in politics that will stop polarization and start prioritizing citizens, not lobbyists or interest groups.

Alex Moe is the Republican candidate for Senate District 8 in Duluth. He wrote this for the News Tribune at the invitation of the Opinion page. Election Day is Nov. 8. Early voting starts Sept. 23.

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