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Dear Neighbors,

I have some important news to share with you. First, as we head into the new year, I wish you much happiness and joy in 2020!

Second, a big thank you to Senator Carolyn Laine for her tremendous service to our district and state. Senator Laine has served District 41 at the state capitol as both our representative in House District 41B and most recently as our senator. She has been a champion for our community on issues like universal healthcare and family wellbeing. Often it is the work behind the scenes that has the most impact and one of her most critical contributions is her work on the statewide task force to update child support guidelines. Senator Laine has been a mentor and a friend , and I want to thank her for everything she’s done for our district and our state. She will be missed!

With Senator Laine’s retirement, I have decided to run for the state Senate where I will continue to work hard to represent our community. I am a proven leader in the Minnesota House of Representatives. I have championed issues and policies on your behalf by collaborating with diverse stakeholders and working with partners in the Senate.

I want to represent you and the entire district to build an economy and a democracy that works for all of us. This shared vision must include a fully-funded public school system that provides quality education for all of our children, universal health care, real solutions to our climate crisis, and family-sustaining jobs.

Elections are about choice – about how we will work together and create a shared vision for our future. In November 2020, our district will have important decisions and will once again choose leaders to represent us in Saint Paul and in Washington, D.C. The process to choose those leaders starts in just two months, on February 25th at our precinct caucuses.

Let’s get started! To advance this work, we need to work together. Right now, our campaign is making calls, raising money, hosting house parties, and organizing in our networks. I hope to earn your support – and that you’ll join me along the way.

To join my campaign, make a donation, host a house party in your neighborhood, or become a delegate, please drop me a line at marykuneshpodein@gmail.com. I’d love to hear your ideas about our bright future.

I look forward to seeing you at the precinct caucuses on February 25th, the presidential primary on March 3rd, and on the campaign trail. I can’t wait to connect and collaborate!

Mary

Mary Kunesh-Podein
Minnesota State Legislator
House Assistant Majority Leader
Vice Chair Education Policy Committee