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Why I am a Democrat

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
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By Jon Pieper

There is one question I am frequently asked. Why are you running for the Minnesota House as a Democrat?

The answer is very simple. I want to be part of a forward looking political party that works to improve the quality of life of the people of Fillmore and Houston counties. This is a stark contrast to the alternative political party that wants to look to the past and dismantle current legislation.

Let me talk about a couple of current issues.

Our privilege to vote is sacred. Minnesota has one of the highest voter participation rates and lowest voter fraud rates in the country. The Republicans say let’s make it more difficult and costly to vote by requiring photo identification. Why break something that is already working.

Everybody deserves a quality education. The Republicans saw education as a way to balance the state budget when they controlled the legislature. The Republicans borrowed $1,300,000,000 (One billion three hundred million dollars) from our schools with no plan to repay the money. When Democrats gained control of the legislature, they promptly repaid the schools, raised per pupil funding and funded all day kindergarten for all of Minnesota. Why disadvantage the children of our state? Let’s give them every advantage we can.

Everybody needs and deserves health insurance. The MNsure exchange is now up and running with over 250,000 families enrolled. Yes, the original website was a dismal failure. But when those problems were discovered, we see the difference between the two parties. The Republicans called for dismantling MNsure. Democrats decided to do something positive. Health care advocates were sent into our communities to help our friends and families sign up for healthcare. They met with people in community centers, American Legion Halls and schools. Again, the Republicans want to dismantle something that is working.

Let’s continue to improve the lives of Minnesotans. Please join me moving forward. Together, we can do better.

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