Working for the common good is the goal

Published 8:26 am Thursday, October 30, 2008

I love Minnesota and its high quality of life. This has been a great state for my family of six grown children and husband. I enjoy teaching art and photography students at Albert Lea High School. I appreciate rural Freeborn County where I live and raise my horses and where my family attends church.

When I was elected to serve as your state representative, I promised to stay focused on the big issues that protect Minnesota’s quality of life:

Quality education

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Economic development and good-paying jobs

Affordable and assessable health care

Safe roads and bridges

An environment worthy of our children.

As your state representative, I have made connections with the citizens of District 27A by personally visiting nearly 10,000 homes. You know me and I know you. This is the ideal background for a state representative. I know your concerns and views on issues that face southern Minnesota. You have personally shared your views with me when I met you at your home. When I work with the governor along with Democratic and Republican members of the Minnesota House and Senate, I stay focused on the needs of the 24 towns and 25 townships that comprise District 27A.

Our nation is facing serious economic challenges. We need to return good-paying jobs to America. We need to become more energy efficient and reduce our dependency on foreign oil. We need to obtain higher academic achievement by our students in order to compete in a global society. We need to maintain a safe transportation system of roads and bridges for economic development in Minnesota. We need to provide quality and affordable health care for all citizens.

To successfully work on economic development, education, energy, environmental and transportation issues, legislators must work together across party lines for the common good of Minnesota. I have proven that I have the effective leadership skills to obtain quality legislation for District 27A while protecting Minnesota’s quality of life.

Over the past two years I have voted on thousands of bills and amendments in committee and on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Unfiltered and accurate information on legislative bills and amendments may be located at I have personally answered thousands of e-mails and phone calls and have been very visible throughout District 27A. I thoroughly enjoy serving as your state representative.

As your state representative, I have voted for the extension of JOBZ and for the single-factor corporate tax formula for manufacturing companies. I voted on the state bonding bill and the comprehensive transportation bill that created 40,000 good paying jobs. I will continue to work to create a friendlier and more competitive business climate for Minnesota.

I will continue to promote fully funded K-12 public schools that will result in significant savings in cost avoidance of prisons, crime and increased welfare costs.

I will continue to support a clean and healthy environment in the workplace and in nature. We can significantly reduce health care costs with healthier life habits such as reducing smoking, diabetes and heart disease as we promote the use of our wonderful lakes, parks and trails.

I will continue to support adequate funding of our transportation infrastructure along with members of the Farm Bureau and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

I will continue to work with Freeborn and Mower county commissioners, township trustees, mayors, city council members, school board members and school administrators to collaborate on ways to make southern Minnesota more attractive for businesses and citizens to relocate to our region.

I am pleased to receive the endorsement of the following organizations that represent the citizens of Freeborn and Mower counties:

Albert Lea Tribune, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Education Minnesota, Minnesota Nurses Association, Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, IBEW, MAPE, Boilermakers 647, Local 49 Engineers , Clean Water Action, Rural Electric PAC, Women Winning, Minnesota Farmers Union PAC, Freeborn County Farmers Union and Minnesota Farm Bureau PAC.

I am proud to have, once again, run an honest and positive campaign. This is a personal standard and my expectation for all public servants. Every piece of my campaign literature and every legislative questionnaire have been focused on my legislative accomplishments and my vision for District 27A.

As a professional educator, small business owner, married mother of six adult children and current state representative, I have demonstrated a variety of leadership skills that have made me an effective legislator. It has been a privilege to serve you over the past two years in the Minnesota House of Representatives. It would be a great honor to receive your vote of confidence on Nov. 4 to continue my dedicated service to you.

As always, please feel free to contact me at the following phone numbers:

Home: (507) 437-1403

Cell: (507) 438-9086

Capitol: (651) 296-8216

Robin Brown, DFL-Moscow Township, is an incumbent candidate for Minnesota House District 27A.