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opinion Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

The tone of our politics has taken an unfortunate turn over the last several weeks, months, and years. Personal attacks, close-mindedness, and an unwillingness to compromise have become the new normal. As someone who has always tried to be moderate and bipartisan, this is alarming and something we shouldn’t tolerate in the good state of Minnesota.

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Beyond that, I feel part of the public’s dismay with elected officials is because not enough elected officials are moderates or statesmen/stateswomen. I work very hard to represent all of my constituents to the best of my ability. Much of my legislation is bipartisan and I’m always reaching across the aisle. Are there political differences? Yes, but I would never personally attack or demean a colleague for their beliefs.

I’m proud of what I believe in and what I have fought for. I’m not sorry for fighting for a quality education for our children and I won’t apologize for working tirelessly for education funding from all who reside — permanently or seasonally — in every school district. I don’t feel one bit bad about working to get property tax relief to all of our citizens rather than corporate America.

I am proud of legislation and advocating for our small businesses in order to help them create more jobs. I have fought for needed treatment for our Lyme Disease victims, for our dog owners whose pets are being killed by dangerous traps, against the epidemic spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in our lakes, for conservation projects like the Mississippi River Northwoods Project, and for any Minnesotan who needs my help.

It’s a privilege to represent all of my constituents and I look forward to helping everyone I can. I’m thankful and humbled by the great support I have received from a majority of my constituents. Thank you.

Rep. John Ward

DFL-Brainerd

District 12A

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