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Dale Menk announces candidacy for House District 10A

Dale Menk

Dale Menk, a lifelong Brainerd lakes area resident, recently announced his candidacy for Minnesota House District 10A in the 2018 election.

Menk, a DFL candidate, will challenge for the House seat currently held by Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa.

"We need a strong voice at the State Capitol who will truly represent all of our area's residents," Menk said in an emailed announcement. "A representative should listen to and consider the views and concerns of all their constituents, not just those they agree with."

Menk is a carpenter employed by a locally owned building construction company. He lives in Brainerd with his wife, Trisha, and their children.

"I am a proud father in a blended family that has been together for 15 years. It has been the greatest experience of my life helping nurture our family." Menk said. "As a parent whose children have attended and still are attending area public schools, I understand the important role our public schools play in preparing our children for the future. When I am elected, I will work to ensure our schools receive the funding they need to provide a safe, inclusive and productive learning environment for all our kids.

In his announcement, Menk also said health care is another issue he would focus on.

"I know firsthand what it's like to fall in the gap between qualifying for medical assistance and being able to afford health insurance," he wrote. "I will fight for access to quality, affordable health care for all Minnesotans.

According to his website, Menk, a Pine River-Backus High School graduate, is strong supporter of the Second Amendment and the LGBTQ community. He stated he also enjoys outdoor activities with his family, from BMX racing to hunting, camping and exploring the forest.

"Our public lands and waterways are crucial to our local economy. I will fight to protect our resources for future generations," Menk said. "I will work to make Minnesota a leader in the development and implementation of environmentally sustainable practices."

"People are tired of the divisions that have grown in our government," Menk continued. "As representative, I will work to form relationships with my fellow legislators, find common ground, and build from there."