Last night, I was nominated by the DFL to be their candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives in district 1-B. Here I am with Hon. Bernie Lieder, left, and Tom Jorgens of Crookston. 


Collin Peterson aide JoAnn Zutz of Red Lake Falls nominated me with a nice speech, and my campaign chair Wendell Johnson, who I consider a neighbor from the old nursery stomping grounds, seconded with a nostalgic speech about listening--and about the connections we have shared over the years. His mother Bernice was a roomate of Aunt Olive's at the Hilton for two-and-a-half years. Wendell and his wife Penny treated Olive like their own. Although our paths didn't cross much at the Hilton, we sure heard about each other!


I gave a brief talk in which I talked about my Grandfather Melvin, an arch-Republican, and his brother Burnett, a liberal Democrat, and how they found ways to work together on some issues despite their differences. I also quoted from a pamphlet written by Rollo Bergeson called "A Republican Creed" which he wrote in 1960. Rollo is Cousin Tina's father. He was attorney general in Iowa in the late 1940s, and always active in Iowa politics. He was a progressive Republican, always standing up for the underdog. Cousin Tina just sent me the pamphlet in a packet last week. I have no quarrels with what he wrote. 


This afternoon, I stopped in Crookston for a visit with Bernie. He encouraged me like nobody else could, gave me tips, and sent me out the door on a high. Running for office is a sometimes overwhelming experience. He understands that, and has been a great help. 


 

Last night, I was nominated by the DFL to be their candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives in district 1-B. Here I am with Hon. Bernie Lieder, left, and Tom Jorgens of Crookston. 

Collin Peterson aide JoAnn Zutz of Red Lake Falls nominated me with a nice speech, and my campaign chair Wendell Johnson, who I consider a neighbor from the old nursery stomping grounds, seconded with a nostalgic speech about listening--and about the connections we have shared over the years. His mother Bernice was a roomate of Aunt Olive's at the Hilton for two-and-a-half years. Wendell and his wife Penny treated Olive like their own. Although our paths didn't cross much at the Hilton, we sure heard about each other!

I gave a brief talk in which I talked about my Grandfather Melvin, an arch-Republican, and his brother Burnett, a liberal Democrat, and how they found ways to work together on some issues despite their differences. I also quoted from a pamphlet written by Rollo Bergeson called "A Republican Creed" which he wrote in 1960. Rollo is Cousin Tina's father. He was attorney general in Iowa in the late 1940s, and always active in Iowa politics. He was a progressive Republican, always standing up for the underdog. Cousin Tina just sent me the pamphlet in a packet last week. I have no quarrels with what he wrote. 

This afternoon, I stopped in Crookston for a visit with Bernie. He encouraged me like nobody else could, gave me tips, and sent me out the door on a high. Running for office is a sometimes overwhelming experience. He understands that, and has been a great help.