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August 3, 2020

7/3/2018 3:03:00 PM
Filing statements for state reps

Filing statement for Ann Mozey for House Dist. 39

My name is Ann Mozey, I am running for the 39A Minnesota House of Representatives. I am an academic at heart with a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College, a MA from the University of Minnesota, and a JD from Mitchell Hamline. I am an attorney, a small business owner, a hobby farmer, a mother of three teens, and a life-time resident of Minnesota. Minnesota is the north star state, we are progressive trend-setters, leading the nation in so many ways. On behalf of Minnesotans, if elected:

I would fight for a strong ECONOMY, including increasing the minimum wage, and universal single-payer health care.

I would fight for our ENVIRONMENT, conserving it for future generations and creating green energy jobs.

I would fight for our public EDUCATION system, the bedrock of a strong democracy.

We all do better when we all do better,” was one of Paul Wellstone’s infamous statements that speaks to me because I believe in creating Win-Win-Win solutions, the more wins the better. These are the sustainable solutions that in my experience work best.

The political atmosphere has become toxic; with every dark cloud there is a silver lining. For me, the growing need for ethical leadership is motivating. I believe a new blue wave is moving across this country. More people are voting, engaging and exercising our democracy. To support this movement, in Minnesota I would support greater engagement by being accessible, active and I would love to see a designated voting holiday on November 6th throughout our great state.

It is the job of a legislator to engage, educate and enact positive change in our communities. Nothing else matters if we cannot get the legislation passed. As a family law attorney, I have the experience supporting families these past 20 years to really understand what our challenges are, the negotiation skills and moral rudder to fight for these changes, and the educational background and writing skills to draft and support legislation that will move us forward in such a way where we are all working together.

Berg files for House District 32A

Rush City native Renae Berg is the DFL-endorsed candidate for the office of State Representative District 32A. In her 24 years as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, Berg has seen firsthand the connection between government policies and the wellbeing of families.

“Equal access to health care for everyone would have a major impact on the prosperity of local families and our communities. The fear of ‘how will I pay for this’ should never arise when we’re confronted with a physical or mental health issue.”

Berg’s professional knowledge and experience have inspired her commitment to expanding mental health services in rural Minnesota. Her career as a counselor has reinforced her belief that issues like the opioid epidemic, violence in schools and in families, truancy and homelessness are interconnected.

“Our communities must receive the resources they need to make mental health counseling available. “When one person in a family is suffering from addiction, it involves the whole family. There are very few programs that offer treatment and care for families. Those that exist are very high-cost, and insurance doesn’t pay for them.”

Prior to receiving her license from the Minnesota Board of Health in 1994, Berg owned and operated a hair salon in Rush City for 20 years, raising her three sons and gaining valuable insights as a small business owner. She worked in counseling at Cambridge Medical Center for 12 years and has been employed by Hazelden and Mayo Clinic. She currently works at Teen Recovery in Rush City and serves as vice chair of the board for Serenity Manor, Inc., which operates treatment facilities and she volunteered with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

I’ve come to the time in my life when I want to advocate for families in a way that will make a real difference.

To learn more about Renae, visit www.bergforrep.com, find her on Facebook or @bergforrep on Twitter.

Jeff Peterson files for District 32B

Jeffrey R. Peterson, a longtime resident of Wyoming, Minn., filed last week to run for office in Minnesota House of Representatives District 32B. He is the DFL-endorsed candidate.

“Working families today are expected to do more with less,” said Peterson. “It’s time for a working man like me to step up and represent the concerns of the thousands of working men and women in our District.”

Peterson has been a member of the Carpenters Union since 1999 and works for North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters as Director of Business Representatives in Central and Southern Minnesota and South Dakota He is a longtime member of Carpenters Local 322.

“At the State Capitol, I plan to fight for the issues that matter to Minnesota’s working families, including a strong commitment to livable wage jobs, fully-funded public education and quality, affordable health care,” he said.

Peterson is a member of the Forest Lake school board, and just stepped down as chair of the Carpenters Credit Union after a four-year stint.

“I’m excited to get out and hear from more people throughout Chisago County about what matters to them as we head toward the 2018 elections,” said Peterson. “I’m great at listening and really care about success for all people, and not just those at the top of the economic ladder.”

Jeff and his wife, Lisa, live in Wyoming. They have three children: Kayla, 20; Will, 17; and Bohdy, 10.

To learn more about Jeff and what he stands for, find him at www.jeffpetersonmn.com or www.facebook.com/JeffPetersonMN32B. wpic

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