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Hello, I am Bonnie Westlin. I am challenging the 21 year incumbent for Senator in district 34. I am an attorney/mediator in my professional life, and I will bring desperately needed skills as a negotiator to the Minnesota Senate. Every day, I help negotiate compromises in difficult situations. This is the true responsibility of Senators in Minnesota.

My values match the values of this district. Education must be well-funded from early childhood through high school; we need to make postsecondary education affordable for everyone. Like many Minnesotans, my postsecondary education provided a way for me to transition from poverty to the middle-class but left me with a huge burden of debt. We must ensure the middle class isn’t priced out of the American Dream.

I have used social services; I have worked hard; I have built a successful life. Government helped me when I truly needed it. This is the role of government—to provide the services people need to contribute to their families, communities, and the economy.

As a small business owner, I am responsible for purchasing my own health insurance without the help of an employer. I understand how difficult it is to pay both premiums and co-pays for most working Minnesotans. The system needs to be improved to truly ensure access to all the health care people need. The federal government provided a mandate for health insurance; the state needs to create policies to guarantee that people get the health care services they need.

As a suburban single mother, I want to make policies that will improve the lives of not only my children but all of our children. I understand personally the difficulties so many families face financially and emotionally. I do not think enough people in the legislature have experience like mine. My experience means I will craft bills to make our community better without leaving people to fend for themselves during difficult times.

 

 

 


Prepared and Paid for by Bonnie Westlin for MN Senate, 8926 Olive Ln N, Maple Grove, MN 55311 Phone: 612-500-8989
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