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LETTER: Supports Higgins For Hennepin County Commissioner

Letter to the editor supporting Linda Higgins running for Hennepin County Commissioner District 2 seat.

To the Editor:

I first met Linda Higgins 12 years ago when I was asked by the city of Plymouth to come to the State Capitol and testify as a citizen activist on lake and water issues about the phosphorus restriction that was needed to stop algae blooms in our lakes. I started this work after moving to Medicine Lake in 1984. 

We were successful in passing legislation that Linda authored and at that time I saw several things about her. 

  • She cared about Minnesota’s lakes.
  • She cared about people who live here.
  • She was not afraid to take on big business. (They were lying in their testimony as I witnessed it.)

She has been a state senator for 16 years and is now running for Hennepin County Commissioner.  In the last year, I have been involved in citizen work to set policy for spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. Nine lakes in the west metro were organizing to have our voices heard. I sent several invitations to the commissioner  for our area and never even got the courtesy of a reply. 

I have been doing statewide work for more than 20 years on lake environmental issues with multiple organizations. Many counties respond very differently than my observations in Hennepin County. Outstate especially, but I have also been at Carver County Commission meetings where citizens were listened to.

Linda has a history of having town hall meetings with her constituents. No matter what your issue, I see her as believing in representative government and wanting to know what you think. I have lived in Hennepin County since 1978 and have never felt like county commissioners were interested in the citizens other than when they wanted our votes. I believe that when we elect her, she will continue reaching out to citizens and will answer us when we contact her.

There is a primary election on Aug. 14. Your vote matters. Please mark your calendar and show up at the polls. Make sure that you are in the right spot. Our voting location has changed since the redistricting and yours may have as well.

Your vote matters!

Terrie Christian

Plymouth

Terry Jaffoni August 06, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Hello Terrie, I agree that we need more Commissioners that will be responsive to the needs of constituents. And I share your concern about the health of our city lakes and environment (as you know from our interactions in the past). Thank you for taking the time to write the above endorsement and for encouraging voters to participate on primary day, August 14th. Terry Jaffoni
Barbara Lickness August 09, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Linda is absolutely not responsive to the needs of her constituents. 65% of her constituents recieve public assistance so just who has she been serving the last 16 years of her elected life? Certainly not the 65%. She strongly lobbied to have the Minneapolis voters cut out of voting on whether Minneapolis should spend nearly a billion dollars on a new Vikings stadium. Linda Higgins would not be good for Hennepin County Commissioner.
Kathy Rendall August 09, 2012 at 03:54 AM
I'm all for freedom of speech, but this is ridiculous. Linda Higgins is a big joke. She is not responsive to her constituents at all. Linda is a bully, vindictive and an outright racist. She supports corporate welfare but refuses to help those in her district who are trying to get off welfare... via a job. Linda is a liar. She claims she brought in money for the Lowry Avenue Bridge in north Minneapolis, This is a fat lie. Rep. Joe Mullery brought in the money. A vote for Linda is a vote for an aloof person who just wants to cap out on her pension. There are 8-other candidates in this race. Vote NO on August 14th against Linda Higgins. She is a racist and so is her husband Brian Bushay, -Kathy Rendall of Plymotuh
Kathy Rendall August 09, 2012 at 03:57 AM
I agree, Linda would not be good for the county board. All she wants to do is cap out on her pension. Vote NO - against Linda Higgins. I also feel that the county board needs young new leadership. Kathy Rendall

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