May Township attorney and hobby farmer Ann Mozey announced Jan. 29 that she would vie for the 39A state House seat. The position is currently held by Bob Dettmer, a Republican from Forest Lake.

In a press release announcing her campaign, Mozey outlined a platform to increase the minimum wage, work for single-payer health care, and create jobs in the renewable energy industry while promoting environmental conservation. She also vowed strong support for public education, which she called “the bedrock of a strong democracy.”

Mozey invoked Paul Wellstone, saying, “We all do better when we all do better,” and added that she believes in “creating win-win-win solutions.”

She pointed to her experience as a family law  attorney, saying it has given her insight into the challenges facing families today and how to better support them. 

“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,” she said.  

Mozey, a lifelong Minnesota resident and mother of three teenage children, described herself as “an academic at heart,” noting that she had a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, a master’s from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Mitchell Hamline. 

Elections for the Minnesota House of Representatives will be held Nov. 6, 2018. The filing deadline for candidacy is June 5. Current 39A Rep. Dettmer was first elected to the position in 2006 and has served from 2007 to the present, six two-year terms.

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