A May Township resident who announced her intent to run for a seat in the state House in January has officially filed for office and launched her campaign.
At the first opportunity, May 22, Ann Mozey filed for office with a group of DFL-endorsed candidates from across the state.
Mozey is running for the Minnesota State House’s District 39A seat, which encompasses May Township, Marine on St. Croix, Franconia, Shafer and Shafer Township, Forest Lake, Scandia, Stillwater, Township and parts of Stillwater.
Incumbent Bob Dettmer, a Republican from Forest Lake, also filed for candidacy May 22. He and Mozey were the only two to have filed as of May 30, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office. The filing period ended June 5.
Dettmer’s political philosophy is one of limited government. He supports reducing taxes and regulations and says that parents are responsible for their children’s education. He supports limiting abortion rights and advocates for a strong national military.
Mozey’s platform includes increasing the minimum wage, working for single-payer health care, creating jobs in the renewable energy industry and promoting environmental conservation. Mozey — an attorney, hobby farmer and 20-year volunteer at Tubman shelter — has vowed strong support for public education, which she calls “the bedrock of a strong democracy.”
“For our community there are important issues that need our attention including improving and funding our public schools so that we can achieve smaller class sizes and not waste resources closing schools,” she said in a press release announcing her campaign kickoff.
In Stillwater and Forest Lake, school closures have made and continue to make headlines.
“With big changes revamping our public education system, it is the perfect time to focus on Minnesota's future for the benefit of all our children,” Mozey said, noting her commitment “to prioritize and advocate for improving and funding our public education system, the bedrock of a strong democracy and a strong economy for everyone.”
The 2018 State General Election is November 6.