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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Kanne files for House of Representatives in District 16B

  • James Kanne, a dairy farmer from near Franklin, filed for office this week. Kanne is running for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 16B with the DFL endorsement as he did in 2012.
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  • James Kanne, a dairy farmer from near Franklin, filed for office this week. Kanne is running for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 16B with the DFL endorsement as he did in 2012.
     
    A 40-year resident of the area, Kanne said he is running for state representative to bring the perspective of this area to the Capitol.
     
    “We share values of hard work, stewardship and support for education. While we work very hard out here, our incomes do not reflect the productivity of our work. Even though the future increase in the minimum wage will be good for us in rural Minnesota, we need to have incomes for all of our workers and small businesses that are competitive in the general economy.”
     
    Kane noted that during the last two legislative sessions, the DFL has turned around funding for education by paying back the debt to schools, increasing the allotment per student, providing funding for all day kindergarten throughout the state and freezing college tuition for students in the state university system.
    Kane added that while gridlock, budget imbalances and government shutdowns may seem behind us, they will return again unless we continue to move forward with a progressive agenda.
     
    “What is lacking is inclusion of ideas for greater Minnesota and this is directly linked to our lack of DFL legislators from here. If we want more than band-aid fixes for our roads and greater general prosperity for all greater Minnesotans, we need to have legislators at the table where the bills that pass are written. We are a huge economic engine for our state, let’s get our share of the income.”
     
    As a sixth generation Minnesota farmer, Kanne is currently transitioning the farm to his daughter and son-in-law to assure that they won’t be the last generation in their family to farm in Minnesota.
    “We need to provide more opportunities to young people to start farming and to start businesses in rural Minnesota. There will not be any quick fixes for greater Minnesota, but small directed efforts over time can make a difference.”
     
    He explained that there needs to be a balance between those who would have no government and those who would prefer a “nanny state” that takes care of everyone who is in the middle ground. Supporting education, building roads, protecting the air and water and caring for elderly and disabled neighbors are the areas that cover most of what the state does.
     
    “In my first run for the legislature I met and talked to a lot of my neighbors and learned a lot about the process of governance. What I saw and heard encouraged me to run again. The working people, the family farmers and small business owners of this area could really use someone willing to speak up for them. The wealthy and the large corporations are well covered with lobbyists at the capitol. Also those most at risk – our children, our elderly and those who are disabled – deserve a voice. Together we can work for a better tomorrow for all of our neighbors.”
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