Springfield science teacher, Austin Grossenburg, received the endorsement from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party to be their candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives for District 16B.

On Saturday April 16, Springfield science teacher, Austin Grossenburg, received the endorsement from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party to be their candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives for District 16B. Grossenburg will challenge incumbent Representative Paul Torkelson.

“This is the year of outsiders, the year we elect people who can reach across the aisle and get things done” Grossenburg said. “I am running for state house because I know that we can do better for Greater Minnesota, and what’s better for Greater Minnesota is better for all of Minnesota.”

Grossenburg says he has been hearing growing concerns that the state is not prioritizing the interests of Greater Minnesota, and it’s showing most in the areas of transportation and education.

“Minnesota’s roads are falling drastically behind and therefore becoming less safe to drive on and less reliable for transporting goods. We need to invest in the infrastructure of our roads for long-term growth and sustainability, and not focus our attention on short-sighted ‘band-aid’ fixes,” said Grossenburg.

Another important issue for Grossenburg is the implementation of Gov. Dayton’s preschool-for-all program. He feels a voluntary, state subsidized, universal program will remove some of the financial burden from families that need day-care. In many places in Greater Minnesota quality daycare can be costly, hard to find, and quite often unable to take on more children.

Grossenburg says there is a crisis in daycare, especially in Greater Minnesota, and this program will give parents another option and will allow them to rest easy knowing that their children are not just being watched and cared for, but are being given a jump start for kindergarten.

Grossenburg is excited to get out and start meeting voters across the district, which includes all of Brown county, most of Redwood county and a portion of Renville county.