“There are two reasons I’m running for governor,” he said. “The first is there are huge economic forces bearing down on Minnesota families and we need a governor that is going to stand-up and fight for the average Minnesotan. Second is I want to make sure we’re listening to people. If we bring energy from outside the capital, we’re going to go a lot farther.”
Thissen, who was Speaker of the Minnesota House from 2013 to 2015, Stopped at various locations in southern Minnesota on Thursday, including The Coffee House on Main in Austin, where he fielded questions from reporters.
“Being here and talking to the people of southern Minnesota will make me a better candidate and make me a better governor,” he said. Thissen praised Austin’s ability to incorporate the community into problem solving, citing examples like Austin Aspires as what he hopes to accomplish as governor.“That’s a model for us going forward,” he said. Thissen is currently in his eighth two-year term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He represented District 63A from 2003 to 2013 and was the Minnesota House Minority Leader from 2011 ti 2012 and 2016 to 2017. His current district, 61B, is a safe DFL district located in southwest Minneapolis.
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With Gov. Dayton not seeking re-election in 2018, the list of applicants for the job continues to grow longer. Former House Minority Leader Paul Thissen is the most-recent hopeful, after his announcement on Thursday morning. The long-time representative visited Fergus Falls last Monday to learn more about area mental health programs and speak on his upcoming campaign.
Politics at both the national and state level have been filled with partisan divides and finger-pointing of late. A country that previously identified as Americans together now seems split into Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative. Thissen said the present is simply an opportunity for all people to come back together, and he believes part of the solution is restoring the people’s voice in government.
“People are feeling like they’re losing control over defining their own future – economically, but also politically,” Thissen said. “Our state government isn’t being as responsive to local communities and local institutions the way it should be.”
Economic reform is a primary component of Thissen’s campaign. One of his first priorities is to ensure livable wages for working parents and eliminate income disparities between genders and ethnic backgrounds. Thissen was a proponent of the 2014 rise to minimum wage in Minnesota, and he says work still needs to be done to ensure every Minnesota can afford to care for themselves and save for a meaningful retirement.
“[We need] wages that pay enough for a family to live on, making sure that women get paid the same as men… Rebalancing our workplace so families can put bread on the table but also be there around the table,” Thissen said.
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