To the editor:
Once again the election season is upon us, with the primary being on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
Some people don’t think primaries are that important, however they are very important. This year we in Carver County have three county commissioners that are involved in the primary race as well as our senate District 47 race. All of these are very important.
This letter is about the Senate race.
Our current Senator, Julianne Ortman, has been our senator for the past 10 years and is seeking another four-year term. Both Julianne Ortman and Bruce Schwichtenberg sought the Republican endorsement. Ballot after ballot the result was 50/50. Thus, the convention body moved to not endorse. Senator Ortman could not get the necessary votes to receive the Republican endorsement, that in itself should cause one to wonder. Now it is up to the voters to decide in the primary on Aug. 14 who should be on the ballot on Nov. 4.
Those of us watching closely, and know our senator best (having campaigned for her in the past), have become very disappointed by many of her actions, and think we the people deserve better. When politicians think that they are entitled and have the mentality that we work for them, they frequently get deceptive and disingenuous to constituents; it becomes time to send them back home.
The campaign literature being sent out by our senator would make one think she is doing well by us. The claims of being conservative and principled. Again, check the records. The Marriage Amendment is an example of her maneuvering on a position that, for a conservative Republican, should have been a "no brainer." But, to avoid a vote she sided with the Democrats on her committee to table the Marriage Amendment. Thankfully the Republicans on her committee voted to move it forward so the people of Minnesota would have a voice in this matter. She was in turn applauded then condemned by the "Log Cabin Republicans," a gay organization working within the Republican Party. Google "Log Cabin Republicans – Julianne Ortman."
We have increased spending by almost $4 billion dollars. That’s leadership? As an establishment politician, our senator has sought the endorsements of many organizations, are these organizations simply banking on a 10-year entrenched politician?
As a candidate Bruce Schwichtenberg does not seek to exploit these types of connections from outside the district and instead has been concentrating on Carver County businesses and the ordinary voters. He has a solid conservative record and reputation of honesty and hard work. That’s the kind of person I believe we need to sent to St. Paul to represent us.
Voting is our civic duty but along with that comes a responsibility to know who we are voting for and what the issues are. Our government is a reflection of "we" the voters. The Primary is Tuesday, Aug. 14. I will be casting my vote for Bruce Schwichtenberg for Senate, I invite you to join me.