Phil Ringstrom, Sartell
Recently, I was explaining to an acquaintance my support for Tim Walz for governor of Minnesota. My friend asked, “What Party?” I explained Congressman Walz is from the 1st Congressional District and is currently the top Democrat on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and the highest-ranking enlisted soldier to ever serve in Congress. He stopped me there and said, “Democrat? No Chance!” My friend, being patient, allowed me to explain Tim’s platform, his commitment to his country evidenced by his service, his background as an educator and representative of all Minnesotans in the United States Congress. When I reviewed his platform regarding health care, his veteran’s opportunity care plan, agriculture, economic needs of all Minnesota, energy, education and environment, his response was muted. Tim Walz’s opponent’s platform pales in comparison.
I have voted Democratic, Republican and Independent, always paying attention to the candidate’s values, beliefs, accomplishments and ability to get things done. Recently, elections and politicians are being measured by accusations toward the other candidate and strictly by party affiliation.
Tim Walz is a person who has a history of reaching across party lines and is representative of all of Minnesota. Recent evidence of his collaboration and negotiation skills is his work across party lines affecting labor management and care delivery issues at the St. Cloud Veterans’ Affairs Hospital. Tim’s platform on education, health care, infrastructure, environment and community support for both rural and urban Minnesota is solid. With Peggy Flanagan as his running mate, we have a diverse, progressive and balanced ticket.
I hope this Nov. 6, Minnesota voters will mark their ballots for the best person who represents his/her beliefs, goals and values, not just the colors of Red and Blue!