Take a look at Skogen’s record and re-elect him [UPDATED]Published 7:54am Friday, September 14, 2012 Updated 12:00pm Friday, September 14, 2012
I am writing on behalf of Dan Skogen, who is running for State Senator in District 10 (soon to be District 8).
I’ve known Dan since his initial campaign back in 2006 and have always been impressed with his commitment, his energy, and his record.
Dan and his wife, Dee, are committed to campaigning this year by knocking on every door in this district, which includes Fergus Falls, Alexandria, Vining, Henning, Pelican Rapids, Battle Lake, Dent, Underwood, Ottertail, Clitherall, Vergas, Parkers Prairie, Nelson, Carlos, Miltona, Dalton, Urbank, Osakis, and probably a few others that I’ve neglected to mention.
If you haven’t gotten to meet Dan, it’s either because you weren’t home, or he hasn’t gotten to your neighborhood quite yet. Dan’s commitment to this kind of campaigning speaks to his desire to listen to his constituents and to act on their behalf.
Dan has always been a strong advocate for our region. During the 2009-10 session, he sat on eight committees, with three of these having to do with education, two regarding agriculture, two regarding environmental issues and one on commerce and consumer protection. He was the chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Water for two sessions, and chair of the E-12 Education Budget and Policy Division — Arts Education his second session.
It should be noted that Dan is a strong supporter of education for all ages. He has been a proponent of increased attention to and funding for all ages, but particularly early childhood and higher education.
Dan differs from his opponent, Bill Ingebrigtsen (Alexandria), regarding education, in that Ingebrigtsen supports legislation introduced by the GOP which cuts base funding by $35-$40 million, caps funding directed to our most vulnerable children and slashed $200 million in special education funding over the biennium.
As someone who works in the schools with at risk students, I see the enormous benefits that students receive when there are programs in place that meet their needs; and the challenges for both students and staff when budget cuts have caused class sizes to rise and programs to be cut.
I would encourage you to look at Dan’s record, talk with him if he comes to your door, and vote for the man with energy and integrity on November 6 … Dan Skogen.