SOURCE: Citizens for Staunton

March 06, 2010 23:48 ET

Democrats Endorse Kevin Staunton for 2010 Minnesota State House of Representatives

Staunton Is Democrats' Clear Choice for November Election

EDINA, MN--(Marketwire - March 6, 2010) -  Today, Democrats in 41(A) overwhelmingly endorsed Kevin Staunton as their candidate to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives at the District Convention. Staunton received 81 percent of delegate votes in his district amidst a challenge from former Republican and Independent candidate Ron Erhardt.

"Kevin understands Minnesota's difficult fiscal crisis and community needs. He will provide the collaborative leadership that our district deserves and the Minnesota State House of Representatives needs," said DFL 41(A) Endorsement Committee Co-Chair and DFL Central Committee Member Dianne Thomas.

"I am honored to be the Democratic candidate and I look forward to restoring responsible, moderate representation for Edina at the state house," said Staunton. "We are at a crossroads on a national, state and community level. We need a change." 

Staunton's Focus

Staunton will work to restore Minnesota's longstanding leadership in education, economic development, healthcare, energy and the environment. 

"While I'm optimistic about our future, I'm greatly concerned that we are creating high-cost problems for the future. Our current representative [Republican Keith Downey] is approaching financial challenges by being penny wise and pound foolish," said Staunton. "This is a serious situation. There is not a single state education system that has been allowed to fail in the past that has rebounded -- regardless of resources. We cannot attract new business and emerge as the leader Minnesota once was by allowing this and other valuable infrastructure to deteriorate," offered Staunton.

Staunton advises a multifaceted approach to the funding of solutions to keep state infrastructure strong. "We know it is impossible to solve the state budget crisis with cuts or revenue increases alone. We need to quit playing shell games and make the hard decisions around priorities and our best return on investment."

Democrats also endorsed Steve Elkins (41) for the Minnesota Senate and MN State House incumbent Paul Rosenthal 41(B) at the Convention. All candidates take their contest to the voters in November of this year.

About Kevin Staunton
Kevin and his family have been a part of the Edina community for more than 11 years. He has lived in Minnesota since the age of 17 when he moved here to attend the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Maria Christu, have three boys attending the Edina Public Schools. Kevin has worked with state and local government for more than 20 years, serving as a Special Assistant Attorney General, a City Attorney, and a private lawyer representing individuals and businesses working with government. He is vice chairman of the Edina Planning Commission, sits on the Edina Public Schools Innovation Team and has served as a youth sports coach, Cub Scout leader and PTA president.

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