SOURCE: Citizens for Staunton for MN House

September 28, 2009 11:48 ET

Kevin Staunton First Contender to Announce 2010 Run for Minnesota House of Representatives

Staunton Supporters Gather in His Edina Backyard to Share Optimism for the Future

EDINA, MN--(Marketwire - September 28, 2009) - Surrounded yesterday by supporters from his DFL-endorsed 2008 campaign, Kevin Staunton announced he would again seek the 41(A) seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives during an informal barbecue at his Edina home.

Why Run Again

"This community is too important to walk away. We need leaders with courage to address today's problems today -- not put them off for someone else to solve tomorrow," Staunton told supporters. "I'm running because I believe in what we've built here in Edina and Minnesota and I'm optimistic about our future."

Staunton will focus on restoring Minnesota's standing in education, energy/environment, economic development and healthcare. "I'm concerned we are creating high-cost problems for the future," said Staunton. "The state needs to live within its budget, but we also need to focus on tax payers' return on investment by not eroding our public infrastructure."

Supporter Reaction

After hearing Staunton address concerns over conservative representation and short-sighted solutions to the state budget crisis, supporter Kim Montgomery said, "I'm thrilled he is in the race. He is a true leader. Kevin listens across party lines, researches and evaluates thoughtfully before making decisions. He is just the kind of representative that we need in government during these challenging times."

Supporter and Edina resident Virginia Kearney added, "Sixty three percent of us wanted more moderate representation in the last election. I have serious concerns about the votes that have occurred since in the areas of education, healthcare and eldercare."

Also in attendance to show support was Edina Mayor Jim Hovland.

The 2008 Election

After splitting the more moderate vote with incumbent Ron Erhardt (previously a Republican running as an Independent in 2008), Staunton lost to conservative Republican Keith Downey who won with less than 37 percent of the votes.

"The people of this district clearly care more about maintaining a strong, lasting community than voting party lines. This focus on doing what's right for your neighbor and your family are important reasons why I'm continuing the conversation we started in 2008," shared Staunton.

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.

Additional Information: Photos from the campaign kick-off available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/43061224@N08/?saved=1 or www.facebook.com/kevinstaunton41A

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Jennifer Hovelsrud
    Phone: 612-518-8159
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