Senate District 51 citizens re-elected their state representatives, Sandy Masin and Laurie Halverson, and their state senator, Jim Carlson, by wide margins on November 8th. For this we are thankful. We can be thankful because we know these three always put the needs of their community above politics. They serve us well. They make us proud. While their service in the new GOP-controlled Legislature will present challenges, we know they will work to serve the very best interests of Eagan, Burnsville, and Minnesota as a whole. We would like to be able to say that for the majority party. We hope it, too, will look out for the long-term interest of our whole community, but are glad to know that Jim, Laurie and Sandy will be there working to help make that happen.
Senate District 51 citizens also did their part in our national contests by supporting the election of Angie Craig to Congress and Hillary Clinton to the Presidency. They fell to the post-truth message of Donald Trump, which swayed a minority of Americans and a minority of CD2 voters to give office to Trump and Jason Lewis. Hard to take, given the false and hateful messages both espoused. But hate is no prescription for the future and voters will seek new leaders when that becomes apparent to all. We need to be prepared to again do our part when that opportunity arises.