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Letter: Wilfahrt will represent you well

To the editor,

I am writing in support of Jeff Wilfahrt for the State of Minnesota House Representatives seat from District 57B, representing Rosemount and eastern Apple Valley, and I urge readers to also support Jeff with their vote.

This is a critical election. We have been digging our financial hole since the days of Jesse Ventura. Our government has sought short-term answers that have created many unintended results, namely, the current deficits and poor results. Our elected officials have paid more attention to their own career advancements than to the good of the State of Minnesota and Rosemount. They have paid more attention to party loyalties, and often to political pressures from outside our state, than to what is in the best interests of Minnesotans.

Jeff Wilfahrt will be a different kind of leader and representative for district 57B. Jeff is not a career politician. He has no aspirations of going to Washington, D.C. He is a Minnesotan through and through. His heart and his head are both devoted to what is good for Minnesotans, not for his own political career or his party. So, if you're looking for a Representative who will keep your interests in mind, Jeff's your guy.

Jeff is a great thinker, able to think strategically and long-term as well as figuring out short-term solutions that will not backfire in the long term. This enables him to create solutions that will work in the near term, but will also avoid many of the pitfalls and unintended consequences of the short-term thinking to which we have become so accustomed. For example, Jeff sees that we must improve early childhood education if we are to resolve issues such as building a robust economy, having job-ready graduates and closing the achievement gap in education. Jeff sees that we all do better when we all do better. So, if you're looking for a Representative who will keep your interests in mind, Jeff's your guy.

Jeff is about as non-partisan as anyone running for office with an official party endorsement can get. He is pragmatic and is for what works, regardless of which side of the aisle of the House produces the idea. So, if you're looking for a Representative who will keep an open mind and look for solutions to your problems, Jeff's your guy.

Jeff is running on a platform of providing a great education for all Minnesota students, creating jobs and a robust economy and assuring equality for each of us. So, if this is the type of Representative you want, Jeff's your guy.

I have had the privilege of getting to know Jeff and his wife, Lori, over the past year. I know him to be intelligent and humble. He will be a student of any issue that comes before him as our Representative. Jeff is a great listener. He is down-to-earth. He has worked in the corporate environment and has been self-employed. He knows what it takes to run a business. He knows it isn't easy. He and Lori have suffered the pain of losing a child. Jeff is compassionate. He sees people as individuals, not as a general mass. If this is the kind of man you think would make a great Representative, please make Jeff your guy on Nov. 6. Please vote for Jeff Wilfahrt for your State Representative.

Jeanne Schwartz,