The following is a portion of an article by the StarTribune’s Editorial Board appeared in the February 3, 2016 issue:
Undervaluing and even scorning experience in elective office is in fashion among some Americans. It’s a regrettable trend that we reject with our endorsements in two Feb. 9 legislative special election contests. In both Bloomington’s District 50B and in Anoka County’s District 35, we prefer candidates who have proved themselves through previous government service.
District 50B: Carlson
On the strength of more than four years of service on the Bloomington City Council, DFLer Andrew Carlson gets our nod over Republican Chad Anderson for the seat that’s been vacated at midterm by former DFL Rep. Ann Lenczewski.
Carlson, 41, has greater familiarity with state policy issues and has exhibited deeper commitment to public service. A project manager for the Minneapolis Public Works Department and former economic development official for that city, Carlson also has been a policy fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He won a second City Council term in November with 55.6 percent of the vote. Moderate-minded and attuned to his constituents, he seems ready to quickly participate in lawmaking in St. Paul.
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