Kunze to challenge Kohls in 34A

Received this notification from Leanne Kunze campaign.  I’ll have a lot more to say on this between now and Election Day, but Leanne is an excellent candidate who deserves your attention and your vote.

CHASKA – Leanne Kunze of Laketown Township on Saturday received the DFL endorsement to challenge state Rep. Paul Kohls, R-Victoria, for his District 34A seat. She was nominated at the District 34 DFL convention at Chaska Middle School East.

Kunze said she was honored to receive the endorsement but hesitated because Kohls and his wife are family friends.

“This was a hard decision to make. I had initially thought about running while Rep. Kohls was traveling around the state on an exploratory run for governor. Paul and Kelly are family friends and I don’t want this to get personal,” said Kunze. “But we need to make sure Minnesota is on a path where we can protect working families, fight for property tax fairness and ensure that the most vulnerable in our society are protected. I was extremely disappointed in Paul’s recent partisan vote against protecting the most vulnerable in our society, including 8,000 veterans.”

Kunze said it isn’t about partisan politics to her. “People in our community aren’t Democrats and they aren’t Republicans. They are moderate, independent-thinking people. They want someone that will be consistent with what they think is right for the community.”

Kunze said she would arrive at the capital with a very specific agenda. “The challenge our state faces requires leadership that is looking to get things done instead of fighting partisan battles. We need to make sure we are investing in education so students can get a world-class education, we need to properly fund local governments so property tax increases aren’t required in order to maintain local communities and we need to ensure that working families have strong opportunities to make their lives a little better.”

A longtime resident of Carver County, Kunze has worked as a child-protection social worker and has been a labor advocate. She is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. “My faith and experience working with the public has led me to heed the call and ensure that Minnesotans continue our trend of looking out for our neighbors as much as we look out for ourselves. Only when we move forward together will we all be successful.” Kunze said.

Kunze is a 1989 graduate of Holy Trinity Catholic High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology at the College of St. Catherine. Kunze is working on her master’s in public affairs at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Kunze and her husband Tony have two sons, Tyler and Ethan.

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