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The Editorial Board endorses Blake Huffman and Mary Jo McGuire.
I live in this district and applaud your endorsement of Mary Jo McGuire. Mary Jo is a thoughtful candidate with solid experience, who will work with people from all sides to accomplish concrete goals on the County Board. Her opponent, by contrast, is on the fringe - she ran against Gov. Pawlenty in a primary because, she said, "he was not friendly enough to business."
I must say that I am not at all surprised by the Star Tribune endorsement; however, I must say that I disagree whole-heartedly. While Mary Jo McGuire may have more experience as an elected official, I believe that Sue Jeffers is the best choice for Ramsey County District Two Sue brings real-world business experience to the table, which has shaped her property tax and home-value stances. Sue will not sit back and allow politics as usual to cost the residents of District Two more and more money through increased taxes and diminishing home values. Sue will fight to make our government more effective and efficient while increasing the County Board’s accountability to the taxpayers. Ramsey County’s property tax rates are skyrocketing above than of our neighboring counties. Sue promises to be a guardian of our tax-dollars, making sure that each and every penny that we our taxed goes toward making our district and all of Ramsey County a better. Sue also promises not to waste our tax dollars, promising to stop unnecessary tax hikes to help Ramsey County families who are already struggling in the midst of a prolonged economic down turn. Sue’s promise of efficiency is enough to garner my support. And in your endorsements, you go as far as to say Blake Huffman (District One) is your pick because of his “greater emphasis on efficiency”. Seems to be a bit hypocritical – I can’t seem to find anything about efficiency on Mary Jo’s campaign website or her campaign literature.
Mary Jo McGuire has been an elected official for the better part of the past two decades. A vote for her is simply a vote for more of the same. It is time to elect someone with fresh ideas that is ready to make a difference in Ramsey County. It is time to elect Sue Jeffers.
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