U.S. representative race will be a rematch

Candidates talk health care, education

 

Hannah Burlingame

Review staff

 

The race for the 2nd Congressional District will look familiar to those who remember the 2016 election. Once again, Jason Lewis, Republican incumbent, and DFLer Angie Craig are running against each other for the congressional seat.

The district includes Scott, Dakota, Goodhue and Wabasha counties, and parts of Rice and Washington counties.

The Review asked the candidates via email why there are running, what skills and experiences they will bring to the office, what they believe to be the top challenges the district faces, and what issues or projects they would prioritize if elected.

 

Angie Craig, 46, lives in Eagan with her wife Cheryl. Craig is a small business owner and previously worked as a human resources and communications executive. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Memphis.

If elected, Craig said the skills and experiences she would bring to office include healthcare management, healthcare manufacturing, small business and trade experience. 

“I’m running for Congress to build a Minnesota for all of us — where every member of every family is rewarded for their hard work with an outstanding education, the training or retraining for a good job, and a fair shot at a better life,” Craig said.

She said those in the 2nd Congressional District need access to affordable, quality healthcare, and the cost of healthcare needs to be driven down. 

“We need to upgrade our infrastructure and support small businesses and family farmers. We need high-speed Internet access and affordable housing and child care in rural areas,” Craig said, adding that access to vocational skill training programs in high schools needs to be expanded to make sure “workers are prepared to get good-paying jobs.”

Craig said as she travels around the district and speaks with voters, it is clear that healthcare cost is a top concern.

“In Congress, I will fight to lower these costs, including the cost of prescription drugs. At times growing up, my own family couldn’t afford health insurance,” Craig said. “I know that if healthcare isn’t affordable, it’s not accessible. I will work to make sure all families have access to quality care they can afford.”

 

Jason Lewis, 63, was elected to his first, two-year term in 2016. He is married to Leigh and lives Woodbury. 

Lewis has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado - Denver

He said he is running for re-election because of his concerns for issues like economic growth and workforce training.

Lewis added getting wages back up means “focus on marketable skills, like career and technical training—that’s what I’m working on in my first term of Congress.”

“These are areas that will have a real impact on the future of Minnesota and the country and benefit our economy for years to come,” Lewis said. “I am working and running for re-election to leave things better than you found them for Second District workers and families here and across the country.”

Lewis said there is finally a true economic recovery, with unemployment below 3 percent and growth above 4 percent. This is something that needs to continue, he added. 

“Economic prosperity is what allows our country to improve our infrastructure, improve our environment, and ensure a better future for generations to come. We simply cannot afford to return to economic malaise that has held our country back,” Lewis said.

If re-elected, Lewis said he would continue to “build upon the economic policies that have helped our country, advance career and technical education, and reform our healthcare system.”

He added he would project tax cuts that have spurred economic recovery and let “hardworking Americans keep more of their money.” 

Lewis added there is the need to continue supporting opportunities that prepare students for jobs being created currently and in the future. 

 

Election day is Nov. 6. To find your polling place visit pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us.

 

-Hannah Burlingame can be reached at 651-748-7824 or hburlingame@lillienews.com

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