It’s a rematch in House District 66A

This fall is the third time that longtime incumbent House District 66A DFL Rep. Alice Hausman will face off against Republican Jon Heyer.

Heyer also challenged Hausman in 2014 and 2016; he might again be facing a tough fight as Hausman won both races with more than two thirds of the vote.

District 66A includes Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, much of Roseville and bits of St. Paul.

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

Election Day is Nov. 6.

 

Hausman, 76, is seeking her 16th, two-year term in the House. She's divorced and is a full-time legislator who lives in St. Paul. She holds a bachelor's degree in education from Concordia University-Nebraska and a master's in education from Concordia University-Illinois.

She said her previous work experience was in education and hospital department management, while her current work in the Legislature is on infrastructure funding and policy, higher education, housing, clean water, transit and more. "I believe a good leader listens first, then acts," she said.

As to why she's running, "My work is not done," said Hausman. "We have so much to do to assure a safe place to live for everyone, to assure accessible and affordable health care, to assure the availability of a higher education system that does not leave students with unsustainable debt, to fix a broken and complicated mental health system. The challenges require all of us to commit to the hard work required to find solutions."

The top needs of the district are what Hausman said she prioritizes: education, housing and mass transit. 

Hausman said her top priority if re-elected would be housing. "Nothing else in life goes well if you don't have a safe place to sleep at night," she said, noting that a top challenge for people older than 55 is finding affordable housing. 

"That age group is experiencing the fastest growth in homelessness as they struggle to balance housing and health care costs," she said.  "The governor's task force on housing, which I was privileged to serve on, has identified six goals intended to boost and expand the full continuum of housing resources."

 

Heyer, 61, lives in St. Paul and is married to Theresa. He holds a master's degree in theology from St. Catherine University and works part-time at St. Odilia Catholic Church.

He said the skills or experience he would bring to office include the ability to work well with others, common sense and creative problem solving.

"The reason I am running is to bring a return to responsible spending," said Heyer. "In recent years our state Legislature has gone on a bit of a spending spree. Lots of new public buildings, government programs, an expensive health care exchange program (that barely works), and very costly transit options (light rail)."

He said the state "must ease business taxes and regulations to foster private-sector job growth and to stop more companies from relocating away from Minnesota and our district"

Added Heyer, "We must re-learn fiscal responsibility to prosper and bring a bright future."

 

For more information about voting, go to www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting.

 

–Mike Munzenrider can be reached at mmunzenrider@lillienews.com or 651-748-7813.

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