Every election is a crossroads. This year, Rochester voters will decide if we keep moving forward as a state or take endless detours that lead nowhere. I’m talking about the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Nearly everyone agrees legislators in St. Paul can work more effectively and deliver more concrete results. I believe productivity starts with active listening and a willingness to find common ground. If we’re going to do more for students of all ages, find new solutions for the health insurance crisis, properly maintain our roads and bridges, and make sure our communities are safer and more inclusive — four worthy goals among many — members of the Minnesota House of Representatives have to work together.

Elected representatives must commit to listen first, reach across the aisle and work together for results that help make our city and state even more vibrant and welcoming for all people.
Duane Sauke
Rochester

Originally published in the Post-Bulletin.