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8/7/2014 3:02:00 PM
Will vote Wollschlager

To the editor:

I would like to encourage people to vote for Sandy Wollschlager in the DFL primary election for Goodhue County Commissioner on August 12. I have known Sandy for over 20 years and have always been impressed about her passion and commitment to doing her best for the community. Sandy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Augsburg College and has worked at 3M in the areas of environmental health, worker safety, and regulatory law.

I don't support her just because she is a scientist and I am a scientist. I support her because I have seen firsthand how her scientific training guides her in her public roles. For instance, she was on the Cannon Falls School Board when the issue of the peaking power plant came before the Board. I attended that meeting and heard from many pro and anti power plant citizens. At the end of the meeting, we discovered that Sandy was keeping a tally of the pro and anti-voices. But, she was not content with just these data, which were from the more vocal citizenry. She organized a group to canvass the area to determine how the majority of people felt about the issue.

This is typical of Sandy. She wanted information on how everyone felt, not just those who were most passionate and gave up an evening at home to have their say. This is how she will function as County Commissioner. While a state legislator, Sandy continually put questions to voters by writing columns and seeking input about what was before the legislator. She also has forged a strong relationship with other county commissioners such as the current Olmsted County Commissioner who served in the legislature with her. While in the state legislature, Sandy served on Governmental Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections, Taxes, and Veterans Affairs committees. All of these are outstanding preparations for the types of issues that a county commissioner deals with on a daily basis.

We could not ask for a more thoughtful, dedicated, and well-prepared Goodhue County Commissioner. Please join me in supporting her on August 12th.

Merry Jo Velasquez

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