House or home?

To the editor:

I’d like to discuss my deep concern about the U.S.  8th Congressional District race and the Minnesota House District 32B race.  Though both of the Republicans in these races report that they live in a house in their district, we all know that a house is not a home.

You may recall that just six months after becoming our congressman, Chip Cravaak surprised and disappointed his constituents when he chose to purchase a home in
New Hampshire and move his entire family away from the 8th district. His place in New Hampshire is where his family lives. It’s where his kids go to school and to church. It’s where he invests his community efforts. New Hampshire is Cravaak’s home — and it’s over 1,400 miles away from Minnesota’s 8th.

How can Chip Cravaack possibly expect to represent our district? Conversely, Cravaack’s Democratic opponent, former Congressman Rick Nolan,  has his home, his heart and his presence in our district.   He has lived in this area for over 67 years, his family having lived in this district for 4 generations. His vast experience in the Congress means he already “knows the ropes” and will be able to hit the ground running, continuing his demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of all citizens in the 8th District.

Like Cravaack, unfortunately, there are other Republicans running in this area who lack homes in our district. After redistricting, Republican Bob Barrett would have had to run against another Republican in 39A, the district where he keeps his home. Rather than do that, he has chosen to temporarily rent a house in my district, 32B, and try his luck in another place. Contrast that with his opponent, Rick Olseen, who has lived in the same home in my district for 27 years.  Rick’s heart and his presence are right here in my district.

Tessa Hill

North Branch

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