As Election Day nears, my opponent, Sarah Kruger, and others are doubling down on their mudslinging and slimy negative campaign tactics in an effort to mislead voters. This time, Darrell Downs, a political science professor Winona State University, recently submitted a letter with complete lies about my voting record.
At a recent candidate forum, Kruger said I voted against the Winona County jail project. Five days later, Downs wrote the same thing. Another letter submitted in July by Matthew Hyle, also a Winona State professor, said the same thing. This coordinated effort is, you guessed it, false.
Downs wrote that I voted against improvements to the Preston Veterans Home. Preston doesn’t have a veterans home. Yes, you read that correctly. Downs said I voted against improvements to a building that does not exist.
Perhaps he meant to thank me for my bipartisan efforts in 2018 to successfully secure state funding for a new veterans home in Preston. Construction will begin after the federal matching funds are awarded.
Finally, Downs criticized my vote on Winona State University’s Education Village as a partisan vote. The fact is Education Village was in the 2017 bonding bill that passed the Senate on a strong bipartisan vote of 60-2. I voted “YES.” Even more puzzling is that the project was completed last year and it’s spectacular.
While Kruger and others continue their shameful attempts to mislead voters and discredit my accomplishments, I will continue focusing on working together and getting things done.
It’s an honor to serve the people of Winona, Houston, and Fillmore counties in the Minnesota Senate and I would appreciate your vote so we can continue working together to help make southeastern Minnesota an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.
Minnesota State Senator
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