Dittrich is retiring from Legislature

After eight years of service in the Minnesota House of Representatives, State Rep. Denise Dittrich (DFL – Champlin/Coon Rapids) has announced she will not seek re-election in 2012.

 State Rep. Denise Dittrich
State Rep. Denise Dittrich

Dittrich, who has represented Champlin and Coon Rapids residents in the Legislature since 2005, informed delegates at an endorsing convention Saturday of her decision. Dittrich released the following statement, “Over the last eight years, I have been grateful for the opportunity to serve my community in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

“Representing the people of Champlin and Coon Rapids has been one of the great privileges of my life.

“I will always be thankful for the trust my friends and neighbors placed in me to be their voice at the state Capitol.

“But with everything there is a season, and I believe my time at the Legislature is complete.

“As my youngest child graduates from high school, my family and I are beginning a new chapter in our lives.

“With that transition, our community will have the opportunity to entrust a new representative with the challenging and important work ahead.

“With the help of so many, I am proud of what our community has been able to accomplish over these last eight years.

“Together, we have raised awareness of school trust lands. Enhancing oversight of how these lands are managed delivered more funding for our schools at a time when they needed it most.

“As a constant advocate for students, I am proud of the work we have done to fight for fair funding for the Anoka-Hennepin School District. That work must continue.

“I am proud of the work we did together to improve Highway 610, address serious safety concerns on Highway 169 at Devil’s Triangle and make the Northstar Commuter Rail line a reality.

“And I am proud of the work I have done to advocate for greater accountability in our property tax system.”

According to Dittrich, she has tried to serve her constituents to the best of her ability with non-partisan leadership focused on positive results for the people of Champlin and Coon Rapids.

“In every decision, my constituents came first,” Dittrich said. “That was the promise I ran on years ago and a promise I have kept during my time in office.

“The time is right for me to move on, but I look forward to continue serving the community I love in any way I can in the future.”

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