John Hoffman, the Anoka Hennepin School Board vice chairperson, was endorsed by Senate District 36 DFL delegates representing parts of Coon Rapids, Brooklyn Park and all of Champlin.
Seventy-six percent of convention delegates supported Hoffman’s endorsement on the first ballot.
In remarks to delegates, Hoffman said he “would work endlessly with anyone to reach positive solutions to our state’s challenges.”
Hoffman also committed to bring a different tone to St. Paul, a tone reflecting the values of the people of Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Coon Rapids and Minnesota, he said.
“As your senator, I will seek sound solutions because we share these common values: safe schools that affirm all students and foster the finest of learning opportunities to compete in today’s global economy; a sustainable economy with well paid jobs; infrastructure that strengthens our state; healthcare with affordable access for all Minnesotans and a comprehensive commitment to preserving our natural resources,” said Hoffman.
Hoffman commended his endorsement challenger Jefferson Fietek for his commitment to his community and thanked him for making a difference.
It is time to move past the “just say no” politics of his opponent and the current majority and the endless and wrong strategy of legislating through constitutional amendment, according to Hoffman.
“Republican Benjamin Kruse must share the blame in diverting our state’s attention away from the people’s business,” Hoffman said. “He was part of the bickering, sniping and finger pointing that resulted in shutting our government down in 2011.
“And did anyone voting for the incumbent vote to have their property taxes increased? I think not.”
In accepting the endorsement Hoffman said he would work every day to bring back traditional Minnesota values of working with people of diverse views and committed to being a senator in touch with the communities he represents. “I believe in getting the job done and as your senator, you will never again have to worry if the job is getting done,” he said.