January 8, 2020
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Representative Liz Olson runs for re-election to Minnesota House seat 7B
“It’s been an honor to represent the people of 7B for the past three years and I’m happy to announce my campaign for re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives. During my time in office, the work I’m most proud of is deeply rooted in our community. It is the work I do with the people of Duluth that energizes me and gives me hope, and it’s the reason I’m running for re-election.”
During her last term in office, Representative Olson has worked to make sure Duluth voices were heard at the Capitol. She worked to ensure the approval of Duluth’s sales tax for overdue street improvements, to build a state budget that includes $96 million toward public infrastructure for the Duluth Medical District, and she fought hard for increases in Local Government Aid which will help Duluth deliver critical services without relying too heavily on property taxes. She also focused on the opioid crisis, successfully authoring legislation to hold Big Pharma accountable by establishing new fees on manufacturers and distributors. This will allow for new funding for treatment, prevention, and public safety. Representative Olson also supported legislation to prevent wage theft, making sure Minnesota workers are paid every penny they earn. She was part of increasing Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) benefits by $100 a month, representing the first increase in 33 years, and worked to pass the Working Family Tax Credit, benefiting more than 380,000 working parents and other Minnesotans. In response to horrific reports of abuse and neglect, Representative Olson pushed for sweeping reforms to protect elderly and vulnerable adults in assisted living facilities, enacting enforceable safeguards for residents, creating a residents’ bill of rights to improve consumer protections, and giving residents the ability to install a safety camera in their living space.
“I’m proud of what we accomplished, but there is much more to do,” says Representative Olson. “Families across the state are demanding action to address senseless gun violence. As the impacts of climate change take effect, Minnesotans — especially youth — have been vocal about the need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Benefits like paid family and medical leave and earned sick and safe time aren’t available to all families, and this poses a persistent challenge as they work toward prosperity. I’m committed, with the help of people in my district, to tackling these major issues.”
The Liz For Duluth campaign will be holding a Kick-Off Fundraiser on January 8th from 5:30pm to 7pm at the Duluth Folk School, 1917 W Superior Street. This is a chance to meet Representative Olson and her campaign team, hear more about her vision for our state, and learn about the caucus process.
Venue: Duluth Folk School Main Hall
Located on street level. Handicapped accessible.