In 2018, voters in House District 37A will elect a representative. District 37A includes includes parts of Blaine, Coon Rapids and Spring Lake Park. You can read about the candidates below, or watch one of the forums they participated in.
(These forums begins with 37B. District 37A follows)
About: Rep. Koegel is a lifelong resident of Minnesota and knows it is a great place to live, work and raise a family.Erin grew up in the north metro and graduated from Osseo High School. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Advocacy and Political Leadership both from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
As our state representative, Erin Koegel’s focus is to help people find the path to a better life.Her advocacy for paid sick leave, health care for all and connecting people to good jobs makes adifference. She helped secure funding to repair 105th Ave in Blaine and worked with MNDOT to study traffic and safety issues on Highway 65 and University Ave.
While serving in the Minnesota House, Rep. Koegel also works at The East Side Learning Center (ESLC). ESLC is a nonprofit founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame that provides literacy tutoring to children one-on-one in Saint Paul.
Erin and her husband, Steve, live in Spring Lake Park and love the hometown feel of the north metro area. They will be welcoming their first child in December and look forward to raising their family here!
Healthcare: Denying people care they need to increase profit is wrong. Minnesotans keep paying more and more while getting less and less. I believe that everyone deserves healthcare they can count on.
Education: Our kids deserve a world-class education. We must support our teachers to ensure we get the best educators possible in the classrooms. We also must offer students a variety of pathways to success whether that is a college education or apprenticeship in fields like trades.
Transportation: People in our community spend too much time sitting in traffic on Highway 65 or worried about our safety while utilizing University Ave. Our community is growing, and we must address our transportation needs so we can spend more time with our families and people can easily access businesses in the north metro.
Goals if Elected:
- In 1992, Republican Governor Arne Carlson and a bipartisan coalition of legislators created MinnesotaCare – a state-operated health insurance plan. Today, over 100,000 eligible Minnesotans have chosen MinnesotaCare for the high-quality health coverage they need, at prices they can better afford. To lower prices for more Minnesotans, I want to give everyone who buys their insurance on the individual health insurance market the choice to buy-into MinnesotaCare. Minnesotans who choose “MinnesotaCare Buy-In” would pay their own way – meaning the cost of their premiums would pay for their coverage, without any additional ongoing costs to Minnesota taxpayers.
- Secure funding to address the traffic congestion on Highway 65 and the safety issues on University Ave.
- Minnesota Farm Bureau
- Minnesota Farmers Union
- Minnesota Peace and Peace Officers Association
- AFSCME Council 5
- Conservation Minnesota
- Teamsters Joint Council 32
- Teamsters 120
- Indivisible North Metro
- Minnesota AFL-CIO
- Education Minnesota
- Emily’s List
- IBEW 110
- IBEW 292
- Moms Demand Action
- OutFront Minnesota
- Planned Parenthood
- TakeAction Minnesota
Connect with Me:
Family: I am son to Rick and Rita Wilder and Youngest of three. I am not married, but with the one I will be.
Education: In 2005, I earned my BS Degree in Mass Communications from MSU Mankato with emphasis in Public Relations.
Occupation: Real Estate Broker and I manage my family’s company, Metro Gun Club.
Years lived in district: 34 years
Community involvement: I currently am Chairman of the Coon Creek Watershed District and have been the past two years. I am a volunteer teacher for the DNR for youth classes and I coach soccer for the City of Blaine.
What distinguishes from the other candidate is my experience with working with government entities and transparency. Being the president of the local watershed has allowed me to work with county commissioners, mayors, and city councils on projects coming into our communities Also, I work with agencies such as, MNPCA, Army Corp, BWSR, DNR, Met Council. With you vote, I will continue to work with them to make our communities strong and safe.
Important Issues: Our healthcare needs attention. Period. Each member of this community is affected by this and we need to address the growing concerns. My opponent wants a single payer system, I believe the government has proven (I.e.MNLARS) incapability of organizational skills and you want them to be the Final and Only say to your healthcare options and how you are going to receive them?
Our Seniors are facing difficult and confusing decisions leading to retirement. If not attended to now, will likely magnify in the years to come while our “Boomers” continue to retire. You are the reason I started this mission, my grandparents were taken advantage of and I won’t stand by and allow that treatment to a vulnerable community.
Goals if Elected: I’m passionate about our environment, but feel education needs a lot of attention. According to the MMB, 49% of our $23 Billion budget is spent on Universal Pre-K to higher education. Do the math…the results we are getting from our public school system need to improve given that much support already provided. I am targeted by ads saying I’m going to join a group of leaders who are going to take billions away from our students….that’s not true, however, I will make sure the education that is being provided to our State’s children will prepare them for their futures.
Endorsements: Did not respond