To the Editor:

I am very proud of our two Pine County gentlemen that have become State of Minnesota commissioners. I also feel lucky to say I have known them both for many years. As you probably saw in last week’s local papers, Thom Petersen has served the Minnesota Farmer’s Union for 16 years and Tony Lourey has been in the Minnesota State Senate for 12 years. Both were appointed by our new Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. Thom will become the new Commissioner of Agriculture and Tony will become the new  Commissioner of Human Services.

Senator Tony Lourey in recent years had a 100 percent voting record for supporting the Minnesota State AFL-CIO causes with a lifetime voting record of 98 percent for supporting Minnesota State AFL-CIO causes that mattered to every day working people and many very good bills.

Rumor has it that Minnesota State Representative Jason Rarick will be attempting to replace Senator Tony Lourey now.

I have to let the voters know the record of approval by the State AFL-CIO of Representative Rarick, who has been in office the past four years. Rarick’s 2018 AFL-CIO approval was 28 percent, his lifetime approval  for supporting AFL-CIO causes is 16 percent.

Now if you believe in helping everyday working people, you now know how to vote in the upcoming special election on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in Minnesota State Senate District 11.

Charlie Rike

Pine City

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