My name is Erin Wagner and I am the endorsed DFL candidate for state representative for our district 10-B!
I am originally from Hopkins, MN. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where I majored in Biology and minored in environmental sciences and secondary education. I worked for two summers as an intern with the University of Minnesotaís Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve studying climate change. I have additionally studied climate change during a field excursion course to the Arctic. I worked for one year at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, IA working to preserve seeds for our planet.
I moved to the area in 2010. I worked for one year at Long Lake Conservation Center as a naturalist. I then taught math and science at Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy here in McGregor for over 4 years. I have additionally works at Gilbyís Orchard for the past 3 seasons, at Great River Gardens for a season, at Advocates Against Domestic Abuse for a brief while, and have substitute taught in Aitkin, Crosby, and McGregor schools. I am presently teaching science as a long-term sub in Pine River-Backus.
I give you this brief history of my life to emphasize that as your representative I will be dedicated to education and the environment. I live in Aitkin with my husband Derek and 1 year old daughter Irene. I serve on the boards for the Aitkin Women of Today and for the Friends of the Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Becoming your representative is important to me, because I know that kids in our local schools and programs need more support from our government than they are presently getting and I care about what happens to the water resources in this area. I want this area to be a great place to continue raising my kid in, as well as yours. I will give everything I have to this fight. Thank you for your time and I hope to serve the people of Minnesota and district 10-B.
As a teacher, I know what our schools have going for them and which components are still needed to be competitive with schools throughout our state. I will push for more technology in the classroom, more para support for our teachers and students, innovative curriculum, and more funding for early-childhood education.
During my ecological studies in the Arctic and climate change studies at the University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, I realized our planet needs action now! We need to push our state to be one of the top leaders in research and implementation of renewable energies.
Whether itís agricultural, manufacturing, education or health care, our area businesses need well trained workers and a fair business climate to grow our economy and spur job creation throughout Minnesota.
While working for eight years at an assisted living facility, I learned that the prices to live there are astronomical. Every person deserves to live in dignity, regardless of economic status.
Paid Family Leave
Having experienced an unpaid maternity leave myself, I understand the stress both short term and prolonged absences from work can put on families. This is why I support expanding Paid Family Leave and will fight to insure that Minnesotans across this great state donít have to choose between caring for a spouse, a child, or a parent and the threat of losing their employment. Caring for our families should be of paramount importance.
With a growing and aging population, quality and affordable healthcare is more important than ever. We are seeing unprecedented increases in healthcare and insurance costs. We need to make sure we have affordable healthcare so that all Minnesotans can get treatments they need to live happy lives.
Having gained farming experience at Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm, I have the utmost respect for local agricultural practices. Farmers deserve government support for losses due to predation and natural disasters.
Our district has some of the greatest lakes and hunting areas around. In addition to the recreation we enjoy from them, they are one of the greatest economic assets for our district. We need to keep them pristine so that people may enjoy them for many years to come!
Broadband Internet Access
A critical link in our economy and rural development is affordable and reliable access to the internet. Businesses, schools and families suffer when access is limited to pockets surrounding populated areas. Job growth in our community is highly dependent on reliable access to the internet.
Transportation & Roads
Whether you travel rural roads or take mass transit, all Minnesotans need safe, well maintained transportation options. Sustainable funding for our transportation infrastructure is vital.