Ward to seek re-election
State Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter, formally announced he will run for re-election in 2014 in District 10A.
Ward was first elected in 2006 and is completing his fourth term.
“I would like to thank my constituents for all of their support. A lot of constituents have come up to me saying they hoped I would run again and that they want me to continue serving as this district’s representative. As I was considering whether or not to run again, their words were very encouraging,” Ward said in a news release.
“While there have been tough votes, we have made a lot of progress and that progress outweighs the negatives. The 2013 legislative session made incredible progress for our community and state. Voters in the district asked us to balance the budget honestly. You called for investments in education, jobs and property tax relief. Your voice was heard.
“We entered the session facing a deficit — another in a long line of deficits caused by fiscal mismanagement and a reliance on shifts and gimmicks. We balanced the budget responsibly for the first time in a decade, fully funded all-day kindergarten, paid back the IOU owed to our schools, froze college tuition, and enacted reforms to put our kids on the path to the world’s best workforce.
“We invested in programs aimed at creating good middle-class jobs — including one of the largest business tax cuts in state history — and our economy is continuing to rebound. We have slowed the skyrocketing increase in property taxes, passing $140 million in direct property tax relief — relief Minnesotans will receive through the Homeowner Property Tax Refund and Renter’s Credit.
“I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish during my time in the House, especially the constituent issues I have been able to resolve, and I will continue those efforts should I be re-elected. I believe that serving as an experienced, knowledgeable, positive representative allows me to better serve the district.
“Being a state representative is all about serving the people, and I’m not done yet. We have more work to do. Too many Minnesotans aren’t sharing in the economic recovery. A decade of cuts to important services can’t be reversed in one year. Our transportation infrastructure is crumbling, and our nursing homes and long-term care facilities continue to struggle. We’re moving forward, but we need to continue making progress.
“As we continue to make progress, we must also continue to foster bipartisanship, compromise, and ensure equality for all. The more we are able to accomplish these goals, the better our solutions will be for Minnesotans. I’ll continue working to bring people together to get the job done.
“It has been an honor to serve my constituents for the last eight years and I hope I can continue to do so. I look forward to continuing to represent and fight for our local communities in St. Paul. If re-elected, I will continue to serve the people of District 10A with honor, humility and tireless effort.”
Ward and his wife Sally have lived in Brainerd since 1987. Ward retired in 2007 after 34 years as an educator and coach and is currently a licensed insurance agent. He has four grown children and eight grandchildren.