Brainerd lakes area woman to run as Democrat for House District 6B seat
She's been a Brainerd lakes area resident for nearly 50 years
Sally Boos announced her candidacy for House District 6B following a unanimous endorsement from the DFL.
Boos, a Brainerd lakes area resident for nearly 50 years, according to a news release, has a background as both a small business owner and a Brainerd School District teacher for 34 years before retiring. She said this background helps her understand a wide range of challenges facing the area.
After listening to lakes area residents, Boos said it is obvious that health care remains an important issue for area families.
“We need to expand MNsure so more families can access it,” Boos said in the release. “As a breast cancer survivor, I know that the cost of health care can be catastrophic for many area families. Fortunately, my employer provided full health insurance. And that's the benefit of a strong union job.”
With more than 30 years as a union member, Boos said she understands the benefits of unions to workers.
“I have been a strong union supporter my entire career, and I strongly support everyone’s right to join a union. Unions gave us the 40 hour work week, good wages, and safety nets,” she said.
Boos said her lifelong passion about students is clear when she speaks about education.
“It’s time to give our teachers the resources they need to help all of our students succeed, and that means that we need to fully fund special education as well as provide more mental health resources for both students and staff,” she said.
Boos said she knows the Brainerd lakes area is blessed with abundant natural resources and the influence those resources have on the community.
“I love living in this area. I know the importance of hunting and fishing, but it's more than just for our own personal enjoyment,” she said. “I understand our environment's importance to tourism and to the overall economic health of our area. We need to protect our natural resources, but we also need to provide opportunities for all to enjoy them.”
As a small business owner for 15 years, Boos said she knows firsthand the importance of finding ways to allow small family businesses to thrive. She said she also understands the need to support working families who work in those small businesses.
Affordable day care, either through subsidies or tax credits, and covering day care expenses need to play a part in that, she said, because it directly benefits the working families and allows for small family businesses to compete against the benefits packages offered by large employers.
"All of this is only achieved by having leadership that listens to all of the voices in our community,” Boos said. “I will listen to everyone, and I will work for everyone. This is how we continue to make the Brainerd lakes area and all of Minnesota the best place to live for all of us. I believe that our government can and should work for everyone."
House District 6B includes most of western Crow Wing County, including the cities of Brainerd, Baxter, Pequot Lakes, Nisswa, Merrifield, Jenkins and Breezy Point.
Republicans seeking the seat are Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, and Doug Kern, Brainerd.