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My Name Is Laurie

Her story is all too common in Anoka County. It’s Sunday morning. I am a few lines away from finishing my blog I worked on earlier this week and am leaving it unfinished to start something else entirely.  Sometimes life intervenes to persuade you to shift. Last night...

This Is Me

And I’m not apologizing for it. Since I announced my candidacy for Anoka County Commissioner, I have been told the same thing from both friend and foe: I lack the political chops to make it. Voters want a fighter. In all fairness, I can understand this sentiment.  If...

Face Value

Yes, I’m going to talk about it. Race.  Last week, I took my teenaged daughter to see the classic ballet, Swan Lake.  This was our first time seeing it, and we were both giddy with excitement.  The auditorium was packed, dotted with little girls in velvet dresses and...

There She Is, Miss America

Get ready for your close up, you’re a political candidate.  Years ago, I was asked to do hair and make-up for a prestigious beauty pageant.  I was intrigued and immediately said yes.  I arrived backstage, curious and eager to be part of something glamorous. I enjoyed...

The Unexpected Candidate

Running a political race was the last thing I ever thought I’d do. I’ve been around politics enough to know it is a serious undertaking and not for the faint of heart.  Although the inner workings have always been intriguing to me personally, one of the main things...