Primary Concerns

Final Thoughts Before Primary Results If you told me a year ago my name would be on a ballot for an elected office, I would have laughed at you. Me? Running for Anoka County Commissioner? That seems—unbelievable.  It’s not that people haven’t asked me.  They have. ...

Be Well

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve had seasons in my life when I have struggled.  Life is unpredictable, people are complex, and how we react to any of this may—or may not—be our finest moments.  Perhaps we’ve experienced a run of...

Trade Winds

Vocational training is not second place to college. When I was growing up, I adored the TV show Laverne and Shirley. Two young women making it on their own in the world, navigating life with the quirky charm that only a sitcom can deliver.  How they made their living...

Ask Me About It

I’ll Answer!  Announcing, What’s Your Question Wednesday. I believe being a candidate is a two-way street.  To do the job well, it’s crucial to be engaged and informed with what is going on in our communities.  I invite you to tell me what you think is important or...

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...