Post election 2016 interview with Rep. Elect Tony Jurgens MN 54B

Here is a post election interview I did last Friday with Tom Wright and Hastings Community TV. We talked about how election night went down and a couple keys to the success of the campaign.

The transition is going good. I’ve had orientation meetings and other meetings that will continue up until we are sworn in in January.

Thank you everyone and I can’t wait to get to work representing all of district 54B. I’m really looking forward to it. If you want to reach out to me, you can always email me at Tony@TonyJurgens.com.

Link to interview –> https://youtu.be/4g_0OWl7PWg

I did a post election interview last Friday with Tom Wright and Hastings Community TV. We talked about how election night went down and a couple keys to the success of the campaign.

I did a post election interview last Friday with Tom Wright and Hastings Community TV. We talked about how election night went down and a couple keys to the success of the campaign. (Click image to view video)

Watch this candidate forum

Here is a video of last night’s Candidate Forum sponsored by Hastings Community TV and the Hastings Chamber of Commerce.

Here are the questions that were asked at the forum:

Opening statement–please introduce yourself and provide any information you wish regarding your background and experience.

Why are you running, and tell us, what leadership qualities do you feel you have that would benefit our district if elected?

The budget. When looking at the state budget, what items do you feel should receive less funding, if any? And on the flip side, what items do you feel should receive more funding, if any?

Addressing health care costs. There’s been a rising concern for the rising cost of healthcare, for both individuals and businesses. How do you propose the state legislature should address this concern for Minnesotans and Minnesota businesses?

Public education. What is your assessment of the state of public education in Minnesota? What actions by the legislature, if any, do you feel would improve it?

If elected, what is your top item of legislation you plan to focus on and why?

You will now be able to ask a question to each other.

Closing statement. This is your final opportunity tonight to address the voters. In your response please tell them why they should vote for you and provide any other information you wish.

Listen to my answers in this candidate forum

Click the image to watch the forum.

Click the image to watch the forum.

Last night I participated in a candidate forum in Cottage Grove put on by the South Washington County Telecommunications Commission. Also participating in the forum were other District 54 candidates Dan Schoen, Keith Franke, Jen Peterson, and Don Slaten.

Here are the questions which we were asked to address:

  • What do you believe are the two greatest challenges the state will need to address over the next ten years?
  • What qualifications would you bring to office if elected to meet those challenges?
  • I’m uninsurable, what will you do to the health care system to insure that I will keep affordable insurance?
  • Do you support a user tax on gasoline to fund transportation? Why or Why not?
  • What would you have done differently in the past legislative session to have avoided it’s failures to pass the bonding bill and work for the best interest of Minnesota?
  • What would you do to bring transparency to the funding of interest groups which try and influence elections and legislators?
  • The Foster Care System and Child Protection is in crisis. How will you give a voice to our most vulnerable and help protect our children?
  • The amount as a percent of a budget the state pays to fund higher education is lower than decades ago making college more unaffordable, will you work to increase state funding?

Tony Jurgens profile video

Meet Tony Jurgens–watch this profile video by South Washington County Telecommunications Commission.

Link –> https://vimeo.com/187689249

Transcript:

Hi. I’m Tony Jurgens. I’m running for the Minnesota House of Representatives. My wife Dawn and I moved to Cottage Grove almost 24 years ago and we raised our two daughters here. I’ve worked hard to make Cottage Grove stronger by volunteering on several boards and commissions often in the leadership role.

I was honored that Mayor Bailey and the city council named me volunteer of the year. I’ve been involved with the neighborhood watch program as our block captain and we hosted the Night to Unite neighborhood block party at our home on Jody Avenue for 10 years. I’m currently on the Economic Development Authority and I chair the Public Services Commission. I’m on the Comprehensive Plans Steering Committee and the Washington County Library Board. I also volunteer my time as the vice-chair of the finance council at my church and I’m the Grand Night in the Nights of Columbus.

In the past I’ve also chaired the Public Works Commission and I was vice-chair of the Cottage Grove Charter Commission.

Everything I’ve done has been to make a difference and to make our communities stronger, but the selfish reason is that I enjoy it. I love the diversity of the responsibilities and the diverse groups of people that I get to know and work with. I want to be your State Representative so I can take that involvement to the next level to represent you, represent your families, represent your businesses in Saint Paul.

When I ran track and cross country in high school I learned that when you set a goal to win, you have to work hard to accomplish that goal. I did that as a runner and now I’m doing it as a candidate. I’ve been working hard on this campaign knocking on thousands of doors to be your next state representative.

I’ve talked to many of you who have shared your concerns with the escalating cost of health care, the frustration that the legislature and the governor let party politics get in the way of finishing their job. There was a bonding bill that would provide funding for roads and bridges, maintaining buildings at the University of Minnesota, and money for the infrastructure to keep our drinking water safe. It had bipartisan support but they let politics get in the way and it didn’t get done. When I’m in the legislature I’ll take a balanced approach, I’ll work to eliminate wasteful spending and I will protect your tax dollars while making the needed investments in education, roads and bridges, and services for veterans, seniors, and disabled Minnesotans.

Retiring representative Denny McNamara has endorsed me and so has former representative John Kriesel and I am proud to be endorsed by both business and labor groups, but the most important endorsement comes from you the voters.

I’m Tony Jurgens, and on Tuesday, November 8th I’d be proud to earn your vote. Please check us out at TonyJurgens.com or on our Facebook page TonyJurgens54B.

Watch this video: The race for House District 54B is featured on this week’s TPT Almanac TV show

Mary Lahammer featured our House race on the latest episode of TPT Alamanac. Follow this link to view the entire episode or go to the 14:00 minute mark for our story. http://www.tpt.org/almanac/episode/wells-fargo-mess-quadriga-re-gild-presidential-politics/

Almanac is a weekly news and public affairs program produced by TPT(Twin Cities Public Television) and seen statewide. Now in its 32nd season, Almanac is the longest-running primetime TV program in Minnesota history. Almanac is hosted by Cathy Wurzer and Eric Eskola. Mary Lahammer contributes political reporting on a weekly basis.

Click image to view the video. The section on HD 54B start around the 14:00 mark.

Click image to view the video. The portion featuring HD 54B starts at approximately the 14:00 mark.