FARMINGTON, MINN. – Calling the politics of division and isolation a “cancer”, Farmington resident Marla Vagts announced Monday that she will once again run for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 58B.
The professional contract negotiator and mother-of-five was the DFL-endorsed candidate in her legislative district in 2014, and she received the endorsements of several other organizations, such as Education Minnesota, the AFL-CIO and Women Winning.
“I believe that our life-experience is what qualifies us to run for this office,” said Vagts, who began her involvement in politics about five years ago after her husband, Tim, lost an eight-year battle with cancer.
“I lost a wonderful husband and my children lost their dedicated and loving father,” she said. “When you go through something like that you learn a lot of things. You learn how precious life is and how important family is. You learn to take the good with the bad.
“You learn how to become an advocate. You learn how to prioritize spending, because cancer doesn’t just destroy a body, it destroys your savings, your food budget, your children’s college funds and your life style. You learn the value of community. You learn that some problems are too big for any one person to deal with alone. And these are lesson’s that seem to be missing at the capitol.”
Vagts said her opponent, Rep. Pat Garofalo, is a large part of the problem.
Garofalo, who was chief author last session of a bill to lower the minimum wage for restaurant employees, also made headlines last year for Twitter comments regarding professional basketball players that were labeled ‘racist” by news agencies such as Fox News.
“We need advocates at the capitol who understand that helping people at the lowest times in their lives makes us all stronger when that challenge is met. We need to prioritize our spending. And we need a representative who knows that a community that works together is stronger than any single person.”