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Run for Minnesota House a Natural Next Step, District 622 Board Member Says

With her second term on the District 622 School Board expiring this year, Pam Cunningham said the time is right to run for the House District 53A seat.

Seeking a seat in the Minnesota Legislature seemed like a natural progression for District 622 School Board member Pam Cunningham.

Her current term ending this year, and “I didn’t ever plan to be on the school board forever,” she said.

“But I love being engaged in the community and in the politics part of it,” said Cunningham, who recently received the Republican endorsement to run for the House seat in District 53A, which includes the northwest corner of Woodbury, southern Maplewood, Landfall and Oakdale south of 10th Street.

Over her years on the school board, Cunningham said she’s learned firsthand how decisions at the state level influence local levels of government.

As would be expected, Cunningham said she's interested in education, but also health care—Cunningham has been a nurse for 30 years, and her husband is a doctor in Woodbury.

She wants to see more local control over health care, she said, and is also interested in supporting small businesses and families.

“Anything you can do to support families, be it job accessibility for families … housing,” she said, “anything we can do to support strong families is very important.”

Cunningham said she has the full support of her husband of 27 years, Bruce, and she’s ready to get out door-knocking, fundraising and meeting people.

“I’m in this 100 percent and we’ll proceed accordingly,” she said. “I’m really excited about it.”

Cunningham works as a nursing supervisor at St. Mary’s Health Clinics, she said, and lives in Maplewood. She and her husband have four adult children. 

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Joe Salmon April 06, 2012 at 08:41 PM
We are very excited to have Pam Cunningham running for State House in 53A. Pam has a great background and will be a strong Representative for the people in 53A. Thank you Pam for stepping forward to represent us.
Kris Janisch April 06, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Thanks for chiming in Joe. Meant to bug you at Brix today.
Joe Salmon April 07, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Kris, You are welcome at our table anytime!

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