Kay Hendrickson, a member of the Woodbury Planning Commission, has announced a run for the House District 53B seat.
“Voters in 53B need a choice,” she told Patch on Wednesday. “They need someone who is like them.”
Republican Andrea Kieffer currently holds the seat; she has been elected to office twice (once after redistricting).
Hendrickson, a DFLer who currently works in the state Ombudsman’s Office for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, said education and heath care top her list of priorities.
And over the past decade, Hendrickson has worked in education, human services and information technology at the city, county and state levels, as well as in the private sector. She also occasionally teaches a health care IT class at Metro State University.
This marks her first run at an elected office, and Hendrickson has already been out door-knocking and raising funds. People have told her stories about how the Legislature should work, “and maybe how it isn’t working, she said.
“I’m like a lot of Woodbury,” she said. “People who work hard and want to do this collectively.”
Hendrickson has a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology and special education from the University of Wisconsin and earned a master’s and Ph.D. in educational policy and administration at the University of Minnesota.
She lives in Woodbury. Her daughter, Amanda, graduated from Woodbury High School.
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