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John Gehrking letter: Sawatzky is a typical politician

I'm neither a Democrat or Republican. I vote for the person who I feel will be a hard working leader, demonstrate independent thinking and shows a willingness to reach across the aisle. What I don't vote for is a typical politician. During Mary S...

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I'm neither a Democrat or Republican. I vote for the person who I feel will be a hard working leader, demonstrate independent thinking and shows a willingness to reach across the aisle. What I don't vote for is a typical politician. During Mary Sawatzky 's time as my representative I was encouraged when she broke party lines and voted with the majority of voters in her district on gay marriage. However that encouragement quickly faded after what was an attempt to force or "Bully" child care providers into a union. At the time my wife and I had been doing child care together for 23-plus years. I know Sawatzky was reaching out to providers for their opinions as she asked ours. She had to know providers did not want to unionize. In the end, providers voted approximately three to one against unionizing. It was an even greater margin in out-state areas, such as Kandiyohi County. Sawatsky of all people should know "bullying" is unacceptable. She is a teacher.

Sawatsky could have broke ranks again. Democrats controlled the state House, Senate and governor's office. She decided to follow party directives, therefore ignoring the majority of her constituents. Sawatsky decided to vote with the money that got her elected and voted in favor of provider unionization.
In stark contrast, our current representative Dave Baker brought a bipartisan committee to Willmar to discuss childcare concerns. Sawatsky attended this meeting but didn't actively participate (unless you consider watching it through her cell phone taking video or pictures as participation). In her typical politician way Sawatzky posted a photo of herself and only the democratic members of the committee on social media. The accompanying comment stated she supports child care providers. These are the actions of a typical politician. Saying she supports you, but in fact tried to "bully" you, ignored you and voted with the money.
Let's keep Dave Baker in St. Paul. Representative Baker didn't get voted
"Legislator of the Year" for being a typical politician. He earned it by demonstrating leadership, independent thinking, and the willingness to reach across the aisle.

John Gehrking

Willmar

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