January 20, 2010                                                                   



Karin Housley Launches Campaign for Minnesota Senate

South St. Paul native says it’s time to replace the career politicians with people who have common sense and real-world experience


St. Mary’s Point, Minn.South St. Paul native Karin Housley, a successful small business owner, author and mother of four, today announced that she is an official candidate for State Senator in District 57. Housley will seek the Republican Party’s endorsement to take on and defeat incumbent Democrat Senator Katie Sieben.


Housley, who currently lives in St. Mary’s Point, was born and raised in South St. Paul and graduated from South St. Paul High School in 1982. She married her high school sweetheart, Phil, and moved throughout the United States and Canada for 20 years as Phil played out his Hall of Fame career in the National Hockey League.


Along the way, Housley had four children, worked as a television news producer, led an investment club for women and authored an investment book published by Random House.


In 2002, Karin and Phil Housley moved back to Minnesota and settled in St. Mary’s Point. Karin is the owner of a highly successful real estate business and the host of a radio talk show, and Phil is the coach of the Stillwater High School boy’s hockey team. Two of their children are in college, one is a senior at Stillwater High School and one is in middle school.


Housley said her frustration with the career politicians currently in charge of the Minnesota Legislature and their inability to get anything positive done prompted her to run.


“Like most people, I never thought I’d run for political office,” Housley said. “I’m a small business owner. Before that, I was a stay-at-home mom, an author and the ‘CEO’ of the Housley family. I’ve followed politics forever and I’m passionate about my political beliefs, but I always thought I’d just voice these beliefs through my votes. Until now.”


“Our state is in trouble,” Housley continued. “The career politicians in charge at the Capitol cannot get anything positive accomplished for average Minnesotans. And the few things they do get done are usually just payoffs to the special interests, taking our state down the wrong path. At every turn we’re going further into debt. Jobs are being cut, companies are moving out of the state, and tax breaks are being given to people who don’t even pay taxes.”


“I’ve come to realize that just voting every other November isn’t getting the job done,” Housley said. “Our state is in a state of emergency. There is no time to waste. We need to get on the right path, right now. It’s time to replace the career politicians with people who have common sense and real-world experience. The career politicians have had their chance and failed miserably. It’s time for real change.”


When elected, Housley said she will focus her efforts on jobs and education.




“Now more than ever, we need to focus on growing our economy and improving our job climate,” said Housley. “We need to keep our businesses here and we need to enact policies that encourage them to create more jobs. I will work diligently to grow jobs in our state by lowering high taxes and fees and easing complicated state regulations. We need to be fiscally responsible, stop runaway spending and stick to a balanced budget.”




“I am passionate about education,” said Housley. “I am the daughter of two public school teachers, I was educated in public schools, and I’ve sent my kids to public schools. Having lived throughout the country, I’ve also seen public school systems in other states. Minnesotans should be proud of the great public schools we have here, but there is plenty of room for improvement, and no time for slacking. I will work hard to correct the funding formula that creates large disparities between school districts. I will also ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely, not squandered on questionable spending programs.”


Additional information about Housley is available on her campaign website at www.housleyforsenate.com. She is also on Facebook and Twitter. Housley encourages participation at the February 2 Republican precinct caucuses held at Cottage Grove, Hastings & South St. Paul. See website for locations.


Senate District 57 includes the communities of South St. Paul, Cottage Grove, Hastings, St. Paul Park, Newport, Afton, St. Mary’s Point, Denmark Township, Grey Cloud Island Township and Nininger Township.


Contact : Karin Housley 651-260-8905

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