2020 voter guide: Minnesota Senate 11th District

2020 voter guide: Minnesota Senate 11th District


Michelle Lee

  • Political party: DFL
  • Age: 68
  • Occupation: Retired journalist
  • Family: Married; a wonderful son; an amazing daughter-in-law; a sweet granddaughter
  • Website: Michellelee.org
  • Facebook: facebook.com/MichelleLeeMN
  • Twitter: Noozelady

Jason Rarick

  • did not respond to the News Tribune’s questionnaire

What do you have to offer voters?


SD11 has been my home for 40 years. As a journalist, I dedicated my life to listening and learning about the people who call our district home. I’m still listening and will base decisions impacting their lives and livelihoods on facts and my ability to seek out multiple perspectives. I bring a great love of our district, a strong work ethic and the willingness to work with everyone I will represent regardless of political philosophies.

How do you balance industrial growth with environmental concerns?


Minnesota has the most comprehensive environmental policies in place to balance industrial growth. Our state leads the nation in the development of new environmental technologies, standards and practices. Job growth reflecting a 21st century economy is critical, as is the protection of our natural environment which is an act of social, economic and environmental self-preservation. I will oppose legislation that attempts to expedite, weaken or circumvent environmental review, permitting or standards.

What is the biggest issue affecting your district?


Affordable and accessible health care. Rising insurance premiums, high deductibles and copays are resulting in the difficult decision by some to put off doctor’s visits in all but extreme circumstances. We must do better. I support the expansion of MinnesotaCare to provide affordable, quality care for Minnesotans seeking to buy into the program. Reimbursements for our rural hospitals and health care providers must be adequate for them to survive and provide care to our community members.

What is your primary goal? If elected, how would you accomplish it?


COVID-19 has claimed lives and livelihoods. As we prepare to rebuild in a post-pandemic world we face an historic budget deficit. Difficult decisions loom. We must set aside partisan politics, govern in earnest and conduct the people’s business to insure our families, small businesses and communities survive these difficult times and thrive in the future. Let that be our common ground as we work together to find solutions and rebuild a better Minnesota.

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