One of my favorite parts of this campaign has been door knocking.  Walking through our beautiful tree lined neighborhoods you would not know that any discord exists at the State Capitol.  Unfortunately, it is this discord that keeps any meaningful legislation from being passed.  I know we can and need to be better than this. We need to put people before party.

It may be surprising to learn that when I decided to run for the DFL endorsement to become the next State Senator to represent Plymouth, Minnetonka, and Woodland, the first person I called was a Republican, former Minnetonka Mayor, Karen Anderson.  In 2005, City Pages called Karen “a dying breed in today’s snarling, sound-biting political culture–she is possessed of civility, foresight, and common sense.”

As I knock the doors of my neighbors, it’s very clear that we need more people like Karen in politics.  People who tell you what they think rather than what they believe you want to hear.  People who put effective policy before party for the good of our citizens.  As your next state senator, I promise to be that person.  I will be an honest broker – a Senator for all Minnesotans.  I asked for Karen’s endorsement and I am very proud that she not only endorsed my candidacy, along with former state senator Steve Kelley, she is a co-chair of my campaign.

I will work to support each and every one of you because in the end, no matter our party affiliation, we all want the same for ourselves and our families: safe neighborhoods, top notch public schools, affordable higher education, safe and reliable roads and transportation, and a Minnesota where small businesses thrive.

My husband, Valdo, was a firefighter for 37 years.  He was part of the emergency management team in New York after 9/11.  The national mood at that time was clear — we were Americans first.  I believe it shouldn’t take a national tragedy or a natural disaster for us to pull together to fix our problems.

I am proud to have received the endorsement of state senator Terri Bonoff, who, like Karen, reaches across the aisle to help all Minnesotans. I was also lucky enough to work for and now be endorsed by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, a leader I respect and admire greatly.  Amy, like Terri and Karen, is a woman of exceptional character.  I will stand with all these women, always putting constituent needs first.

I am humbled to have the support of so many of my personal heroes.  As your next State Senator, I promise to take my work ethic, my good will, my passion for people and work with all my might to make you proud.

“Deb is exactly the kind of leader we need representing our community in St. Paul right now.”

Karen J. Anderson

Former Mayor of Minnetonka, Republican

“I have known Deb Calvert for many years, and believe she will put the needs of her constituents before partisan politics.”

Terri Bonoff

Retiring State Senator, District 44, Democrat

“I know Deb will serve the residents of Minnetonka, Woodland, and my hometown of Plymouth well in the state senate.”

Amy Klobuchar

U.S. Senator, Democrat