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June 5, 2014
Don Slaten Files to Run for House of Representatives
Hastings Planning Commission Member to Challenge Incumbent
Hastings resident Don Slaten announces he has filed to run for House of Representatives District 54B. District 54B includes Hastings, Afton, Denmark and Nininger townships and a portion of Cottage Grove.
Slaten has served for five years on the Hastings Planning Commission. He has also served as a Denmark Township Supervisor and as chair of the Denmark Township Board. He has also served on the Washington County Planning Commission.
Slaten is a 1969 Prescott High School graduate. He served in the United States Navy from 1969-73 and is a VFW lifetime member. He is a retired machinist and a member of Local Lodge 459, District 77.
“In entering this election race, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience about District 54B, its cities, townships and the people of this area,” Slaten said. “I intend to use that knowledge and experience in my role as a state representative.”
Major issues that Slaten will focus on during the upcoming campaign include education, transportation, jobs and tax and budget fairness.
“Minnesota is on the way to economic stability after a serious recession,” Slaten said. “But there’s more that we need to do, especially here in the East Metro. There are still people out of work, and we need to continue appropriate investments in our schools. I will focus on these issues between now and November and pledge to carry them to St. Paul, if elected.”
Slaten has also been very active in DFL politics, election and campaign for the past 30 years, serving at the local, state and congressional level. He currently serves as the vice chair of Congressional District 2 DFL and is past chair of the Senate District 57 DFL.
“I have a lot of experience with campaigns and elections, and I know how much work is involved in running and winning. I intend to talk with the people of district 54B, hear their concerns and respond to issues they feel are important,” Slaten said. “I look forward to meeting with folks over the next five months, right up to the November election.”