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Lohmer files for District 56A

With a promise of lowering taxes on businesses in Minnesota and retaining a free-market health care system, Kathy Lohmer has filed for her candidacy to represent District 56A in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

District 56A includes portions of Woodbury, and Stillwater, Lake Elmo, Bayport, Baytown Township, West Lakeland Township, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, Lake St. Croix Beach and Oak Park Heights.

Lohmer contends the state needs to shift from the politics that are "killing jobs and the healthcare that comes with them."

"If Minnesota is going to be a state that works again, we have to stop trying to kill the goose that laid the golden egg," Lohmer said. "We are losing jobs to neighboring states which offer incentives that make it attractive for businesses to locate and expand there.

"State Farm left Woodbury, 3M left Stillwater and contemplates moving divisions out of our state. Northwest Airlines is gone. Honeywell used to be Minnesota's largest employer. Today, our largest employer is state government.

"Despite this shift, for the past two years the Democrat majorities in the Minnesota Legislature have spent their way from a $2 billion surplus into a $1 billion deficit, proposed billions in job-killing tax increases, onerous mandates and miles of red tape for job creators.

"We cannot go on this way. It is time to change the guard and give the governor the support he needs and the voice of restraint and balance people want.

"We have a wonderful state to live in and raise our families in, but one thing voters tell me is that they need a paycheck they can still raise their family on.

"I pledge to do all I can to ensure we keep our quality businesses in Minnesota," Lohmer said.

A lifelong resident of the state, Lohmer has lived in Lake Elmo with her husband Greg for 20 years. The couple have four sons. Their second oldest is currently serving in the U.S. military in Iraq.

Lohmer has been actively involved in the community and is a member of the Blue Star Mothers. She was formerly involved in Lakeview Hospital's cancer support group and the Spina Bifida Association.

She and her husband have also been active members of the Stillwater Evangelical Free Church for the past 20 years.

"I know how hard it can be for families right now," Lohmer said. "Raising a family of four sons, living within our budget and pulling together with neighbors to make our community better have given me a passion for service.

"We need common sense in the State Capitol. I am your citizen 'mom' representative and I care very much about the future."