Thursday, January 13, 2011 By Aaron Brown
Shelley Robinson is announcing her candidacy for MN House District 5B seat vacated by Tony Sertich. Shelley is the Executive Director of Range Center, Inc., a large private nonprofit organization serving adults and children with disabilities across the Iron Range. Shelley's passion is advocating for better health care, education and workforce development in the state of Minnesota. Job creation and retention on the Iron Range is a top priority for her candidacy. Shelley is running as a DFL candidate.WDIO and the Hibbing Daily Tribune have both reported the news, among others. I still expect a DFL primary, though Robinson, with a long resume of community work, becomes the early front runner. Her work above, coupled with her experience as both an advocate for underrepresented people and chamber of commerce leader in the central Range area, give her an imposing profile. Further, her pro-life politics and work in the Iron Range faith community might deflate Republican opposition. If she's challenged seriously in the primary it will be from the left. However, no other candidates have announced.
If you or someone you know are considering a run, click on "Contact" above and let me know. When filings close I'll be inviting candidates to share op-ed statements about their positions.