Tim Burkhardt, current Hinckley City Councilor and former Executive Director of the Seven County Senior Federation, has decided to run for state representative in the upcoming house district 11B special election. House district 11B covers most of Pine and Kanabec Counties of east central Minnesota.
On Monday, Burkhardt won the DFL endorsement earning more than 60 percent of the delegate vote in the first round of voting.
A resident of Pine County for over forty years, Tim has publicly served in a number of board roles on a volunteer basis. Among those boards, he sees his time as the Vice President of the Minnesota Association of Small Cities and as one of his biggest assets in identifying problems in our area and finding solutions to those problems.
As a candidate, Tim has vowed to focus on bread-and-butter issues: “Too often our representatives in St. Paul speak with passion on issues but don’t end up finding solutions to the problems we face in Greater Minnesota. I’ve actually worked on policy affecting small cities and rural areas for years because I’ve seen leaders let our region fall by the wayside.
Our citizens deserve someone who’s experienced and has fought against rising healthcare prices, someone who has the knowledge to bring jobs back to Pine and Kanabec Counties, and someone who focuses on getting things done instead of partisan bickering. You can trust me to do what’s right for our area - not for political parties or special interests.”
If elected, Tim would focus on controlling the skyrocketing cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions, fighting for much needed rural broadband funding, and making sure schools in Greater Minnesota are funded equally to those in the metro and suburbs.
“It’s time to send a voice of common sense to fight for us at the Capitol. I hope to earn your trust and be your voice in St. Paul.”