Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Thank you for your support!


Election Day is finally here. Thank you for following our campaign. The decision is in the hands of the voters, where it belongs. If you haven't voted yet and don't know where to go, check out the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

Join Tom and the rest of the campaign at his election night party at Lawrence Lake Liquor (the old Legion) located north on Scenic Highway 7. The party starts at 7 p.m. and will last until the food and good times run out. All are welcome.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Tom Anzelc among top five most bipartisan legislators

Tom Anzelc works with people on both sides of the aisle in St. Paul. 
This year, the St. Paul Pioneer Press assessed the voting records of Minnesota lawmakers. They found that in a "starkly partisan" legislature, State Rep. Tom Anzelc was among the top five most bipartisan members of the entire House of Representatives.

That means Tom doesn't just talk about breaking with his own party when it's best for his constituents. He has a proven record of getting results and working with all sides.

When you hear about gridlock at the Capitol, the record shows that Tom is working to break down the barriers and stand up not only to the other side, but his own party when necessary.

There's a reason Anzelc is endorsed by both the NRA and teachers, nurses and farmers, miners and police officers. Tom listens. He cares about the people of his communities and their needs more than those of his party.

"I was born in Northern Minnesota and I love it here," said Tom Anzelc. "When I head to St. Paul in my truck on Sunday nights for another week at the Capitol, I think of the logger, the police officer, the small business owner, the construction worker, the nurse and the teacher. I think of the people who have no political connections, only hope for the future. I conduct myself with civility, but always fight for jobs, kids and a fair tax system.

"I respectfully ask for the vote of the people of District 5B."

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Duluth News Tribune endorses Tom Anzelc


The Duluth News Tribune has endorsed Tom Anzelc in the 2016 race for State Representative in District 5B. The region's largest newspaper recognized Anzelc's knowledge and insight in addressing the problems facing Northern Minnesota.

From the editorial:
Living on a tiny lake in a tiny township in ultra-rural Northeastern Minnesota while also working as an elected leader in big-city St. Paul, Rep. Tom Anzelc has a unique perspective on our economic reality, a viewpoint that well serves him and his constituents.

Residents of Minnesota House 5B, which covers Cass and a large portion of Itasca counties, can seize their opportunity Nov. 8 to re-elect Anzelc, DFL-Balsam Township, to continue to put his insight and his wealth of knowledge to work for them.

“Rural America has not recovered from the Great Recession (while) the Twin Cities metropolitan area (like other urban centers) is doing just fine,” Anzelc said at a News Tribune-sponsored candidate forum this month in the St. Louis County Courthouse in Virginia.

“Rural Minnesota (needs to) recapture what it had prior to the Great Recession. That means diversification, that means mining, (and) that  means forestry and everything in between. We don’t have the luxury of picking and choosing what jobs we’d like to have.”

In the name of jobs and prosperity, Anzelc remains committed to the environmental-review and mineral-exploration processes that are promising to give the region the PolyMet mine and, hopefully still, the Twin Metals project.

“We live in Northeastern Minnesota (and) its beautiful environment. It’s a beautiful place to live. But we need economic activity and development and jobs. We need to stop the declining enrollments in our public schools, in our communities,” Anzelc said. “Therefore, I believe that science, rather than politics, should guide us. The PolyMet project is on track. It is in the permitting stage. The science should be our guide. The permits should be issued. The science lines up with the development, and the project should go forward.

“With regard to Twin Metals,” Anzelc continued, “I believe Gov. (Mark) Dayton erred in his decision to stop drill core sampling in the area. ... He should have allowed that to occur.”

Anzelc’s top priority remains well-placed on education. He serves on the House Education Finance Committee.
“I know public education,” he said. “What we we need is additional funding for the special-education cross subsidy, we need additional funding for transportation sparsity for rural districts with huge transportation problems, and we need to reduce class sizes. Our commitment to kids is the number-one function of state government in Minnesota.”

That includes kids in college and making sure public universities remain affordable, he said.

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A former teacher at Hibbing High School, Anzelc has been in the Legislature since 2006. He also served on the St. Louis County Board and is a current member of the IRRRB.

“My goal has been ... to represent all of the people regardless of where they live or whether they’re connected or not,” Anzelc said. “When I leave on the weekends to go back to St. Paul during the session, I think of the carpenter, the logger, the steelworker, the small-business person and, in particular, young families struggling to … make a good living in this wonderful place that we call northern Minnesota.”

That portion of northern Minnesota that encompasses Minnesota House District 5B can pick experience, knowledge and perspective by once again voting for Anzelc as their state representative.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Tom Anzelc to seek re-election in 2016


(Feb. 18, 2016) — State Rep. Tom Anzelc (DFL-Balsam Township) announced he will seek another term in the Minnesota House of Representatives to serve the people of District 5B in Itasca and Cass counties. 

“This time feels different,” said Anzelc. “This time feels like our challenges are greater, the need to develop our economy and communities even more important. I feel I have a unique opportunity to help people. That’s why I’ve decided to seek another term.”

Anzelc’s main goal for the upcoming term is to bring economic diversification and growth to an area that badly needs it.

“This region has a historical dependence on our unique strengths,” said Anzelc. “We have forest products provided by sustainable logging, beautiful and clean lakes for tourism and recreation, and our vast mineral wealth and taconite production. These have served generations of families throughout the district.

“Yet I have been and will continue to focus on policies and legislation designed to diversify job opportunities for young families here so that they can continue to live here and enjoy our tremendous quality of life.”

Anzelc was first elected in 2006. His House committee assignments include K-12 Finance, Taxes, and Mining and Outdoor Recreation. He was recently elected chair of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.

“Having been around politics for a time, I have concluded that we need to change our emphasis. We need first class public schools and community colleges, livable towns and rural areas connected to broadband, clean air and clean water, and policies that encourage an entrepreneurial creativity and passion. Economic diversification is critical to the future of our area.”

Anzelc is a former high school social studies teacher, labor leader, and was part of the administration of former Gov. Rudy Perpich. He was born and raised in a mining location in eastern Itasca County.

“I live in rural Itasca County and enjoy our special Northern Minnesota style of living,” said Anzelc. “Hunting, fishing, being outside: that’s my way of life. I want these things to be available to everyone, forever.”

Anzelc will seek the endorsement of the House 5B DFL at its spring convention and carry his message to voters through the rest of the year.