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.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tom Anzelc seeks re-election after successful term

Rep. Tom Anzelc is asking for another term as state representative for Itasca and Cass counties. A successful legislative session saw Anzelc win funding for major expansions to the Reif Center and Grand Rapids YMCA, and his efforts aided recent job growth at private companies like Magnetation. He was a leader in raising the minimum wage for people willing to work hard to provide for their families, while ensuring that constituents have access to proper health care and are able to maintain their constitutional rights and northern Minnesota traditions.

Anzelc was endorsed by the DFL party for another term. He filed for re-election in early June. He now faces the 2014 election with a sense of optimism and as an opportunity to talk about the future of northern Minnesota with voters.

"We got a lot done for northern Minnesota these last couple years," said Anzelc. "But I'm more interested in talking about what's left to do. We need to push for new kinds of economic growth. We need affordable college education. We don't want to strip people's health care away, or turn away new jobs by starving off communities. It's time to keep making progress. I happen to believe we live in the best part of northern Minnesota and I want to keep it strong."

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thanks to the voters of District 5B!

Thank you!

I am honored to have been chosen by the people of northern Minnesota to serve in the legislature. Whether I earned your vote or not, I hope to serve all of the people of District 5B during the upcoming session. Please let me know how I can help.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Tom's message is clear: the people need a voice

Outside groups like the "Coalition for Minnesota Businesses PAC" and the Republican Party have spent tens of thousands of dollars misleading Itasca and Cass County voters about Tom Anzelc's record. You've probably received dozens of nasty mail pieces and stilted phone calls from people who clearly don't live here and often can't even pronounce their own candidate's name.

Tom has a message that's clear. He's going to fight to restore the homestead property tax credit, something his opponent voted to end. He's going to restore funding to the schools and create a stable, sustainable, fiscally responsible way to fund schools from here on out. He'll spend his time talking about jobs and schools, not divisive social issues.

Tom's opponent has been telling people that she's concerned about big Twin Cities corporations if we make them pay their fair share of taxes. Even though property taxes, tuition and fees have gone up on people who actually live in District 5B, she's worried about a handful of people who live in expensive suburbs, who already have representation in the legislature and the ability to hire countless lobbyists.

Tom Anzelc will do the job that needs to be done: represent the people of northern Minnesota.