(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.