Hello, I'm Jack Krage and I would like to represent you in Minnesota Senate District 28 which includes Fillmore, Houston and most of Winona County.
I am a family man married to my wife Sue for 39 years. We have 4 children and 3 beautiful grandchildren.
I am a graduate of Winona State University, have taught high school and have been a Realtor for the past 28 years.
I believe in putting our children and the funding for their education first in Minnesota.
Growing up on a dairy farm, I believe the family farm is at the heart of all things good in Minnesota.
I believe in a fair tax structure and will work for the reinstatement of the Homestead Credit.
I believe everyone deserves to earn a living wage.
I am grateful for our men and woman in uniform and I will always pledge our troops my support.
Please give me, Jack Krage, your vote on November 6th.
I am Jack Krage, candidate for Minnesota state senator in District 28. This area is my home. I was born on a small dairy farm in Pleasant Hill Twp. near Ridgeway, MN. My first 6 years of school began in a one room school named Cooper School, in Ridgeway, MN. The country school experience built a strong community spirit and closeness to my neighbors that I still cherish today. My extended contact with the city of Winona came when I attended and graduated in 1969 from Cotter High School in Winona. My mom was a teacher, as was my sister, and my career choice was to do the same. I enrolled at Winona State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences . More importantly, that's where I met my wife, Sue, who was attending the College of St. Teresa in Winona. After we were married, she transferred to WSU and also graduated with an education degree. We taught for a few years in South Dakota and in Iowa.
We moved back to Winona because we both felt that Winona was where we wanted to raise our family, which had by then grown to a son and 3 daughters. I was offered a management position in a local grocery store where I was employed for 7 years. For the last twenty-eight years, I have been a Realtor serving the S.E. Minnesota three county area of Winona, Houston and Fillmore counties.
The experiences that I gained growing up on a farm, teaching, managing a large grocery store, owning our own business and selling real estate have provided a strong basis for me to understand a wide swath of issues from differing points of view. I am familiar with a life where nothing is guaranteed - where there are days and months when paying bills and providing a good life for your family seems to be a continual uphill struggle. In my real estate profession, I see homeowners losing their jobs and soon their homes. I have seen what affect the loss of the homestead credit will do to a family just barely getting by. Many of these homeowners will be forced to be renters again when their homes are lost in foreclosure. And now there is talk at the Capitol about taking away the rent credit from the people who can no longer afford to own a home.
I am running for office because we can not continue to balance our budget on the backs of the middle class, while those making the most money pay less in income tax, proportionately, to those with lower incomes. We cannot keep deferring payments to the education system to balance our budget because we refuse to ask the wealthiest to pay their fair share. I am running for office because this state belongs to everyone, rich or poor and it is time for a change… a change to common sense and equitable government.
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