Friday, March 21, 2008

Local DFL endorsements: Chris Brazelton 19B

As we work to focus on local races, our next installment brings us out to Delano and DFL endorsed candidate for HD 19B, Chris Brazelton.

Chris ran in the 06 election cycle against Tom Emmer. I met Chris at the Wright County Fair, during that hottest stretch of the summer.

Chris and I had some wonderful discussions, frozen water bottle in hand, over health care, domestic violence, and the adverse impact cuts to social service programs have had on Minnesotans.

This will be even more profound based on the increase in foreclosures across Wright County and the growing need felt at food shelves across the county.

Chris Brazelton, HD 19B:

Chris Brazelton has been endorsed by the DFL to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives seat now held by Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano.

The district, 19B, covers a number of cities and townships in Wright County, including Otsego, Albertville and St. Michael.

Brazelton, of Delano, and Dennis Sucik of St. Michael sought the DFL endorsement for the seat.Brazelton received just over 70 percent of the vote on the first ballot to win the endorsement Saturday at the DFL Senate District 19 convention, held at Buffalo Community Middle School.

"I was thrilled to have such a strong showing of support among the delegates," Brazelton said Monday.

"Several of them volunteered on the spot to work on the campaign, many wrote checks to contribute."

She believes she can be a more effective advocate for people's issues at the Legislature than Emmer.

Brazelton describes him as "a man with a confrontational and combative style that is not serving us well."

Brazelton also ran against Emmer in 2006.

Both Brazelton and Sucik, meanwhile, addressed delegates and answered questions before the endorsement vote.

Brazelton is a child support officer with Wright County Human Services.

She graduated from Brady High School (a Catholic school that is now closed) and from Metro State University with high honors with a degree in social science (anthropology, sociology and political science).

She worked as sales coordinator for a housewares manufacturer, a paralegal, an advocate in a domestic violence agency and a waivered service coordinator for children with special needs before becoming a child support officer.

A native of central Minnesota, Brazelton is one of 11 children. She is married to Larry and has two adult children and one grandchild.

Brazelton and her husband have been doing foster care for the past several years and are currently caring for a child with special needs.

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