Jim Read for Minnesota State Representative District 13A
“I am running because we face a number of critical decisions at a time of deepening political division. I believe the best way to bridge these divisions is through individual face to face conversations. I will aim to visit every household in the district, and talk with every voter I meet, regardless of party. I cannot guarantee we will always agree. But I promise always to listen.”
Jim Read lives in Avon with his wife Pia, who teaches at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. Jim has taught at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University since 1988. He encourages young men and women of all political persuasions to become active and informed citizens. He teaches and writes about the framers of the U.S. Constitution, and is currently writing a book about Abraham Lincoln.
Jim ran for the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1992 and came within 98 votes, proving to him that every vote matters. He enjoys talking with voters one on one, and looks forward to door knocking every city and township in District 13A.
Improve Health Coverage
Jim Read believes that, whatever happens in Washington, we in Minnesota must take responsibility for ensuring affordable health care to everyone in our state. As he campaigns go door to door in District 13A, he will invite voters to describe their own experiences with our health care system, and how they believe it can be improved.
Expand Economic Opportunity
Jim Read believes in real economic opportunity for all Minnesotans, regardless of family background or what part of Minnesota they live in.
If elected, Jim will work to create conditions that enable our local businesses to grow and hire, and our workers and their families to thrive.
Ensure Educational Excellence
Minnesota’s economy and high quality of life depend on excellent education at all levels.
Jim Read will work with teachers, principals, parents, and community leaders to improve success for children of all backgrounds and incomes, and to make post-secondary options available and affordable to graduates of all interests and career paths.