The DFL has endorsed Champlin native Grace Baltich to succeed retiring Rep. Denise Dittrich in District 36A, which includes all of Champlin and parts of Coon Rapids.
"I’m honored to have the DFL endorsement and bring middle class values to this race," said Baltich.
Baltich has been drawn to public service through the example set by her parents Larry and Joan Molenaar.
"My mother’s service on the Champlin city council and my father’s service in his CWA union, have taught me that public service is one of the most honorable things one can do," she said. "My parents instilled in me a deep faith, which calls me to improve peoples lives and the community around us."
The actions of the Republican majority in the legislature also pushed Baltich to action saying that they have put the state on an unsustainable course by borrowing from schools and issuing tobacco bonds.
"That money was for our children and for promoting healthy families. The Republican caucus just saw it as the easy way out," said Baltich about the outcome of last year’s budget battle and state shutdown.
Baltich’s top issue is creating jobs.
"It all comes back to jobs. When I talk about economic development, education, or transportation, all of these are areas, which create jobs," said Baltich. "We can not create lasting prosperity without first making sure we have an educated workforce, a strong infrastructure, and healthy families."
Baltich says she will work to ensure that the school shifts are paid back, all children are affirmed, there are strategic investments in the community, and that working families can meet their needs.
No stranger to politics, Baltich has spent considerable time as a citizen lobbying Minnesota’s leaders and testifying at the Capitol on behalf of families and children. Her professional experience as a social worker for the past 13 years has prepared her to be a tireless advocate for all families.
Baltich lives in Champlin with her husband Jim, a Marine Gulf War veteran, and their daughter Eva. She and her family are members of Champlin United Methodist Church. Baltich and her family enjoy the outdoors, hiking, canoeing, camping, fishing, and gardening.