On May 17, Bonnie Westlin filed an Affidavit of Candidacy for the Minnesota Senate in the 2016 election, contesting the seat currently held by Sen. Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove). Westlin’s background as a long-time family lawyer and community leader makes her a clear choice to represent the district.
Westlin believes that Minnesota’s workplaces need to work for families. As the state rapidly approaches a workforce shortage, businesses and workplaces will need to adapt. Westlin supports policies that help employers educate, recruit, attract, and retain the workforce that needd to fill these jobs so our economy can continue to thrive. This includes a sensible paid family leave policy that works for both businesses and families.
Providing all Minnesota students with access to a world-class education will ensure the workforce is prepared for better jobs and make the state a place of innovation, while building an economy that increases opportunity for all Minnesotans later in life.
“The opportunity to succeed in life is built on education, and I am committed to investing in students from early childhood through college,” she said. “I support increasing funding for our children’s education so that all of Minnesota’s students are prepared to out-innovate the competition and succeed in a modern economy.”
Minnesota students should also be able to work hard and earn an advanced degree without graduating with a burdensome student debt. “Access to a great education will ensure our workforce is prepared for better jobs, make our state a place of innovation, and build an economy that increases opportunity for all Minnesotans,” she said. “In order to accomplish that, we cannot impair students with a mountain of debt.”
Westlin is a Minnesota native and graduate of Hamline University (B.A./J.D.). She has lived in Maple Grove since 2004, the same year she established her solo family law and mediation practice in St. Louis Park. Westlin is the proud mother of her two sons, and grandmother to two granddaughters. She is a member of Shir Tikvah synagogue, where she sits on the Board of Trustees and chairs the Caring Community committee.