For Carolyn Sampson, the seed of an idea planted five years ago has
grown into a full-grown campaign for state Senate in District 36.
Sampson started considering her campaign in 2001, after she visited
current Senator Pat Pariseau to talk about a some issues that
concerned her at the time. She came away feeling like Pariseau wasn't
representing the interests of her district and, Sampson said, "I got
the little grain of an idea."
In Sampson's mind, though, the time to run for office was always
"someday." It wasn't until last December her grain of an idea turned
into something bigger and "someday" turned into "today."
Sampson, a 12-year resident of Castle Rock Township, was getting her
master's degree in public affairs and her advisor, himself a former
state Senator, encouraged her to run now. Since then, Sampson has
been raising money, knocking on doors and introducing herself to as
many people as she can. She received the DFL endorsement March 25,
getting 90 percent of the vote on the first ballot.
"I got a lot of support at the convention. I'm raising money. I've
been knocking on doors for about five weeks now and I've been to more
than 1,000 houses," Sampson said.
Sampson said she has enjoyed the campaign process so far.
"I enjoy door knocking and talking to the people," Sampson said.
"It's a lot of work to get a campaign together and get up volunteers
and raise money ... but talking to constituents has been wonderful."
Sampson, who identifies taxes and education as two of the issues most
important to her, said she has gotten a good response from the people
she has met so far.
"I am running for elected office because I am concerned about the
future of Minnesota's middle class families, like mine," Sampson
said. "I am part of an empty-nest couple, working to help our two
daughters earn degrees at the University of Minnesota. I understand
the concerns of two-income families: rising property taxes, a
transportation system in dire need of upgrading and an education
system in crisis."
Sampson, 44, is a Realtor with MarketLink Realty in Eagan and spent
more than 10 years in the marketing department at Dakota Electric
Association. She has a bachelor of arts degree in written
communication from the College of St. Catherine and a master of arts
in public affairs from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public
Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Sampson and her husband,
Jeff, live in Castle Rock. They have two daughters who both currently
attend the University of Minnesota.