My name is Pam Cunningham and I am running for the State House of representatives in District 53A.

I will bring to the legislature three passions: Family, education, and health care. I am the proud mother of four children, and have been involved in my children's education process since my oldest daughter started kindergarten. I am currently serving in my ninth year on the District 622 School Board, and work as a registered nurse.

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As a very involved parent, I have seen firsthand the impact that decisions made at the State Legislature have at the local level. I want to become an active participant in that process, and based on my prior experiences I will add a constructive and positive voice to the legislature.

I have lived in the Woodbury area for 27 years with my husband Bruce. It is here where we have chosen to raise our children. Understanding the importance of strong families, I chose to put my family first and my career as a registered nurse second; focusing on raising my family, and supporting my husband as a family practice physician in Woodbury. During that time, I worked part- time nights at Hudson Hospital, in Hudson, Wisconsin.

I first became involved in education as a volunteer in my children's school, and I quickly learned the importance of a strong education system to ensure student success. In addition to my work on the School Board I have served on several school district and state-wide committees including:

  • Citizen's Advisory Council on Curriculum
  • District 622 Education Foundation: founding member and past chair
  • Co-Action Academic ResourcesStudent and new School Board member training
  • Tartan Joint Powers Board
  • Minnesota State High School League
  • Delegate Assembly for the Minnesota School Board Association

Finally, as a registered nurse married to a family practice physician I understand the challenges that lie ahead for Minnesota in the area of healthcare. I currently work as a nursing supervisor for St. Mary's Health Clinics: a non-profit organization that provides free healthcare to people that don't have health insurance. In May, my husband Bruce and I served as the general chairs of the Carondelet Gala: a black-tie fundraising event with proceeds to provide direct financial support to St. Mary's Health Clinics.

If elected I will bring these passions with me to the Capitol, and will work very hard for all of the citizens of District 53A. Thank you for your consideration.

Pam Cunningham is running for the State House of representatives in District 53A. This is the first in a series candidate columns.