This letter is paid content. The personal attacks on Ward 2 candidate Andy Klitzke, who by all other accounts has been running to give the voters a clear choice for change, makes me sad. Public service is difficult, and the attacks will no doubt have the effect of keeping future new voices from offering voters a choice on Election Day.
I served 13 years on the City Council. Voters need to know such attacks are a political strategy used by those who fear they are losing. The ridiculous charges were too silly to take seriously and offered without evidence. It was Washington style politics. There was a lawyer among the signers. We can guess where idea came from. In stark contrast, the Klitzke supporters stuck to the issues and offered proof in every instance.
Over the past months, voters have had the chance to evaluate and observe each of the Ward 2 candidates. Andy Klitzke has given us honest, pragmatic, and hopeful insight into our community’s problems and needs. He has demonstrated a willingness to examine the issues and listen closely to the public’s questions and concerns.
Klitzke has inspired us to believe in a better future, where change is possible. He has shown us his courage by recognizing the unfairness that exists here and calling for action.
Klitzke is offering a return to prosperity with a plan that recognizes change will only come with leaders who see the challenges and seek solutions with the goal of making a difference in the lives of others.
The real question for voters is who best can deliver results. Who can turn the obstacles into opportunities, and the wishes of the people into reality? If past is truly prologue, and if success truly follows energy, enthusiasm and hard work, the answer is Andy Klitzke.
Andy Klitzke’s election will send a clear message that negative campaigning will not be tolerated in Red Wing.
It is rare to see a candidate emerge with so much promise. Andy Klitzke has offered Ward 2 voters a path toward healing the wounds of the past four years, and the chance for bold action toward a new vision of a better city. I hope you do not let it go by.