To the editor:
I grew up in the small town of Madelia and was recently touring what is now Senate District 16, impressed with the well-maintained roadways, lovely towns and the wonderful, productive farm terrain.
Coming to the Twin Cities for college and employment, including ownership of my own now-22-year-old small business, I became deeply involved in community and public affairs, being elected State Chair of the Minnesota Republican Party when I was 28 years old.
While living in Prior Lake, I came to know a hard-working former Marine and father who had the temerity to win election to my own State House seat as a DFLer! We tried hard to beat him.
As the years unfolded, I had opportunity more than once to work closely with Ted Suss.
I came to know Ted as an effective, enthusiastic and even handed leader; he became a good friend. He held values that emphasized individual rights, responsible money management and that the importance of community involvement starts at home.
Ted's own education (including earning a PhD) and career has allowed him to work to improve the lives of kids. Ted held key leadership assignments at the Minnesota Board of Education, the Academies for the Deaf and the Blind in Faribault and the Edina, Lincoln HI and Wabasso school districts, serving the last two as the superintendent.
Ted Suss is a talented, sincere and experienced man who now wants to return to the State Capitol for service in the Minnesota State Senate.
I encourage the citizens of Senate District 16 to take advantage of the opportunity on Nov. 6 to elect my friend, Ted Suss, to the Minnesota State Senate.
Charles A. Slocum