Former Rochester School Board member Breanna Bly announced today that she will run for the House District 26A seat. This will be the second time the Rochester Republican has taken on five-term DFL Rep. Tina Liebling. She lost to Liebling in 2012.
Bly made the decision to run after holding two listening sessions in Rochester to gather input from potential voters.
"Listening to the challenges facing many in Rochester and Olmsted County, I learned they are yearning for a legislator who will listen to them and consider the needs of the people of Rochester, not their party," Bly said in a statement. "They didn't want unionized day care, they don't want higher taxes and they are frustrated and frightened by the changes to healthcare. I hope to represent their desire for a modest government that gets things right."
It should be noted that Liebling did vote against allowing in-home child care providers the chance to vote on unionizing. She was among a handful of Democrats in the House, including Rochester Rep. Kim Norton, who voted against the measure.
Bly served on the Rochester School Board for 12 years. She has lived in Rochester for nearly 20 years and has six children with her husband Joe. She has also served on several community boards, including the Olmsted County Youth Commission, Rochester Area Math Science Partnership and Greater Rochester Advocates for Universities and Colleges. She and her husband are also resident directors for Rochester A Better Chance, which gives academically talented minority students the chance to leave inner-city schools and obtain their high school diplomas in Rochester.
If elected, Bly said in the news release that she would "focus on reducing government's tax and regulatory burden on constituents and doing all she can to ensure Mayo Clinic remains the world's greatest healthcare institution."