DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton wrapped up his statewide fly-around this evening at the Rochester International Airport. An enthusiastic crowd of supporters greeted him filling the airport's conference room to capacity.
Joining Dayton for the rally was his running mate Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon, 1st District DFL Rep. Tim Walz, Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Rochester Rep. Tina Liebling and AFL-CIO Minnesota Chapter President Shar Knutson. Throughout the rally, speakers emphasized that Dayton is the candidate who will look at for the middle class.
"For middle class Minnesotans, the number one issue for them is jobs. And we have a candidate for governor who has experience in creating jobs and he has a plan to make sure Minnesotans get back to work," Knutson said.
Dayton told the crowd he has long recognized the importance of Rochester as home to the Mayo Clinic. He remembered when he was 6- or 7-years-old and traveling to Rochester because his younger sister had vision problem. Mayo Clinic's treatment restored his sister's vision.
Looking ahead, he said the key to helping Rochester and Minnesota remain competitive is to focus on education.
"It is so crucial we restore that commitment through early childhood education, kindergarten through 12th grade, higher education so that we can continue to educate young people for the challenges and the environment of competing in a global economy," Dayton said.
Republican 1st District candidate Randy Demmer had his own rally nearby at the Rochester International Events Center on Monday night.