Thissen running for governor

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DFL Rep. Paul Thissen is running for governor. Here's his release:

State Rep. Paul Thissen, who yesterday filed the papers to run for Governor of Minnesota in 2010, launched his new Web site today at www.paulthissen.com. A key

feature of the Web site is the "Idea Board," a forum for Minnesotans of all walks of life to share ideas and discuss how we can move Minnesota forward together.

"Minnesota faces serious challenges ahead. We all know that. We must meet those challenges the way Minnesota always has -- with innovative leadership that offers fresh solutions and new ways of doing things," said Rep. Thissen. "That kind of openness to innovation and fresh thinking will be a central part of this campaign."

Experts from various fields will post short articles to the Idea Board outlining practical solutions to the problems we confront as a state. Visitors to the site can comment on or challenge the idea. More important, ordinary citizens can offer their own ideas for consideration.

"I have traveled to all corners of Minnesota in the last several months and I witnessed first hand the wealth of great ideas and insights that there is out there. If we really want to rebuild this state and restore our citizens trust in government and its leaders, we need to trust Minnesotans and take their ideas seriously," commented Rep. Thissen. "We can no longer operate government as a top-down institution. The world has changed. People rightly demand that government listen to and respect their insight. The Idea Board is an important step in that direction."

The initial posts on the Idea Board include Kathryn Roberts of Ecumen writing on transforming how we pay for long-term care; Jay Kiedrowski on Minnesota's unstable budget; Jill Wolf, Economic Development Director for Luverne, Minnesota, describing collaborative partnerships in rural Minnesota and Amy Dawson on health coverage for children with autism.

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