My name is Donald Raleigh, and I am honored to serve as your next state representative. I want to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to my predecessor, Representative (retired) Linda Runbeck. Linda is a dear friend and served our community with dignity and honor. I wish her all the best as she steps into her next great adventure.
My wife Marnie and I have been married for over 30 years and we have four adult children—all four graduated from Centennial High School. Marnie and I have lived in Blaine for over 25 years and we own and operate a digital marketing agency in Saint Paul. Before we started our own small business, I served eight years, active duty, in the United States Army.
Most of my work during the first months of session will take place in House committees. For the 2021-2022 legislative biennium, I have been appointed to serve on the following committees: Labor, Industry, Veterans, and Military Affairs Finance and Policy; Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy; and Capital Investment.
Each committee has a different focus, but they give me the chance to work closely on issues that have a direct impact on our area. The Labor, Industry, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee, as the name suggests, focuses on issues related to veterans’ affairs and labor. Since it is a finance committee, we will also work on approving a budget for several state agencies that fall under our purview.
The Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy Committee has broad jurisdiction over several state agencies including corrections, the entirety of the judicial system, and portions of the Department of Public Safety. It is also an important committee stop for most legislation directly related to criminal justice.
Finally, the Capital Investment Committee considers “bonding” legislation. Historically, the state approves a bonding bill every other year. Bonding bills make significant investments in the state’s public infrastructure by selling state bonds. On this committee, I am committed to keeping any possible bonding bill laser-focused on “meat and potatoes” infrastructure projects.
As your state representative, I am committed to transparency and intend to be open and available to chat with you to make sure your thoughts and concerns are heard. These are crazy times, and unfortunately, we cannot meet in person at the State Capitol. That is why I plan to host virtual town halls twice a month and will establish weekly virtual “office hours” via Zoom.
Please reach out to my legislative assistant, Josh at Joshua.firstname.lastname@example.org or me at email@example.com for more information on my virtual town hall and office hours schedules. You can also sign up for my legislative newsletter by visiting house.mn/38A.
Again, it is my goal to be the most transparent legislator in our community’s history. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, comments, or ideas on ways to make state government better. My email is listed above, or you can call me at 651-296-2907.
I look forward to getting to work on issues that matter most to families in our area like protecting taxpayers’ pocketbooks, supporting the men and women of law enforcement that keep our neighborhoods safe, and defeating COVID-19 as we bring our economy roaring back. Together we can make Minnesota a better place to live, work and raise a family.
God bless each of you, and God bless Minnesota.
Donald Raleigh is the state representative for District 38A.