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5 things you didn’t know about your new MN representative — Heather Edelson.

As a mental health therapist, Heather Edelson knows how to help people persevere through tough times. A true story of perseverance herself, she was the first person in her family to go to college and understands the importance of making sure every Minnesotan, no matter where they come from, has the opportunity to succeed.

Rep-Elect Edelson believes in keeping people at the center of the decisions our representatives make, and will take that philosophy with her to the Capitol.

We asked Rep-Elect Edelson five questions to help you get to know her. Here’s what she had to say:

Why did you run for office?

I have a deep commitment that politics should be about people. I would say my decision to run for office drew on my life experiences. I grew up with a single mother and we struggled financially, which gives me great perspective and understanding on what it means to struggle for many Minnesotans. I later became the first in my family to attend college, going on to graduate school at the University of Minnesota, and practiced as a mental health therapist. I believe that our stories should shape public policy and I plan to take that perspective to the MN Capitol.

What do you love most about your district?

The people! Our community is made up of so many amazing, caring, smart, and talented people who all contribute in great ways to make our city an incredible place to live. I am truly honored to serve our district in the MN House.

What was the first thing you did when you found out you won your election?

Hugged and said thank you to my family and amazing campaign staff and friends for their hard work. Campaigns are about community — not about the candidate. As a community, I was very proud of how we ran our campaign — with integrity and passion!

What’s the most Minnesotan thing about you?

My accent!

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?

Never give up. Don’t be afraid to fail! The human spirit is resilient. Great opportunity comes only when you put yourself out there and try…so go try and be the change you want to see in the world.

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