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Young lawmakers provide advice to young CU pros
ST. PAUL, Minn. (2/26/08)--Five young legislators shared their experiences and perspectives with participants of the Minnesota Credit Union Young Professionals (MYCUP) Wednesday.
Minnesota legislators under the age of 35 met with young credit union professionals Wednesday about their legislative careers. From left are: Reps. Aaron Peterson (DFL-Appleton), Brad Finstad (R-Comfrey), Andy Welti (DFL-Plainview), Kate Knuth (DFL-New Brighton) and Larry Hosch (DFL-St. Joseph). (Photo provided by the Minnesota Credit Union Network)
More than 30 credit union professionals under age 35 attended. The panel included five legislators under the age of 35:
* Rep. Brad Finstad (R-Comfrey); * Rep. Larry Hosch (DFL-St. Joseph); * Rep. Kate Knuth (DFL-New Brighton); * Rep. Aaron Peterson (DFL-Appleton); and * Rep. Andy Welti (DFL-Plainview).
All said they wanted to spur change in various areas of government through their personal involvement. “As young legislators, we bring a fresh, new perspective to the legislative process,” Finstad said. The representatives have earned respect by having informed opinions, they said. Their opinions and positions are taken seriously when they have research to back up their position, Peterson added. The panel encouraged MYCUP attendees to educate their elected officials about the issues important to them. Welt recommended sending legislators short e-mails with concise bullet points and contact information. Constituents also are valued when they volunteer on legislative election campaigns. The elected candidates remember volunteers and make it a priority to listen to them when they have issues to discuss, Knuth said.
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