Education, transportation and property tax relief top issues for Trehus
Spring Grove – Thomas Trehus, Spring Grove school board member and fifth generation Houston County resident received the DFL endorsement for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 28B on April 2, 2016. A longtime resident of rural Spring Grove, he will challenge the incumbent 12-term (non-consecutive) Rep. Greg Davids. Thomas Trehus said he is disappointed by the special session in St. Paul and is running for State Representative because he believes Fillmore and Houston Counties deserve a more moderate voice in the legislature.
“Here in Southeastern Minnesota, we work together as a community to get things done,” said Trehus. “I want to use my consensus building skills to help resolve the partisan gridlock in Saint Paul.”
Thomas Trehus said he was disheartened to see the 2015 session end without compromise on issues crucial to residents in District 28B. The legislature faces a special session because members refused to compromise with Governor Dayton on an education funding bill. Trehus was frustrated with the legislature’s inability to pass a sustainable transportation bill, tax bill, and a general lack of investment in Greater Minnesota initiatives like broadband. In each of these areas, Rep. Greg Davids voted with his party leaders.
“There was tremendous opportunity this session to invest in our schools, our roads and bridges, and to provide tax relief to farmers and small business owners,” said Trehus. “In Saint Paul, I will work with my Republican and Democratic colleagues to do what’s right for Houston and Fillmore Counties.”
As a Spring Grove Public School Board Member, Thomas Trehus had hoped to see a greater investment in education from this legislature. From talking with parents and community members, Trehus understands how strong schools can impact the future of our region. Underfunding our schools undermines the future workforce of Minnesota and places more burden on local property taxpayers.
Before joining the school board, Trehus served the state of Minnesota as a staff member in the Office of United States Senator Al Franken. He is currently a project administrator and compliance officer at Minnowa Construction, Inc. in Harmony.
Thomas Trehus looks forward to talking with residents of District 28B and hearing about what’s most important to them.