My name is Ben Dolan, and I want to represent you, my neighbors in District 17A, because I know I can take strides to help improve our already wonderful part of Minnesota.
I was born and raised in Appleton, and am a proud graduate of Lac qui Parle Valley High School. I went to college at SMSU in Marshall, where I served both as the student body President and, outside of school, on the Board of Directors for a million dollar non-profit focused on students’ rights. I then went to Law School, where I also served as class President.
Throughout my education, I worked blue collar labor and service jobs, and came to understand the true meaning of “hard work.” I’m from a working class family in Appleton, and take nothing for granted. Work ethic and passion have always been the key to success.
I’m currently enjoying my work as a law clerk for a district court judge. But what I am most passionate about is putting my work ethic, legal degree and persistence to work by winning this election and representing YOU in Saint Paul.
As a representative, there is nothing more important than advocating for my community. I pride myself on being a good listener—how else can you know how best to support your community? When I represent you and our neighbors here in Western Minnesota, I will continuously work towards building stronger, more resilient communities, a better state, and a better country—starting right here in district 17A.
The Issues in our district I am most passionate about are the necessities we must make affordable for all, starting with HEALTHCARE, DAYCARE, HOUSING and MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES. Also, we cannot stop taking steps to combat the climate crisis that—let's face it—is beginning to affect us all. Unlike our sitting representative, I believe we have a responsibility to care for our planet. Healthy soil, clean air and clean water are not partisan issues.
How can I help?
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Ben Dolan for House
324 E. Snelling Ave.
Appleton, MN 56208
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Where does it go?
Your donations go directly to our grassroots effort to take back our voice in Saint Paul and put Ben to work fighting for Western Minnesota.
I am committed to the betterment of our youth by increased education funding from the state, so our children are set up on a pathway to success.
We must support our local agricultural community, especially the family farm. The shocking low commodity prices are unacceptable. The Minnesota in 2019 saw an unacceptable amount of family farms going bankrupt.
To grow our local communities we must provide opportunities to the workers and employers through improvement training for the available and upcoming jobs. We will need to work with our high schools, colleges, employers and local governments to make this a reality. Job training is the key to our success, through apprenticeships, classroom and computer based trainings.
One of the biggest issues in our country is healthcare; and it's no different in Western Minnesota. We must push towards affordable healthcare. Paying a high premium every month along with a huge deductible is not my idea of affordable healthcare. We need action to ensure all the people of our district have quality, affordable healthcare.
Short staffing of medical professionals is plaguing this country. It is even worse in Greater Minnesota. Quality of care suffers, increased errors and deaths are the result. In many cases the nurses who are “the backbone” of the healthcare industry
In Greater Minnesota we are plagued by a drug epidemic. From my experience in the courts of western Minnesota, I have seen first-hand how drugs ruin families, careers, lives and everything they touch.
Our rural communities are in dire need of decent daycare resources. Even before the severe COVID-19 crisis there was a severe lack of affordable or even available daycare. You can’t tell me that our USA cannot provide this absolutely essential resource for our young families when all the other major developed nations of the world have done so for years!