Conservation Minnesota

July 4th – Making Democracy Work for Your Lake

The following is an email sent to members of Minnesota Waters….

Dear Minnesota Waters Members-

I hope this message reaches you before you abandon your computer to enjoy the holiday week at the lake.  For so many Minnesotans, the ideas of Independence Day and our lakes are inseparable.  It’s a good time to answer one of the main questions I have gotten over the past month about combining Minnesota Waters and Conservation Minnesota:  Can we deliver strong advocacy at the legislature?

The bad news you already know.  Today’s polarized politics make it harder than ever to move smart policies and funding through our political system.  Having the right team and the right strategy is more important than ever.

The good news is that we have the right team to get the job done.  Our bipartisan capitol team of Molly Pederson and John Tuma are effective and respected.  Our  Strategic Advisors include many of the state’s best-known leaders, people of all parties who understand how the system works because they have been there.

We are excited to bring this new capacity to Minnesota Waters.  I look forward to working with each of you to decide which problems are most important to address… and then get about the business of solving them.

So as you take in the view from the dock this July 4th, know that together we can make democracy work for your lake.

Enjoy the holiday,

Paul Austin
Executive Director

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About Paul Austin

Paul Austin
Paul Austin has 23 years of public service as an elected leader, advocate and political strategist, Paul Austin brings a rare combination of skills and experience to his position as Executive Director. At age 25, Paul was elected Mayor of Clinton, Connecticut – the youngest in state history. Paul has served as Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota since 2004.
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