Joe Radinovich of Crosby, in his first bid for public office, announced Monday he would seek DFL endorsement for the Minnesota House District 10B.
The district, created by a judicial panel last week includes all of Aitkin County and most of Crow Wing County.
Radinovich, 25, said he would emphasize jobs, education and care for seniors. He said he would work to fix Minnesota’s budget rather than relying on accounting gimmicks that deny school districts adequate funding while cutting local government aid and increasing property taxes.
The DFLer, who works for the American Federation of Government Employees, said property taxes are regressive and he wants to fix the state’s tax structure.
“We don’t have a tax system that works at the state level,” he said.
He said he wants to see a balanced tax system where everyone pays their fair share and local governments are adequately funded.
A 2004 graduate of Crosby-Ironton High School, he said that district had difficulty passing a referendum and class sizes increased and some classes were no longer offered during tough economic times. He said he wants to see a funding formula for education where districts don’t have to rely on passing levies.
Radinovich worked as an intern for Rep. John Ward, DFL-Brainerd, during Ward’s first term and worked for the state DFL in 2008.
A lifelong resident of the Cuyuna Range, Radinovich is single and owns a home in Crosby. He studied political science at Macalester College in St. Paul. He has been an assistant coach for the C-I track and cross country teams and has been a Kinship Partners mentor in the Crosby area. He previously served on the Crow Wing County and on the Senate District 4 DFL executive boards. He said he takes advantage of outdoor recreation activities, including hunting, fishing, scuba diving and mountain biking.
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