North Mankato resident Robin Courrier announced that she will seek the DFL endorsement for state representative in District 19A, which includes North Mankato and St Peter.
A special election will be called by Gov. Mark Dayton to fill this seat being vacated by Representative Terry Morrow.
According to a Dec. 26 press release, Courrier has more than 24 years of professional experience as an elementary school teacher and assistant to the principal and she is currently the lead teacher of Bridges Community School for the Mankato Area Public Schools. She also serves as president for the Mankato Teachers’ Association and is on Education Minnesota’s Governing Board. As a local teacher association president, Minnesota Valley UniServ representative and Education Minnesota Governing Board member, Courrier has a unique understanding of the issues facing area school districts, local bargaining units and labor unions, according to the release.
The combination of public school experience, local governing association and strong roots in the community is what makes Courrier the right candidate to bring a strong voice of consensus and common sense to the legislature, said the release.
As local representative, Courrier is promising to prioritize access to quality education, health care, and job creation.
“Minnesota has a proud legacy of commitment to education, health care and job creation that has contributed to a healthy population. As we look toward economic recovery, it is critical that we renew our commitment to our citizens”, says Courrier.
Courrier is a strong proponent of active community involvement and volunteerism.
“As a mom, a wife, an advocate for great education and a strong supporter for human rights, I care deeply about ensuring that we have a strong education system for our kids, as well as quality health care for all. I will work tirelessly on behalf of my community to be a voice at the Capitol on issues that are so important to us at every stage of life."
Courrier and her family have long held ties with St. Peter and the North Mankato/Mankato Community. They are members of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Mankato. Robin spent one year supervising student teachers from Gustavus and MSU while mentoring for Mankato Area Public Schools. Her husband of 28 years, Chad, is a southern Minnesota native and has worked as a staff writer for the Mankato Free Press for more than 20 years.
Courrier attended Minnesota State University and holds three degrees: undergraduate elementary education, master's special education and specialist in School Administration.
The Courriers reside in North Mankato with their daughters, Maddison, 15, and Jenna, 12.
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