Hi, neighbors! I’m Ann Johnson Stewart, and I’m running to be your next State Senator in District 44.
By trade, I’m a civil engineer. I started my own engineering business in my basement over two decades ago, which has grown into a flourishing enterprise with 26 employees. I know the importance of government-supported infrastructure funding, and my company has worked with townships, cities, counties, and the state to build publicly-funded roads, bridges, and buildings. We need an engineer like me at the Capitol who can educate fellow legislators about complex infrastructure issues, and whose work has always required high standards and precision.
I’m also a teacher. For over 20 years, I’ve taught at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and local technical colleges, and have created curriculum and taught classes to maintenance workers, engineers, tradespeople, and managers. Many of my older students take my classes to gain knowledge and skills that help them advance their careers, and I’ve developed workforce training that aims to provide jobs for workers from minority communities and to help contractors meet the female- and minority-participation goals the federal government sets for public work. I’m a proud supporter of public schools, and my in-classroom experiences give me insight into necessary changes in education, workforce development, and post-secondary training that I’ll work to effect as a Senator.
I was first motivated to run for Senate by the current Republican majority’s failure to pass meaningful gun violence prevention legislation, and my frustration has only grown throughout the spring and summer of 2020 as I’ve watched those same Senators show a lack of compassion, courage, and knowledge as they’ve blocked desperately-needed police and criminal justice reforms, an extremely important bonding bill, and COVID-19 relief. As a collaborator and teacher at heart, I know that everyone’s perspectives should be represented and their challenges addressed, and I’ll work diligently to ensure a voice for all people – especially people of color and Indigenous Minnesotans, who face systemic racism and have historically been excluded from our government.
I’m a wife, a mother, a stepmom, and a grandma, and I’ve worked hard to balance a loving home and family with the demands of business, teaching, and the community involvement I really value. I’m a bridge builder (both literally and figuratively!) and a creative problem solver, and I know the value of teamwork. I’m excited to bring these decades of experience to the Capitol as I represent you in Senate District 44!
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