NOVOTNY ANNOUNCES RUN FOR RE-ELECTION
For Immediate Release:
June 25, 2020
Representative Paul Novotny (Elk River, Big Lake, Big Lake Township, and Otsego) announces his candidacy for re-election in November 2020.
“It has been a busy past few months. I retired from the Sheriff’s Office May 28th and have been in constant committee calls and special session. Today I would like to announce the formal start of my re-election campaign,” Novotny said.
After just five weeks at St. Paul, having been sworn in on February 11th, 2020 following a special election, the legislature was sent to continue session from home following the governor's stay at home order. Hearings and floor sessions were done remotely for most members. “I was just getting to the point I was taking personal decorations to the office when we were sent home” Novotny said. “Due to Quarantine issues with Deputies during the initial crisis I was able to help with patrol coverage during the trying times.”
In January the states focus was how to handle the projected 2 billion dollar projected surplus. Novotny cautioned at the beginning of session that the surplus was “projected”, not money in the bank as some people thought. Following the shutdown of the state in March the surplus has become a deficit.
“When facing the then unknown in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I supported the governor and President Trump in the direction to stay home to allow the Healthcare system to prepare for an influx of patients” Novotny said.” We found out that the virus was more contagious but much less lethal to the general public than originally believed.” Novotny voted to end the governor’s Emergency declaration several times. “The governor needed to be able to react quickly at the start of the Corona-virus outbreak, but it soon became a situation that the governor should have been consulting with the elected members of the legislature, not just his appointed advisors. Millions of people had their livelihoods destroyed with no input from the public or their elected representatives” Novotny said.
The Legislature will need to meet again in July when the current Emergency Orders expire, “As a member of the Public Safety Committee, I will continue to work on Police Reform in light of the George Floyd's death. There are common sense changes that need to be made and I am in a position to lend my experience from my career in law enforcement to the discussion.”
“If re-elected, I will continue to advocate for fiscally responsible state government that is less obtrusive in our everyday lives. Roads and bridges including the Hwy 169 improvements and the I-94 corridor are vital to the area and will continue to be a focal point of the work I do on behalf of you at the capitol. I stood up for our 2nd Amendment rights and will continue to do so. Life is something I will always fight for, from conception to natural death. It has been an honor to represent the community I grew up in. I ask for your continued support."