I started writing a regular column in the St. Cloud Times when I was first elected. I got into politics partially because some of our legislators didn’t work very hard to communicate with us. I’ve treated these columns as part of my duties as the senator who represents this community, not for self-promotion or as a partisan pulpit. This column, though, is different. In this column I write as a candidate to announce that I will be standing for re-election to the Minnesota Senate.