BROWN COUNTY - Ted Suss filed Tuesday to the DFL candidate for Minnesota Senate District 16.
Suss, superintendent for Wabasso Public Schools, graduated from New Prague High School and joined the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 17 in 1967. He served in Vietnam as a telecommunication technician. He attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Normandale Community College. He earned a degree from Metropolitan State University. He served in two terms in the Minnesota Legislature from 1975 to 1978. During his time, he was chief author of a bill that established the Minnesota Tax Court.
He served as executive director of the Minnesota Board of Education from 1984 to 1989. He then worked in administration in several Minnesota schools form 1989 to present. He will retire from the Wabasso superintendency this month to focus on his political campaign.
His platform will focus on repaying the state's school funding shift, improving taxes for the middle class and working to improve public infrastructure like Highway 14. He is pro-life and supports Minnesota's current constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but he opposes the marriage amendment heading to the November ballot. He also opposes the Voter ID amendment and the "Right to Work" efforts.
Suss will face down freshman incumbent Sen. Gary Dahms in the November elections.
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