Pam Myhra Receives Republican Endorsement

Hall, Myhra are Republican choices for state seats

Thursday, 04 March 2010
by John Gessner
Thisweek Newspapers

Burnsville residents Dan Hall and Pam Myhra will represent the Republican Party in November legislative races in districts covering the largest swath of Burnsville…

…Myhra will face DFL Rep. Will Morgan in House District 40A, which includes the downtown Savage area.

Hall and Myhra were unopposed in their endorsement bids at the Republicans’ Senate District 40 convention Feb. 27 at Burnsville City Hall.

They’ll try to reclaim Burnsville-area seats long held by Republicans before Doll and Morgan first won election in 2006, a big year for Democrats in Minnesota and nationwide…

Pam Myhra

Myhra attended her first precinct caucus in 1994. She’s served two terms as chair of House District 40A Republicans. She was Burnsville chair of the George W. Bush re-election campaign in 2004 and Dakota County co-chair of John McCain’s 2008 campaign.

But only now that her three children are done with home-schooling did the time seem right to run for office.

“I would say I’m definitely a conservative,” said Myhra, whose children are now all dean’s listers at Northwestern College in Roseville. “My greatest concern right now, and one of the reasons for entering the race besides the opening up of a new chapter in my life, is the economy and jobs. Our family suffered a decrease of a fifth of our income last year. As a family, we had to make a serious review of our budget, how we were spending money and what we were prioritizing. I believe state government needs to do the same thing.”

Myhra, of 13220 Elm Lane, first came to Burnsville as a 10th-grader and graduated from Burnsville High School in 1975. She and husband Chuck returned in 1986.

She’s been director of the girls club for 14 years at her church, Bethesda Church in Prior Lake, where she has chaired women’s ministries and teaches parenting classes.

Myhra said her top legislative priorities are making state government “responsible,” promoting job creation and protecting family incomes.

Myhra has criticized Morgan for voting last year for a DFL tax bill that included elimination of the mortgage-interest and property-tax deductions.

Morgan has said he voted for the overall bill only to move it out of committee and launch debate, objected to the specific provision and later voted against the entire bill.

“To me,” Myhra said, “that provision is so horrible it shouldn’t even have come out of committee.”

John Gessner is at burnsville.thisweek@ecm-inc.com.
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