THE following is a letter from, former US Senator and Minnesota’s DFL Gubernatorial Candidate, Mark Dayton. The letter was read both in Afaan Oromo and English at Get Out the Vote event in Minneapolis on October 16, 2010.
The Oromo community is a vital part of Minnesota and I admire your contributions to our state. As Governor, I will form a partnership with the Oromo community to address particular issues and problems you are facing—including immigration difficulties.
I plan to work with Minnesota’s Congressional delegation to speed up the reunion of Oromo families who are splintered between Africa and the United States. I will also work with the delegation to stream-line the green card and citizenship application processes to prevent applications from becoming entangled in federal bureaucracy.
To address the challenges facing us during this tough economic time I will work to ensure that every Minnesotan has access to state-run job training initiatives so they can learn the skills necessary to succeed in today’s job market. I will also pass a large bonding bill and establish a green energy savings fund which will add tens of thousands of new jobs to our state.
These measures will help the Oromo community find good jobs, but building a strong job market also begins with a renewed focus on education in our state. We need to recommit to our public schools, starting with early childhood education. Additionally, every student graduating from Minnesota’s high schools needs to be ready to succeed in college and work. I will work every day to provide our schools with the resources and tools they need to get every child ready for success. I’ll challenge them to the highest standards, and I will hold them and myself accountable for the results.
I look forward to continuing my service to the Oromo community and I know that with help from you and the rest of our state we can Build a Better Minnesota.