IGH city committee chair joins the District 52B race

Mary T’Kach

Inver Grove Heights resident and current chair of the city’s Housing Committee Mary T’Kach said last week that she is running for the House District 52B seat and seeking the DFL Party endorsement. 

She made the decision after state Rep. Joe Atkins of Inver Grove Heights announced last month that he would not be running for an eighth term and would instead make a bid for a Dakota County Board of Commissioners seat. 

“I look forward to building on the important work Rep. Joe Atkins has done at the legislature over the past 14 years,” T’Kach said in a statement. “People take pride in their communities and we have great things happening in our area.”

T’Kach previously served on the Inver Grove Heights Planning Commission. This will be her first bid for elected office. 

She said she plans to focus on a number of issues — better access to health care, providing better opportunities to seniors in the area and closing the achievement gap in district schools. 

“We have school excellence in the local schools here but we have a lot of challenges to make sure that everyone has access to that excellence,” T’Kach said. 

She pointed out the changing demographics in northern Dakota County and said she will focus on addressing new housing and transportation opportunities for new residents and seniors throughout the House district, which includes Inver Grove Heights, Sunfish Lake and portion of Eagan and Mendota Heights. 

T’Kach said one reason she is running for the Legislature is because she wants to see more citizen participation. 

“What I see is that we really need citizen leaders to step up to the plate, and we need people who are not only looking to solve today’s problems but are really looking further down the road at what tomorrow’s problems are,” T’Kach says. 

For the past six years, she has been the Ramsey County energy and sustainability coordinator. Prior to that she was the executive director of environmental sustainability at Este Lauder, Aveda.

She believes her 10 years in the business community helped her become stronger at making decisions and working under pressure. 

T’Kach urged community members to attend the caucuses on Tuesday, March 1. 

“We can accomplish so much for the people of our district and the entire state if we re-engage the public, many of whom have lost faith in the political system,” T’Kach said in a statement. 

“I want to restore the public’s trust in the value of government, and do this in a way that brings people together to solve the challenges facing our communities, our schools, and our families today.”

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