First Muslim ever elected to Congress sits down with the Times to talk about his campaign for Minnesota Attorney General
Keith Ellison, the congressman representing Minnesota’s 5th District who has decided not to seek re-election to his seat, paid a visit to Crookston recently as a part of his travels around Minnesota on his campaign for Minnesota attorney general.
“I am running for attorney general because I believe I can help more people as attorney general than as a congressman,” he said.
Ellison has been in Congress for 12 years, and although he says it is very great and important work, as attorney general, he can do more to protect consumers, workers, the environment, and peoples human and civil rights. “I want to be very active in community outreach.”
Ellison says that he is concerned about the separation policy that President Donald Trump is pursuing, and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVoss charging more than necessary, leading to more student debt.
“The FCC pursuing a policy of getting rid of net neutrality, I am against that. No company should be able to exert control over that,” Ellison added.
Ellison, the first Muslim ever elected to Congress, has been visiting communities all over the state, and he was in Crookston to meet new people to share his vision. Before visiting with the Times, he spent some time at a “meet and greet” with community leaders at RBJ’s Restaurant.
Ellison said he believes that Minnesota is drifting to be too metro focused, and he wants to change this. In his travels around Minnesota, he says “I have been working with members of the community, learning about health care, mental health, and criminal justice reform, and people have shared stuff that is very beneficial.”
As for Crookston, Ellison says that it is an “awesome town, love it,” and that “Crookston is an educational center, and people look to Crookston for so many things, developmental and educational.” Finally, he noted that “People have a high civic engagement, they love their town.”