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Norton starts run for Bradley's House seat

CORRECTION Kim Norton's age is 46.

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From staff reports

Kim Norton, a two-term member of the Rochester School Board, announced Thursday she'll seek the DFL Party endorsement to run for the House District 29B seat now held by Rochester Republican Fran Bradley. The district covers northern Rochester.

During a campaign kickoff event, Norton, 47, said she plans to emphasize her dedication to public education. "My unwavering commitment to public education is vital now as the voucher and anti-public school movements try to shift public dollars to private schools," she said. "I will fight that."

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Norton also said she wanted to address recent cuts made to child-care services, health services and public safety. She said such cuts have adversely affected Rochester.

"It's time for a change -- time for a new approach to problem solving in state government," she said. "I pledge to study the issues, to listen to community members and to run a respectful and positive campaign that reflects this community's values and beliefs."

Norton has a bachelor's degree in human development and special education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and has had additional courses in early childhood education and speech/hearing. She took graduate courses in deaf education, behavioral impairments and curriculum.

Norton worked as a substitute teacher in 1988-1989 before coming to Rochester. She was art awareness coordinator for the Rochester school district from 1993 to 2000.

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