Minnesota Lt. Gov. Candidates Bergstrom, Flanagan Discuss Affordable Housing

Ryan Juntti
Updated: September 12, 2018 10:38 PM

DULUTH - The two candidates for Minnesota Lt. Gov. answered questions related to affordable housing in a public forum held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on Wednesday night.


Both Donna Bergstrom and Peggy Flanagan seeming to agree on the need for affordable housing.

"I think homelessness, housing issues are very important, and those are something that we really need to talk about in our communities," said Bergstrom.

"Having access to stable housing, housing that's dignified, is really key in the development and the life of a child, and stable community," said Flanagan.  

But they appear to have different ideas of what affordable housing actually means.

"I think housing and affordability is really individual, and it comes down to what is the person willing to put into as far as the housing that they're living in," said Bergstrom.

"I think when we talk about affordable housing, it means that for folks it's 30 percent of their income right or less is going to that housing, and we know that that's not the reality in much of Minnesota," said Flanagan.  

Each candidate also offering their two cents on how to help manage the issue.

"I don't really think there's one blanket solution, what I think is that we've got a lot of really great partnerships here in Minnesota. Public, private, non profit, tribal communities that work together to help find solutions," said Bergstrom.

"We are at a point where I think this is clearly a crisis, and we need to do everything that we can to protect and to preserve housing, but also to develop additional housing throughout the state," said Flanagan.

So when you head to the polls, you have decisions to make that could affect Minnesota in many ways.

Carlton native Donna Bergstrom is running with Jeff Johnson on the Republican side while Peggy Flanagan is running with Tim Walz on the DFL side.


Ryan Juntti

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