‘My roots here are really deep’
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 26, 2018
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
MINNETONKA — “My roots here are really deep. My family and my history have been here a long time,” says Patty Acomb.
Acomb is running with AFL-CIO and DFL Party endorsement for election to the House District 44B seat representing Minnetonka, Plymouth and Woodland.
The incumbent, two-term DFLer Jon Applebaum, chose not to run for re-election.
Acomb has lived in House District 44B for 40 years.
She has served as an at large member of the Minnetonka City Council since 2012 and has a long record of additional community involvement and leadership. “From an early age, back in high school, I took a class in community service,” she says. “Long-term relationships encourage me and make it that much more important to me to get involved and to give back to my community.”
Acomb says one of her proudest accomplishments as Minnetonka city council member was leading the effort to bring solar energy to the city, which will save residents $21 million over the next 25 years. “It’s a win for the environment and a win for the taxpayer,” she says.
Health care was one of the main issues that led Acomb to run for the state legislature. Last year, she went through successful treatment for breast cancer.
“Because I had good health care, I was diagnosed early,” she says. “I want to make sure everybody has access to quality health care… Health care is a right that everybody deserves.”
She says she’s finding health care is the top concern of voters. “I’ve had many deep and personal conversations with people on their doorstep,” she says, hearing stories about high deductibles and high out-of-pocket expenses.
Acomb graduated from Hopkins High School and the University of Minnesota and worked for the Minnesota DNR. She and her husband, Craig Acomb, have two sons. Craig, now retired, was a MAPE union member when he worked for the Minnesota DNR.
“If I’m fortunate enough to win and represent this district… I would be supportive of working families,” Acomb says. “I hope I could be a good partner.”