I'm Sonja Buckmeier. Many of you may know me as a volunteer, a board member, and an advocate for education and the pro-choice movement. Over the last 25+ years, I have connected with many of you in our community, and I look forward to meeting more residents of all the communities that encompass District 30A.
In 1995, we decided to move from the suburban city of Plymouth and build a home in St. Michael. Why? Prices were affordable, and we grew up in similar communities in southern Minnesota. It felt like home. Fast forward a couple of years, and we welcomed our first child. This was when we indeed became connected within St. Michael. Our family quickly grew to 6! As our family grew, our community also grew. We met a lot of families when we attended classes offered through Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and the local Country Kids preschool. All four of our children graduated from St. Michael-Albertville High School and participated in a variety of activities in the STMA school district. Our community's education, access to activities, and facilities prepared them for their chosen paths to college. Our oldest graduated from Iowa State and works in the agriculture industry. Our middle daughter recently graduated from Bentley University and just started her career at the accounting firm, PwC, in Boston. Our twins are in their second year of college; one attends Boston University majoring in computer science, and the other attends Mankato State majoring in nursing. My husband and I are first-generation college graduates, and our family highly values education. I believe public education is an investment in society and all should have access; therefore, I strongly support fully funding our public schools.
My husband was self-employed for many years, and I worked for a large company where I received medical insurance, even as a part-time employee. Having insurance and access to healthcare is vital! All but one of our children required a longer-than-average hospital stay after birth. We had bills but were not buried in debt that would cause financial ruin. While we had four children under five, we decided I would leave my job to be home with our children full-time. At the same time, my husband transitioned from a franchisee to a management position that included benefits. Access to quality, affordable health insurance is essential to ensure family stability.
I am running to represent the communities of Otsego, Albertville, St. Michael, Hanover, and Rockford Township in the Minnesota Legislature as State House Representative for District 30A. I will bring equitable ideas to the table. I believe in our community's strength and growing diversity, and I am asking for your support. Together we will continue to build a safe, supportive, healthy, and inclusive community where all residents are respected and have access to the resources needed to support their families.
Mankato State University- Mankato, MN
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Volunteerism and Employment