Raleigh endorsed by the MPPOA

Raleigh endorsed by the MPPOA

I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Police & Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) issued its endorsement of your candidacy for office in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

The MPPOA has been in existence since 1922 and represents 10,400 public safety professionals across the State of Minnesota and over 2,000 retired members. It is our hope that our endorsement will advance your candidacy and that you will be successful in your efforts to solidify a seat in the Minnesota House.

The MPPOA sincerely wishes you well.

Brian Peters
Executive Director
Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association

Representative Raleigh joins Blaine Police for Evening Ride Along

Representative Raleigh joins Blaine Police for Evening Ride Along

The Blaine Police department has a long history of working closely in the community and providing ride along events with citizens and elected officials is an important step in building relationships. Rep. Raleigh worked with Chief Brian Podany and Sergeant Mike Rygg to schedule the ride along.

Our Blaine police department is out in our community every day. They are our protectors, our civil servants. They are true professionals in every way.

Rep Donald Raleigh, Blaine

This is not the first time that Rep Raleigh has worked with the Blaine police department. A graduate of the 2016 Blaine Citizens academy, Raleigh learned first hand how the department works to provide safety to our community.

“For me it is not just about the badge and the uniform. I have worked closely with the department over the 26 years that I have been a resident of Blaine. From providing security services while the commander of the Anoka County Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, to working with officers during ICS 300 & 400 training, the department has consummate professionals up and down the ranks.” said Raleigh.

Recently Raleigh and Sergeant Villegas rode together for Night to Unite. It is that type of close interaction that makes the relationship between our police and elected officials work.

Sergeant Wesley Villegas, Blaine Police Department

Rep Raleigh will be posting pictures and his perspective on the ride along as a follow up to this post.

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Career Launch Business Summit

20 August 2020

Today I participated in the Forest Lake Area High School and Lakes Center for Youth and Families 2nd Annual Career Launch Business Summit.

Career Launch is designed to foster partnerships with area businesses to provide students experiential learning opportunities while creating exposure for our business partners. The Business Summit is an opportunity for business, high school, and government representatives to connect and better understand how we can work with one another to help one another. For the 2020-21 school year, Career Launch has four focus areas: agriculture, manufacturing/engineering, automotive/diesel, and health care. 

During the 2019-20 school year, Career Launch was able to expand in several ways including the addition of a professional skills development course in which students also earned their OSHA 10 certification; and a work-based learning course in which students earned high school credit, earned a wage, and most importantly learned new skills. All of this was possible because of your efforts.

Find out more at: https://www.flaschools.org/careerlaunch

This program is leading the way to introduce students to interesting careers in our area and prepare them to use their passions and skills. Equipping our youth to make important career decisions based on hands-on experiences is the type of thought leadership that gets me excited about how our area schools are focusing on preparing students for our Minnesota Workforce.

For students exploring apprenticeship “earn while you learn” careers in Minnesota’s robust Construction and Building Trades careers, Construction Careers Foundation has a website: constructioncareers.org. On this website, students can watch videos, connect directly with Union Training Centers (JATCs) and they can download the Construction Trades app to opt in to direct messages from their trades of choice. For more information and any questions contact Sarah Lechowich at 651-274-2521 or Sarah.Lechowich@mnccf.org.

I want to thank the Forest Lake Area High School for this great presentation, for working in the best interests of students and getting this information out to business leaders in our community.

Offering our students a path to a solid career is what education is all about.

Career Launch Brochure
Career Launch Video
Career Pathway Guide 

Contacts about this program:
Molly Bonnett- College and Career Coordinator at FLAHS (mbonnett@flaschools.org)
Mike Miron- CTE Coordinator at FLAHS (mmiron@flaschools.org)
Jenna Jones- Asst. Executive Director at Lakes Center for Youth and Families (Jenna.Jones@lc4yf.org)

I will post more information on this opportunity as it is shared with me.


On Monday, June 22nd, the delegates of our BPOU (Basic Political Organizing Unit) for 38A came together for an endorsing convention. I am happy to announce that I was endorsed by the delegates who came together for this important event.

Being endorsed means that I have the support of the grassroots of our party. Citizens who are concerned about our community and want to make our neighborhoods safe and our schools more effective. Endorsement also means that I have the support of our party and I am able to have access to the resources that I will need to WIN our district for the Republican party.

I want to thank every member of the BPOU who came out to support me, and I look forward to working hard for our community.