Officially filed with MN SOS! This is our Press Release


May 21, 2014

Contact: Pete Vujovich – 651-249-3182


Applebaum officially enters DFL Primary for Minnesota House Dist. 44B seat


MINNETONKA, MN – Yesterday, local attorney and small business owner Jon Applebaum filed his campaign for state representative in House District 44B with the Minnesota Secretary of State.  Retired Representative John Benson (DFL) recently held the now open seat for four terms.


“It has been a pleasure getting to know Representative Benson over the past few years and I thank him for his fine service to our district and to Minnesota,” Applebaum said.  “I look forward to build upon his work and would be honored to serve the community in which I was raised.”


Applebaum declared, “I am running for state representative because I want Minnesota to be the best state in the country – and I believe that starts with improving our state government.”


Applebaum considers education, jobs/economy and transportation as the issues drawing the most concern amongst constituents.


He counts several prominent DFLers amongst his supporters, including Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, Ambassador Sam and Sylvia Kaplan, Ruth Usem, Dean Phillips, former Congressman Bill Luther and Janet Robert, Buck Humphrey, and Eric and Andrew Dayton.  Governor Mark Dayton recently appointed Applebaum to the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation board of directors.


“I’m supporting Jon because he’s a good friend and because I think he would make a great state representative,” Eric Dayton said. “He’s running for the right reason, which is a genuine desire to serve his community and his state.  He grew up in the district and knows it well.  And, as a business owner, I like that Jon would bring a background in business to the role.”


Applebaum founded JYA Ventures, a consulting firm specializing in real estate development.  He also serves as Of Counsel to a growing law firm located in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.  He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and the University of Minnesota Law School.


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