Hello and Welcome,

I’m Kelly Jahner-Byrne a 24+ year resident of Woodbury. A few other titles I hold are hockey-mom and co-team manager with my husband John, Mrs. Minnesota 2001, small business owner, speaker, author, community volunteer, chamber of commerce member, non-profit founder with over $1m raised for cancer research and local patient care, and the most important title of wife and mother. I’m seeking your vote to represent our community and be our voice at the Capitol as State Representative for 53B.

Woodbury is my home and I am running to make sure our priorities are well-represented at the Capitol. Woodbury is a special place where we have raised our family, built multiple businesses here, and my husband has served for over 17 years as Captain, Woodbury Firefighter/EMT. Woodbury deserves a representative who will put the needs and interests of our community first. I can’t wait to be that voice at the Capitol.

I’m looking forward to meeting you!


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  • Economy
  • Taxes
  • Health Care
  • Safety
  • Seniors

Rebuilding Our Economy – Minnesota families and businesses have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdown of our state economy. In Woodbury, we have watched as our dear friends — employers and employees — have suffered incredible setbacks as a result.

I’m ready to use my business and non-profit experience to help our community recover so we can bring jobs, paychecks and our economy roaring back

Rooting Out Waste & Fraud – We’ve seen countless examples of waste and fraud in our government programs. It’s disrespectful to hardworking taxpayers and a disservice to the vulnerable Minnesotans who need those most resources most.

I will work to hold government accountable for their failures, crack down on fraud, and work to reform or eliminate programs that don’t respect your hard-earned tax dollars.

Protecting Taxpayers – Minnesota is one of the highest-taxed states in the nation. With a budget deficit on the horizon, we need government to share in the sacrifice that families and business owners have made instead of raising taxes to protect our bloated state budget.

Like many of you, our household has taken pay cuts and we’ve had to adjust to make ends meet. Our state policymakers need to do the same to balance the budget.

Accessing Affordable Health Care – Access to quality, affordable health care is crucial. That’s why I raised more than a million dollars for cancer research and local patient care. I will fight to bring down health care costs, improve access in our community and increase the number of options for families.

Safe Communities – Our kids should be safe playing in our neighborhoods – all Minnesotans deserve to feel safe in their community. Efforts to defund or dismantle police departments put our community more at risk. I support the brave men and women in law enforcement, first responders, EMS, and firefighters who do their jobs honorably and risk their lives protecting us.

My husband served Woodbury for over seventeen years as Woodbury Fire Captain/EMS, so I have personally seen the compassion and bravery he and his colleagues poured into their work serving our community.

Caring for Our Seniors – Our aging loved ones have faced many challenges over the past year. I lost both my parents in 2020 and it was devastating. They instilled in me important principles like hard work and integrity. Watching seniors that have worked a lifetime have their care or benefits cut is not acceptable. I will work to protect seniors from harmful nursing homes cuts and ensure they get the quality care they deserve.


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