Knox cites desire to help neighbors

Sally Knox, her fiance Tom Ladwig, Jr. and their children, Sidney, Mavrik and Phoenix.

Ogilvie resident, mother of three, home health care worker and part time college student Sally Knox is looking to add one more item to that list of responsibilities — Minnesota state senator.

The self-described “policy wonk” said politics have always been a major interest in her life, but her family comes first.

“Our main concern was just that our kids have a stable home,” Knox said of her and her fiance of 12 years, Tom Ladwig, Jr. “They’re happy, healthy and well supported. Eventually we will be married, but right now, we’re just trying to pay the bills.”

Knox earned her AA and AS degrees from Anoka-Ramsey Community College and is currently taking courses toward a bachelor’s degree in community health at St. Cloud State University.

“I’ve been going to school since I graduated high school,” she said. “Even if I’m elected to state senate, I’ll still be going to school.”

Education is an important aspect of her and her family’s life, she said, adding that sometimes it’s easier to instill that notion when Mom is taking homework seriously as well.

“You just have to finish your kids’ homework before you start on your own,” she said laughing. “Every day is scheduled and it’s a pretty full schedule.”

She said the experience has taught her children — Sidney, 8, Mavrik, 5, and Phoenix, 4 — responsibility. The eldest, Sidney, has especially benefited.

“It has incredibly affected her work ethic and her passion for school,” Knox said.

As a machinist, Tom also exemplifies the importance of continued learning by taking additional math classes related to his field and soft skills classes to boost his career tool kit.

“It’s a family priority,” she said. “We think each child should be educated to his or her own fullest potential. What’s important to me is that they continue learning.”

For the full story and complete election coverage, see the Thursday, Oct. 25 print edition of the Times.