Akland, Susan

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
MN House of Representatives
District:
18A
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Phone:
(507) 340-5891
Age:
73
Occupation:
Retired RN
Education:
1. B.S. in Nursing, Oklahoma Baptist University, 2. MN School of Ministry
Biographical Info:
Biography My name is Dorothy Susan Akland, but I have always been known as “Susie” to my family and friends. My parents married one month after dad returned home from his overseas duty in WWII, and Harold and Dorothy settled in Oklahoma City, where dad worked as a carpenter and mom pursued her career as a registered nurse. Four children later, they moved from the little one-bedroom rock house to the larger, two-bedroom house next door. The six of us lived in this same house (plus an addition built on by my dad and uncle) until we children were all grown and away from home. I was blessed with a fun, loving, God-centered family and with best friends who are still best friends to this day. After graduating from high school, I attended Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, where I earned a B.S. in Nursing degree. I met my husband, Mark Akland while working in Tulsa's Family Medicine Residency program. After he finished his training and pay-back service in the Indian Health Clinic, we moved to St Peter with our son, John David, to join the St Peter Medical Clinic. John David graduated from St Peter High School and now practices law in Tulsa. I am the proud grandmother of two wonderful grandchildren, Jackson and Anna. My career in nursing has taken me in several directions and has given me many opportunities to use my knowledge and skills. My career included working in the Coronary Care Unit in Oklahoma City, the University of Oklahoma Family Medicine Residency as the lead nurse in Tulsa, Emergency and Med Surg nursing in St Peter Community Hospital, the nursing supervisor in Family Medicine/Mayo Health System, triage in Internal Medicine/Mayo Health System, and hospice nursing. My retirement from nursing came suddenly as I needed to be home to care for my mother, who was living with us and nearing the end of her life. Working outside the home and caring for aging parents had taken a toll on me, and once I no longer had either of these responsibilities, I took a year to rest and reflect on the next chapter of my life. I prayed for guidance and, in 2019, felt God calling me to public service. I ran for the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2020, won the election by a narrow margin, and have served the people of my district for the last two years. As time allows, I love to play the piano—for my own pleasure only! After taking lessons as a child and again as an adult, I still try to improve via online courses. I love to study and learn and have hours toward a Master’s degree in nursing and finished two years in the Minnesota School of Ministry. My hobbies include sewing and quilting (I won the home-economics award in Junior High and High School), canning salsa and jelly, gardening, and if I ever get the chance, I would like to cross-country ski, water ski, or kayak again. Sharing time with friends and family is a treasure, and time spent studying God’s word and leading Bible studies in our home around the kitchen table with a group of friends is priceless.
Statement:
I am running to continue the work God has called me to do at this time in my life. I’ll briefly describe how I came to run for office in the first place and then conclude with why I am running again this year. After a long career in nursing and several years of caring for aging parents in our home until their deaths, I felt the need for a period of rest. During the year that followed my mother’s death, I stayed close to home and declined various volunteer opportunities. I felt that I had the time and the means to do something that had meaning for me in these next few years. I sought God’s will for my life, and I had no idea what His plan would be. One evening in my home, a group of friends and I were talking about the state of our nation and our discouragement with how things were going—especially the progressive push for late-term abortions and the political divisiveness pervasive in our country. I stated, “Someone needs to stand up. Someone needs to speak up!” A friend looked at me and said, “Susie, I think you should run for office.” At that moment, I knew, without having ever considered a public office or political career, that this was precisely what I was called to do. I was obedient to God’s call, and He saw me through that first election and my first term in office. It has been challenging, and it is only with faith and prayers that I can still stand and speak. But, stand I will for the conservative, Christian values that our country was founded on until God calls me to some other service. I have been described as a legislator with “common sense and compassion.” I want to continue standing up for the unborn, ensuring that parents are a child’s primary authority, protect our Constitutional freedoms, exercise fiscal responsibility, pass legislation that does not harm the family unit--the core foundation of our society, and bring integrity and respect back to our legislative process.

Survey

Response Legend

  • YYes
  • NNo
  • ?Declined to Respond/Undecided, Position Unknown/Unclear
  • *Comment
  • Position based upon candidate record or extensive research

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Should abortions be banned after fetal heartbeat is detected (around 6 weeks gestation)? Y
2. Do you oppose all taxpayer funding of abortion? Y
3. Do you oppose physician assisted suicide, also referred to as aid in dying? Y
4. Do you oppose public school policies that promote transgender ideology, such as comprehensive sex education? Y
5. Do you support legislation that preserves girls’ and women’s athletics for biological females? Y
6. Do you support school choice legislation, such as tuition tax credits, that would enable parents to choose the school that best suits their child’s needs? Y
7. Should people have their religious freedom protected if they refuse to participate in a same-sex wedding? Y
8. Do you oppose efforts to ban voluntary biblical counseling in the areas of gender and sexuality? Y
9. Do you support a parent’s fundamental right to direct the upbringing of their children, including their education and health care? Y