Sen. Tomassoni shares intent to lead through Lou Gehrig's disease diagnosis

Minnesota Sen. David Tomassoni announced in a letter published in the Mesabi Tribune that he intends to continue representing District 6 while facing the effects of Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

“I want you to know that I am a person living and working with ALS,” Tomassoni wrote in the letter. “I have had it for a while now as I worked all through the entire legislative session feeling its effects. I intend to look at each day as the best day of the rest of our lives and I’m going to live with this disease. Further, I am going to continue representing you to the best of my abilities like I have always tried to do in elected office.”

ALS is a nervous system disease that weakens muscles and can affect the ability to speak and move.

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Tomassoni, D-Chisholm, is currently declining requests for interviews about the diagnosis, according to his press secretary.

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