Jim Weygand, former mayor of the City of Carver, recently announced his decision to run for the Minnesota Senate in Senate District 47. He will run as a member of the DFL party. The new senate district encompasses the majority of Carver County, including the rural townships and the cities of Waconia, Chaska, Victoria, Watertown, Norwood Young America, Mayer, New Germany, Hamburg and a portion of Chanhassen.
Weygand has been a resident of Carver since 1997 and said he hopes to bring common sense solutions back to the Minnesota Capitol. His priorities include focusing on job creation, improving education outcomes and lowering the property tax burden for Minnesota homeowners.
"The current Legislature pushed through policies that borrowed billions of dollars from our schools while raising property taxes with the elimination of the Market Value Homestead Credit. With the support of my constituents, I will work to change these misguided priorities and emphasize solutions that help all Minnesotans, especially the middle class," said Weygand.
In addition to serving as the mayor of Carver, Weygand is currently a member of the Carver Library Board, serves on the board of The Community Foundation of Carver County, and serves on the Beacon Council for School District 112. Through these experiences, Weygand said he hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the capitol and be a strong advocate for his constituents.
Weygand and his wife of 43 years, Joanne, raised two children, James and Christina, and have one granddaughter, Josie. Weygand is a retired engineering manager and worked for IBM on a semiconductor line in Rochester before moving to Carver.