Q and A – Minnesota 6th Congressional District

Michele Bachmann (R)

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
“Comment on the top issues you feel are important in this election. Explain any changes you would like to see made to address the Sixth District’s most urgent problems. Please include your vision for the Sixth District’s future and what Congress should do to guide future growth. Please limit this portion to 400 words or less.”

Serving Minnesota’s Sixth District has been an honor and a joy for me; I desire to continue my efforts in Congress to promote pro-growth policies for Minnesota.
My husband and I run a small business together and have experienced the regulatory nightmares of the President’s healthcare plan as well as the overreaching policies of Dodd-Frank. I voted against the wasteful stimulus and Wall Street bailouts because I knew the hardships on families and businesses wouldn’t be helped with shrimp research and golden parachutes.
I have been fortunate to serve Central Minnesota the past six years in Congress and I have been inspired by the tenacity that businesses have approached the economy. I have seen and know that Central Minnesota is prime for growth. We are already home to great medical device and technology manufacturing operations which have provided countless jobs for families across the district.
Unfortunately, Washington agencies continue to add regulations and fines that stifle growth right here at home. The last thing we need in Minnesota is more Washington bureaucracy when families and businesses are struggling to make ends meet already. In ObamaCare alone, there are thousands of regulations and dozens of taxes I’m committed to repealing in their entirety. I believe in fostering an environment which encourages and allows businesses to use their ingenuity and initiative to propel their way forward, thus producing more stable employment in our communities.
Growing our economy starts with cutting spending and keeping more money in families’ wallets through tax cuts. As a former tax attorney, I know how confusing our tax code is. I also know the choice isn’t just between cuts and taxes; we need to focus on growing our economy which will increase jobs and revenue. Families want to live in safe neighborhoods, want the opportunity to send their kids to the best schools, and also want high-paying, stable jobs. Families deserve a Representative who will work tirelessly to keep Washington from creeping into their lives while promoting pro-growth principles.
Serving Minnesota’s Sixth District has been an honor and I energetically seek to continue working as a pro-growth, principled reformer.
In Washington, I’m an independent voice, taking on my own party for its over spending. I’ve delivered a new bridge in Stillwater, a new veterans’ clinic in Ramsey and saved the St. Cloud Airport because I am committed to defending the Sixth District’s principles and priorities over playing politics.

CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHY
I’ve been honored to serve in Congress since 2007. I’m a former tax lawyer and raised five biological and 23 foster children with my husband. We also own and operate a small business.
I graduated from Anoka High School and Winona State University. I earned a J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law from the College of William and Mary.
In Congress, I serve on the Financial Services Committee, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, chair the House Tea Party Caucus and Co-Chair the Adoption and Foster Care Coalition.

Jim Graves (DFL)

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
“Comment on the top issues you feel are important in this election. Explain any changes you would like to see made to address the Sixth District’s most urgent problems. Please include your vision for the Sixth District’s future and what Congress should do to guide future growth. Please limit this portion to 400 words or less.”

My top priority is strengthening the economy by bringing good paying, livable-wage jobs to Minnesota’s 6th. As a businessman, I understand what it’ll take to create jobs, balance the budget, and get the economy back on track.
I’ll work to foster an atmosphere of economic growth by cutting meaningless red-tape and ensuring that small businesses have access to capital. I know that government should be as small as possible and should only provide that which we cannot provide ourselves — our economy works best when government gets out of the way and allows the free market to do its work. I’ll work to curb the cost of health care by promoting transparency and by implementing free-market principles.
I will ensure that the middle class, which is the true engine of our economy, enjoys an atmosphere that promotes growth and puts money back in the hands of the American families that create aggregate demand.
I’ll support strengthening the workforce of the future by ensuring our children have access to a quality education and that students get the job training needed to become flourishing members of society.  Both as teacher and as an employer, I’ve witnessed firsthand the value of a quality education.
I will protect our seniors by fighting to keep Medicare. And I will make sure that we fulfill our promise to our veterans and service members, who have all too often been forgotten.
Most importantly, I will bring a common-sense business approach to Washington.  I’ve spent my entire life bringing people together in order to accomplish common goals.  In Washington, I will strive to put an end to the terrible partisanship and incivility by crossing the aisle and working toward shared objectives.
I believe members of Congress should seek to be servants, not celebrities. They should work to create jobs, not headlines. And that is what I’m going to Congress to do.  As a St. Cloud businessman and a person who has been fortunate enough to achieve the American Dream in Minnesota, I am committed to remaining independent in my decision-making and always putting the people of Minnesota’s 6th first

CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHY
Businessman Jim Graves grew up as one of six siblings in a middle-class, Catholic family in St. Cloud. Learning early the value of hard work and responsibility, Jim worked weekends to pay his own tuition at Cathedral High School.
After graduating from St. Cloud State, he taught elementary school for two years and then launched a family business out of his basement. By 1979 he had founded the AmericInn hotel chain. He went on to create hundreds of small businesses and thousands of jobs throughout the region. Jim and his wife Julie are blessed with three sons and seven grandchildren.

  • http://www.michattorney.com/ Macey Garfield

    Great views and platform of government which I am counting on come the next couple of years. The things mentioned in the blog actually coincide with what I thought about focusing for this district. There should be more jobs for the people and health care should be improved to the maximum since the elderly poplulation is increasing.

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