Nash, others announce candidacies

Several announcements related to the upcoming 2014 election surfaced last week, including plans by Waconia Mayor Jim Nash and Norwood Young America citizen Bob Frey to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives District 47A seat currently held by Rep. Ernie Leidiger, who has said he will not seek re-election after he completes his term this year.
In addition, Carver County Attorney Mark Metz also recently announced his plans to run for re-election.

Jim Nash to run for House Dist. 47A
Waconia Mayor Jim Nash released the following statement regarding his plans last week.
“After much prayer and encouragement from friends, family, business, and community leaders, I will seek the endorsement to have the honor of representing Carver County in the Minnesota legislature.
“I want to bring the lessons I’ve learned in my six years on the city council advocating lower taxes, transparency and accountability in government, and encouraging business growth with me to St. Paul. I know that I work for the citizens and will make every effort to develop the same close relationship to the people of 47A that I currently enjoy with the residents of Waconia.
“I want to thank Rep. Leidiger for his service in the Legislature over the past four years, and wish him the very best in his future.”
Nash has been active in the Minnesota Republican party as a BPOU, CD6, and State Central delegate and alternate, precinct chair, and has brought his energy to fight for lower taxes, support 2nd Amendment rights in Minnesota and protect lakes from aquatic invasive species. He has testified before the Minnesota House and Senate, and has worked with federal representatives in Washington to help address the cormorant problem around the state.
Nash is a business owner of technology analyst firm DCIG, and has been married for 24 years to his wife Kim. They reside in Waconia with their six children: James, David, Sarah, Hannah, Matthew, and Emily. Nash was elected to the Waconia City Council in 2008, was elected Mayor in 2010, and re-elected in 2012. Waconia is the largest city in District 47A with a population of nearly 12,000 residents.
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Bob Frey announces District 47A bid
According to a press release issued by Bob Frey of Norwood Young America last week, if elected to represent District 47A in the Minnesota House of Representatives, Frey intends to dedicate himself to ensure Carver County continues to be represented by a candidate with conservative values.
Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Frey graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he met his wife, Kristi.
He launched his business in 1981, Frey Manufacturing, a leader in manufacturing transportation equipment, and electrical power designs for industrial, commercial, and international solar projects. His wife’s family has owned property in Carver County since the 1950s that is still in the family today.
The Freys purchased a farm in Carver County in 1991 and have enjoyed raising their five children in the county ever since. Frey has been a volunteer deputy sheriff for Carver County since 1992. His family has been active in 4-H, politics, campaigns and many other organizations serving the county and state.
Frey is a lifelong conservative Republican who has been active in party politics for over 20 years, and has argued for accountability and limitations in government at all levels. He believes in God-given inalienable rights to individuals, freedom with the responsibility to protect it, a Constitutional Republic form of government, the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of Minnesota, and the Republican Platform.
“There are assaults taking place on our children, families, and businesses, by the progressive left that needs to stop. It’s time for me to elevate the fight and do my part for Carver County and my family,” said Frey, who has set up a website ( regarding his candidacy.

Rep. Ernie Leidiger not running for re-election
State Rep. Ernie Leidiger, R-Mayer, announced last week that he will not seek re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives. At the close of his second term, Leidiger, who was elected in 2010, plans to spend time with an expanding family and re-launch one of his business enterprises.
“It has been an incredible honor and pleasure to serve the hardworking people of Carver County,” Leidiger said in a press release. “I feel so fortunate to live in the best county in the state where folks are productive, passionate and give back because they truly care. My number one concern is to continue representing their needs and priorities until the very end of my term.”
Leidiger has lived a life of public service. He spent 23 years serving in the U.S. Navy, and he co-founded Operation Homefront in 2002 to provide emergency support for troops and their families. In September 2013, Leidiger organized a delegation of state officials to attend the commissioning ceremony of the USS Minnesota, the nation’s newest fast attack submarine, in Norfolk, Va.
“I have always been committed to serving country before self,” Leidiger said. “My service will not end with the close of my term in the Minnesota House, and I look forward to staying active in our community and military volunteer organizations.”
Leidiger is a recognized advocate for limited government and the promotion of growth in the private sector to create jobs for a sustained and vibrant economy. He is confident the next state representative from District 47A will fulfill the same goals.
“I know someone will step up and do a wonderful job. I look forward to supporting their mission to preserve individual freedoms and free market opportunities,” he said. “For now, I will continue to represent the folks of Carver County to the best of my abilities.”

Mark Metz announces re-election bid
Carver County Attorney Mark Metz joined with Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and Washington County Attorney Pete Orput on Feb. 3 to announce their bid for re-election. All three were elected in 2010 and have forged productive partnerships and coalitions to address public safety and criminal justice issues.
Metz and these colleagues collaborate regularly which has resulted in a distinguished record of accomplishment. Each has established specialized veteran’s justice programs and supported initiatives to combat child sex trafficking and elder abuse. With the announcement, each will be seeking a second term in office.
Metz also serves as the President of the Urban County Attorneys Association, as an executive board member of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association and as an adjunct law professor at William Mitchell College of Law.
“I am grateful to the citizens of Carver County for entrusting me to serve as their County Attorney,” Metz said.
“Our office’s accomplishments are the result of the tremendous dedication of our talented professionals who work in close collaboration with our county commissioners, county agencies and law enforcement partners. I would be honored to lead the County Attorney’s Office and serve the people of Carver County for another term.”