Q. How big is Minnesota’s 8th congressional district?
A. MN CD08 is 27,583 square miles with a population of approximately 663, 615. There are 17 counties in the districts, in addition to half of Beltrami county. You can find more demographic information here.
Q. You’re really going to travel the ENTIRE district?
A. Yes! Well, as many town, cities, counties and enclaves as I possibly can in 80 days. If you don’t see your area listed, please request a visit here. I will happily head your way if I can!
Q. Have you ever run for office before?
A. Nope! Well, I ran for student council treasurer in 2000 at Two Harbors High School. I won too!
Q. So what makes you qualified?
A. National Security. Immigration. Healthcare. Small business owners. The environment. An economy built around resource-extraction. I’ve had years of close personal and professional experience with many of the issues affecting the residents of the 8th district today.
Q. Why now though?
A. The Democratic party is going through a transition after the 2016 election. Both parties have struggled with engaging Millennial voters. However, grassroots enthusiasm is drawing in people who’ve never been politically active before. Fresh new faces – especially women – are entering the political arena at an unprecedented pace. As a country and as a party, we’re waking up to the fact that young people deserve the chance to fix our broken system and lead our country into the future.
Q. Law enforcement, national security, counter-terrorism…a Weatherby Deluxe semi-automatic shotgun? Wait a second, you’re a Democrat?
A. This is my favorite question, and one I get a lot! No single political party has a monopoly on the issues regarding our public safety. I’ve worked with individuals who come from a wide variety of ideological backgrounds. I’ve recognized from a young age that the DFL champions social and economic equity, and that we all do better when we all do better.
Q. What kind of bike do you have? What size engine? What kind of drive?
A. It’s a 2001 Yamaha Vstar with an air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valve, 75°, V-twin engine. It’s 1100cc with a shaft drive and a 5-speed transmission. If you actually care about this answer, then we should probably be friends – and riding buddies – so contact me!