STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Independence convention coming April 30
The Independence Party set its annual convention for April 30 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center.
The partys 2010 governor candidate, Tom Horner, will deliver the keynote address, with delegates also ... Posted on 4/23/11 at 8:14 AM
Two people are vying to be the Independence Party candidate for U.S. Senate in the fall, but its chairman said Wednesday that Minnesota's third major party is focused on legislative races this year and neither candidate should expect help.
- Age: 50.
- Home: St. Paul.
- Political experience: 14 years as Capitol observer. Founder of Minnesotans for Responsible Government.
- Other background: Construction renovation manager.
- Education: University of Minnesota.
- Age: 60.
- Home: St. Paul.
- Political experience. Unsuccessful runs for U.S. Senate, state Legislature, mayor, governor. No prior elected office.
-Other background: Auto body shop mechanic, volunteer on projects for senior citizens and the disabled.
- Education: None listed.
- Family: Single.
Tom Horner is not one of those candidates who always dreamed about being governor. In fact, he gave the prospect little or no thought until 14 months ago. That was when he was at a social gathering, common for the then-public relations executive and came upon Independence Party Chairman Jack Uldrich.
An independent candidate for Minnesota governor hoping to follow in Jesse Ventura’s footsteps is showing surprising strength in a race against a Democrat and a Republican at polar ends of the political spectrum.
Political reporters think voters want to know how candidates would handle programs that affect them. In this year, with the state facing a nearly $6 billion budget deficit, reporters are bugging candidates about what programs would be cut and what taxes would be raised. Candidates have produced the most complete budget proposals in memory, but each is full of blanks.
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