Two Republicans face off in 3rd Congressional District primary

Filing by two candidates from the Republican party prompted a primary election in for U.S. Congressional District 3.

Incumbent Congressman Erik Paulsen of Eden Prairie and John Howard III of Edina are the candidates.

The candidate with the most votes after the primary on Aug. 14 will face DFL candidate Brian Barnes of Edina in the Nov. 6 general election

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are elected to serve two-year terms.

Cities in the district: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Coon Rapids, Corcoran, Dayton, Deephaven, Excelsior, Eden Prairie, Edina, Greenfield, Greenwood, Hassan, Independence, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Medina, Medicine Lake, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Minnetrista, Mound, Orono, Osseo, Plymouth, Rogers, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Bonifacius, Tonka Bay, Wayzata and Woodland.

John Howard III

Address: 5812 West 61st Street, Edina

Age: 24

Family: Single

Education: B.A. St. Olaf College, Biology Major

Occupation: Biologist and environmental consultant

Years living in the district: 24 Community/civic organizations involvement: Volunteer member of the Energy Working Group and Education and Outreach Working Group of the Edina Energy & Environment Commission; group leader of the West Metro Citizens Climate Lobby group; Volunteer with Cool Planet

Information: John@JohnHoward3.com

 

What are the two priority federal challenges or issues that directly impact the 3rd Congressional District? How will you address these as a Congressman?

The two big federal issues that I would like to address are climate change and getting our federal financial situation under control.

Climate change has the potential to impact all residents of the 3rd district and is likely to increase the frequency and severity of weather events. This means more heat waves like the ones we experienced this summer and potentially more thunderstorms that lead to big rainfalls and power outages.

A hopefully nonpainful solution is a carbon fee and dividend scheme where a price is put on carbon and proceeds are sent out in equal payments to all citizens as a dividend. The price increase on polluting fuels helps correct for externalities while making clean technology, which the 3rd district and metro area are a leader in, all the more competitive.

For better or worse, scientists have high confidence that this instance of climate change is a man-made occurrence and is therefore something we should have a hand in solving.

Our federal government is in poor financial shape. We are borrowing significantly to fund our government, and we simply cannot continue this unsustainable trend. Payments on the interest of this debt are currently sapping around 5 percent of federal revenue and are due to rise as we take on debt and the overall national interest rate increases.

Cuts should be the first order of business and will need to be made across the board (including Congressional office budgets) and taxes will need to be raised. We have seemingly passed the point where just cuts or higher taxes will suffice.

 

What three specific things distinguish you from the other primary candidate?

I am young person with fresh ideas who has no intent to become a career politician.

Climate change is a central concern.

I will not accept any money from PACs.

Erik Paulsen

Address: 9158 E. Staring Lane, Eden Prairie

Age: 47

Family: Wife Kelly, four daughters (Cassie, Briana, Tayler and Liesl)

Education: St. Olaf College, B.A. Mathematics

Occupation: Congressman, Minnesota 3rd District

Years living in the district: 20

Community involvement: Member, Eden Prairie; Chamber Commerce and Victory Lutheran Church; former trustee, Minneapolis Institute of Arts; board member, A Better Chance Foundation; volunteer, the Learning Exchange

Information: paulsenforcongress.com

 

What are the two priority federal challenges or issues that directly impact the 3rd Congressional District? How will you address these as a Congressman?

Creating jobs and putting people back to work is my top priority. While Minnesota families and small businesses are making sacrifices and cutting costs, Washington is growing government and spending into a debt burden we may never recover from. We need to reform the tax code so it is simple, fair and competitive and eliminates special interest loopholes.  The American people deserve transparency, accountability, and positive principled solutions – not backroom deals and special favors. I want my four daughters to grow up in a world that is safer, cleaner, healthier and full of hope and opportunity.

What three specific things distinguish you from the other primary candidate?

No response was given to this question.

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