St. Michael City Councilor Kevin Kasel has announced that he will challenge Republican-endorsed candidate Eric Lucero, of Dayton, at the House Dist. 30B Republican primary.
Lucero won the nomination after present Rep. David FitzSimmons (R-Albertville) announced at the convention that he would not seek a second term.
“Over the past two months, I have had discussions with numerous residents, community leaders, and conservative activists on the need for a candidate with the experience, understanding of local issues, and leadership qualities necessary to represent us in the Legislature,” Kasel said. “As a result of these discussions I have been encouraged and have made the decision to file as a Republican candidate for the Minnesota House in Dist. 30B.”
Kasel has been married for 27 years to Linda and has one daughter and one son. He was born in Hastings, grew up in New Hope and attended Armstrong High School. He’s a former Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and has 15 years experience in Process, Project, and Change Management.
He has served on the St. Michael-Albertville Schools Finance Advisory Committee since 2005, has served on the St. Michael City Council since 2007, is a member of the St. Michael Lions Club since 2002, and is a former coach and scout leader.
“On the St. Michael City Council I have worked with the mayor, fellow council members, and staff to prioritize needs over wants and bring a clear, realistic set of short- and long-term expectations to the budget,” he said. “As a result, the city enjoys the lowest tax rate in Wright County and high levels of resident and employee satisfaction. I will bring the same spirit of cooperation, focus and vision to work as your representative.”
Kasel said the issues in his campaign will be those expressed by the majority of the residents of the district: Equity funding for schools, transportation and stemming the tide of an increasingly expensive and expansive state government.
“The big problem is school funding,” he said. “The school districts in 30B — STMA, Elk River and Buffalo — all share this funding problem. I know the schools and I have a passion for them.”
Kasel said he’s talked to elected leaders in the area and “so far the response has been extremely positive.” St. Michael Mayor Jerry Zachman is chairing Kasel’s campaign.
He urged constituents to contact him at 763-497-4456, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or to visit his website, www.kaselforhouse.com.