Since his defeat by Jeff Johnson at the Republican convention in Rochester on May 30-31, Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert made the decision to continue his campaign for governor.
On the campaign trail was a stop to march in the Gateway to the Northland Parade in Milaca on Tuesday, June 24. He and his campaign helpers marched the route, handing out stickers and meeting parade-goers along the route.
“Fantastic parade in Milaca tonight featuring over 15 marching bands from across Minnesota and thousands of people,” Seifert tweeted after the parade.
Seifert believes that he has done more events like this in towns across the state than any of his opponents.
“I think we are the most traveled candidate,” Seifert said. “We’ve been making aggressive stops all over the state.”
The “we” refers to his running mate Pam Myhra, a state representative from Burnsville. The pair, he believes, make a great combination of rural and metro.
“I think my running mate, Pam Myhra, we bring the state together,” Seifert said. “I think we have the most diverse experience to bring to the governorship.”
Seifert grew up on a farm and has worked in the fields of education, small business, real estate and health care, along with being a multiple-term state representative.
He was born in the small town of Springfield, Minnesota, and he is the only out-state candidate.
Seifert eyes the Aug. 12 Republican primary where he hopes to offer Minnesota Republicans some diversity and an option.
“I think that giving people a choice, whether it’s in insurance, whether it’s in fast food or tires or whatever, politics should be the same way,” Seifert said. “We haven’t had a real primary on the Republican side for 20 years, so that’s what makes it more fascinating.”
As for the issues, Seifert is like most Republicans in his desires to limit and downsize government and change health care.
He is also for improving transportation, meaning roads and bridges instead of light rail.
As a former school teacher, he supports academic reform to the shift to local control in the schools.
In health care he hopes that the focus can begin to shift away from insurance to where he believes it matters: the actual costs of health care.
“The obsession is talking about insurance and not about the cost of health care,” Seifert said. “If we want to save people money, let’s get our arms around the costs.”
As governor, Seifert believes he would be able to work across the aisle with Democrats, who will still have the Senate majority.
“We have to figure out what are the places that we are in agreement, so we can come together and solve the problems of the day,” Seifert said. “There are certain things that won’t be touched, but we have to figure out how to better administer the laws that passed.”
Seifert said that he has marched in several parades, spoke with many small-town media outlets to try to get his word out.
And he’s not stopping until the primary.