Candidate profile: Jay Cole for state representative
Background information I was born in Two Harbors, and I graduated from Berlin American High School in Germany in 1980, but I have lived in the Duluth area since 1982. I am an entrepreneur who works in freelance television production, including un...
I was born in Two Harbors, and I graduated from Berlin American High School in Germany in 1980, but I have lived in the Duluth area since 1982. I am an entrepreneur who works in freelance television production, including underwater filmmaking. In 1983, I worked to develop Public Access Television in Two Harbors, where I videotaped city council meetings. In 1984, I started working in Duluth television news as a photojournalist, observing and reporting on politics, anywhere from local politicians to the president of the United states (when Bush and Clinton visited Duluth). I love to scuba dive and fish, and I am passionate about helping to empower individuals. I am single and hoping to get married someday.
What inspired you to run for state representative?
Living at Sam Solon's old house, discussions with his family, God and my desire to create change.
Top priorities if elected
Jobs, education and health care.
Why should a voter choose you?
I have personal experience with being homeless. I have an education from the diverse "school of life." I want to make a difference for Duluth. Duluth needs a leader who will work to get behind the values most important to the taxpayers of Duluth. I believe in the values of fairness, responsibility, equality and equity for all.
Is there a political or personal philosophy upon which you base your decisions?
"Life is Choice" is my campaign slogan, which is about how we have a choice of how we choose to feel, act or react to life. I have also laid out nine statements I believe: We need universal/single payer health care in Minnesota. Housing is important; it gives individuals stability in their lives. Small business is the foundation of our economy, and we need to reduce government regulations. We need to be responsible for our environment and not abuse it with chemicals. Our schools need to be accountable and truthful to the taxpayer and parents more involved in the schools. Every individual has a right to livable wages. I believe in working to get citizens involved in the political process and government decision-making. Individuals need to be held accountable for decisions they make that affect others. Biblical values are the foundation to successful living.
How would you deal with the projected $2 billion budget deficit?
We are going to need to cut spending and put more responsibility on the private sector. I will be educating myself to better understand what the best solutions will be.
How would you rate Mike Jaros' performance as a legislator? What lessons have you learned from his mistakes and/or accomplishments?
I talked with Mike Jaros before I made the decision to run, and he gave me some good insight. I like Mike as a person, and I believe he has done some great things for Duluth, but he has also made some mistakes that he will admit to. His willingness to serve as long as he has is something I admire him for. If elected I hope I will be able to create some positive long-term changes like he has for Duluthians and Minnesota. This election, Duluth needs to vote for the best person for the Job.