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Candidate's view: Government should serve, not mandate

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a conservative. But I am not what you would call a "politician." I have been married to my wife, Cindy, for 32 years and have three children: Stephen, Kara and Aaron. We have been residents of Cloquet since 1996.

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a conservative. But I am not what you would call a “politician.” I have been married to my wife, Cindy, for 32 years and have three children: Stephen, Kara and Aaron. We have been residents of Cloquet since 1996. I taught in the Esko school district as an industrial technology education teacher for 10 years and then was released when the “shop program” was dropped.
I am presently an unemployed schoolteacher making ends meet by working as a substitute teacher during the school year and as a maintenance director at Covenant Park Bible Camp during the summer.
Minnesota is a great state with great potential where, given freedom, motivation and the right opportunity, people can and will do greater things than they did in the past. But those motivations, opportunities and freedoms are being eroded by legislators presently in office who are passing laws that take away more of our hard-earned money, take away more of our God-given freedoms and give government greater control over our lives.
Government is supposed to be our servant, not our master. It is supposed to guarantee our freedoms, not take them away. It is my firm belief that elected officials are to serve and represent their people, not rule over them.
It’s time for us to return our state government to its rightful role as a servant and not a master. And that is why I am running for the Minnesota House. It is my desire to work to return our great state to the traditional, conservative values upon which it was founded and upon which a majority of its citizens base their lives - values such as honesty, integrity, fairness, faithfulness, hard work and personal responsibility.
So where do I stand on the issues? I am pro-life, pro-family, pro-traditional marriage and pro-2nd Amendment. Government is too big and too powerful, taxes too much and spends too much. Corporate and small business tax rates should be reduced in order to spur the economy. Property taxes should be eliminated. MNsure, Minnesota’s version of Obamacare, is a total failure and should be scrapped. Common Core is a disaster and should be repealed.
If you agree with me on these issues, even if you are a Democrat, then vote for me, Tim Hafvenstein, on Nov. 4.
May God bless you.

Tim Hafvenstein of Cloquet is the Republican candidate on Nov. 4 to represent Minnesota House District 11A.

What about Rep. Sundin? The News Tribune also invited Hafvenstein’s opponent on Nov. 4 - Minnesota House District 11A incumbent Mike Sundin, a DFLer - to submit a commentary about his candidacy. Sundin didn’t respond

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