Chris is a public servant. After 23 years in the fire service between the cities of Inver Grove Heights & Mahtomedi, he retired. He still lives in Mahtomedi, with his wife Shannon, and 3 4-legged kids, Cameron and Sallie and Dakota. They also have 3 children between them, Austin (21), Hailey (18), and Mackenzie, still in the Mahtomedi School District.
He currently works as a safety instructor for the construction industry working for Associated Builders & Contractors of MN/ND. He is also a state certification instructor for the State of California where he currently trains firefighters and mechanics how to work on their fire apparatus. In 2005, he had a personal business where he built what turned out to be one of the largest bar/restaurant entertainment companies in the Twin Cities from the ground up, with Straight Flush Entertainment which he sold in 2015.
Chris was raised from a military family: Dad (Air Force), Mom (Royal Air Force), & two brothers (Navy & Army). In addition, his Grandfather was a Japanese POW, and several other extended family members, including uncles and his late Father -in-Law have served in various branches of the service as well.
Chris is running on what he deems the Three NON-NEGOTIABLES. These are issues that cannot nor will waver on.
First is Education Reform. Although Minnesota has a decent education system, it can and needs to be better. Over the past 20 years, while the incumbent Senator has been the Chair of the Education Committee, the student scoring has continued to decline. This NEEDS to stop. The students are suffering.This leads to a weaker and unprepared workforce.Minnesota cannot leave its future without knowledge and tools to succeed after graduation.
Second is Economic Improvement. Minnesota also boasts a decent economy, including budget surpluses, but it also boasts the top 5 in tax rates for the Nation. Minnesota deserves better accountability from its representatives.
And finally is full support for Minnesota's Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, and Veterans. We need to ensure they all have the tools and resources to not only protect the residents they serve and protect, but for their families that also depend on them to come home every night.
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