The Mankato Free Press reports in Republican candidate announces intent to run for Morrow's seat:
Golgart, the Le Sueur County Veterans Services officer, ran for the Nicollet County Board last year — finishing third in a primary election to determine the two finalists who would advance to the general election.
Job creation and Highway 14 improvements would be priorities, according to Golgart.
“We need a common-sense leader at the Capitol who can get people back to work in Minnesota,” he said in a statement announcing his candidacy. “If elected, I will prioritize the completion of the four-lane expansion of Highway 14, which is critical to improving the business climate and growing jobs in our community. Furthermore, I will use my experience in veterans services to ensure that our men and women who have served on the front lines are not returning to stand in unemployment lines.”
Golgart retired after 20 years in the Army, working as the Le Sueur County Veterans Services office since 2000.
The Free Press reports that Golgart, who lives in St. Peter, is the first Republican to officially ask for local Republicans' endorsement. In Jim Golgart announces candidacy for House District 19A, the St. Peter Herald adds:
Golgart and his wife Lucy have two sons, one of whom is serving in Afghanistan and the other who serves as a MPS police officer.
In a three way primary race for Nicollet County District 1 commissioner last year, Golgart received 9.2 percent of the vote, the Herald reported in August.
Since Golgart ran for commissioner, there's more available in the press about his views than for the DFL and IP candidates. In Three compete for commissioner seat in Aug. 14 Primary, Golgart pledge to work to repeal unfunded mandates, but also took a position that might put him at odds with the House GOP caucus if voters send him to St. Paul:
Pressing issues: Increase the number of jobs that are available in the area. Increase the amount of collaboration with cities, townships and other counties. Work with the State and Federal Governments to decrease the number of unfunded mandates and increase the amount of Local Government Aid which has been decreased the last few years.
Update: While running for county commissioner, Golgart also told the Mankato Free Press that he wants no more state aid cuts to counties, and favors expanding rural public transit:
He said the biggest issue counties are facing is state aid cuts." They all have seen a cut and they have to find that money elsewhere," he said.
Golgart said transportation is another important issue, considering there is no public transportation outside of St. Peter and North Mankato. He said he's working with a Region Nine Development Commission group to develop a rural transit plan.
Reducing LGA might put him at odds with suburban Republicans and folks like Tony Cornish.
The August write up in the St. Peter Herald also shared more of Golgart's background:
A 20-year Army retiree, Golgart is currently serving as the Le Sueur County Veterans Service Officer, a position he has held since 2000. He started his Army Career in Law Enforcement as a Military Policeman and Military Police Investigator. The final 10 years of his career he spent in Recruiting Command. Jim and his wife Lucy have lived in St Peter for the last 16 years. They have 2 children James Jr. and Benjamin who is currently serving on active duty with the United States Army stationed in Germany currently deployed to Afghanistan. Jim also has 1 grandson named Austin.
The Le Sueur News Herald profiled Golgart's work as a veterans service officer in Le Center-based veterans service officer’s name says it all. He's taken national leadership roles:
Golgart quickly became involved with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers. He currently serves as the national organization’s treasurer.
“Being involved in the associations,” Golgart explained, “I’ve made a lot of contacts. When someone comes into our office, we might not be able to do everything for that person, but we know who can help.”
Golgart looks like a contender. Given the strength of the DFL and IP candidates, this mid-winter special election looks like it's going to the Thriller in the Chiller.
Governor Dayton has yet to set the date for the special election.
Photo: Jim Golgart, via the St. Peter Herald.
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