Congressional Candidate Randy Demmer 2010
This was the Republican nominee Randy Demmer's website created for his run against Democrat Tim Walz, the incumbent, Independence Party candidate Steven Wilson, and Party Free candidate Lars Johnson. Walz eventually won the general election on November 2, 2010, with 49% of the vote to Demmer's 44%.
I recently heard Randy Demmer's name in connection to his making a bid for a seat on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents when I was in Minneapolis with my team of custom web app developers helping a client. Construction, education, healthcare, and retail companies tend to require more customized application development, because they have specific needs that are usually outside the scope of COTS programs. Developing customized applications in house or hiring developers to build custom software can ultimately save businesses frustration, time, and money. This particular client was in the field of education and during one of our breaks the conversation centered on the announcement of the Republican House leaders that they were not interested in delaying the selection of five University of Minnesota Board of Regents even though the Minnetonka DFL Sen. Terri Bonoff, who chaired the Senate higher education committee, had asked Senate leaders to delay the selection of regents until after a legislative audit of the university’s drug trial program was released.
My client knew Demmer. He mentioned that Demmer was one of seven people who had applied for the First District seat. Surprisingly, Demmer was not among the four candidates selected for an interview by the Regent Candidate Advisory Council. My client thought the council's decision not to interview him was in part because he is a former legislator. Maybe there was some political payback going on. The Board of Regents is the governing body of the University of Minnesota and its five campuses, including the University of Minnesota Rochester. As it turned out later, Demmer announced in an interview that he was dropping his campaign for the seat and would not even lobby lawmakers in hopes of getting nominated during the joint legislative convention. Apparently he had jumped in at the last minute because he felt it was important there be at least two candidates for the seat and one of them should be from the Rochester area. When retired Mayo Clinic Dr. Patricia Simmons jumped into the University of Minnesota Board of Regents race, making a run at a third term on the board, Randy's concerns had been addressed and he bowed out.
When I recently I discovered that the domain for DemmerForCongress.com was available, I recognized the name and I bought the site with the goal of recreating some of its content from archived pages. I definitely didn't want someone else purchasing the domain and re-purposing the site for something that had nothing in common with Randy Demmer's original website. The information and positions presented on DemmerForCongress.com may be as relevant today as it was when Randy Demmer was running to become the next congressman from the Minnesota's First Congressional District. Consequently, such information should be lost when the domain expired. You can view this site strictly for its historical context or use the information presented in a useful manner.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PAGE CONTAINS SELECTIVE ARCHIVED CONTENT FROM THE 2010 ORIGINAL SITE.
Consider this site's information for history reference.
"The First District needs a Congressman who believes in fiscal responsibility and limited government and who will set priorities and make the tough choices."
Growth in Government
The growth in government that is occurring under this democratic majority is astounding – not just in terms of spending, which is spiraling out of control, but in how the federal government is extending its reach into the lives – and pocketbooks - of every citizen in this district and in our country. Tim Walz seems to think that Government is the answer to every problem; that government should take our resources and make our decisions for us. Does he not trust Americans to know what is right, or what is in our own best interest?
With Walz’s support, Congressional leadership and the administration are expanding the federal government at breakneck speed. He has advocated for trillions of dollars in new taxes, spending, and debt; encouraged creation of new entitlement programs; and supported unprecedented government intervention in the financial, health care, and energy industries. Left unchecked, the growth in government spending and expansion of entitlement programs will bankrupt our country and drag us all into economic ruin. We need to take control of the federal budget, eliminate wasteful spending, and quit mortgaging our children’s future trying to spend our way back to prosperity.
Government, just like families and businesses, must remember that there is a difference between needs and wants. The First District needs a Congressman who believes in fiscal responsibility and limited government and who will set priorities and make the tough choices.
"The economic engine for our future economic recovery will come from small business and private enterprise, not more government spending and debt."
Even with Democrats in Washington claiming that job creation is one of their top priorities, and even after billions of dollars are spent in the name of “stimulus” for the economy, American industries continue to shed jobs. What Congress fails to understand is that they cannot just sit down, write a job description, allocate money, and create jobs. They need to free businesses from burdensome regulations and rethink the tax burdens that are placed on job providers. The economic engine for our future economic recovery will come from small business and private enterprise, not more government spending and debt.
As a small business owner, Randy Demmer understands the basics of job creation in Southern Minnesota. Randy believes that instead of simply spending money on pet projects, Congress needs to focus on ways to encourage existing businesses to expand, rehire laid-off workers and create new opportunities, and to restore business owner and consumer confidence in the economy. Randy also believes that congress needs to pass legislation that creates and fosters a business climate that encourages investment, rewards innovation.
Randy and his wife Kathy (Kyllo) have been married for 30 years and are both lifelong residents of Hayfield. They have three daughters: Lauren is an attorney, Ann is a kindergarten teacher, and Margeaux is a junior in college.
Randy has been a business owner all his life. After earning his Bachelors of Agricultural Business Administration degree from the University of Minnesota in 1980, Randy started farming. He raised corn and soybeans for 18 years in a family farm operation that grew to 1800 acres. In 1983 he formed a company known as "Computer Edge" that provided computerized recordkeeping and payroll services as well as selling computers and accounting software throughout southeast Minnesota. He sold this business to his employees in 2007. In 1986, he started the NAPA Auto Parts store in Hayfield. After adding stores in Dodge Center and Kasson, he sold all three to an employee in 2007.
Randy is a strong believer in community involvement. He is currently serving his 4th term as State Representative for District 29A, and was elected by his Republican colleagues as Assistant Minority Leader. Prior to his service in the Legislature, Randy served on the Hayfield School Board for 11 years and Hayfield's Economic Development Authority for 10 years. He has also served on a senior housing task force, Dodge County Ice Arena Joint Powers Board, Trinity Lutheran Church Council, and the boards of the Dodge County Corn Growers, Hayfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Hayfield's Lion's Club, and the Rochester Area Library Foundation. Randy coached girls youth basketball for 8 years, and he and his wife Kathy enjoy singing in an a cappella gospel quartet called “Hosanna.”