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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Warren Limmer and Jeff Johnson Running to Replace Penny Steele

While at the GOP convention, I got a copy of a press release from Warren Limmer. I've seen a press release from Jeff Johnson on another blog.


Contact: Jeff Johnson, 612-708-4804

Jeff Johnson Launches Campaign for Hennepin County Commissioner - Former state representative and attorney general candidate to seek seat being vacated by Commissioner Penny Steele

PLYMOUTH, Minn., Wednesday, June 6, 2007 — Jeff Johnson, a former three-term state representative from Plymouth and the 2006 Republican candidate for Minnesota attorney general, today announced that he will run for the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners in 2008.

Johnson, an attorney and small-business owner, will seek the seat representing the northwestern suburbs that is being vacated by Commissioner Penny Steele, who announced earlier this year that she will not run for re-election.

"I have been a strong supporter of Commissioner Steele," Johnson said. "Penny’s clear voice and courage have always been inspiring. I would like to continue her legacy as a strong voice for fiscal discipline and accountability in Hennepin County."

"Northwest Hennepin County is one of the fastest growing areas of Minnesota," Johnson added. "We face challenges in property taxes, crime, transportation and social service spending. I have a track record in the Legislature of tackling all of these challenges with common-sense, conservative solutions. I will bring this track record and governing philosophy with me to the Board of Commissioners, where I will be a relentless advocate for Hennepin County taxpayers."

Johnson, 40, served three terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives, including four years as an assistant majority leader and two years as chairman of the Civil Law & Elections Committee.

Johnson was a very active and successful state representative:

● He played a critical role in combating Minnesota’s methamphetamine drug epidemic, authoring a sweeping law which — in just six months — put approximately 75 percent of the meth labs in the state out of business.

● He authored the law last year that dramatically restricted the power of government to take private property through eminent domain.

● He authored a law prohibiting children under age 17 from buying or renting extremely violent and sexually-explicit video games.

● He authored the most significant tort reform measure in Minnesota in decades, a law that reformed the state’s joint and several liability system to reduce frivolous and costly lawsuits.

● He authored legislation to require publicly funded libraries to install filters to block pornography on all computers used by children.

● He led the fight to keep the Interstate 394 "sane lanes" open and toll-free for all drivers during non-peak hours.

● He authored legislation to cut Minnesota’s capital gains tax rate and was named a "Best Friend of the Taxpayer" on multiple occasions by the Taxpayers League of Minnesota.

Outside of politics, Johnson is a small-business owner, a private-practice attorney specializing in employment law, a youth soccer and baseball coach and a Sunday School teacher. He lives in Plymouth with his wife, Sondi, and their two sons, Thor and Rolf.

District 7 of Hennepin County encompasses Champlin, Corcoran, Dayton, Greenfield, Hassan Township, Independence, Loretto, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Medina, Minnetrista, Mound, Rogers, Spring Park, St. Bonifacius and portions of Plymouth, Orono, Hanover and Rockford.

Paid for by Johnson for Commissioner

From the MN Sun:

Senator Warren Limmer seeks Hennepin Commissioner seat

(Created: Thursday, June 7, 2007 11:45 AM CDT)
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"After hearing enthusiastic support from family, friends, citizens, and civic leaders, I am greatly encouraged," said State Senator Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove) as he announced his bid for next year's election for the Hennepin County Commissioner seat vacated by retiring Republican Commissioner Penny Steele.

"Having represented most of the commissioner's district over the years in the Minnesota legislature, I would find it a great honor to bring a reform-minded tone to county government," said Limmer.

Complimenting the outgoing Commissioner Steele, Limmer said, "We must continue the same tough-minded scrutiny of government that Penny Steele's leadership brought to the office. We all should thank her for excellent service to the people of our western suburbs."

Senator Limmer currently serves as the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and holds the leadership position of Senate Minority Whip, working as the Senate floor debate leader on issues such as tax reform, education, transportation and criminal law.

"Government's primary role is to protect its citizens," said Limmer. "This role can be applied to safety on roads, a responsive and prepared criminal justice system, and a limit on the size and intrusiveness of government."

The Minnesota Taxpayers League has repeatedly recognized Warren Limmer as a top ranked Senator for his efforts to reduce Minnesota's burdensome tax policies and cut wasteful government spending.

Senator Limmer has also repeatedly received the "Guardian of Small Business Award" by the National Federation of Independent Businesses; as well as earning recognition from the Legislative Evaluation Assembly nearly every year of his service in legislative office for application of constitutional principles to everyday governmental decisions.

Known as a tireless campaigner, Limmer says he is looking forward to the upcoming 2008 election year. "The county commissioner district is almost double the size of our current state legislative district and there is no time to lose in making new contacts in the remaining portions of the western suburbs of Hennepin County."

In his private life, Warren Limmer is active in residential and investment property sales. He and his wife, Lori, live in Maple Grove with their three children.

Senator Limmer currently represents Dist. 32, which includes the cities of Corcoran, Dayton, Greenfield, Hanover, Hassan, Maple Grove and Rogers. Hennepin County Commissioner Dist. 7 also includes the cities of Champlin, Independence, Maple Plain, Minnetrista, Mound, Plymouth and St. Bonifacius.