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Meet the Candidate: Roger Champagne

With the filing deadline behind us, Patch looks at the local candidates for legislative offices.

Meet the Candidate: Roger Champagne

Editor's Note: This week, Patch is running bios on the candidates for District 46 seats. These races will be decided during the General Election on Nov. 6. Today, we look at Republican challenger Roger Champagne. On Wednesday, we profiled Sen. Ron Latz, the DFL incumbent in Senate District 46. On Friday, we'll look at Paul Scofield, the other Republican challenger.

Roger Champagne

Party: Republican

District: Senate District 46

Political Experience: Made an unsuccessful bid to be on the Public Employee Retirement Association board one-and-a-half years ago.

Occupation: Minneapolis fire captain, member of the Minneapolis Fire Department for 28 years

Education: Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Home: St. Louis Park

Age: 51

Family: Two children

Campaign Points/Goals:

  • Champagne said he’s somewhat mad at the Republican Party. At the same time, he’s also proud of the way people in the party have stepped up to throw people out of the party who weren’t supporting conservative principles. “I’m kind of a little bit of a rebel,” he said.
  • Champagne has only been to one Tea Party rally but describes himself as a “Tea Party supporter.” He especially backs the movement’s push for more states rights.
  • He supports school vouchers. Although he doesn’t think St. Louis Park schools are bad, he thinks competition is good for all involved. “It’ll just make our schools better,” he said.
  • He believes protecting seniors and vulnerable adults is important, but he thinks the government programs that do that should be reformed and monitored more closely.
  • He thinks the state needs tort reform in order to reduce costly litigation.
  • He supports voter ID.
  • He opposes using public money for abortions.

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