Vote Free, Vote JJP
Hi, I'm Jeremy Peichel. The last name can be tough sometimes, think Pie+cull. Anyway, I was a navy brat growing up on the Eastern seaboard until my family moved to Minnesota when I was 10. Since then, I have been in love with this state and call it my home. I graduated from Burnsville High (Go Blaze!) and found the love of my life at a small private college in Iowa: Buena Vista University. I learned to balance life's challenges serving in the Minnesota Army National Guard, working my way through college in on-campus tech support, and graduating with three majors as a first-generation college student. My college was broken in to two equal doses as my service took me overseas with the 1/34 Brigade Combat Team. There I found my calling in environment and conservation while serving on the banks of the Tigris River near Balad, Iraq. After returning home, I finished college and received two Master's Degrees from the University of Maryland in Public Policy and Conservation Biology. Now after a few years in the USDA Forest Service, I run my own policy and scientific consulting firm based here in Roseville, MN.
Part of the reason I decided to run for Minnesota Senate is my exhaustion with finding candidates of both parties failing to represent my interest. By adding a viable third-party, perhaps we can shake loose these party elites that control the choices we see on the ballots and our narrowed list of choices in government policy. We have never had a Libertarian elected in Minnesota and I hope the voters of District 66 will agree that we could use some capable representation that reflects our desire for peace, prosperity, and freedom.
One of the questions I have been asked as I meet the neighbors in my district has been, "Aren't you just playing spoiler for someone?" I understand that feeling of hopelessness that we are committed as a society to Democrat or Republican. My answer always begins with no, but there are two critical follow-up questions I have to ask the questioner: "Who owns your vote?" and "Do these two parties meet your needs?" The fact is, no candidate is entitled to your vote, they should be required to earn it. The real question should be "How will you break from your party leadership/caucus to make sure you are representing me?" For me, as an independent running with the full support of the Libertarian Party, I have the answers for every platform plank someone could challenge, across all issues. On my issues page, I list concrete proposals where I will advocate for our community. My representation is not subject to the approval of party bosses and your vote shouldn't be either. As we progress through this election season, I hope each of you will consider electoral politics as a deeply personal responsibility. We earn the government we elect, and that means make the best possible choice with the one vote we each get. I hope you will consider being bold and sending a message to the dominant parties that they don't own you!