Anthony Meschke

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Anthony Meschke
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Former candidate for
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 65A
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of St. Thomas
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Marine Corps
Personal
ProfessionProject engineer
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Anthony Meschke was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 65A of the Minnesota House of Representatives.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Meschke's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

PRIVACY RIGHTS & GOVERNMENT SPYING

Americans should be protected from warrantless searches or seizures. Data collection of any kind without consent or search warrant is unconstitutional. I believe more time should be spent protecting our borders and creating jobs than spying on Americans.

LGBT: SEXUAL PREFERENCE & IDENTITY
Freedom and liberty should extend to all matters of religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. Freedom can be defined as someone's ability to do whatever they wish as long as they do not infringe on the rights of others. Government should not be involved in the definition of marriage. I believe people have the right to sell anything, buy anything, or join into a contract as long as there is a willing exchange between two parties and no fraud or coercion is used. No one should infringe on your private pursuit of happiness.

HEALTH CARE
Minnesotans would have better health care by allowing the free market to work across state lines; much like vehicle insurance. In addition, I think people should have the choice on the amount of insurance and what is covered rather than by force or government mandate.

People should not be forced to buy anything through force or taxation. I believe if someone requires medical attention and cannot pay for what they receive, a payment plan should be set up with the provider.

FARMING & GMO’S
I believe removing government subsidies from all farmers will reduce the cost of living for all Minnesotans, stop distorting the market, and allow the free market to decide who will profit. In addition, I fully support the removal of regulatory burdens and restrictions on organic farms and family farms.

Labeling of GMO products allows for informed customers and allows the free market to decide what consumers want to support.

MINIMUM WAGE
Workforce participation rates have been slipping and youth unemployment is becoming a bigger issue which greatly concerns me. Government should realistically focus more on lowering unemployment than raising the minimum wage.

Most jobs people acquire early on are often lower-paying. By raising the minimum wage, the unintended consequences as evidence in a Washington State survey*, means jobs go elsewhere. If we steal the opportunities from our youth, what awaits them?[2][3]

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Rena Moran was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Anthony Meschke was unopposed in the Republican primary. Lena Buggs ran as a Green Party candidate. Moran defeated Meschke and Buggs in the general election.[4][5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 65A General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRena Moran 71.2% 6,626
     Republican Anthony Meschke 14.6% 1,358
     Green Lena Buggs 14.1% 1,308
     Write-in Write-in 0.2% 14
Total Votes 9,306

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