Don Lee

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Don Lee
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Former candidate for
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 39A
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolEdina High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
Place of birthSt. Paul, Minnesota
ProfessionSoftware consultant
Campaign website
Don Lee was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 39A of the Minnesota House of Representatives.[1]


Campaign themes


Lee's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

I believe that government has become too big, too complex, too intrusive and too expensive. State government has gone far beyond its proper role, and is taking our liberties from us. Politicians and bureaucrats have taken control of everything from our schools to our medical care.

Our founding fathers created our constitutional republic to protect the God-given rights of the people. Government has no power to grant those rights, and no legitimate authority to take them away.

Government must enforce the law, and must ensure that the law applies equally to all. When law becomes too complex, it ceases to be a level playing field and becomes a tool used by some citizens to gain advantage over others. Government must once again be impartial, regain respect, and stop being a tool of “special interests” by ending its extensive and unnecessary meddling.

The referee must stop playing the game.

Our politics today is often driven by battles over who will get the right to use the power of government to enact its agenda. Every interest group goes first to government rather than its own resources to get what it wants – from sports stadiums to medical care, to better education. We cannot be free citizens ourselves and also demand that government force our neighbors to behave as we want, and pay for what we want. If we are to be free, we must rely on our powers of leadership and persuasion to accomplish what we want, using markets and cooperation rather than taxes and coercion.

My campaign will be centered on the theme of the free citizen, and the proper role of a limited constitutional republic.[2][3]



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. Incumbent Joe Atkins was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Don Lee was unopposed in the Republican primary. Atkins defeated Lee in the general election.[4][5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 52B General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Atkins Incumbent 64.5% 9,831
     Republican Don Lee 35.4% 5,405
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 12
Total Votes 15,248


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Lee lost his bid for election to the District 39A seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He was defeated by Rick Hansen (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 39A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Rick Hansen (DFL) 9,512 58.34%
Green check mark transparent.png Don Lee (R) 6,777 41.57%
Write-In 15 0.09%



In 2014, Lee's endorsements included the Minnesota Republican Liberty Caucus.[8]

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