Jim Martin, Minnesota

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Jim Martin
Jim Martin.jpg
Candidate for
Minnesota State House, District 56A

Political party Independent Minnesota Resident
Profession Self-Employed Trade Contractor, Computer Programmer/Technician
Website Campaign website
Jim Martin was an Independent candidate[1] for District 56A, Minnesota House of Representatives in the November 2, 2010 state legislative election.

About The Candidate

Jim Martin is a lifelong resident of Lake Elmo, and not affiliated with any nationwide political party or lobbying organization. With his bachelor degree in computer science, Jim independently operates a sole-proprietorship that generates computer code, hosts and designs websites, and services computers and networks. He also acts as a residential home building contractor (MN Dept. Labor/Industry Reg. #20635072) in the summer and dabbles in landscaping and irrigation installation and repair. Furthermore, he is the chief manager and treasurer of a limited liability company that is developing a patent pending method (patent pending #11/876,486) of fossil-fuel free electrical production that he invented. He has partaken in other ventures both independently and jointly with Minnesota companies and non-profits. As an Eagle Scout, Jim Martin is a lifelong member of the National Eagle Scout Association. With the understanding of how both corporate and non-corporate entities coexist and operate, Jim's experience in multiple industries as an owner, operator, employee, and volunteer is invaluable.



See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Martin ran for election to the District 56A seat in 2010. Because he was nominated by the citizens of the district, Martin had no primary opposition. He was defeated by Kathy Lohmer (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[2]


At the end of April 2010, Jim Martin announced[3] his candidacy for the district 56A seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. As he is not affiliated with any political party, hundreds of eligible voters in Minnesota's district 56A demonstrated their desire and intent to place Jim's name on the general election ballot. This legal process[4], called "nomination," occurred between the statutorily defined[5] dates of 18 May and 1 June by the signing of a nomination petition. This petition to nominate Jim as an independent Minnesota resident was received by the Minnesota Secretary Of State's Office at 2:40pm on 1 June. The next day, the Secretary verified that the petition satisfied all necessary requirements. Certification of his nomination was completed by the State Canvasing Board on 17 August.

Al Hein, running for the District 31B Seat, is the only other Minnesota House candidate running independent of any party affiliation. In 2000[6] and again in 2002[7], he received the nomination of the DFL to run in the general election. As Mr. Hein's 2010 affidavit of candidacy did not accompany a nomination petition[8], Jim Martin holds the distinction of being the only candidate for Minnesota House in the entire state whom properly procured a nomination by the public.


His platform is three fold:

  1. State legislators should not be able to effectively set their own compensation[9];
  2. Unelected bodies should not be able to levy taxes[10]; or force the hand of elected officials[11]; and
  3. Decisions to levy a tax should be ratified by a vote on whom the tax is imposed[12].


The first financial report[13] of the campaign fund of Jim Martin states clearly that he has not received any money from lobbyists, political committees or funds, or from political parties or terminating principal campaign committees. Unlike his opponents, Jim Martin has received every contribution from individuals and was the only one in the race on record in the first report as being a contributor to his own 2010 campaign[14][15]. Though he has filed the same paperwork as his opponents[16][17][18], Jim Martin's campaign is the only campaign in the district 56A race not subsidized with public funding from the state of Minnesota[19]. Without the aid of a political party, Jim Martin has managed to complete much of the same activities as his politically affiliated opponents as of the first report, but for a mere 20% of the cost[20].

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