John Ward

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John Ward
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Minnesota House of Representatives, District 10A
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Assistant Majority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives
2013 - present
Compensation
Base salary$31,140.90/year
Per diem$66/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
Master'sUniversity of Minnesota
Personal
BirthdayAugust 2, 1950
Place of birthDuluth, Minnesota
ProfessionInsurance
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
John Ward (b. August 2, 1950) is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 10A. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. In the 2013 legislative session, Ward served as an Assistant Majority Leader.

Ward served as Mayor of Proctor from 1984 to 1988, and on the Proctor City Council from 1982 to 1984.

Biography

Ward's professional experience includes working as a Property/Casualty Insurance Agent with EPIC Insurance, Emotional Behavioral Disorder Instructor in the Brainerd School System, Alternative Education Director for Independent School District 704, and an Adult Basic Education Instructor at the Northeast Regional Corrections Center.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ward served on the following committees:

Minnesota Committee Assignments, 2013
Capital Investment, Vice-chair
Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy
Legacy
Public Safety Finance and Policy
Rules and Legislative Administration

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ward served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Ward's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Constituent Services

  • Excerpt: "As your representative, I author, research and vote on legislation. My role as your legislator is to advocate for YOU and YOUR interests to the best of my ability and to work as hard as I can to protect and enhance YOUR quality of life."

Jobs and Economy

  • Excerpt: "I will work to create and retain living wage jobs in our communities. I will encourage local economic development, which is vital for the economic stability of area families."

Education

  • Excerpt: "I will continue to fight to return Minnesota to the forefront of public education by fully and fairly funding our public school systems."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "I have witnessed the impact on quality of life that the lack of access to affordable health care has. Providing healthcare for all will remain one of my highest legislative priorities."

Property Tax Reform

  • Excerpt: "I am committed to a fair, progressive and balanced tax structure for individuals and businesses in which all pay their fair share. Property ownership should be an attainable reality for all Minnesotans- not just the 'American Dream.'"

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent John Ward was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Josh Heintzeman was unopposed in the Republican primary. Ward faces Heintzeman in the general election.[3][4]

2012

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ward won re-election in the 2012 election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 10A. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 7 and defeated Chris Kellett (R) in the general election on November 6.[5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 10A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Ward Incumbent 57.1% 11,789
     Republican Chris Kellett 42.9% 8,872
Total Votes 20,661

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ward won re-election to the District 12A seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Kevin Goedker (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 12A (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Ward (DFL) 9,435 57.52%
Kevin Goedker (R) 6,924 42.21%
Write-In 45 0.27%

2008

On November 4, 2008, John Ward won election to the District 12A Seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, defeating David Allan Pundt. [8]

John Ward raised $50,407 for his campaign.[9]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 12A (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Ward (DFL) 13,766 64.93%
David Allan Pundt (R) 7,410 34.95%
Write-In 26 0.12%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ward is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Ward raised a total of $158,982 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 1, 2013.[10]

John Ward's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Minnesota State House, District 10A Won $30,457
2010 Minnesota State House, District 12A Won $24,163
2008 Minnesota State House, District 12A Won $50,407
2006 Minnesota State House, District 12A Won $53,955
Grand Total Raised $158,982

2012

Ward won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ward raised a total of $30,457.
Minnesota House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Ward's campaign in 2012
Public Fund$3,927
Crow Wing County Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$3,150
10th Senate District DFL New$1,025
Aitkin County Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party$900
IBEW Local #31 Volunteer Cope Fund$500
Total Raised in 2012$30,457
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Ward won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Ward raised a total of $24,163.

2008

Ward won re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Ward raised a total of $50,407.

2006

Ward won election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Ward raised a total of $53,955.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Minnesota

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2014

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 through May 19.

Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty."[11]
Legislators are scored on pro-choice issues.

2013

In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 20.

Legislators are scored "on key votes on issues concerning economic freedom, which includes taxes, budgets and spending, health care and more."[12]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to a socially conservative "pro-family" organization.[13]
Legislators are scored on "a wide range of issues including taxes, government spending, elections, childcare unionization, property rights and energy policy" per "the traditional values position."[14]
Legislators are scored on votes of interest to an economically conservative organization.
Legislators are scored on votes regarding reproductive issues.

Taxpayers League of Minnesota

The Taxpayers League of Minnesota, a Minnesota-based taxpayer advocacy organization, releases a legislative scorecard for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota State Senate once a year. The scorecard gives each legislator a score based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on tax issues and “their efforts to balance the state budget without a tax increase.” The organization also compiles a legislator’s individual "Lifetime Score."[15]

2013

Ward received a score of 0% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 75th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[16]

2012

Ward received a score of 0% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 109th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members.[17]

2011

Ward received a score of 0% in the 2011 scorecard, ranking 112th out of all 134 Minnesota House of Representatives members. [18]

Personal

Ward is married with four children. He has been a member of the Brainerd Elks Club and Brainerd Moose Club.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bud Nornes (R)
Minnesota State House District 10A
2013- present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Minnesota State House District 12A
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Jay McNamar (DFL)