|Former candidate for|
|Governor of Minnesota|
|Minnesota House of Representatives District 21A|
|Profession||Admissions Counselor, Southwest Minnesota State University|
Seifert was a Republican candidate for Governor of Minnesota in the 2014 elections. He formally entered the race on November 21, 2013. He lost in the Republican primary on August 12, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
Seifert is an Admissions Counselor at Southwest Minnesota State University. He has previously worked as a Government/history teacher at Marshall Senior High School, and a property manager.
Seifert is a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Lyon County Historical Society, Minnesota Education Association, and Sons of the American Legion.
Prior to leaving the house, he served on the following committees:
- Energy Finance and Policy Division
- Rules and Legislative Administration
- Transportation and Transit Policy and Oversight Division
- See also: Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2014
Seifert ran for election as Governor of Minnesota. Seifert lost the Republican nomination in the open primary election along with lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Pam Myhra. Mark Dayton (D) was first elected governor in 2010 and ran for a second term in 2014.
The general election took place November 4, 2014.
|Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, Republican Primary, 2014|
|Jeff Johnson/Bill Kuisle||30.3%||55,813|
|Kurt Zellers/Dean Simpson||23.9%||43,991|
|Marty Seifert/Pam Myhra||21.1%||38,798|
|Scott Honour/Karin Housley||20.8%||38,331|
|Merrill Anderson/Mark Anderson||3.8%||7,008|
|Election Results Via:Minnesota Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.|
Seifert's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:
Taxes and Regulation
Reducing taxes and the equivalent regulatory burden on the average Minnesotan. Because of increases in taxes and health care costs, as well as other government-imposed regulations, many Minnesotans have seen their net discretionary income fall backward. A Seifert administration will allow the average Minnesotan to keep more of what they earn.
Size of Government
Abolishment of three cabinet departments, in addition to complete elimination of the Metropolitan Council. Over a one-year period, the functions no longer required will be eliminated and needed functions will be transferred to local units of government or other cabinet departments. The departments will include Health, Labor & Industry and Corrections. Functions maintained will chiefly be folded into Human Services, Commerce and Public Safety. All other departments will be asked to reduce their budgets by a minimum of 7%. Part of the regulatory reform to save consumers’ costs will be complete repeal of the Next Generation Energy Act.
Marty Seifert is a solid supporter of the 2nd Amendment and believes it is a fundamental right. Seifert received an "A" rating from the NRA as a legislator and he is a member of the NRA. Growing up on the family farm, responsible firearm use was part of his way of life. Seifert opposes any new gun control and would swiftly veto any bill that contained any gun control. Seifert opposes any registration or magazine limits and supports reciprocity for Right to Carry and the Castle Doctrine. He also supports current law on state preemption that disallows any local government from enacting gun control.
Sanctity of Life
Marty Seifert and Rep. Pam Myhra are strong Pro-Life advocates. Seifert would sign into law bills to protect life, including: Fetal Pain legislation, ending taxpayer funding of abortion, and ending "webcam" abortions. As a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, Seifert voted for Pro-Life bills 100% of the time. He has worked with Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) to pass Pro-Life legislation. Seifert is also a strong supporter of Minnesota's Anti-Assisted Suicide laws.
Improve our transportation system. This will include halting the construction of the $1.5 billion Southwest Light Rail Transit line and a better focus on expansion and improvement of roads & bridges in all of Minnesota. The rail line has not passed a cost-benefit analysis, is very controversial and will permanently degrade the environment along Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis. Bus rapid transit has proven to be a more cost effective and flexible transit model than an expensive and fixed rail line. Roads and bridges are used by over 90% of our state’s population and need to be the major focus for transportation.
Stopping any attempt to release dangerous sex offenders into our community. The long-term goal will be to restructure sentencing for those we are mad at and aim resources for imprisonment of those we are afraid of. Giving “treatment” to people who have raped sixty times for over $135,000 per year does not make sense when they should be incarcerated permanently for less than $38,000 per year.
Reform the public education system to make it the best in the country. Article XIII of the Minnesota Constitution requires a uniform system of public schools. Marty takes that responsibility seriously. He will ask the legislature to put a lid on any erosion of teacher-student instruction contact time that has taken place over the past few decades. Student success depends on quality academic instruction and the time for that instruction to take place. He will also seek to give parents more choices in which to send their children to schools that succeed. Minnesota's educational curriculum is best developed by parents, teachers, school board members and our communities, not federal bureaucrats. Seifert strongly oppose No Child Left Behind and any involvement in "Common Core" federal curriculum schemes.
Obamacare and Mark Dayton’s full implementation of Obamacare is hurting Minnesota families through more expensive care and loss of coverage. 280,000 Minnesotans lost their plan or had to change plans because of Obamacare. Marty Seifert believes it is important to change the board members of MNsure and do everything possible to increase choice and competition in the state to lower costs, including allowing more companies to offer insurance here.
—Marty Seifert's campaign website, (2014), 
Marty Seifert raised $60,635 for his campaign.
|Minnesota House of Representatives, District 21A (2008)|
|Marty Seifert (R)||11,915||67.05%|
|Allen Kruse (DFL)||5,827||32.79%|
Listed below are the three largest contributors to Marty Seifert's 2008 campaign.
|Redwood County Republican Party||$3,400|
|Lyon County Republican Party||$1,500|
Seifert is married and has two children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Marty + Seifert + Governor + Minnesota
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- Marty Seifert's campaign website
- Minnesota House of Representatives - Rep. Seifert
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996
- Marty Seifert on Facebook
- Marty Seifert on Twitter
- Marty Seifert on LinkedIn
- Star-Tribune, "Seifert, newest GOP entrant in Minnesota governor's race, taking 2nd shot at elusive office," November 21, 2013
- Minn Post, "Marty Seifert will seek GOP endorsement for governor," November 12, 2013
- Rasmussen Reports, "2010 Minnesota Governor Primary," November 16, 2009
- The Minnesota Daily, "GOP endorses Emmer for governor," April 4, 2010
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Seifert
- Duluth News-Tribune, "Marty Seifert announces candidacy for Minnesota governor," November 21, 2013 (dead link)
- The Star Tribune, "Republican Scott Honour jumps into governor's race," April 24, 2013
- Star Tribune, Seifert selects Myhra as running mate, February 27, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Seifert for Governor, "Issues," accessed August 7, 2014
- The Minnesota Daily, "GOP endorses Emmer for governor," April 4, 2010
- 2008 General Election Results
- Follow the Money's report on Steifert's 2008 campaign contributions
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| Succeeded by|
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