Thomas Craft

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Thomas Craft
Candidate for
U.S. House, Minnesota, District 2
ProfessionTech Consultant
Campaign website
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Thomas (Tom) Craft was a candidate for the 2014 congressional elections for Minnesota's 2nd congressional district. Craft dropped out of the race after losing the Democratic endorsement to Mike Obermueller in the DFL Second Congressional District Convention.[1]

Craft is a self described "fiscally conservative and socially liberal Democrat" seeking to provide a constructive, moderate alternative to extremist ideologies in Washington politics.

The Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC listed 2nd District incumbent John Kline (R) as one of 10 they are targeting as vulnerable incumbent Republicans in 2014, with the focus on those holding competitive seats.[2]


Craft was born in Little Falls, Minnesota and grew up on a rural farm near Staples, Minnesota.

Craft is an alumnus of Staple's Motley High School, where he graduated in 2001. He earned a degree in economics and history at St. John's University four years later. In 2006, he studied Mandarin Chinese at the Beijing Language and Culture University before earning a Social Science Master's Degree at the University of Chicago.[3]

Craft is a father and tech consultant who lives in the south metro of the Twin Cities in Minnesota.[4]


Campaign themes

Craft lists the following issues on his campaign website[5]

  • Jobs & Economy: "Renewed investments in education, retraining programs, and infrastructure are what are needed to ensure our nation’s future prosperity. In addition, Tom will also do everything he can to break up ‘too big to fail’ banks, to ensure that the American taxpayer is never again given the false choice of bailing out the banks or preparing for a depression."
  • Infrastructure:"Tom believes that we need a comprehensive long-term program to bring our nation’s roads and bridges back up to standard, make high-speed internet available to all Americans and invest in the often unseen but essential water and sewer public works."
  • Taxes & Budget: "Annual trillion dollar deficits are not acceptable and are unfair to future generations who will be forced to pay for our current consumption with interest. It isn’t fair and it isn’t the American way. Tom believes that we must examine both spending reduction and revenue options to ensure that budget deficits become the exception rather than the norm."
  • Education: "Tom will do what he can to ensure that students that have demonstrated hard work and good grades have access to affordable higher education. He also understands personally the burden of student loan debt and will support legislation that allows students to consolidate and refinance their government student loans to take advantage of historically low interest rates."
  • Energy & Environment: "Tom also believes that we must make meaningful steps towards reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. He supports increased investments in solar, wind, biomass and other emerging energy technologies because climate change is a real threat to the future peace and prosperity of our planet."
  • Immigration: "A nation of immigrants, our current immigration system is failing on so many levels; it is unworthy of the United States of America. We need to promote legal immigration instead of desperate border crossings. We need to encourage the best and brightest to join our startups and provide the intellectual capital we depend on for economic growth. "
  • Healthcare: "In one of the most prosperous countries in the world, no citizen should ever have to be worried that if they get sick they won’t get the care they need or that they will go bankrupt treating their illness. That is one of the primary reasons Tom supports the Affordable Care Act. Not only will it ensure that all Americans get the health care they need, it is also a critical step towards stabilizing health care spending for the country and for individuals."
  • Foreign Policy: "As the world’s sole superpower, the United State of America bears significant responsibility for the maintenance of global peace and prosperity. We do this through support of international institutions, trade organizations, and our global military presence. While Tom supports this model, he believes that justification for military intervention must be based on core U.S. interests and must be at the expressed direction of Congress, except in matters of imminent threat."

Campaign donors

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Craft's reports.[6]

Thomas Craft (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[7]October 17, 2013$0.00$22,230.78$(8,722.08)$13,508.70
Year-End[8]January 29, 2014$13,508.70$671.14$(5,201.18)$8,978.66
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2014$8,978.66$5,505.75$(11,518.52)$2,965.89
Running totals



See also: Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Craft planned to run in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Minnesota's 2nd District.[10] Craft withdrew from the race prior to the Democratic primary on August 12, 2014, after losing the Democratic nomination in the DFL Second Congressional District Convention.


Craft volunteered for fellow DFL contestant Mike Obermueller in the 2012 election before deciding to run his own race in 2014.[4][3]


Craft met his wife, Karolina Wanielista (now Craft), during graduate school at the University of Chicago. The Crafts have two sons named Henry and Leo.[3]

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External links

  • Thomas Craft Campaign Page [1]
  • Star Tribune [2]
  • MPR News [3]
  • Politics in Minnesota [4]
  • CBS Minnesota [5]
  • Northfield Patch [6]
  • Political Notebook [7]