Paul Scofield

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Paul Scofield
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Candidate for
Michigan State Senate district 46
Campaign website
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Paul Scofield was a 2012 Republican candidate for Minnesota State Senate in District 46. However, on July 24 he announced that he was formally endorsing his opponent, Roger W. Champagne in the primary, effectively ending his campaign.[1]

However, despite this endorsement and effective withdrawal, Scofield defeated Champagne 544-420 in the primary.[2]


Campaign themes

Scofield's website highlights the following campaign themes:[3]

Prosperity and Freedom

  • Excerpt:"I am running to Make Minnesota First Among Fifty. I want Minnesota to be the best place to live, raise a family, work, and do business. I will support policies, regulations, and laws that promote perpetual prosperity. Those policies must be founded on principles of freedom and ownership as enshrined in our Constitutions and Bills of Rights."

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt:"I will work to invigorate our economy. I will vote for policies, regulations, and laws that promote jobs and prosperity in our private sector. Minnesota needs more people producing goods and services that meet the demands of paying customers. Minnesota cannot afford more joblessness and its demands for money and services from government."

Taxation and Revenue

  • Excerpt:"Bad tax policies can be the greatest impediment to prosperity and freedom. The fewer economic decisions that are made for tax reasons, the better. Taxes should be simple, transparent, neutral, stable, and low."

Transportation, the Met Council, and MnDOT

  • Excerpt:"I oppose public subsidies for light rail projects including the proposed Southwest Corridor to be managed by the Metropolitan Council ("Met Council") of Minnesota. The Met Council already manages our Metropolitan Transit system with HUGE LOSSES, and those buses don't even require (as rail systems do) the Met Council to maintain or construct the actual roadbed."

The Met Council and Central Planning

  • Excerpt:"Central Planning is the much-discredited mode of economic organization embraced by autocrats and dictators throughout history. In constitutional republics like ours, planning should have very narrow, purposeful scope. Against that philosophy, the Met Council imposes very widely scoped Central Planning upon its seven-county domain. "



See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2012

Scofield ran for Minnesota State Senate in District 46. He defeated Roger W. Champagne in the primary on August 14 and was defeated by incumbent Ron Latz (D) in the general election on November 6.

Minnesota State Senate, District 46, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRon Latz Incumbent 66% 29,755
     Republican Paul Scofield 34% 15,297
Total Votes 45,052
Minnesota State Senate, District 46 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Scofield 56.4% 544
Roger W. Champagne 43.6% 420
Total Votes 964


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Scofield ran in the 2010 election for Minnesota State Senate District 44. Scofield was unopposed in the Republican primary election on August 10, 2010, and was defeated by incumbent Ron Latz (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4][5]

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