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Meet the Candidate: Roger Champagne

With the filing deadline behind us, Patch looks at the local candidates for legislative offices.

Editor's Note: This week, Patch is running bios on the candidates for District 46 seats. These races will be decided during the General Election on Nov. 6. Today, we look at Republican challenger Roger Champagne. On Wednesday, we profiled Sen. Ron Latz, the DFL incumbent in Senate District 46. On Friday, we'll look at Paul Scofield, the other Republican challenger.

Roger Champagne

Party: Republican

District: Senate District 46

Political Experience: Made an unsuccessful bid to be on the Public Employee Retirement Association board one-and-a-half years ago.

Occupation: Minneapolis fire captain, member of the Minneapolis Fire Department for 28 years

Education: Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Home: St. Louis Park

Age: 51

Family: Two children

Campaign Points/Goals:

  • Champagne said he’s somewhat mad at the Republican Party. At the same time, he’s also proud of the way people in the party have stepped up to throw people out of the party who weren’t supporting conservative principles. “I’m kind of a little bit of a rebel,” he said.
  • Champagne has only been to one Tea Party rally but describes himself as a “Tea Party supporter.” He especially backs the movement’s push for more states rights.
  • He supports school vouchers. Although he doesn’t think St. Louis Park schools are bad, he thinks competition is good for all involved. “It’ll just make our schools better,” he said.
  • He believes protecting seniors and vulnerable adults is important, but he thinks the government programs that do that should be reformed and monitored more closely.
  • He thinks the state needs tort reform in order to reduce costly litigation.
  • He supports voter ID.
  • He opposes using public money for abortions.
Andrew McClusky August 16, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Great, another tea party whack-job vomiting right wing talking points. How does one become a "little bit of a rebel" whilst supporting conservative principles? He wants a smaller government, and the way to do that is to get a government job with free health care and all the entitlements he claims he's against.
Roberta Anderson August 16, 2012 at 09:22 PM
No kidding, this guy has never worked a day in his life in the private sector but for some reason thinks he knows what's good for the private sector. Another tin-foil hat wearing tea party member who has suckled at the government teet all his life and now wants to keep others from getting what they paid into all of their lives.
Ken October 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Can Patch not even edit what it puts out? Mr Champaine is NOT a candidate for Senate. He did not win the Primary.
James Warden (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Look at the date. This was published well before the primary.
Seth Rowe October 29, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Why is this being featured on the St. Louis Park Patch site today then? His name will not be on the general election ballot.
Kevira Voegele (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Sorry, all. When I was creating our SLP Election Guide I messed up. No, Champagne is not in the general election. Scofield is, but he did not fill out a profile. Dumb me.

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