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Meet the Candidate: Steve Simon

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

Editor's Note: This week, Patch will be 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 Rep. Steve Simon, the Democratic incumbent in House District 46B. Tomorrow, we'll profile his challenger, David Arvidson.

Rep. Steve Simon

Party: DFL

District: House District 46B

Elected: 2004; re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2010

Committees: Civil LawData Practices SubcommitteeGovernment Operations and ElectionsState Government Finance

Occupation: Attorney

Education: B.A., political science, Tufts University; J.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Home: St. Louis Park

Age: 42

Family: Wife, Leia Simon

Proudest accomplishments in office:

  • The False Claims Act:  I wrote the law (with Sen. Latz) that provides financial incentives to people who report contractors that knowingly defraud the state (as by over-billing or non-performance of contracts). Based on the experience of other states with similar laws, Minnesota could recover hundreds of millions of dollars from wrongdoers.   
  • Strengthening consumer protection: I've changed Minnesota law in several places to give consumers and small businesses more tools to pursue scam-artists who perpetrate fraud by telephone, on-line, or in writing.   
  • Protecting crime victims: I've changed the law so that domestic violence victims can more easily escape their abusers, and to allow the family members of all violent crime victims to get time off from work to attend trial proceedings. 
  • Improving transportation: I've gotten vital funding for the Southwest Corridor light rail line, and I successfully pushed the Department of Transportation to open its books so that we can all evaluate the reasons for delays on projects such as Highway 100.   
  • Election integrity: I streamlined our election system, and widened participation for overseas military and educational personnel, by moving the state primary election from September to August. I've also added accountability and campaign finance reform provisions to state law.
Suzi McArdle June 19, 2012 at 01:36 PM
We should have had an art center .. We are the poor cousin when it comes down to community voices in oir city compared with others. Read aboit biking and bee keeping, energy forward thinking, and art nationally, what comes up? Minneapolis. We need leadersip not so much management.
Michael Rose June 19, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Suzi, you're referring to St. Louis Park, correct? (This article is shared by Hopkins Patch, but they do have an arts center). If this is something you'd like to write about more, please consider starting a local blog here: http://stlouispark.patch.com/blog/apply -MR
Emily B November 06, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Looking forward to voting for Steve tomorrow! He's one of the only politicians I am happy to support this year!

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