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GOP fields challenger in 5th District



Chris Fields says he unites, Ellison divides


By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


Keith Ellison, the charismatic and hugely popular congressional representative of Minnesota’s Fifth District, is confronted by a credible challenger in Chris Fields, who in April got the Republican Party nomination with upwards of 75 percent of the vote on the first ballot.  Which is interesting, considering Fields is a political rookie. He made a good impression to say the least, and states on his behalf, “My time as a United States Marine gives me [strong] experience in federal government. Since I haven’t had a long career in politics, I don’t owe anyone, especially special interests groups, anything.”

His assertion is that he stands as an authentically independent voice, one who sides “with the people of this district. Minnesotans want a representative who [shares] their experiences and possesses the leadership skills.”

Raised in South Bronx, N.Y. and going on to Bronx Regional High School, which he left as valedictorian, Chris Fields eventually enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. “I finished College Park University, graduating magna cum laude. Experience gives me [an informed] view of challenges facing the world.”

Fields adds, “Having survived a tough inner-city upbringing, I have certainly shared many of the struggles people in our district experience today. My 21-year career as United States Marine [gives] me real experience with the federal government and a first-hand look at what works and doesn’t work in government. Continue Reading →

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