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Bill Hamm to run against Jim Oberstar

To the Editor: My name is Bill Hamm and I am announcing my challenge to Jim Oberstar in the upcoming DFL primary election this August. The late date is the result of being a Census worker until Monday of this week and not being able to, come out,...

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To the Editor:

My name is Bill Hamm and I am announcing my challenge to Jim Oberstar in the upcoming DFL primary election this August. The late date is the result of being a Census worker until Monday of this week and not being able to, come out, shall we say.

Let's get right to the meat of it, the main reason I am in this race is for my grandchildren and the high quality education they and their friends are not getting. Jim continues to support the federal takeover of education that he helped engineer even though it is totally failing us and our children. I support returning our public education to the locally controlled education system that, for decades, made us one of the top two education states nationally. This will also mean drastic curtailment of teacher union powers that now undermine efforts at real education and meaningful change, the power belongs to us and we need to take it back.

Having worked in the forest industry in northeastern Minnesota most of my adult life, I am very much aware of how Jim's cozy relationship with external environmental organizations has contributed to over 20,000 jobs being lost in our forest industry. I will work diligently to turn this around and help make Minnesota's forests competitive again. I will also work forcefully to return as much local control to all other land use decision-making processes as soon as possible.

I will be the only candidate in this race supporting medicinal marijuana. I don't stop there, I support comprehensive marijuana reform. When you look historically at this prohibition on Americans, you will discover that of the 1.2 million people now in our prison systems for this offense, three to four times as many blacks and two to three times as many Hispanics and Native Americans per 1,000 are being jailed. From this vantage point you can begin to see the last vestiges of "Jim Crow" buried deeply in our judiciary and police forces and how this element of the war on drugs undermines societies of people of color. It's time to free Herb and end this last vestige of racism, not to mention the economic sense of it all. Does a substance have to be lethal to be legal?

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For the greater good of society, I will work to again make the 8th Congressional District and the Minnesota DFL the inclusive and diverse structures they once were. Visit me at www.freedomcoalitionmn.org; this is working class change you can believe in.

W.D. (Bill) Hamm

218-256-8332

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