Dan Kaiser is running for State Representative from House District 24B.
The district includes the cities of Faribault, Morristown, Medford, Claremont and Ellendale and the townships of Wells, Cannon City, Wheeling, Morristown, Warsaw, Walcott, Richland, Medford, Merton, Havana, Somerset, Aurora, Berlin, Ripley, Summit, Blooming Prairie, Ellington, Claremont, Ripley and Ashland, which is southern Rice County, eastern and southern Steele County and western Dodge County.
Kaiser is running for the House after losing the last election by only 152 votes.
"I never thought I would be in this position, given my experience as mayor," he said. "I'm running to give the voters a choice."
He laughed and explained that he is wearing out shoes, campaigning throughout the district multiple times.
"My wife Mona is my rock," he said. "She is phenomenally helpful."
They have been married over 30 years. She is the director of the Faribault Senior Center. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.
"This is a fun part of our lives," he said. "Our children all live close by."
Shifting his thoughts to politics, he said that "regardless of your political allegiance, you have to remember that you are representing everybody."
He said that he sees the main issue of the next legislative session to be the budget.
"The legislature taxes too much," he said. "We need to get middle class people - working class people - more money so they can keep more of what they earn. They are hardworking people."
He called that his first priority and suggested that for his second priority, voters should "look back at number one."
Kaiser is a Deputy Fire Marshall in the Fire Sprinkler Division. He and Mona have owned Fire Protection Services, Inc. since 1996, doing consulting for businesses and communities.
He served on the Medford City Council from 1987 to 1997 and was the mayor of the City of Medford from 2001 to 2008. He is a member of the Minnesota Fire Protection Advisory Council. He has served on the Steele County Park and Recreation Board and Steele County Feedlot Task Force. He is a past church president and Sunday School teacher. He served on the Medford Community Education Board and the Medford School Community Facility Committee.
He is a graduate of South Central College with a major in Architectural Drafting and of Riverland Community College with a major in Small Business Management.