After an emotionally-charged Minnesota GOP Convention, the 16-year Minnesota House veteran and U.S. Senate candidate Jim Abeler announced that he will challenge Mike McFadden in a primary election – in spite of the fact that McFadden received the party endorsement.
Abeler, of Anoka, said many elections have been plagued by a lack of unity among conservatives, making it possible for Democratic campaigns prevail.
His decision to run in a primary came from what Abeler said was a general lack of enthusiasm for McFadden at the Republican Convention where it took 10 ballots over two days to reach the endorsement.
Abler said he is challenging the very notion that money is the only thing that matters in politics. Abeler has spent the past 16 years in the Minnesota House of Representatives, where his work as the Chairman of the Health and Human Services Finance Committee included securing major reforms, the largest tax cut and the largest spending cuts in the history of Minnesota.
Abeler believes it is entirely appropriate, and even necessary, to continue his campaign, calling this a critical time when health care issues are at the forefront of the nations concerns.
Abeler is a lifelong resident of Anoka, Coon Rapids and Ramsey. He has worked in family chiropractic practice in Anoka since 1979, following attendance at Anoka High School where he was the 1972 valedictorian, Hamline University, the University of Minnesota and Northwestern College of Chiropractic.
He and his wife Barb have been married for 32 years and have six sons, three daughters-in-law and three grandchildren. He is a founding member of PACT Charter School in Ramsey.
Since being elected to the Legislature in 1998 Abeler has served as a ranking member of the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy committees, as well as the Education Policy, Higher Education Finance, K12 Education Finance and Ways and Means committees.