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6th District: Jay Esmay

Jay Esmay announced his intention to run for the seat vacated by Rep. Mark Kennedy on February 22, 2005. He is a first-time candidate for public office and touts his military experience and business career. He is a native of Coon Rapids and spent 14 years in the U.S. Air Force. His campaign ended on May 6, 2006 when the District 6 convention endorsed Michele Bachmann for the seat.

He based his campaign on traditional Republican issues. He says he supports President Bush's war against terrorism, wants reduced federal spending, and opposes legalized abortion. He also says he supports term limits and gun-owner rights.

Candidate Bio

Jay Esmay
Political affiliation:
Republican Party
Age 43
Married to Leticia. Four children.
Resides in St. Cloud
Quality manager for Cold Spring Granite Co.
Master's degree in international relations from Troy State Univeristy; graduate of U.S. Air Force Academy.
Political experience:
Was Senate District 15 Republican chairman

Campaign Finances

Total contributions
Total disbursements
Cash on hand
Source: Political MoneyLine.
July 2006

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Bachmann easily won the endorsement contest Saturday in Monticello and is looking ahead to the November election. Her three challengers say they are sticking to their pledge not to run in a primary. (05/06/2006)
Rep. Mark Kennedy has set his sights on the U.S. Senate, and there is a heated race underway for the Republican endorsement to take his place in Congress. (Midday, 05/03/2006)
Three of four candidates for the 6th District seat signed a pledge to honor the party endorsement process. But a fourth refused to sign, although he says he'll abide by it. (04/21/2006)
The common campaign theme among the Republican challengers is that Congress doesn't just need more Republicans, it needs more conservative Republicans. (04/17/2006)
The Republicans vying for a spot on Minnesota's 6th Congressional District ballot hauled in comparable amounts of campaign cash and, in some cases, looked to the same donors, according to reports that were due Friday. (04/15/2005)