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6th District: Cheri Yecke

Former Minnesota Education Commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke put her name in the running for Congress on February 27, 2005. However, she withdrew from the race in late summer when she was appointed to an education position in Florida.

Yecke, 50, was forced out of the education post in May when the DFL-led Senate voted against her confirmation. Yecke described that vote as a blessing in disguise. Yecke set out to distinguish herself by saying she's the only one with federal government experience. Before joining Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration in 2003, Yecke worked in Washington at the U.S. Department of Education.

Candidate Bio

Cheri Yecke
Political affiliation:
Republican Party
February 5, 1955
Born in St. Paul
Married to Dennis; Two children: Anastasia (28), Tiffany (25)
Resides in Blaine.
Senior fellow, Center of the American Experiment.
University of Hawaii, B.A. in history, 1975. University of Wisconsin, MST, teaching, 1984. University of Virginia, Ph.D., gifted education, 2001.
Major political experience:
Was Gov. Pawlenty's commissioner of Education until the Senate refused to approve her appointment in 2004. Ran unsuccessfully for South Washington County School Board in 1992.

On the Issues

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Audio Farm subsidies (7/12/05)
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Audio Marriage amendment (7/12/05)
Audio Social Security (7/12/05)
Audio Taxes (7/12/05)

Campaign Finances

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Cash on hand

Source: Federal Elections Commission - July 2005

Links & Resources

Campaign Web site
Document yeckeforcongress.com

Candidate Pages

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)