The national debt is “the biggest issue of our time,” according to Woodbury resident Ron Seiford, who is running for the 4th Congressional District seat.
“These are issues politicians should know and understand, and I don’t think they do,” he told Patch in an interview Wednesday.
During his years as a financial adviser, Seiford said his clients would often note his passion for larger economic issues and encourage him to run for office, which he has never done before. He said he has spoken with Sen. Ted Lillie and Rep. Andrea Kieffer and believes they are good people doing good work.
Seiford, 43, sits on the Woodbury Economic Development Commission and worked at until recently, when he opted to focus on his campaign. He’s also an adjunct professor, teaching economics courses at .
He said most politicians “have just lost their way.”
“They don’t understand the unintended consequences of their decisions,” Seiford said.
Aside from the national debt, Seiford said tax reform, protecting individual liberty, and promoting a strong business climate are among his top issues.
The new 4th District includes St. Paul and stretches east to the St. Croix River. He would face off against U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat from St. Paul.
“I’ll do my best and we’ll see how it goes,” he said.
Seiford lives in Woodbury with his wife Linda and their two teenage sons. He has a master’s degree in business from Capella University.