WE THE PEOPLE of Golden Valley, Hopkins, Medicine Lake City, Plymouth, and St. Louis Park need a stronger economy in Minnesota, with more and better jobs. To be employment-friendly, we must become more employer-friendly. We cannot afford to discourage any more private employers, investors, or entrepreneurs from choosing to do business in Minnesota.
We should Make Minnesota First Among Fifty. When profitable businesses plan where to expand, Minnesota should be at the top of their lists. If we do that repeatedly, Minnesota will have "too many jobs".
I understand our district and Minnesota. My children are growing up here in Hennepin County, just as I did. They go to Hopkins Public Schools. I play soccer and coach Golden Valley Youth Soccer. I graduated from Robbinsdale High School, the University of Minnesota (B.A., Physics & Math) and the University of Illinois (Ph.D., Math). I have worked extensively in both the private and public sectors. I am employed by day as a Database Engineer at Virtual Radiologic Corporation (vRad) in Eden Prairie and by night as a Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. I even work seasonally as a Precinct Election Judge in Minneapolis. For a few years, I volunteered in Edina as the leader of PC\Minnesota User Group's "Visual C++ Special Interest Group", mutually assisting career-changers like me to enter or to grow in Information Technology ("IT") as a profession. I am a member of and teach Sunday-School at Golden Valley Lutheran Church.
I have learned as much from the world of business as from school. We must simplify to solve our complex problems.
Over the past 17 years, I have developed financial reporting and computer systems for a number of Twin Cities area businesses. I have also worked over the course of 13 years teaching mathematics, statistics, and computer systems in private and public colleges and universities in Illinois, Virginia, Arkansas, and Minnesota.
One of Minnesota's worst and most complex problems is traffic. I am motivated to solve that problem because like many Minnesotans I have cumulatively spent weeks of my life in Twin Cities traffic. I am uniquely qualified to help solve that problem, because as a PhD in Math, a veteran calculus instructor, and experienced financial data systems engineer, I can help craft, simplify, and explain the performance formulas that should "drive" the Minnesota Department of Transportation ("MnDOT") to higher levels of achievement.
I stand ready to represent our district in the Minnesota Senate. I ask that you support me.
Please help. Please contribute.
Please vote for Paul Scofield on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.