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Steve Quist (DFL)

Steve Quist is the DFL endorsed candidate for the Minnesota state Senate in the 36th District.

He and his wife Andrea have three sons, 13, 11 and 5.  The boys attend Farmington public schools and are active in youth sports and community education programs in Farmington.

Steve is the accounting manager in the finance department for a nonprofit organization that advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Working in finance, he is committed to accountability and fiscal responsibility, whether in the private sector or in government.

He is also the author of MNDem.com, a political blog he introduced in 2006.

Steve and his family have lived in Farmington since 1996.   He was born and raised in the Twin Cities, attending elementary school in southwest Minneapolis and high school in Richfield.

He attended Normandale Community College, the University of Minnesota and Metropolitan State University, where he graduated with a degree in history.  He is in the final stages of earning a degree in public accounting from Augsburg College.

Steve and his family are involved in two faith communities.  They are members at Farmington Lutheran Church, where Steve mentors a confirmation group.  They also are actively involved at River of Joy Lutheran Church, a mission based church community that creatively engages and responds to its neighbors.

Steve and Andrea and their boys enjoy hiking and fishing, as well as attending the boys' various activities together.  They also enjoy times just spent together in their yard, playing catch, tossing a football, shooting hoops, shooting pucks or playing kickball.

Steve has been interested in politics for as long as he can remember.  In 1988, the first year he was eligible to vote, he attended his first DFL caucus in Richfield. 

Steve comes from a long line of Minnesota Democrats.  One of Steve's political mentors was his grandfather, a World War II vet (a DAV) who stressed patriotism and freedom.   Steve says that while Republicans have tried to call those words their own, his grandfather was a staunch Democrat who believed in the American Dream of equality and individuality. 

He also comes from a long line of nurses, and he believes their caring, tolerant and respectful profession also influenced his political views.  Both of Steve's parents, are nurses, as were his grandmother, great-grandmother and many aunts.

But, his political inspiration centers on the future of his three boys, which motivates him to help work toward a better world – a world of integrity, safety, strength and a world of respect for all its citizens.

Info from Steve Quist's Website.

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