Doug Daggett is the Republican endorsed candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Minneapolis, Richfield, St. Louis Park, Golden Valley, Hopkins, New Hope, Crystal, Robbinsdale, Brooklyn Center, Fridley, Columbia Heights, Hilltop, and parts of Edina, Spring Lake Park, and St. Anthony. He is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-Minneapolis).
Doug is a sales executive for an American software company, where he is responsible for their business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Doug and his wife, Thu, are long-time residents of Minneapolis. Doug attended the public schools in Bloomington, graduating from Lincoln High. A graduate of the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota, Doug has done business and built successful relationships across much of the world including in London, Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Riyadh, Johannesburg, Montreal, New York, and Davenport, Iowa.
Life with a Work Ethic: Doug Daggett credits his grandparents with instilling in him at a young age the values of honesty, integrity, and hard work during his time with them on their farm in northwest Iowa during summer vacations. Doug was 10 years old when he got his first job, delivering the morning Minneapolis Tribune (as it was called then). He often found himself reading much of the national and international sections under a street lamp at 5AM before delivering the newspaper. He put himself through college at the University of Minnesota working in a restaurant.
Civic Activism: Doug Daggett has been a home-owner in Minneapolis since 2002. He has served as an Election Judge in every election cycle since then. He has been a Deputy Chairman in Senate District 60, and has assisted on many campaigns with door knocking, phone calling to "undecideds" and literature dropping.
"Top 10" list of Doug's priorities as a member of Congress:
1. To follow sound fiscal policy. Capitalism provides the greatest sustainable safety-net for those at the bottom rung of the economic ladder.
2. To disentangle government from the things that individuals and organizations can do better and cheaper (which are most things), enabling all Americans to save, spend, or donate more of their hard- earned money.
3. To encourage personal responsibility, not dependency on the government. Currently our government often incentivizes the wrong behaviors.
4. To once again make our students the best in the world by doing for education what always increases quality and decreases cost: Increased competition within our school systems.
5. To ensure a long-term sustainable health care program, not the economically unsustainable Unaffordable Care Act.
6. To no longer bail out companies who have made bad decisions or are not able to compete in the international marketplace.
7. To promote an energy-independent America by using our own abundant resources.
8. To increase employment opportunities by removing disincentives to start a company, and disincentives to grow a company by more than 49 employees.
9. To protect the United States Constitution, including the 2nd Amendment.
10. To ensure that the US military remains the strongest in the world, to safeguard the peace.