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Why I’m Running

The other day, I was at Sam’s Club picking up a few necessary grocery items. As I turned a corner, pushing my cart, I was faced with an expanse of empty shelves. I noticed, too, that there was hardly anyone in the store.  Gone were the children, the couples, pushing their carts up and down the aisles stacked high with consumer goods. Gone were the smiles on their faces, replaced with looks of sadness and even fear. Instead of the usual “good morning” I would give and receive, everyone kept their “social distance” eying me over, wondering if I was one of the carriers of the COVID. It all seemed strangely familiar. It took me a minute, but I realized that I was having a déjà vu moment, flashing back to one of my many trips into an Eastern European country and navigating through one of their stores: empty shelves, few customers, looks of sadness on their faces and they trudge through the aisles hoping to find something they’ve been needing. The familiarity and similarity were frightening.

During my 20 years of service during the Cold War, I remember all of the years of standing against socialism. I remembered the people being shot and killed trying to escape the East Block. I remembered reading in newspapers the stories of people being smuggled out in hidden compartments in automobiles, of running through “no-man’s land” of various borders, between guard towers, with only the clothes on their backs. I remembered touring the DMZ between North and South Korea; of the Berlin Wall; of the restrictions on me and other travelers and citizens in the USSR. And I remember the lines of people, hoping to be able to buy food. I remembered attempting to buy diapers and formula for my toddler son in store after store in numerous Soviet cities, and never finding any.

Seeing socialism up close was shocking and unsettling.

I see a taste of it again now. Empty shelves and lines of people waiting to get in to make their purchases. Sure, we’re no where near a socialist country, yet it frightens and angers me how a large segment of our population wants to embrace socialism. They want an ever-larger government, one to run every aspect of their lives, from health care to child raising to taking over our traditionally market-based economy.

Not on my watch. Not while I have anything to say about it.

Two years ago, I ran for City Council because I felt I needed to be in that last line of defense: Here but no further with your socialism. Not in St. Cloud. Now, though, it is clear that the fight is at the state level. Do you think they are representing your values? I don’t. We need conservatives in the majority in both houses to hold the line on liberalism’s spread throughout Minnesota. We need conservatives to hold our traditional American values of a market-based economy, the rights of the individual with very limited government control, of the value of small-business and main street USA.

 That’s me – a traditional conservative American patriot. I still believe in the power of the individual, of personal rights and responsibility, of limited government, of a market economy. I also believe each of us has a responsibility for helping our neighbor, of managing our own lives, of civic duty, of community.

If you believe those things, too, I ask for your vote in November and your help now to get me to St. Paul.

Paul Brandmire
Republican Candidate for State Representative
Minnesota House District 14B

“I still believe in the power of the individual, of personal rights and responsibility, of limited government, of a market economy.”

About Paul

The Early Years

I was born in Wenatchee, Washington, the son of a Lutheran minister and a registered nurse. I lived my childhood in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. My family resided in the Yakima Valley of Washington State for 50 years, and most are still in the Puget Sound area. I attended High School at Concordia, Portland.

Military Career

I enlisted in the Air Force in 1977, serving first as a Law Enforcement Canine handler. I served in Kunsan, Korea, followed by Brooks AFB, TX, where I cross-trained into the Office of Special Investigations. I was assigned to Spangdahlem AB, West Germany, in 1981, where I ran investigations in fraud, major crimes, counter-intelligence and counter-espionage.

In 1984, I was assigned to Grand Forks AFB, ND. While there, I applied to Officer Training School, and was sent back to Lackland AFB, TX, where I received my commission. After training at Davis Monthan AFB, AZ, I was assigned to RAF Greenham Common, UK, as a missile launch officer with the Ground Launched Cruise Missile program.

After Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev signed a treaty eliminating that missile system, I was assigned as the director of resources for US and Canadian forces serving NATO North in Oslo, Norway.

In 1991, I was assigned to McChord AFB, WA, as a Command Post controller, overseeing two Airlift Wings of C-141 cargo aircraft. While there, I was deployed to Incirlik, Turkey, in support of Operation Provide Comfort, enforcing the no-fly zone over northern Iraq. Following this, I was assigned to the USAF-Europe Command Center at Ramstein AB, Germany, overseeing military readiness at USAF bases throughout Europe.

In 1995, I was assigned to Hill AFB, UT, serving as Deputy Chief of the Command Post. I was deployed to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in support of Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone over southern Iraq.

In 1996, I was reassigned as Chief of the Joint Command Post (Air Force/Navy) in Keflavik, Iceland, where we served as a Search and Rescue Coordination Center covering over a million nautical miles of the north Atlantic, as well as providing Air Defense with a squadron of F-15 fighters.

My final duty station was as Flight Commander of 11 electronic technical training schools at Keesler AFB, MS.

Civilian Life

I retired from the military in 1998, taking a job as Assistant Manager with Home Depot. They sent me to Minneapolis. After two years, I quit Home Depot, married a St. Cloud lady, and I moved here. I drove school bus and taught driver’s education for several years before migrating into driving semi. I’ve been driving for the same company for the last 15 years.

My wife and I raised seven kids, and have five grandsons, with another on the way.

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Education
  • Master of Science Degree – Administration, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
  • Bachelor of Science Degree – Business Administration, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Associates Degree – Administration of Justice, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA
Community Volunteer

For the past 20 years, I have served our community in the following positions…

  • Church Council President and Choir member
  • Food Drive volunteer
  • Home Delivered Meals program volunteer
  • Pro-life volunteer
  • Boy Scouts – den leader, pack leader, firing range control officer, and as a Council Commissioner
  • St Cloud City Council member
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