Candidate Debate


The t 2 PM on October 5th, Don Lee and Joe Atkins held a candidate debate in the Sjoberg-Flynn arena at St Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights.

The full video of the debate is below. (direct link here) It’s hard to understand the questions, but the candidates are easy to hear.

Many thanks to St Thomas, and Mr Hoverson and his students for putting this event together, and to John Geroux for recording and preparing the video.


Let’s Praise Success

The truth about the policies in the “war on poverty” over the last 60 years is clear. It’s more like a war on success.

Like this gentleman says, things are not better, despite spending hundreds of billions of dollars on often misguided, and even destructive programs.

Real solutions are found closer to home, in individual initiative, personal responsibility, and economic leadership that extols, rather than condemns, success.

This is an excellent ad. Enjoy.

Thanks for the Debate!

Saint Thomas Academy provided their excellent facilities for the Don Lee / Joe Atkins debate. We extend grateful appreciation to the students of St. Thomas and Visitation, who moderated the debate under the guidance of debate coach, Doug Hoverson. Thanks to Representative Atkins for taking part, and thanks to all of you who supported this event by being a respectful and attentive audience. We hope you’ll continue to be actively involved in the election process, researching the issues and supporting the candidates of your choice: local, state and national.

Here are some before and after photos. The debate was filmed. Video will be posted soon.

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Neighborhood Meet-and-Greets

One of the most important things we do in politics is to stand up publicly and say what we believe, and who we support. “Meet-and-Greet” hosts do this on a very personal level when they open their homes and invite their neighbors to get to know Don. We thank the hosts of our recent gatherings: Sandy and Don Honerbrink, Jerry and Mary Ann Reedy, Bob Mairs, Hal Fotsch and Donna Harrington.

If you would like to host a gathering in your neighborhood, please visit our Volunteer page.

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The Debate is ON. Be there. Wear white!


Thanks to a cooperative project of the debate teams and government students of Saint Thomas Academy and Visitation school, led by debate coach Doug Hoverson, the debate is ON.

Sunday October 5th, 2:00 PM

St Thomas Academy
Sjoberg-Flynn Arena
949 Mendota Heights Rd
Mendota Heights, MN 55120

I am asking my supporters to be there, and wear white. A Don Lee t-shirt is best, if you have one.

This event will be a serious discussion of serious issues. Is our state legislature following our state constitution? Are we following the Rule of Law? Should the legislature be in the business of picking winners and losers? Is government our guarantor and keeper, or an impartial referee? If our guarantor, who pays the bills?

The students putting this event together are the ones who will inherit the result of what the legislature does today. They have the biggest stake in the outcome of this election, and I applaud their involvement.

This will be a great event. Don’t miss it!