Corrections officer wins endorsement
By Lenora Chu
Corrections officer Scott Metcalf of Kenyon received the DFL Party's unanimous endorsement Wednesday for the Minnesota House seat in District 28B.
A rural Minnesota native, Metcalf, 43, works at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault and is president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees' Local 3607 Union.
Metcalf, who has worked in the state prison system for 12 years, says state spending cuts in the corrections area have become "dangerous."
"Corrections in law enforcement is a No. 1 priority," he said. "When you look at the things that have happened in the last four years, we have things we need to put money into before we do the tax rebates."
Metcalf's priorities are improving education, bringing transportation dollars to rural Minnesota and lowering the costs of health care, especially prescription drugs.
A member of the National Rifle Association and Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, the former Marine describes himself as a "social and fiscal conservative" who differs with Republicans on taxation and education.
"The vast majority of local people are hard-working folks who do not appreciate seeing most of the tax breaks going to the wealthiest 1 or 2 percent," he said, "while they must dig ever deeper in their pockets just to provide an education for their kids."
Metcalf touts his plan to run a "grassroots" campaign, and said he has been welcomed by many farmers who are surprised to see him at their doors.
"I'm knocking on doors," he said. "People have told me, 'we haven't seen anyone out here in seven years.' We need to start representing the people instead of special interests."
An active volunteer, Metcalf works with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and coaches third and fourth grade baseball.
He and his wife Kathy, a Mayo Clinic nurse, have four sons; Christopher, 18, Nicholas, 16, Daniel, 14, and Benjamin, 9.
So far Metcalf is the only announced candidate for House seat 28B. House Speaker Steve Sviggum, a Republican from Kenyon, falls in the same district but has not yet announced whether he will run for re-election.