MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The father of an openly gay soldier who was killed in Afghanistan has announced he will run for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives in the fall.

Jeff Wilfahrt, who lost his son Andrew nearly a year ago, made the announcement in a fund-raising letter on Wednesday. Wilfahrt states in the letter that he was first approached about a possible run last summer but it wasn’t until this past weekend the he made up his mind and decided to run.

Wilfahrt states he will fight to keep “discriminatory amendments” out of the Minnesota Constitution.

“As you are aware, last year in 2011 we lost our eldest son to an IED in Afghanistan. Had the GOP not put forward the Marriage Amendment for the 2012 ballot many of you would not know my name nor would you be receiving this beg letter,” the letter states.

Wilfahrt, of New Ulm, Minn., worked at 3M for 15 years before taking a buyout in 1992. He worked on a contract basis for 3M until 2003 and said he has been self employed ever since.

He states in his letter that he believes in government, labor and education. He said he is pro-choice on the issue of abortion, highly supportive of an Equal Rights Amendment and supportive of a resolution to treat immigrants fairly.

Comments (9)
  1. Anita Lesslibs says:

    Great, another lib – just what we need

  2. Murph says:

    He sounds like a decent human being.Something sorely lacking in the GOP and especially in the GOP Congress.One state ,one vote, how did we get all these crooks on the government gravy train? Show me the paper work, heck show you the paper work.13 colonies ,13 votes! Now what do we have ? Herman Cain’s 999,Satan’s 999,Newts nein,nein,nein,I can’t be in fourth place!!!!! Hey Newt you are no 1 with a lot of people,but with me you are number two! Excuse me while I get some toilet paper!

    1. blueskies says:

      There is NO GOP congress! The Congress is made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The GOP controls the House and the Democrats control the Senate. If you’re going to criticize at least get it right!

  3. Pavel says:

    Thank you for consenting to being a candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives. This is welcome news at a time when we need more people of fair values and commitment to making life better for “all” Minnesotans.

    1. Cindy says:

      “Making life better for “all” Minnesotans”?

      Except for the unborn babies that he condones murdering, guess they don’t count as much as the gays and illegals to this so called “person of values”.

      I’ll pass on Mr. Wilfahrt, he is just another ordinary liberal, they are a dime a dozen around this state.

      1. Definitions are fun says:

        They totally don’t count as much. Because they aren’t people.

  4. John says:

    “…supportive of a resolution to treat immigrants fairly.”

    What about illegal immigrants? How do you want to treat them?

  5. Don'tTread says:

    Sounds to me like a liberal looking to run on sympathy votes. i guess they will do whatever they can seeing as their policies just don’t work.

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