Businessman Jim Graves Announces His Candidacy for Congress

Businessman Jim Graves Announces His Candidacy for Congress

The 6th Deserves a Representative Interested in Solutions, Not Celebrity

ST. CLOUD – Calling for results-oriented leadership in Congress that will focus on balancing the budget and the needs of middle class Minnesotans, businessman Jim Graves announced today that he is running to represent Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District.

As founder and former CEO of the AmericInn Hotel chain, Graves has the skills and experience that Congress needs: building businesses, creating jobs, balancing budgets, and always making payroll. St. …

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St. Anthony: Risk-taker Graves is back to business

Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY, Star Tribune

Fresh from his foray into politics, he doesn’t rule out a 2014 Bachmann rematch.

Jim Graves is a risk-taker.

When he launched a St. Cloud-based hotel development company in 1979 at age 26, he had more moxie than money.

“I had a couple grand in the bank and a Smith-Corona typewriter,” he recalled.

His first project was an AmericInn in Rogers, Minn., and a couple of restaurants. That led to three decades of restaurant, apartment and hotel projects — including the one in downtown …

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Jim Graves Headshot for Press

Jim Graves Headshot for Press

Bachmann’s opponent says she is part of the ‘war on women’

Bachmann’s opponent says she is part of the ‘war on women’

By Arturo Garcia
Sunday, October 28, 2012 14:46 EDT

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The Minnesota businessman running to unseat Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) named her as part of the “war on women” Sunday in an interview with MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry.

“She has engaged in a war on women,” said Jim Graves, who currently trails Bachmann by six points among likely voters. “She would like to take women back 50 years and go back to a male-dominant society, control women’s reproductive rights, control their equal pay, control everything about …

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Editorial: Job creator Jim Graves best choice for sixth district

Editorial: Job creator Jim Graves best choice for sixth district

Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s extremism is roadblock to balancing the budget.

It’s easy to see why Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has dragged her feet on debating Democratic challenger Jim Graves in Minnesota’s Sixth District.

Once you meet Graves, it’s abundantly clear that he’s anything but the big-spending liberal that Bachmann’s cartoonish ads make him out to be. Instead, Graves is a successful, numbers-minded business executive more at home in a boardroom than on the campaign trail.

At a time when the economy tops voters’ concerns, Graves actuallyis a …

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Former Republican governor Carlson endorses Graves

Former Republican governor Carlson endorses Graves

Written by Mark Sommerhauser

DFL congressional candidate Jim Graves’ campaign says it has secured the endorsement of former Minnesota governor Arne Carlson, a Republican.

The Graves campaign has scheduled a news conference about the endorsement at 7 p.m. tonight at its office on Fifth Avenue South in downtown St. Cloud.

Graves, a St. Cloud hotel executive, is trying to unseat Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater.

The Graves campaign announced last week it would soon reveal the support of a leading Minnesota Republican. Today, campaign manager Adam Graves confirmed it’s Carlson, the …

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Democrat Jim Graves Has a Chance to Unseat Michele Bachmann

Democrat Jim Graves Has a Chance to Unseat Michele Bachmann

by John Avlon

Outspent 10 to 1 in a tight race in Minnesota’s most conservative congressional district, businessman Jim Graves is polling well with independent voters, writes John Avlon.

Jim Graves is a 58-year-old self-made Minnesota businessman and grandfather of seven, still married to his high-school sweetheart, running against a symbol of unhinged hyperpartisanship in the halls of Congress. Bachmann’s bizarre presidential run only highlighted what an awkward fit she is for the common sense civility that characterizes “Minnesota Nice.”

But she’s never faced a truly competitive opponent, despite a …

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Graves represents best choice for change in 6th District

Graves represents best choice for change in 6th District

By The Stillwater Gazette on October 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

There’s something definitely different waiting for Sixth District voters when they enter polling places Nov. 6. This election cycle, there’s no independent candidate on the ballot with the potential to skew the final result.

That’s one of the challenges facing three-term incumbent Rep. Michele Bachmann as she squares off against Jim Graves, an independently wealthy businessman who’s casting himself as an alternative, pro-business candidate.

During an endorsement interview with five editors from ECM Publishers and the Sun Newspaper Group, Bachmann quickly addressed …

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NEW POLL – Bachmann Remains Vulnerable – 10/16/2012

NEW POLL – Bachmann Remains Vulnerable – 10/16/2012

 

 

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DCCC Adds Jim Graves to Highly Competitive Red to Blue Program

DCCC Adds Jim Graves to Highly Competitive Red to Blue Program

DCCC Adds Tea Party Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s Challenger to Highly Competitive Red to Blue Program

 DCCC Chairman Steve Israel announced today that businessman Jim Graves, congressional candidate in Minnesota’s 6th district, has earned a spot on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) highly competitive Red-to-Blue program. Graves is challenging Tea Party Congresswoman, and failed Presidential candidate, Michele Bachmann. A poll from Jim Graves’ campaign shows he trails Congresswoman Bachmann by just 2 points (46-48%) and Bachmann’s favorability is underwater with 57% of voters viewing her unfavorably. Independent voters …

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