Why I Am Running

Why I Am Running To Represent the 6th District

by Jim Graves


My campaign is  about providing a better future for the people of Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District by dedicating myself full time as a business person with the know-how to create jobs.

I am a builder and a business owner. Over the course of my career, I have built dozens of hotels and created thousands of jobs by bringing people and communities together. My background is textbook middle America. I grew up on the north side of St. Cloud in a working class Catholic family as one of six kids. I worked my way through college at St. Cloud State University, got married to and then started a family with my high school sweetheart, Julie, and taught elementary school for two years. In 1979, I began a business out of a makeshift office in my basement and soon after founded the AmericInn chain. I went on to build over 100 businesses in the region and I attribute this success to the fact that I treat all my employees and customers with dignity and respect.

I’m running to work with both sides to find ways to balance the budget, keep our promises to seniors, create jobs and strengthen the middle class.