(The following was originally published on Green Party Watch.)
Ray “Skip” Sandman is the Minnesota Green Party’s candidate for US House of Representatives in the 8th congressional district, in Northeast MN (including Duluth and surrounding areas). As the only candidate in the race opposing a proposed copper sulfide mine, he is at 7% in the latest polls.
Sandman says his inspiration to run was a dream where a voice asked what he would leave to the children of the future:
Here is Sandman’s bio from gp.org:
Ray “Skip” Sandman was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1953, and grew up on the Fond du Lac Reservation in the town of Brookston, MN. After graduating Albrook High School, Skip enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served 2 tours of duty in Vietnam.
After his honorable discharge, he then worked at North East Regional Correction for 25 years where he retired as a Corrections Officer. He then began another career serving the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe for 12 years before his latest assignment took him back to Fond du Lac where he is a spiritual adviser and traditional healer at Mash Ka Wizen Treatment Center.
Skip has been married to the lovely Babette Sandman for 26 years, and they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. The Sandmans have also helped children and families by serving as Foster Parents for decades and generously share their wisdom and experience with foster and other families striving to make life better for all our children and increasing access to traditional community support systems.
Skip stands strong in saying no to Sulfide mining and to the expansion of the pipeline. He will work towards better care for Veterans, lower student debt since MN is 4th highest in the nation, sustainable farming and energy, a living wage, and a host of other goals that will insure Minnesota residents are not only to survive in today’s economy, but that future generations may thrive in a healthy environment. “I am not a career politician. I am a man who understands the hardships faced in Minnesota. I am a visionary and I have my eye on leaving a bright future for our grandchildren and there children.”