|Running For:||State Representative - 59th District B|
|Political Affiliation:||Green Party|
Information About Dan Craigie
Dan was lucky enough to grow up in a house with four women; his mom (Diane) and three sisters (Shawnah, Brittany, and Sarah.) He contributes his compassion and sensitivity to his upbringing, but also uses it as an excuse as why he did not make it as a professional baseball player as it was difficult to get his older sister Shawnah to catch his wicked curve-ball.
Diane was a single parent who worked several jobs in order to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. She was, is, and always will be a hero for her accomplishments as a parent. Raising a child is the most difficult job on the planet and she did it four times…alone. Diane gave Dan a sense of responsibility, respect, and is responsible for his world-renowned work ethic.
Dan is extremely proud of his sisters and loves goofing around in their company. Each of them have very special talents and quirks, which he absolutely admires. His sisters have taught Dan to be sympathetic towards others, how to stand up to bullies, and that women can do everything a man can!
After spending his first few years in school in the Minneapolis Public School system at Fulton Elementary, Dan attended Hilltop Primary, Grandview Middle School, and Mound Westonka High School for most of his youth in Mound, MN. After a family move, Dan finished his high school work at Blaine Senior High. With a four year stint in the Navy in between graduating high school and starting college, Dan started his college career at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the fall of 2003 and graduated in the fall of 2006 with a bachelors degree in Anthropology.
In the fall of of 2007, Dan entered the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs to study public policy with a focus on science, technology, and environmental policy. He graduated with a masters degree in public policy in the fall of 2009.
While he is quite certain that his academic career is over, Dan will never be done learning and growing as a person. If he learned anything during his college career, it’s that no one should ever stop educating themselves.
In August of 1999, just over two months after graduating high school, Dan left to join the United States Navy and serve his country. Trained as a Information Systems Technician, Dan worked with military communications, computer systems, and telecommunication equipment. His duty stations included Great Lakes, IL, Diego Garcia, and Naples, IT.
In four years, Dan was promoted four times and awarded five medals for his excellent leadership and attention to detail. It was his time in the Navy where he realized his passion for public service, although he knew that the military wasn’t in his long-term plans.
Dan’s perfect day would include a Twins or Gopher game, a good pale ale (preferably Summit), and the company of good friends. He is incredibly afraid of spiders, allergic to bees, and indifferent to interior decorating. If he could afford it, he would own his own wind turbine to power his apartment and electric car. Until then however, he’s satisfied riding his bike and shutting off lights to conserve energy.
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