St. Paul (July 17, 2014) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced its support for local businessman and NFIB member Stewart Mills in the hotly contested 8th Congressional District race.
“Stewart Mills runs Mills Fleet Farm, an NFIB member business. Mills is a lifelong small businessman, having started working at his family’s farm as a boy. He worked his way up the ladder and along the way he learned a lot about how government policies can make or break a small business,” said NFIB/Minnesota State Director Mike Hickey. “His views on the key issues are clearly informed by that experience and we believe he’ll make a great representative for our members in Washington.”
NFIB is the country’s leading advocate for small business owners representing roughly 13,000 members in Minnesota. The group endorses candidates based on their positions on key issues affecting small businesses. Mills, who testified against the highly unpopular Affordable Care Act, remains strongly opposed to the law and wants major changes that would relieve small businesses of the costs and regulatory burdens. He also supports lower individual income tax rates, allowing small businesses to invest more in their own growth instead of the federal government’s growth.
“He understands the economy from a small business perspective and that’s very badly needed in Washington,” said Hickey.
Mills is running against Congressman Rick Nolan, who has a disappointingly low 20-percent lifetime voting record with NFIB and an abysmally low 11-percent in the current Congress despite his own experience in small business.
“Rick Nolan has been a big disappointment for small business owners in Minnesota,” said NFIB Vice President Lisa Goeas, who heads the group’s political and grassroots operation. “Despite his own experience, and despite his rhetoric, he votes much more often with Big Labor and the trial lawyers than he does with his own constituents in Minnesota’s small business community.”
Goeas said federal candidates too often claim to support small business owners in order to win an election and then vote for policies that make their lives harder once they get to Washington.
“Small business owners are tired of being stage props for politicians,” she said. “Stewart Mills is a small businessman and he shares our members’ frustration with Washington. They know he’ll make a difference and that’s why we’re proud to endorse his candidacy.”
Mills’ endorsement was made by the NFIB SAFE Trust, the organization’s political action committee. Surveys show that small business owners are influential in their communities and NFIB members in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District will work hard this year to send Stewart Mills to Washington.
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