City of residence: Bloomington
Family: Wife Sarah
Education: Bachelors in business administration, associates degree in accounting and tax
Occupation: General sports associate, Minnesota Young Republicans state chairman
Years lived in district: 16
Community involvement: 2013 Bloomington City Council at-large candidate
Contact info: zavierbicott.com
Why are you seeking election to the Minnesota House of Representatives?
I submitted my candidacy for the Minnesota State House to be a champion of more voluntary solutions to state governance. That means finding and advocating for community solutions that do not require the force of government regulations and taxes to change our behavior. With the right leadership this is an achievable long-term goal that includes winning the hearts and minds of our community by building coalitions of like-minded individuals. I will continue to be an advocate of more local voluntary community solutions as long as I am here.
What are your priorities in District 50B that you would like to address during the term?
My campaign is not about my priorities, it is about yours. I am not here to make laws that run your life, take and give your income to someone else and restrict your freedoms. Our most immediate community, Bloomington, has needs and our state has needs. In no particular order jobs, education and health care are priorities and main topics I hear when I talk to people in our community.
What are the priorities you will work to include or remove from the budget and why?
I will work on legislation that maximizes our freedoms and meets our priorities through voluntary solutions.
The recent $90 million State Senate Office Building, the $498 million Mall of America contribution and $468 million portion of the Minnesota Vikings stadium were not the top priorities that came into discussion with the families I talked to in Bloomington. These $1.56 billion combined projects create economic activity but were they really the top priorities of the families in Bloomington?
There are state budgeted initiatives that are working well and some that are not. We need to prioritize initiatives that are successful in getting people back on their own feet in being self-sufficient and discontinue those that are not.
Jobs and education are priorities that I would work on that go hand-in-hand. There are jobs available, but the workforce lacks the technical training and education to meet those needs. We should prioritize resources spent on job training that prepares our work force for these jobs. If we are not prioritizing, student loans for education could be the next financial bubble similar to the housing market. If we continue to subsidize education we should prioritize education that directly prepares our workforce for the jobs that will be ready when they graduate.
On Sept. 26 the Star Tribune reported the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.” Minnesota ranked last of the Midwest in private sector job growth.