Schindler for state representative

Published 9:21 am Monday, October 31, 2016

For your consideration, I proudly present Gary Schindler for state representative, the DFL candidate for the hotly-contested 27A House seat in southern Minnesota:

• A former teacher and school counselor

• A former college counselor and financial aid director

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• College administrator focused on student services (dean of students) at Riverland Community College

• College accreditation officer

• Bonding bill writer and reviewer

• He helps students access a college education, helping them find ways to pay for college, and providing them support to help them graduate and find employment or transfer to a university

• The son of a union carpenter, who received help from the GI Bill to go to trade school, after his service during the Korean War

• A member of the Sons of the American Legion

• A supervisor who manages four bargaining unit contracts and one who respects the words and work it took to develop them

• Someone who is active in his church and community. (Lions Club, Grace Lutheran Church, Freeborn County Museum, Youth Apprenticeship Advisor Committee)

• A father of two children

• A husband of a nurse working at a senior living community and care center.

• Ready to go to St. Paul to take action for:

— workforce development

— affordable college education

— a comprehensive transportation plan

— a comprehensive plan to provide broadband Internet to rural Minnesota

— adequate funding for Pre-K to grade 12 education

— incentives to support the development of workforce housing in our communities in Greater Minnesota

— an increase in local government aid

— having Greater Minnesota be at the center of public policy and planning in this state.


Gary Schindler

1240 Wright Drive

Albert Lea, MN 56007


Employer: Riverland Community College

Position: dean of student affairs, accreditation liaison

Past Positions: counselor and financial aid director (Riverland)

Bottineau High School — social studies teacher and counselor (1979-81 and 1985-89)

Alvarado High School — social studies teacher (1981-85)

Moved to Albert Lea: 1989

Spouse: Jeanne Schindler; employer: Thorne Crest Senior Living Community; position: nurse

Children: Kelli Schindler-Nelson, Albert Lea High School Class of 2000, graduate of Riverland, Augsburg College and Capella University, employer Mayo Clinic-Rochester as a registered nurse

Daniel Schindler, Albert Lea High School Class of 2005, graduate University of Minnesota, master’s degree in archeology and doctoral candidate University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, majoring in archeology

Civic involvement: Freeborn County Historical Museum (member and board member), Albert Lea Lions Club (member, vice president and board), Grace Lutheran Church, Albert Lea Community Theatre performer, Early Bird Investment Club

Other: Minnesota College Athletic Conference Executive Board

Past community involvement: City Planning Commission, Albert Lea Community Theatre Board, Habitat for Humanity and Convention and Visitor Bureau

Awards: Minnesota State College and Universities Innovative Student Affairs Programing Award

Administrator of the Year — Minnesota School Counselor’s Association, Educator of the Year – Vocational Guidance — North Dakota Vocational Education Association and distinguished administrator Phi Theta Kappa International

Brad Trom

Blooming Prairie