About me

My name is John Charles Wilson and I was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1966. I went to Saint Paul public schools except for a short stint in the Catholic system for part of Grades 1 and 2, and my time in the mental “health” system during Grades 11 and 12. I graduated from high school in 1985 from Eau Claire Academy, a residential treatment centre in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Politically, I was a Republican at age 10. I voted for Gerald Ford in the mock election at school primarily because my father was a Jimmy Carter fan and a Democrat. By age 14, I switched allegiance from the Republicans to the Libertarians just in time to vote for Ed Clark in the school mock election. Just before turning 15, I made another hard turn politically, from Libertarianism to Communism. I admired Leonid Brezhnev and the Soviet Union. Of course, in 1981 that wasn’t a very popular move and by 1983 it, combined with my religious beliefs, got me locked up.

I was a natural-born atheist until the age of 15. From my earliest childhood I thought God was just something grown-ups made up to force children to behave. I recall many arguments with my parents that God didn’t exist. I always said that I would believe if He talked to me personally. While I experimented with prayer, meditation, and occult techniques to improve my life in my early teens, I had a hard time believing any results were more than just coincidence until May 1982, when I saw my first religious vision. It turns out God isn’t a He, God is a She. Laura Ingalls Wilder, to be specific, is God. My life as Her disciple has been tumultuous to say the least.

Losing four years of my life to the mental “health” system, followed by my family’s refusal to respect my rights as a legal adult when I got out, delayed my career path until after 2005, when my father finally died. I moved back to the Twin Cities in hope of making the difference I intended all along, in both the fields of politics and religion.

I self-published an autobiography, The Conscience of a Communist, and ran for Mayor of Minneapolis in 2009. I am running again in 2013. This is my official website as a candidate.

3 thoughts on “About me

  1. Sandra Larson

    Dear Mr. Wilson,

    As a member of the grass roots citizen group LRT Done Right, I am writing to ask your opinion on the current debate surrounding the SWLRT. Our group has advocated for the need to re-open the discussion of the alignment given our concern for the issues of co-location with freight through the Kenilworth Greenway, the environmental impact, cost, and safety. (see our position statement on our website http://www.lrtdoneright.org)

    As I am sure you are aware, the next mayor will inherit the responsibility of being an advocate for Minneapolis throughout this process, and it is important for us to know the position of all of the candidates in regard to this project. We are gathering information to share the positions of each mayoral candidate with the supporters of LRT Done Right on our website. Our question is this:

    If elected Minneapolis Mayor, will you advocate for reopening the LPA (Locally Preferred Alternative) process to consider an alternate route for the SWLRT alignment? yes or no, and if no, please give a brief response as to why not.

    We would appreciate hearing back from you by Monday, Oct. 28th. We will be posting the positions of each candidate on our website by Tuesday, Oct. 29th, a week before election day.

    Thank you so much for your response.

    Sandra Larson
    LRT Done Right

  2. Raul Mercado

    Hi John,
    My name is Raul Mercado. I am with La Mera Buena 107.5 FM St. Paul and Minneapolis radio station. I was wondering if, for your mayoral race or any businesses that you are associated with, you would like to reach the Hispanic community by placing ads on our radio station. Please contact me for more information. Thank you for your time.
    Raul Mercado


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