About Joe

A 4th generation West St. Paulite, Joe has roots in Mendota Heights, Lilydale, Mendota and even Highland Park. Joe is the only son of Tom and Judy Blum (Parnell), and although they are both deceased, Joe relies on the values, lessons and examples to guide him today.

Joe is 31 years old, and has lived in West St. Paul his entire life. A graduate of Henry Sibley High School and the University of Minnesota, Joe is an advocate for public education, but strongly believes in accountability. Our schools in this district, both public and private are top notch. Joe wants to keep it that way!

Joe believes that small business is the heart of our economy. He knows that business grows through strong relationships with customers, and the blood, sweat and tears of the owners.

Although a “die-hard” Sibley hockey fan, Joes work experience at Wakota Arena in South St. Paul has developed in him a secret fondness for South St. Paul Packer Hockey. In 2011, Joe and a few friends started a Junior A Hockey Team – The Maple Grove Energy. He is currently the Game Day Operations Manager/Scout. The team is a non-profit, when economic times are tuff, salaries are often unavailable. Joe has yet to take a salary. He knows how to make tough decisions, and that being a leader sometimes means sacrificing.

Joe is a devout Roman Catholic and has attended St. Michael’s, St. Augustine’s, and St. John Vianney. He currently is a member and active volunteer at St. Joseph’s. He is a member of both the St. Joseph’s Men’s Club and the Knights of Columbus.

Joe is also an associate member at the Cathedral of St. Paul. He is a member of the Core Team of the Cathedral Young Adults, which is comprised of many young adults from across the archdiocese. He has been twice elected President of the Men’s Club at St. Louis, and has also been elected twice to help lead the Cathedral Young Adults.

Joe worked his way through school at R.C. Dick’s Grocery store, beginning in carry-out, and finishing as a cashier. Following college, Joe worked as an assistant to the manager at Wakota Arena from 2004-2009. In 2010, Joe survived a deadly car crash which took the life of his beloved father. Joe suffered numerous injuries and required multiple surgeries, reconstructive work, and physical therapy. Joe’s believes that his perseverance and determination will serve him well in the Minnesota State Legislature.