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Birthdate: Aug. 22, 1967
Birth Place: South Bronx, NY, United States
Residence: Minneapolis, MN
Chris Fields was born in South Bronx, N.Y., and currently resides in Minneapolis. He was the oldest of three children born to a teenage mother and his family relied on food stamps and welfare. He received a bachelor's degree from Park University.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 21 years, including two tours in Iraq, before retiring in 2011.
Fields and his wife, Christa, have one son.
Chris Fields faces an uphill battle in his first run for political office, challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District seat. The district, which includes the city of Minneapolis and several of its first-ring suburbs, is heavily and reliably Democratic.
Fields was a political unknown prior to entering the race, having just moved to Minnesota in 2011. He has stressed his military service after a 21-year-career in the U.S. Marine Corps, and two tours of duty in Iraq. Fields also has talked frequently about his own family roots as the child of a teenage mother who relied on government programs like food stamps and welfare _ programs Fields calls "well-meaning but poorly designed."
As a candidate, Fields has called for shrinking the federal budget, increasing local control of school districts, and strengthening the United States' ties to Israel.
Fields has aimed harsh rhetoric at Ellison, accusing him of "reverse racism and racial politics." Both candidates are black.
Source: Associated Press
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