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Campaign 2004

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Brian Balfanz
Brian Balfanz
District: 55A
Party: Independence
Residence: Maplewood, MN
Web site:

Statement from the campaign:
I am runnning to let the voters of Maplewood and North Saint Paul know that they have a real choice in 2004. Over 50% of voters do not agree with Democrats OR Republicans. I want to give this Majority of the Middle a voice in our State Legislature. I support the platform of the Minnesota Independence Party, and want to focus on "Less Politics, and More Results". To learn more about the MN Independence Party, go to:

I promise to vote the way constituents dictate, not based on party politics. I accept no special interest money, and seek no special endorsements.

SWM, 32, No Children, Hill-Murray H.S., Served in US Army Reserve, Operating Room Tech; College: B.A. Geography, St. Cloud State Univ., MN.
Private Sector Experience: Mortgage, Surveyors Assist, Construction, YMCA Youth Coach, Medical Imaging, Landscaping, Manufacturing, Transportation.
Civil Service Experience: Public Works Mapping and Right of Way, Parks and Recreation Geographic Information Systems.

On the Issues:

Should increased taxes be considered as part of a solution to a projected budget deficit?

Should gambling be expanded in Minnesota to generate new revenue for the state?

Should state funds — directly or indirectly — be used to build new sports facilities for the Twins and Vikings?

Do you support Gov Pawlenty's JOBZ zones program?

Should K-12 spending in Minnesota be curtailed in order to balance a projected budget deficit?

Should a constitutional amendment be presented to voters that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota?

Should the state spend money for expanding mass transit options in Minnesota?

Should there be additional restrictions on abortion in Minnesota?

Should the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, which seeks to protect wildlife habitat and wetlands by paying farmers for taking marginal lands out of agriculture production, be supported?

Should the state's subsidized health care program be trimmed in order to reduce a projected budget deficit?