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Campaign 2004

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Tom Emmer

Tom Emmer
District: 19B
Party: Republican
Residence: Delano, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
Experienced local leader with 10 years of city council experience in Independence and Delano seeks office of state representative in order to give back to community that has given his family so much.

I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1961. My wife Jacquie and I have been married for 18 years. We live in Delano, Minnesota with our seven children: Tripp, Jack, Bobby, Katie, Joey, Billy and Johnny.

I graduated in 1979 from Saint Thomas Academy High School. My love of hockey took me to Boston College, the USHL, and I received a Bachelors degree in political science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I earned my Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law. I am a member in good standing of the Minnesota Bar Association, North Dakota Bar Association, and Wisconsin Bar Association.

I am a trial lawyer. I have been employed in private law practice for the past eighteen years. During that time I have specialized in civil trial work defending people in accident cases. I have also represented municipalities in city maintenance, law enforcement and land use matters.

In addition to my family and professional responsibilities, I have 10 years of ''hands on" experience and community service as an elected official.

From 1995 to 2002, I served as a City Councilmember in the City of Independence. Since 2003, I have served on the City Council in Delano. As a Councilmember, I have dealt with local government budgets, property taxes, service issues including police and fire protection, special taxing districts, watershed districts, various state agencies including MNDOT, Metropolitan Council, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and many more. I know my experience and training have prepared me well to represent our District in St. Paul.

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?