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Doug Fuller

Rep. Doug Fuller
Party: Republican
Residence: Bemidji, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
The State of Minnesota is a great place to live. As a state, we faced very tough decisons over the last two years. The State of Minnesota two years ago, was facing a $4.5 billion budget deficit. There has been much progress over the last two years, but there is still work to be done. Doug believes we need to keep Minnesota's tax structure competitive with surounding States to attract and create good paying jobs that we all want and need. This is especially true in Greater Minnesota and District 4A. Doug also believes that we need to provide our children with the highest quality of Education both at the K-12 and Higher Education levels. Doug also believes that we need high standards with accountability. Doug also believes public safety is a core function of our Government. Specifically, we need to increase penalties for sex offenders, and those who create meth labs and sell drugs to children.

Doug Fuller moved to Bemidji in 1987 to attend Bemidji State University. Doug married his wife Jeri Lynn in 1995. Doug has been a member of the Bemidji Volunteer Fire Department since 1992. Before being elected to the Legislature in 1998, Doug worked for the American Cancer Society as a District Manager. Jeri is a licensed K-8 teacher and substitute teaches in both Bemidji and Cass Lake Schools Districts. Both Doug and Jeri Lynn are licensed Real Estate agents working for the Nestle Grimes Agency. Doug and Jeri Lynn are both members of the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce and Bemidji Jaycees. Doug is also a member of the Masonic Lodge. Doug chaired the Bemidji Jaycee's 4th of July Water Carnival in both 1994 and 1995 During Doug's first three terms in the Legislature, he has served on the following committees: the Higher Education Committee, Local Government Committee, Ways and Means Committee, Rules Committee, Judiciary and Crime Committee, and has Vice Chaired the Capital Investment Committee. Doug's focus in the Legislature has been on Education, Crime and Tax issues.

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?