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Campaign 2004

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Paul Gardner
Paul Gardner
Party: DFL
Residence: Shoreview, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
I am running because our current legislator has rejected many ideas for solving the problems that face us, while offering no alternatives. I intend to be among a new group of legislators who are willing to take responsibility for what does or doesn't happen at the Capitol instead of blame someone else.

I am interested in identifying and supporting initiatives that save taxpayer money in the long run; helping government to innovate; and engaging district residents in the political process instead of ignoring them.

Executive Director, Recycling Association of Minnesota, 1997-present
Wife Michelle, two children
* B.A. Grinnell College
* M.P.A. (Masters of Public Affairs), University of Minnesota
* Received Shoreview's Good Neighbor Award, 2002
* Chaired Shoreview Environmental Quality Committee
* Volunteered with Neighbors United for Quality Schools to pass the Mounds View School Levy in 2003

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?