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Campaign 2004

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Jim Huhtala
Jim Huhtala
District: 16B
Party: DFL
Residence: Clear Lake, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
I feel that we in Sherburne County-HD16B have not been adequately represented in St. Paul. Transportation, education, health care and job creation are the four most important areas of concern for the voters in 16B.

Home: Clear Lake Township-23years
Born: 10/49
Education:B.S. degree in education, St. Cloud State University, 1972
Family: Wife, Pam, 2 grown sons, Todd and Scott
Occupation: United Parcel Service driver, retired
Community involvement:
* Charter member of the Wright/Sherburne Youth Baseball Assn.
*State Fire Warden
*Teamsters Local 638
*Becker School Board, 3 terms
*Board of Directors of the Wright Technical Center, 6 years
*Former Sherburne County DFL Chair
*6th Congressional District Executive Committee-DFL
*Member of the Northstar lobbyist group, All Aboard
*Member of Friends of Sherburne Wildlife Refuge
*Substitute special education paraprofessional, St. Cloud Schools
*Substitute bus driver, Becker Schools

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?