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Campaign 2004

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Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor
District: 59A
Party: Green Party
Residence: Minneapolis, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
My campaign is about reconnecting the State House of Representatives with the ideals, needs and visions of Northeast Minneapolis residents. As a state representative I will listen to and work with my neighbors in Northeast to develop legislation that serves the community. The top issues of my campaign are promoting sustainable community-led development, holding polluters accountable, establishing universal health care, and strengthening the role of individuals in democracy through much needed reforms like instant run-off voting and fair and clean elections. This campaign is about empowering Northeast Minneapolis so it can be a vibrant community for ourselves and future generations.

Tom Taylor, 49, is a well-known community advocate in Northeast Minneapolis. He is a co-founder of his neighborhood association, the Sheridan Neighborhood Organization (SNO) and currently serves on its board of directors. He also chairs the committee serving as the plaintiff in the Minneapolis redistricting lawsuit, Friends for Redistricting Evenly and Equitably (FREE Tom Taylor was born in Georgia and moved to Minneapolis in 1973 to attend the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He worked in the catering and restaurant industry for 13 years and has also has worked as a visual artist, graphic designer and consumer advocate.

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?