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Maryjane Westra
Maryjane Westra
District: 10A
Party: DFL
Residence: Fergus Falls, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
I believe passionately in democracy and in order for democracy to work there needs to be at least two strong candidates on the ballot. I represent a progressive constituency who have long felt silenced by the current representation.

Additionally, my career as a social worker has been spent speaking up for people who cannot speak for themselves in government. The poor, the disabled, children. I would like to continue to make a difference in people's lives in the Legislature.

I grew up in Morris Minnesota and moved with my family to Illinois where I spent my high school years and first 17 years of marriage. In 1990 my husband and I moved to Fergus Falls with our 8 children and my sister, who I care for. Together, we founded West Tool and Design a successful engineering design firm. In 2000 I helped to organize Permanent Family Resource Center, that places special needs children for adoption. I have been a church denominational leader, clergy trainer and have advocated for Human Rights in Guatemala and the Phillipines.

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?