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Campaign 2004

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Charles Aldrich
District: 40A
Party: Libertarian
Residence: Burnsville, MN
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Statement from the campaign:
The state government should not be invested in professional sports facilities, gambling facilities, or the startup of any private business. The light rail recently put in was expensive to put in, will be expensive to maintain and the riders will be subsidized. To stop the drain on taxpayers, the light rail should be sold to private enterprise. No more light rail should be built at taxpayer expense. The on-ramp lights, run during rush hours, should be removed. The lights restrict vehicles trying to get on the highway and as a consequence the city streets have more traffic, making city streets more hazardous. The cost to maintain each set is over $100,000 per year. More highway lane miles need to be constructed to accommodate highway usage.

Public education is more costly than private education; incentives should be used to encourage parents to pursue private education for their children. Federal mandates for welfare programs sometimes are more costly than doing the program without federal assistance. If federal noncompliance will reduce the cost to the taxpayer without reducing the benefit to the needy, the welfare agency should pursue the most efficient course of action.

Current age 47
Resident of Burnsville 4 years, resident of Minnesota 10 years.
BS Industrial Engineering with Minors in Computer Science and Math
Over 400 skydives, competed in 2 National Collegiate Championships
Trophies in chess and ping pong.
Veteran, Marine for 4 years in a Reconnaissance Squadron.
Rode bicycle through 49 States.
High School letters in football, wrestling and baseball.
Senior class officer.
Non-custodial dad to 2 daughters and a son. Marital status; divorced.
Former President three square dance clubs.
Former editor of the square dance magazine of Minnesota, (The ROUNDUP).
Member R-Kids
Member CPR
Member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Former Substitute Sunday school teacher.
Former membership clerk for the congregation.
Former chairman of Singles Over 30, for the Greater Metropolitan Area, setup fellowship programs for more than 1,800 members.

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?