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Connie Bernardy
Connie Bernardy
District: 51B
Party: DFL
Residence: Fridley, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
While our state is facing difficult challenges, I continue to focus on the long-term needs of our communities, putting families interests ahead of partisan politics. My goal is to focus again on being "One Minnesota" working as a team to maintain our competitive edge. Striving to do our best for our students, we will create good jobs opportunities with strong, secure wages, benefits, and retirements. Together we can create a better future for our children.

Representative Connie Bernardy was first elected in 2000. She has served on the Education Finance and Tax Committees in the Legislature. For over 40 year Connie has poured her energy into the communities in which she grew up and now represents.

Representative Bernardy is a former Senior Financial Administrator for Honeywell and when not working in the legislature, she is a self-employed specialist in community and statewide policy and collation building in the area of public health and safety.

Connie and her husband Dan have three children. She enjoys Minnesota's outdoors, fishing, and watching their children's sporting events. She is active in her church, local schools, and community.

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?