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Campaign 2004

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Chris DeLaForest

Party: Republican
Residence: Andover, Minn.
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Statement from the candidate:
I'm running for re-election because I have a positive, optimistic vision for Minnesota's future. Our great state has overcome recent challenges with a sense of spirit and determination that sets us apart. It is these same character traits that will help Minnesota meet future challenges and remain a great place to live, work and raise a family. Specifically, my vision for the future will focus on creating and mainitaining transportation, education, commerce, and health care systems that will position Minnesota as a leader in the global economy.

Family: Married to Karen for 11 years. We have one child and are expecting our second this summer.

Occupation: commercial real estate. I am also a veteran of the armed forces, having served on both active duty and in the Army Reserve.

Civic involvement: American Legion, MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce, Ham Lake Chamber of Commerce, Pheasants Forever, MN Deer Hunters Association. We also attend Epiphany Church.

Education: JD, University of Minnesota Law School BA, Saint John's University

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?