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Campaign 2004

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Kent Nelson
Kent Nelson
District: 14A
Party: DFL
Residence: Sartell, MN
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Statement from the campaign:
I believe we need to return to Minnesota values by focusing on what's important to citizens. I will work for quality schools, affordable health care for businesses and families, good paying jobs with benefits, an effective transportation system, and a clean environment.

Thirty-two years in public education as a teacher, coach, counselor, principal and superintendent. Married for 32 years to a nurse, currently working as a chemo-therapy nurse, one daughter, also a nurse. I am currently getting an ESL degree at St. Cloud 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?