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Campaign 2004

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Kathryn Ness
Kathryn Ness
Party: DFL
Residence: Pipestone, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
Public service has always been a part of my life and I see government as the most effective means to serve the community I love.

Kathryn was born to Chuck and Laurie Ness, 30-year residents of Pipestone. Kathryn graduated from Pipestone/Jasper High School and Augsburg College with a degree in History. After graduating from college, Kathryn worked for AmeriCorps, a "domestic PeaceCorps" program aimed at helping the disadvantaged in America. Kathryn has extensive volunteer and leadership experience around the state. She currently serves on the Pipestone Civil War Days Planning Board and the First Congressional District DFL Board of Directors. Today, Kathryn works as a Web page designer and continues to work toward her degree in American Sign Language interpreting.

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?