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Campaign 2004

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Rob Rapheal
Rob Rapheal
District: 52A
Party: DFL
Residence: Scandia, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
Our state needs to return to its Minnesota values of supporting schools and education, standing up for jobs and wages, and being fiscally responsible in all its decisions. Through hard work, I believe I can help return these values to the Legislature for this district.

My wife Kim and I have 2 children Erica in 4th grade and David in 1st grade. We have lived in Minnesota our whole lives. I have a BA degree from the University of Minnesota in Computer Science. Kim and I own and operate a small software consulting business. I proudly serve on the Forest Lake District 831 school board.

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?