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Campaign 2004

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Aaron Schweiger
Aaron Schweiger
Party: DFL
Residence: Edina, MN
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Statement from the candidate:

Recently, we’ve had challenging times here in Minnesota. The current leadership has not done enough to address or correct the problems that face families, small businesses, schools, and other Minnesotans; we need a new vision and new leadership to meet these challenges. We need to stop playing politics with our economy and people’s lives. Paul Wellstone once said, "Politics isn’t about right wing, left wing, or the center, it’s about doing right by the people. Politics is about improving people’s lives." That’s why our campaign is about working for a better tomorrow. We can keep placing blame for the past, always finding a scapegoat, or we can start accepting responsibility for our future. I will work above partisan political rhetoric to get the job done. I look forward to being a part of our bright future and working hard for you. Thank you for your support and your vote!

Aaron was born in Duluth, Minnesota. He moved to Bloomington five years ago to attend school at the University of Minnesota. Aaron started his political career with former U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug's U.S. Senate campaign as a field coordinator. After that, he took a Congressional Internship with United States House of Representatives for Congressman Jim Oberstar's office, which took him for a brief period of time to Washington D.C. Shortly there after, Aaron accepted a position for Congressman Bill Luther's campaign as a field coordinator. He also did work with Senator Mark Dayton's campaign as well as Vice President Al Gore's campaign organizing students. Most recently Aaron worked for the DFL House Caucus.

Last August, Aaron married his sweetheart, Heidi. The couple moved to Edina in December where they currently reside. They are proud to be first time homeowners in Edina. Aaron is finishing his degree at the University of Minnesota where he is seeking a B.A. in political science with a minor in finance. He plans on attending William Mitchell College of Law after graduation and working as your next state representative.

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?