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Campaign 2004

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Andy Welti
Andy Welti
District: 30B
Party: DFL
Residence: Plainview, MN
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Statement from the candidate:
I am running for State Representative of District 30B, because the people of our district need an advocate who will take action on the issues most important to the people. The people of District 30B are demanding affordable health care; a strong educational system that maintains small class sizes; an economy that affords people a job and a fair wage upon which to raise a family or retire; a budget that is balanced and does not go from a record surplus to a record deficit within a year or two; and an agricultural program that promotes and maintains the livestock farms in this region of our state! I will advocate for a strong public safety policy that will keep our families safe and provide resources needed for law enforcement. I will stand up and fight for healthier, cleaner air, lakes, rivers, prairies, forests, and public lands. I will work to ensure fiscal responsibility and reasonable tax levels. I will work to ensure that our veterans and service men and women are delivered the benefits they have been promised. I will fight for labor; for cleaner alternative sources of energy; for a transportation policy that addresses future needs and funding, without passing on the burden to the next generation.

I was born and raised on a dairy and crop farm near Plainview, Minnesota. I graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in Secondary Education. I currently substitute teach in area schools and am an active community service volunteer. I am an alumni of 4-H and FFA and currently participate in the Plainview Community Choir and am a member of Pheasants Forever.

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?