VOTE NOVEMBER 6, 2012

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November 6, 2012
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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MINNESOTA
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VOTING GUIDE 2012
BALLOT QUESTIONS
U.S. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
BARACK OBAMA
Vice Presidential Candidate: Joseph Biden
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Website: www.barackobama.com
MITT ROMNEY

Vice Presidential Candidate: Paul Ryan
Party: Republican
Website: www.mittromney.com
Minnesota Constitutional Amendment language as it will appear on the November 6 ballot
Amendment 1:
“Recognition of Marriage Solely
Between One Man and One Woman.”
“Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide
that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid
or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?”
The 2012 League of Women Voters United States Presidential Voting Guide will be available in mid-September.
Visit www.vote411.org for responses to this questionnaire.
Libertarian Party
Presidential Candidate: Gary Johnson
Vice Presidential Candidate: Jim Gray
Website: www.garyjohnson2012.com
Socialist Workers Party
Presidential Candidate: James Harris
Vice Presidential Candidate: Maura Deluca
Website: N/A
Constitution Party
Presidential Candidate: Virgil Goode
Vice Presidential Candidate: Jim Clymer
Website: www.goodeforpresident2012.com
Constitutional Government Party
Presidential Candidate: Dean Morstad
Vice Presidential Candidate: Josh Franke-Hyland
Website: www.morstadforpresident.com
These candidates have qualified for the Minnesota State Ballot, under the rules of the Minnesota
Secretary of State. They did not meet criteria for inclusion in the LWVUS/EF Voting Guide.
Information on these candidates can be found at www.vote411.org.
Green Party
Presidential Candidate: Jill Stein
Vice Presidential Candidate: Cheri Honkala
Website: www.jillstein.org
Grassroots Party
Presidential Candidate: Jim Carlson
Vice Presidential Candidate: George McMahon
Website: N/A
Socialism and Liberation Party
Presidential Candidate: Peta Lindsay
Vice Presidential Candidate: Yari Osorio
Website: www.pslweb.org/votepsl/2012/
Justice Party
Presidential Candidate: Ross “Rocky” Anderson
Vice Presidential Candidate: Luis Rodriguez
Website: www.voterocky.org
Amendment 2:
“Photo Identification Required for Voting.”
“Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to
present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to
provide free identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?”
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MINNESOTA
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VOTING GUIDE 2012
U.S. SENATE
KURT BILLS
Party: Republican City: Rosemount Occupation: HS Economics Teacher Phone: 651-243-2230
Website: www.kurtbills.com Campaign e-mail: info@kurtbills.com Education: Winona State University earning a B.S. in
Secondary Social Studies Education, B.A. in US History, and M.A. in Education
AMY KLOBUCHAR
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor City: Minneapolis Occupation: U.S. Senator Phone: 612-378-2012
Website: www.amyklobuchar.com Campaign e-mail: info@amyklobuchar.com Education: Wayzata High School; B.A. Yale
University; J.D. University of Chicago Law School
STEPHEN WILLIAMS
Party: Independence City: Austin Occupation: Farmer Phone: 507-567-2688
Website: www.PrairieFireUSA.com Campaign e-mail: stwill@citlink.net Education: Blake School ’73. Two years college,
studied chemistry, physics, philosophy, University of Minnesota
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington to
strengthen the economy.
The very first thing we need to do is
stop Washington from spending money
we don’t have and destroying jobs
Americans need. Over the past decade
we have put trillions of dollars on the
nation’s credit card, and pretended
that the debt has made us rich. Instead
we have undermined today’s economy
and further indebted our children.
We need to cut up the national credit
card, reduce the size of government,
the number of federal regulations, and
unleash the private sector to create
wealth and jobs. Get out of the way and
Americans will do the rest.
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington to
strengthen the economy.
We need an economy that is built
to last and that creates economic
opportunity for all Americans. I have
been working to advance a Competi-
tive Agenda for America that promotes
long-term economic growth and private
sector jobs, including revitalizing
America’s innovative edge, educat-
ing the next generation of American
innovators, opening up new markets
abroad for U.S. producers, cutting
through regulatory red tape, develop-
ing homegrown energy, and reducing
our nation’s debt in a balanced way. I
will continue to work with Minnesota
businesses, workers, and farmers to
ensure they have the support they need
to succeed.
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington to
strengthen the economy.
A nation’s real wealth is created by the
productive labor of its workers, and
not in the Ponzi scheme casino of the
financial industry. To promote job cre-
ation and strengthen our economy we
must remove all of the costs we impose
on the American worker. The cost of
Medicare, Social Security, and health
insurance all put the American worker
at a great disadvantage both domesti-
cally and globally. If we pay for these
costs instead with a national sales
tax, we will make the American worker
much more competitive and strengthen
our economy.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
We need to end the wars and focus our
military on defending the vital national
interests of the United States. Osama
is dead. Just as important, we need to
reduce the size and cost of the federal
government. If we do both these things,
our economy will begin to grow again
and allow us to afford to pay for all our
commitments. Admiral Mike Mullen
himself said the national debt is the
largest threat to our long-term security,
and unless we rein it in, all the military
spending in the world won’t secure our
future.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
Given the major challenges we face at
home, we can no longer afford to be-
come entangled in costly, open-ended
conflicts abroad. We need to focus on
nation-building in our own nation. I
voted to bring our troops home from
Iraq and support a responsible with-
drawal of our troops from Afghanistan,
while ensuring our troops deployed
overseas have the full resources and
support they need. We must remain
vigilant in deterring hostile nations
and pursuing terrorist networks that
threaten our security. But the founda-
tion of our security has always been a
strong economy and that must be our
focus going forward.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
How do you balance the loss of over
4000 American lives and over 100,000
Iraqi lives with anything? First of all we
must take a hard look at ourselves and
ask if the wars we have engaged in are
just, and how can we claim a war is
just if we are not even willing to raise
taxes to pay the economic costs.
How should the US meet
its energy needs?
North Dakota has the lowest
unemployment rate in the nation
for a simple reason: an oil boom.
Fracking has opened up enormous
reserves of natural gas all across the
country. The US actually has 4 times
as much oil in shale than the proven
reserves in Saudi Arabia. The only
thing standing between the US and
energy independence is government
regulations. We need to pursue an
“all of the above” energy policy to
reduce prices, unleash job creation,
and stop the government from stifling
economic growth. A thousand failed
Solyndras can never equal one real
source of energy.
How should the US meet
its energy needs?
I believe we need to put America in
control of our energy future through
an “all of the above” energy strategy
that creates jobs, increases domestic
energy production, decreases our
dependence on foreign oil, and
makes energy costs more affordable
for middle-class families. My focus
has been on developing homegrown
energy sources and new energy
technologies, including advanced
biofuels, wind, solar, geothermal,
cleaner coal, and safe oil and natural
gas drilling. I believe that through an
“all of the above strategy” we have
the opportunity to meet our na-
tion’s energy demands and promote
economic development in Minnesota
and across America.
How should the US meet
its energy needs?
Since the first energy crisis in
1973, our nation has been bounc-
ing from one energy crisis to the
next. With each new energy crisis
threatening to destroy our economy.
With newly discovered energy
resources coming online in North
America there will be a great temp-
tation to kick the can down the
road one more time. This we must
not do! Instead we must use this
opportunity to increase our energy
conservation efforts, and promote
research to discover energy sup-
plies that are both economically
viable and truly renewable.
What should the federal
government do, if anything,
to help younger Americans
achieve greater financial
security?
Our country needs a restrained budget.
The biggest threat to financial security
for Americans is a government that
is too big, too intrusive, and that
interferes too much in our daily lives.
Young people today have the highest
unemployment rate ever recorded by
government, and the best way for each
of us to achieve economic security is a
good job at good wages. Government
got bigger during the Bush years and
mushroomed under Obama. We need to
restore the balance of power between
government and the rest of us. The Fed
should be audited and restrained from
manipulating the economy.
What should the federal
government do, if anything,
to help younger Americans
achieve greater financial
security?
This critical responsibility begins
with ensuring younger people have
the education and skills they need to
succeed in the 21st-century economy.
This includes expanding higher educa-
tion opportunities and strengthening
our commitment to one- and two-year
degree programs at community and
technical colleges to match students
with available jobs. We must con-
tinue to promote economic growth and
private sector jobs while reducing our
debt in a balanced way and putting our
nation on a responsible long-term fis-
cal path. Finally, we need to make sure
Social Security and Medicare continue
to provide retirement security for all
Americans.
What should the federal
government do, if anything,
to help younger Americans
achieve greater financial
security?
With the current national debt nearing 16
trillion dollars and unfunded liabilities of
200 trillion dollars, younger Americans
are being saddled with debts that will be
impossible to pay. The current debt crisis
in Europe is having the greatest negative
effect on that region’s youth. This is
just a preview of what we face in this
country if we do not address our massive
budgetary problems. Therefore, we must
end the buy now pay later policies of both
our ruling parties. Additionally, we must
encourage job creation in this country by
abolishing payroll taxes and providing
Medicare for all Americans.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
Because I want my children’s lives to
be better than Cindy’s and mine. The
expanding federal debt is a scandal
and a threat to the very fabric of our
society. Congress today is dominated by
lawyers, not farmers, businesspeople, or
economists. The Senate hasn’t passed a
budget in more than 3 years. Politicians
think “job creation” means more govern-
ment jobs. Economic freedom has been
replaced by crony capitalism. Govern-
ment is taking over our health care. I am
running to restore the balance between
government and private sector, and to
bring the common sense of ECON101
back to Washington.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
As Minnesota’s U.S. Senator, my work has
been defined by a simple value – put-
ting Minnesota first. I am committed
to continuing that work, focusing on
revitalizing our economy by working
with our businesses to increase private
sector jobs, standing up for middle-class
families, ensuring our students have the
education and skills they need to succeed
in the 21st-century economy, developing
homegrown energy, and reducing our
debt in a balanced way. Now more than
ever we need elected officials who can
set aside partisan divisions and find
common ground on solutions to move our
state and our nation forward.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
Our nation is currently being governed by
an oligarchy of industries and interests
that control both of our ruling parties.
In his farewell address to the nation
President Eisenhower warned that we
needed to be vigilant against just such
an occurrence. We have failed to heed
his warning. Because of our failure, we
have squandered our economic, natural,
and human resources putting both our
nation and our democracy at risk.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MINNESOTA
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VOTING GUIDE 2012
U.S. REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 1
U.S. REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 2
Describe what
actions you would
take in Washington
to strengthen the
economy.
Answered in the
statements above.
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington to
strengthen the economy.
After more than 41 months of unem-
ployment greater than 8 percent, it is
clear the current approach of taxing,
spending, and growing government is
not improving our flagging economy. I
am working to advance solutions that
will strengthen our economy, including
reducing burdensome regulations that
prevent job creation and hinder eco-
nomic growth. We must also address
our overly complicated tax code. I favor
eliminating special interest tax breaks
and closing loopholes to make our
tax system flatter, fairer, and simpler,
which will enable the United States
to be more competitive in the global
marketplace.
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington to
strengthen the economy.
I believe in strengthening the economy
by supporting its backbone: the middle
class. Throughout my time in Congress,
I’ve fought to keep tax rates low for
over 95% of Americans and called
for investments in infrastructure to
promote job growth. I also believe that
it is essential to help small businesses
maintain the ability to create and
expand jobs. These actions put money
directly in the pockets of working
families who then buy groceries or fix
their homes, effectively stimulating
the economy and helping us tackle our
long-term debt.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
Historically, federal spending has
equaled 18% of the Gross Domestic
Product (GDP). In recent years, however,
federal spending has risen to 24% of
the GDP. I believe we need to shrink
federal spending back to the 18% of
GDP level. To do so, yearly spending
limits must be put in place, and all
spending must be prioritized. I believe
that run-away spending is a major
threat to our national defense as well
as to our domestic needs. Bringing
federal spending under control needs to
be priority one.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
A strong national defense is critical
to our stability as a nation. We cannot
afford to compromise the safety and
security of our homeland or break faith
with the men and women who protect
and defend our citizens at home and
abroad. During tough economic times,
we must set priorities for spending and
make reductions wherever possible. By
eliminating wasteful spending, we can
direct more of our limited resources
where they are needed most.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
Our military engagements around the
world in the past decade have certainly
hindered our ability to confront our
domestic challenges. As a 24-year
veteran of the National Guard, nothing
is more important to me than the safety
and security of the country we love. In
many cases our domestic security and
our national security are linked. For
example, our future is dependent on
our ability to reduce our dependence on
foreign oil. I believe we can strike the
right balance to keep our country safe
and have a strong economy at home.
How should the US meet its
energy needs?
Energy costs need to be brought down by
eliminating unrealistic and counterproduc-
tive requirements on the development of
new energy. For example, the proposed
Bigstone Power Plant was not built because
the EPA told developers of the plant that
even though the plant met all EPA anti-
pollution standards, the EPA would submit
new carbon dioxide regulations in two years
that the plant would not meet. That scuttled
the plant. In addition, exploration for new
oil reserves should be opened up on the
continental shelf, the North Slope of Alaska
and other federal lands. The Keystone
Pipeline should also be allowed.
How should the US meet
its energy needs?
I support an all-of-the-above strat-
egy to meeting our nation’s energy
needs that will increase American
energy production, bring down
rising prices, create jobs, and make
America less dependent on foreign
oil. I will continue to work with my
colleagues to increase our energy
independence by repealing costly
mandates and unlocking America’s
abundant energy resources.
How should the US meet
its energy needs?
By investing in renewable energy,
America can reduce its dependency
on foreign oil, create hundreds of
thousands of new jobs, and strength-
en our struggling economy. In 2011,
I introduced the Infrastructure Jobs
and Energy Independence Act in
Congress. This bipartisan initiative
increases offshore drilling in the short
term and invests the royalty money
that oil companies will pay for this
new drilling in responsible solutions
for our energy needs. This system will
provide funding for renewable energy
research, infrastructure renewal,
and environmental restoration while
creating jobs in construction and
“green” energy development.
What should the federal
government do, if anything, to
help younger Americans achieve
greater financial security?
Younger Americans need the opportunity to
become employed. For that to happen, we
must put in place a comprehensive plan for
economic growth. This plan must include
needed tax reform, curtailing counter-pro-
ductive regulations, and controlling medical
care costs by free-market reforms such as tort
reform. We must also put our federal govern-
ment on a sound financial path. To do so, we
must control spending by changing the bud-
geting process in order to balance the budget
within five years. We must do so by means of
spending restraints, not raising taxes.
What should the
federal government
do, if anything, to help
younger Americans
achieve greater financial
security?
As Chairman of the Education and
the Workforce Committee, I am com-
mitted to ensuring young Americans
have access to high quality educa-
tion that equips them to succeed in
the increasingly competitive global
economy. Perhaps the best thing the
government can do to protect the fi-
nancial security of young Americans
is to prevent the mounting burden of
debt they will face if the government
doesn’t cure its addiction to waste-
ful spending.
What should the federal
government do, if
anything, to help younger
Americans achieve greater
financial security?
As a teacher and a father, I strongly
believe we need to reduce our
long-term debt. The only way we will
ever find solutions to this difficult
challenge is to put partisanship
aside and confront the national
debt in a responsible way that does
not harm the economy. By taking a
balanced approach that includes
cutting wasteful programs, finding
more efficiency, closing tax loopholes
and brining more fairness to our tax
system, we can responsibly reduce
our national debt and secure our
financial future.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
I am a candidate for First District Con-
gress because federal spending is out of
control. We now have a national debt of
$16 trillion and growing by well over a
trillion dollars a year. (Thirty six cents out
of every federal dollar spent in fiscal year
2011 was borrowed.) The process needs
to be changed so that a yearly spending
limit is determined before spending bills
are considered. Currently, federal spend-
ing bills are constructed in a manner
that is removed from needed spending
restraints. This is a primary reason why
federal spending is out of control.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
I am seeking to continue represent Min-
nesota’s 2nd district in the U.S. House of
Representatives because we need strong,
conservative leadership during these tough
times for our nation. During my five terms in
office, I have demonstrated my commitment
to reducing the size and scope of govern-
ment, pushing for historic spending cuts
that enable American families to keep more
of their hard earned money, and keeping our
promises to our veterans and their families.
I remain committed to amplifying the views
and values of Minnesotans in Washington
and advancing the issues that matter most
to them and their families.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
In never planned to run for public office,
but I believe my life prepared me well.
As a football coach, solider, teacher and
dad, I believe every generation has the
responsibility to deliver the promise of
America safely to the next generation.
As our challenges have gotten big, our
politics have become small. I am running
for Congress, because I believe we can do
better. I am committed to working across
party lines with Republican and Demo-
crats on behalf of middle-class families,
seniors and veterans.
ALLEN QUIST
Party: Republican City: Mankato Occupation: Professor of Political Science (Retired) Phone: 507-246-5315
Website: www.quistforcongress.com Campaign e-mail: mail@quistforcongress.com Education: B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College;
M.A., Minnesota State University, Mankato; Bachelor of Divinity degree from Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary
JOHN KLINE
Party: Republican City: Lakeville Occupation: U.S. Representative; Colonel, USMC (ret.) Phone: 952-890-9430
Website: www. klineforcongress.com Campaign e-mail: john@klineforcongress.com Education: Rice University (Biology, B.A.),
Shippensburg University (Public Administration, M.S.)
TIM WALZ
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor City: Mankato Occupation: High School Teacher Phone: 507-388-5382
Website: www.timwalz.org Campaign e-mail: tim@timwalz.org Education: B.S. in Social Science Education (1989); Chadron State
College, Chadron, NE
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MINNESOTA
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VOTING GUIDE 2012
U.S. REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 3
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington to
strengthen the economy.
I am proud to manage a product line
that is designed, engineered and
built right here in Minnesota. We are
the most innovative and enterprising
nation the world. My experience has
taught me that we need to give small
businesses relief from burdensome
regulation and end tax loopholes for
big companies that send jobs overseas.
We need a new national commitment to
world-class infrastructure and world-
class education to spur long-term
economic growth.
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington to
strengthen the economy.
Helping small business, which is the
engine of our economy, is the best way
to strengthen our economy. Our entre-
preneurs, engineers and job creators
need less litigation, less regulation and
less taxation so they have the confi-
dence to invest in new equipment and
employees. I am the lead sponsor of
legislation to repeal the medical device
tax in the health care law that will cost
Minnesota high-paying jobs. We need
tax reform that promotes hard work,
savings, investment, achievement and
innovation. I also support expanding
domestic energy production and new
trade agreements to expand our exports
for job creation.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
Balancing national security and
domestic commitments comes down to
what our values are. We have a moral
obligation to keep our promises to our
seniors, our veterans, and to our chil-
dren and future generations. I served
in the military, all over the world for 11
years and I know first-hand there are
responsible reductions we can make
in our military budget, without risking
national security or the safety of our
troops. We can use that savings to in-
vest in education, strengthen Medicare
and grow our economy.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
We must ensure that we have a strong
national defense to protect our inter-
ests both home and abroad. I believe
the entire federal budget should be
closely scrutinized for waste, fraud,
and abuse and for possible savings;
the defense budget should be no
exception. We must also ensure our
brave service men and women receive
the benefits they were promised. This
includes helping our veterans find jobs
when they return home. The unemploy-
ment rate for our veterans is far too
high, and I have consistently supported
legislation to help our veterans re-enter
the civilian workforce.
How should the US meet
its energy needs?
Our energy future can be summed
up in three words: independence,
efficiency and innovation. We must
break our dependence on foreign oil
as a matter of national security. We
must dramatically reduce our overall
energy use, for our environment
and for our health. Finally, we must
innovate with new, clean technolo-
gies that create jobs and improve our
economy. We have a clear and urgent
choice. We can continue to jeopardize
our economy, our environment and
our national security, or we can tran-
sition to a new, clean and renewable
energy economy for ourselves, for our
children and for future generations.
How should the US meet
its energy needs?
To lower energy prices for Minne-
sotans, we need a national energy
policy that decreases our dependence
on foreign oil, expands domestic
exploration, promotes the use of
renewable energy, protects the
environment, encourages conserva-
tion, and pursues public-private
partnerships to develop alternative
fuels. I’m working in a bipartisan
manner to promote the continued use
of clean, safe and reliable nuclear
power, approve the Keystone pipeline,
as well as renewable energy sources.
American energy means American
jobs. We need to become less reliant
on foreign sources of energy because
it will make America safer and stron-
ger economically.
What should the federal
government do, if anything,
to help younger Americans
achieve greater financial
security?
I meet young people all across the district
that are doing everything right. They
are working hard and furthering their
education, but then graduating with a
mountain of debt and no job to pay for
it. I had the opportunity to attend the
United States Merchant Marine Academy
and then serve our country as an officer
in the Navy Reserve. Everyone who wants
to—and works hard enough—should
be able to get the education they need.
We need to make higher education more
affordable and keep a relentless focus on
job creation.
What should the federal
government do, if anything,
to help younger Americans
achieve greater financial
security?
America will continue to lead the world
in innovation if our children receive
a quality education and are prepared
to enter the workforce. College tuition
and fees continue to rise, which is why
I voted to keep student loan rates at
3.4%, rather than allowing them to
double. The real crisis facing these
students is the high level of unem-
ployment or underemployment, which
stands at a staggering 50% among
recent college graduates. I support
pro-growth initiatives to grow our
economy and create new jobs. We must
ensure our young people have more op-
portunities and choices than previous
generations.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
Congress lacks the leadership and
integrity to find solutions, fix a problem,
or even have a respectful discussion. As
I write this in July, my wife Jennifer and I
are expecting our first child, a daughter,
in August. Like all expectant parents,
we lie awake at night thinking about the
world she’ll grow up in. Our children de-
serve a future of prosperity and freedom,
not a lifetime of debt and instability. I
am running to change Congress and a
broken system, to make sure my daugh-
ter and all of our children have the same
opportunities we had.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
Creating jobs and putting people back
to work is my top priority. While Min-
nesota families and small businesses
are making sacrifices and cutting costs,
Washington is growing government and
spending into a debt burden of which we
may never recover. We need to reform the
tax code so it is simple, fair and com-
petitive, and eliminates special interest
loopholes. The American people deserve
transparency, accountability, and posi-
tive principled solutions—not backroom
deals and special favors. I want my four
daughters to grow up in a world that
is safer, cleaner, healthier, and full of
opportunity.
BRIAN BARNES
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor City: Edina Occupation: Business Executive Phone: 612-655-5171
Website: www.barnes.mn Campaign e-mail: brian@barnes.mn Education: B.S.M.E., B.S. Nautical Science, United States Merchant
Marine Academy; M.B.A. Marketing and Finance, Washington University in St. Louis (Olin School of Business)
ERIK PAULSEN
Party: Republican City: Eden Prairie Occupation: Congressman, Third District (MN) Phone: 952-934-8999
Website: www.paulsenforcongress.com Campaign e-mail: erik@paulsenforcongress.com Education: St. Olaf College, B.A.
Mathematics
U.S. REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 2 (continued)
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington to
strengthen the economy.
The way we grow the economy is by
strengthening the middle class. This
means targeted investments in public
education, innovation, and job retrain-
ing for those who have lost their jobs.
Also, we must enact policies that help
American businesses stay competi-
tive in a global economy. This means
cutting red tape for small businesses
and focusing on increasing American
exports. Finally, we must focus on ways
to keep jobs here such as ending tax
breaks for companies that ship jobs
overseas, and providing incentives for
companies that keep jobs here.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
We need to cut spending and bal-
ance the budget—but we cannot do
that at the expense of protecting our
country, or on the backs of middle
class Americans. Common sense cuts
need to be made today, such as the
$10s of billions in redundancies cited
in a recent Government Accountability
Office report. Unfortunately, Congress
has failed to do this. While military
action should remain a last resort, we
need to make sure the men and women
serving this country have the resources
they need when deployed, and when
they return.
How should the US meet
its energy needs?
America’s energy policy needs to
ensure our needs are being met,
gas prices are kept low and our
clean air and drinking water will be
protected for generations to come.
Right now Americans are paying for
gas twice—once at the pump and
again on tax day, with government
subsidies for big oil companies. I
would end government subsidies for
an industry that makes $137 billion
a year in profits, and prohibit Wall
Street speculators from artificially
driving up oil prices. We need to
invest in research and development
of efficient energy technologies which
will create jobs and increase exports.
What should the federal
government do, if
anything, to help younger
Americans achieve
greater financial security?
The federal government can do a
number of things to help younger
Americans achieve financial secu-
rity. First and foremost, we can cut
wasteful spending and balance the
budget so we are not passing this
debt burden onto the next generation.
We also need to invest in science and
math in public school to prepare the
next generation of innovators for a
21st century economy. In addition, we
need to pass policies that increase
access to higher education, such as
extending low student loan rates.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
I’m running for Congress because
Washington is broken right now and they
are acting with the wrong priorities. My
priorities would be to foster job creation,
balance the budget and protect middle
class programs like Medicare and Social
Security. We can absolutely achieve these
goals. We can create jobs by investing
in innovation, extending tax cuts for
small business and ending tax breaks
for companies that ship jobs overseas.
By cutting government redundancies, we
can save $10s of billions. Congress has
failed to act on these priorities and this
can only change with better leadership in
Washington.
MIKE OBERMUELLER
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor City: Eagan Occupation: Attorney Phone: 651-454-5466
Website: www.MikeObermueller.com Campaign e-mail: Info@MikeObermueller.com Education: B.A., Loras College; J.D.,
University of Iowa
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U.S. REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 4
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington to
strengthen the economy.
I’ll work through Congressional ac-
tion, with Romney, to take power and
resources back to the 50 states and
to reduce federal debt and taxation,
so the economy will fire on all 50
cylinders, and not be stifled by the
Washington elite. Minnesota can lead
our economic growth and improve our
lives. Minnesota can provide needed
government programs. Let’s strengthen
opportunities, regardless of race or
ethnicity, for real education, starting
and strengthening families and raising
children, building community and
encouraging American business devel-
opment and expansion. In turn create
new American jobs and industries and
a leading niche in the emerging world
economy.
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington to
strengthen the economy.
I would lower taxes significantly for
small businesses. I would grant all
start-ups tax immunity for the next 5
years. I would re-enact Glass-Steagall
and let the too big to fail banks go
bankrupt. I would work on responsible
and sizeable cuts to federal spending.
I’d vote against funding Afghanistan
and for bringing our troops home for a
well-deserved rest! I’d open the gates
for legal immigration and de-centralize
the economy in as many areas as pos-
sible. I’d also fight for a free and open
web economy.
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington to
strengthen the economy.
Congress can help strengthen the
economy by ending the hyper-partisan
political game playing and instead find
compromise on important policy issues
that will lead to greater certainty in the
economy. For example, policy decisions
about investing in transportation
infrastructure, research, or extending
middle class tax cuts used to find over-
whelming bipartisan agreement. Now
they are the source for drawn out ideo-
logical battles. Using obstruction as
a political weapon to attack President
Obama is hurting families, businesses,
and the economy by stalling investment
and killing jobs. It’s time to prioritize
America’s economic future ahead of
petty partisan politics.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
It’s wrong to “balance” costs of domes-
tic versus military needs. Our states
should drive our domestic agenda and
spending, not Washington. Let’s ring
the power and resources back to Min-
nesota, cut federal domestic programs
and let the states do it. Let Minnesota
lead. To control military expenditures
we need a sound foreign policy, not
adventurism however noble. We must
support an effective international pol-
icy, and work through trade, diplomacy
with military superiority. Domestically,
we need strong family rights and equal
opportunity, real education and strong
economy. Develop science, technology,
engineering and math, multicultural
and polyglot. Protect and preserve
religious liberty.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
America needs to stop being the world’s
policeman and nation building and
focus more on domestic education,
securing our borders, and making the
American economy strong with plenty of
career opportunities. In Congress, I will
only support wars and military efforts
that are legal and Constitutionally
declared by Congress.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
Strengthening the U.S. economy
requires investing in infrastructure, re-
search, and human capital—education
and workforce training—to keep us
globally competitive. This must be our
top priority. National security is critical,
but the annual $600 billion Pentagon
budget contains far too much wasteful
spending. Over the past decade more
than $1 trillion was borrowed and
spent on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
that have not made America more
secure. It is time for Washington to
refocus our priorities on the real needs
of America’s families who continue to
struggle economically.
How should the US meet its
energy needs?
To do this, we must become the world’s
smartest energy market and greatest
energy innovator, through our private
investment in clean energy design,
production and consumption. Minne-
sota began skyways, indoor shopping
centers. Use energy wisely. Companies
should develop smart meters giv-
ing real-time consumption data for
household appliances, market leading
appliances, and build solar power into
them as an energy source. Hybrid cars
supported by power/petrol stations.
Intelligent Minnesota public transpor-
tation to reduce petroleum dependence
and let us control our energy. Use
energy more effectively in schools,
workplaces and institutions as well as
homes, and develop domestic energy
and jobs.
How should the US
meet its energy
needs?
The U.S. can meet its energy
needs through research and
development of solar, wind, and
alternative energy transporta-
tion sources through grant
funding of public and private
universities. I am against the
federal government engaging in
the green market, as I believe it
will lead to waste of tax payer
money and bankruptcies like
Solyndra.
How should the US meet
its energy needs?
Ensuring a secure, affordable, and
reliable energy future is critical to
our economy and national security.
We must reduce dependence on pe-
troleum and fossil fuels that pollute
our environment, contribute to cli-
mate change, and hold us hostage
to foreign oil. Increased efficiencies
from new technologies in buildings
and automobiles, along with con-
servation, will reduce consumption
and save money. Over the long-term,
renewable energy from solar, wind,
geothermal, and bio-fuels will bring
the biggest economic, climate and
security benefits to the American
people. The U.S. needs to lead the
world in renewable energy, energy
technology development, and as-
sociated job creation.
What should the federal
government do, if anything,
to help younger Americans
achieve greater financial
security?
We should strengthen the institution
of marriage as between one man and
one woman (defending DOMA); adopt
and encourage pro-family policies,
discourage divorce and immorality,
protecting religious liberty and creat-
ing an environment for private sector
growth in jobs and income—including
start-up businesses. Get back to basics
and stay with it. Develop creativity and
the arts, and raise our quality of life.
Promote the rule of law and civic par-
ticipation. Continue to develop Social
Security and Medicare to support in-
dependent aging with dignity and help
families stay connected. Help America
reach its new economic leadership
position. Give opportunities to lead!
What should the federal
government do, if anything,
to help younger Americans
achieve greater financial
security?
In order to help young Americans achieve
financial security, the federal government
needs to reform entitlement spending, bring
our troops home, and stop borrowing money
off the backs of younger Americans. Young
people want to be free to choose an exciting
career path and live independent of govern-
ment control. It is the role and responsibility
of the federal government to give young
Americans less debt and more freedom.
What should the federal
government do, if anything,
to help younger Americans
achieve greater financial
security?
Access to a quality education is the
single most important factor contrib-
uting to a young person’s financial
security and employment success. Every
American needs a high school diploma
and should have the opportunity to ac-
cess post-secondary education or train-
ing. This is critical to their individual
long-term financial success, as well as
our nation’s global economic com-
petitiveness. Congress needs to help
reign in the skyrocketing cost of higher
education, but also make sure financial
assistance is available for qualified
students. Financial literacy is essential
and needs to start early in high school
and be an on-going component of every
young adult’s life.
Why are you seeking
this office?
We the American people need to begin
taking back our country from the
politicians in both parties tearing us
apart with extreme and unreasonable
positions and their commitments to
national special interests. As an inde-
pendent voter and Independence Party
candidate in the House of Representa-
tives, the branch most accountable to
the people, I can help lead this nation
to solve problems including debt and
deficit created by partisan professional
politicians increasingly focused just
on reelection. Let’s balance our federal
budget and cut the deficit by cutting
back non-essential programs. Return
power and resources to the 50 states.
Let Minnesota lead!
Why are
you seeking
this office?
I am running to represent the people and
families of Minnesota’s 4th Congressional
District in Washington D.C. If you elect
me to the U.S. House of Representatives, I
will work for long-term financial security,
career opportunities for all Americans,
and I will defend your freedom from big
government and police intrusion. I am a
leader and I will bring my strengths with
me to solve our problems and renew the
American Dream.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
Minnesota is my home—this is where I
grew up, raised my family, and worked
in retail sales for 25 years. I am seeking
re-election to Congress in the new 4th
Congressional District because I want
to represent families and businesses
who want common sense solutions from
Washington that reflect our Minnesota
values and keep our communities strong.
Strengthening the economy and expanding
job creation are my top priorities. We need
to support smart, effective federal invest-
ments in transportation infrastructure,
education, and tax credits, like the wind
production tax credit, that spur private
sector spending, economic development,
and jobs.
STEVE CARLSON
Party: Independence City: Saint Paul Occupation: Writer, leader, musician Phone: 651-815-5860
Website: www.stevecarlsonforcongress2010.com Campaign e-mail: abelincoln725@yahoo.com Education: Minnehaha Academy,
Osseo High. 15 years higher education; Defense Language Institute; University of Minnesota (Majors include political science,
economics, philosophy, music, language, physics), St. Thomas University.
TONY HERNANDEZ
Party: Republican City: Saint Paul Occupation: Operations Manager Phone: 651-408-5228
Website: www.hernandezusa.com Campaign e-mail: tonyhernandezmn@gmail.com Education: Nativity Grade School; Saint
Thomas Academy; University of Wisconsin-Madison
BETTY MCCOLLUM
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor City: Saint Paul Occupation: Member of Congress
Phone: 651-603-1505 Website: www.mccollumforcongress.com Campaign e-mail: info@mccollumforcongress.com
Education: B.A.; St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN
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U.S. REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 5
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington to
strengthen the economy.
Creating jobs that pay well and offer
good benefits is my top priority. I
support creating a national infrastruc-
ture bank to create jobs and rebuild
America’s roads and bridges. We must
end the foreclosure crisis, expand
affordable housing, ensure access
to affordable health care, protect
consumers from Wall Street abuse, and
invest in our children’s education. By
asking those who have benefitted most
from our economy to pay a sensible
share, we will have the resources
necessary to make smart investments
and create lasting economic prosperity
for all Americans.
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington to
strengthen the economy.
In a bi-partisan manner, I’d sup-
port plans that leave more resources
and control with governors and state
legislatures. Specific actions include:
designate enterprise zones that will
spur private investment and tailor
burdensome federal regulations so
local jobs can be created; work to close
the achievement and education gaps
in our minority communities; Increase
savings and buying power by allowing
people who work in the service sector to
keep their tips tax-free; ease regula-
tory burden while maintaining crucial
safeguards; bring jobs back from
overseas by ensuring that no foreign
trade pacts that undercut this priority
are negotiated without transparency
and debate.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
I proudly joined millions of Americans
who called for an end to the war in Iraq
and I will continue working to bring
our troops home from Afghanistan.
We cannot continue spending billions
every year waging war abroad while
Americans struggle to find work here
at home. I support bringing our troops
home and eliminating outdated Cold
War-era weapons systems so we can
focus on 21st century threats. We must
also fully fund robust diplomacy and
development, which are equal pillars to
our national defense.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
We need to reassess our strategic
priorities in order to achieve balance.
Too much of our blood and treasure has
been spent in Afghanistan. It’s time to
come home now! I strongly believe we
need to bring our conventional forces
back from many overseas locations.
America must not be the world’s police
force. We need to build a new model
for peacetime military engagement
that protects American interests and
enhances global stability. Spending
cuts in certain areas of the Defense
Department are long overdue. I have
the credibility to ensure that cuts are
made without putting national security
at risk.
How should the US meet
its energy needs?
We should eliminate taxpayer
subsidies for highly profitable
fossil fuel companies and invest
in clean, renewable sources of
energy. I introduced the ‘End
Polluter Welfare Act,’ which saves
taxpayers $110 billion over the
next 10 years by eliminating
handouts to oil, gas, and coal
companies. Investing in renewable
energy like solar and wind will
create thousands of American jobs
that can never be outsourced. At
the same time, renewable energy
will cut our dependence on foreign
oil and reduce harmful pollution to
our air and water.
How should the US meet
its energy needs?
We must develop policies that
conserve energy and utilize our own
resources in an environmentally
safe manner. The federal govern-
ment must lead by example. Over
the next 5 years its energy goals
must include: reduce consumption
by 10%; employ natural gas and/or
hybrid fleet vehicles as old vehicles
are retired; employ Smart Grid
Technology. America must build
the infrastructure needed to utilize
our natural gas resources while we
develop renewable energy technol-
ogy to reduce our carbon footprint.
First and foremost, the technology,
including chemicals used for hydro-
fracking must be open to honest
scrutiny and assessment.
What should the federal
government do, if anything,
to help younger Americans
achieve greater financial
security?
We need to make sure every child receives a
great education so they have the knowledge
and skills to compete in a global economy.
Expanding universal early childhood
education will help all children be prepared
in critical areas like math, reading, and
science. We must make college degrees
affordable and make sure students aren’t
burdened with decades of debt by keeping
student loan interest rates low and expand-
ing Pell Grants. When younger Americans
are ready to join the workforce, we can help
them find good jobs by creating a Student
Jobs Corps.
What should the federal
government do, if anything,
to help younger Americans
achieve greater financial
security?
We need a two-pronged approach. In
the short term we must: allow gradu-
ates to pay their college debt through
civic service. This provides a benefit
to local communities; we can increase
savings and buying power by allowing
people who work in the service sector
to keep their tips tax-free. This will also
provide a needed economic boost to our
community. In the long term we must:
Balance our budget and fix our long-term
structural deficit; adopt the Chilean
model for Social Security; simplify the
complicated tax code; target government
investment in key infrastructure projects;
create targeted incentives that spur
private investment.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
I’ve been honored to represent Min-
nesota’s Fifth District in the U.S. House
of Representatives for three terms. I’m
seeking a fourth term to continue advo-
cating for priorities that include peace at
home and abroad, economic prosperity
for working families, environmental sus-
tainability, and civil and human rights.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
I believe I can provide the focused leader-
ship and attention that helps the people
of the Fifth Congressional District move
forward. Born to a 15-year-old mother, I
grew up understanding the problems poor
and middle class families struggle with
daily. My step-dad, a community activist,
gave me a strong sense of community and
taught me how government can be a posi-
tive force in peoples’ lives. My career in
the U.S. Marines gave me a birds-eye view
of what works and doesn’t work in govern-
ment. I will put my experience to work for
you while serving in Washington.
KEITH ELLISON
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor City: Minneapolis Occupation: United States Congressman
Phone: 612-522-4416 Website: www.keithellison.org Campaign e-mail: campaign@keithellison.org Education: B.A., Wayne State
University; J.D., University of Minnesota
CHRIS FIELDS
Party: Republican City: Minneapolis Occupation: U.S. Marine (Retired) Phone: 612-810-1040
Website: www.chrisfieldsforcongress.com Campaign e-mail: chris@chrisfieldsforcongress.com Education: Bronx Regional H.S.,
Valedictorian; B.S., Park University, Business Management, Concentration in Finance, Magna Cum Laude
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U.S. REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 7
LEE BYBERG
Party: Republican City: Willmar Occupation: Business Leader Phone: 320-212-3716
Website: www.bybergforcongress.com Campaign e-mail: lee@bybergforcongress.com Education: MBA and BS - Business
Administration, University of Minnesota
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington to
strengthen the economy.
Stop the deficit spending, reign in the
EPA, and get the bureaucrats out of the
way of our job creators. The Obama
Administration has spent the last three
years trying to “stimulate” and regu-
late our economy into prosperity, and
the results are dismal. Washington
doesn’t create wealth, but it can easily
destroy it. We need to audit and reign
in the federal reserve, and quit bailing
out failing companies and subsidizing
companies with political connections.
We need to create a strong business
environment, and ensure that trade
is both free and fair. American needs
more jobs, not bigger government.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
The only way to pay for America’s com-
mitments aboard is to ensure a strong
economy at home. America needs to
get out of the business of nation-build-
ing, and focus on ensuring the security
of our country and the stability of trade.
America needs the strongest, most
technologically advanced armed forces
in the world, but we should be reluctant
to use them except to defend vital se-
curity interests. We also need to reign
in domestic spending, as the largest
challenge to our national security today
is our ballooning deficit and debt.
How should the US meet
its energy needs?
Sometimes it seems like politicians
think energy is a dirty word, even
though energy is the lifeblood of our
economy and the modern way of life.
Government should quit picking com-
panies and technologies to subsidize,
and free our entrepreneurs to pursue
an “all of the above” energy strategy.
Fossil fuels, biofuels, wind and solar
all have their place in the energy
mix. Fracking has opened up new
sources of energy, and the Keystone
Pipeline can help bring a secure oil
supply from our Canadian friends.
Let’s stop subsidizing boondoggles
like Solyndra and start building the
Keystone Pipeline.
What should the federal
government do, if anything,
to help younger Americans
achieve greater financial
security?
The federal government is the single-
biggest threat to Americans’ economic
security. Deficits, debt, excessive
regulations, a broken tax system, and
bailouts for too-big-to-fail companies
paid for by small businesses and high
taxes all harm the economy and job
creation. The unemployment rate for
young Americans is the highest ever
recorded in our history, and the only
thing that will ensure financial security
for the next generation is a healthy
economy unfettered by excessive
government. A good job is the best
financial security.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
I am running for Congress because I am
concerned about the current direction of
our country and what kind of future we
will be handing our children. Government
is too big, too intrusive, too expensive,
and spends money that we do not have.
The national deficit and debt are not only
a disgrace, but also a serious threat to
the economy. Free markets are being
undermined by crony capitalism, and our
health care freedom are under threat. I
am running because I want to be part of
the solution, not the problem.
U.S. REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 6
Describe what actions
you would take in Wash-
ington to strengthen the
economy.
We need to close the tax loop-
holes that allow companies like
Apple to earn billions of dollars
by selling their products to us in
America, while avoiding paying
taxes in America. In order to bring
jobs back to the 6th District, we
must compete on a level playing
field with China and Mexico. As
a successful business owner, I
understand accounting. I respect
bottom lines, and I am qualified
to bring the necessary fiscal ac-
countability to Washington.
Describe what
actions you would
take in Washington
to strengthen the
economy.
First, I would stop President
Obama’s planned January 1,
2013 major tax increases—
we are taxed enough already.
Second, government should not
spend more money than it takes
in--we must balance the bud-
get, and third, grow more jobs
and higher wages by reducing
nonsensical rules and regula-
tions that kill US job creation.
How would you work to balance
the costs of our domestic
challenges and military
engagements around the world?
We have the bravest and most dedicated
servicemen and servicewomen in the world.
But they’ve been overworked and overstrained
by recent military conflicts. We owe it to them
and their families to do everything in our
power to keep them out of harm’s way. This
means we must cultivate diplomatic alliances
with friendly nations. We must pursue a
domestic energy plan that reduces our depen-
dency on oil produced by unstable regimes.
Above all, we must return to investing in our
own nation- our schools and hospitals, our
families and our children. It’s time to focus
on America’s future!
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
As a member of the intelligence com-
mittee, I study threats to our nation’s
security. It is the first duty of govern-
ment to secure the safety, security and
sovereignty of our citizens. To do that
we must have a prosperous, growing
economy. Clearly our spending must be
balanced, remain sensitive to the real
problems of Americans in need, and
remain in line with pro-growth policies.
How should the US meet its
energy needs?
America’s greatest and most abundant re-
source has always been innovation. Indeed,
I see our energy crises not as a problem,
but an opportunity- an opportunity to create
new technologies, products and, above all,
new jobs, an opportunity to reduce our de-
pendency on foreign oil and thus to bolster
our national security, and an opportunity to
fashion our own energy future. This future
should involve a combination of innovative
green energy technologies, an emphasis
on energy efficiencies and an expansion
of domestic energy production, without
abandoning the call to be responsible
stewards of our precious lakes, rivers and
other natural resources.
How should the US
meet its energy
needs?
I support legalizing
American energy production,
which will create millions
of high paying jobs here at
home. We have plenty of
resources right here, to fuel
America’s energy needs.
Government should be sup-
porting all energy solutions,
including approving the
Keystone Pipeline, permits
for new refineries and
opening up federal lands for
exploration.
What should the
federal government
do, if anything, to help
younger Americans
achieve greater
financial security?
Young Americans need an afford-
able education in order to enter
today’s competitive job market,
which is why I supported recent
legislation to cap the federal stu-
dent loan rate at 3.4%. We need
to make sure that the jobs that
are available to young adults pay
a livable wage and offer afford-
able health care.
What should the federal
government do, if anything, to
help younger Americans achieve
greater financial security?
The most consistent concern I hear from young
people is their dwindling prospects in the job
market. American businesses consistently tell
me they are too uncertain about the Govern-
ment’s role to move forward. Simply, government
needs to get out of the way. Businesses won’t
hire new employees if government regulations
and fines are implemented without warning.
They can’t invest in technology or train workers
with the constant threat of higher taxes. Entre-
preneurs can’t start businesses without a decent
loan market. Repealing burdensome regulations
and reforming the regulatory process will ensure
financial opportunities for every American.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
My campaign is about providing a better
future for the people in Minnesota’s 6th
Congressional District by dedicating
myself full time as a business person with
the know-how to create jobs. I have built
dozens of hotels and created thousands of
jobs across Minnesota by bringing people
and communities together. What the
people of the District need in Washington
is someone who can get along with mem-
bers of both parties so that the District is
truly represented.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
I’m running for reelection to the US House
because America needs fiscal conservative
leadership from a real job creator to get
people back to work. I have consistently voted
to stop runaway spending, pay down the fed-
eral debt, and limit nonsensical government
bureaucracy. As a member of the intelligence
committee, I believe a prosperous America is
a strong America, and I take this work very
seriously in light of our nation’s challenges at
home and abroad. I’ve served our district by
bringing bi-partisan solutions in support of
competitive grants for local airports, a new
veterans’ clinic and a new St. Croix
river bridge.
MICHELE BACHMANN
Party: Republican City: Stillwater Occupation: United States Representative Phone: 651-260-4648
Website: www.michelebachmann.com Campaign e-mail: info@michelebachman.com Education: Anoka High School and Winona
State University; J.D.: Oral Roberts University; LLM in Tax Law: William & Mary.
JIM GRAVES
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor City: Saint Cloud Occupation: Businessman Phone: 320-281-5470
Website: www.jimgraves.com Campaign e-mail: adam@jimgraves.com Education: St. Paul Elementary School, St. Cloud, MN;
Cathedral High School, St. Cloud, MN; St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN (Degree in Education)
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U.S. REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 7 (continued)
COLLIN C. PETERSON
Party: Democrat-Farmer-Labor City: Detroit Lakes Occupation: U.S. Representative
Phone: 218-844-6117 Website: www.petersonforcongress.com Campaign e-mail: mail@petersonforcongress.com
Education: Graduate, Glyndon, MN High School; Minnesota State University, Moorhead—B.A. Accounting
ADAM STEELE
Party: Independence City: Bemidji Occupation: C. P. A. Phone: 218-759-1162
Website: www.steelescampsite.info Campaign e-mail: editor@northernherald.com Education: It is hard to educate a Northern
Minnesotan. But I have an Associates Degree in Accounting.
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington
to strengthen the economy.
Washington should stop trying to fix
the economy and let it run its course.
Congress should pass long-term
infrastructure bills that pay for
themselves, like the transportation re-
authorization that rebuilds our aging
public infrastructure while promoting
economic development
and creating jobs.
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington to
strengthen the economy.
Restore the American work ethic that
made this country great. Encourage
work and production; remove programs
that discourage same. That will help
correct the trade imbalance. Restore
backing, as much as can now be done,
to the dollar.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
To balance our long-term budget, every
domestic and defense program must
be on the table. We’ll always respond to
national security threats, however, we
have to pay for the military engage-
ments that we get involved in or we’ll
continue to accumulate debt. If we
put all options on the table and work
together to make the tough choices, we
can get back on track.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
Military strength is important,
particularly with people like Iran’s
Ahmadinejad running around. But we
don’t need any more $200 toilet seats.
As an accountant, I am familiar with
prioritization and budgeting. Here in
Northern Minnesota, one sees waste of
tax money almost daily in widening and
resurfacing roads that don’t need it, to
funnel money to the sweetheart con-
tractors; and other unneeded projects
and staff. With waste eliminated, there
is enough tax money for the needed
domestic challenges and to keep the
world’s strongest military. And Social
Security benefits should not be taxed.
How should the US meet
its energy needs?
Energy is a bright spot in our
economy, and there are many
opportunities for renewable energy
and domestic production to help
meet America’s needs. Agricul-
ture has helped to develop many
renewable energy options and we
are seeing those markets grow.
The U.S. also can continue to
promote conservation to help us
reduce our dependence on foreign
sources of energy.
How should the US meet
its energy needs?
First and foremost is population
control. We’ve outbred our re-
sources. That’s why gasoline costs
what it does. Food and clean water
will not be far behind. It is time to
remove all government economic
incentives to overbreeding (such
as the misnamed “Earned Income
Credit”, which is actually welfare
wrapped in a tax form, for people
with kids); and provide education
and incentives as to the need to
control our population. Secondly,
the government should take a
greater role in making wind and
solar affordable to average property
owners and small businesses.
What should the federal
government do, if anything, to
help younger Americans achieve
greater financial security?
We can help younger Americans achieve
greater financial security by cutting spending
and paying down the debt that our country
has accumulated over the last decade. I
was one of 38 Democrats and Republicans
who recently voted for the Simpson-Bowles
Amendment to balance the budget and
reduce the deficit in a responsible way. We
have to stop fighting over ideology and put
our country back on a solid fiscal path.
What should the federal
government do, if anything,
to help younger Americans
achieve greater financial
security?
It should encourage them to get a job,
and be thrifty. Multi-generation welfare
dependence must be scrapped. Every
able-bodied person should work, if they
want to eat. If the private sector cannot
provide enough jobs, there are many
public services (like the old C.C.C.) that
can provide work. It is time America
returned to its place as a creditor
(producing and exporting) nation; not
a debtor (consuming more than it pro-
duces) one. This will restore individual
security, as well as to protect the value
of the dollar and the stability of the
U.S. in the global economy.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
If I have the honor of being re-elected
Congressman of Minnesota’s Seventh
District, I will continue to be an indepen-
dent voice on behalf of my constituents
and for rural economic development. I
also am working to secure funding for
water retention projects that could help
alleviate flooding in many communities
throughout the Red River Valley.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
To bring Constitutional justice to
Minnesota. We reacted with horror to what
happened at Guantanamo. But this sort
of denial of Constitutional rights goes on
continuously in certain Northern Min-
nesota regions where corrupt officials are
in power; and it affects not international
terrorists, but law-abiding U.S. citizens.
Targeted innocent people are being
framed, by law enforcement, for crimes
they didn’t commit, and once jailed are
denied bail, competent counsel, and the
right to present evidence in their defense.
Many are coerced into pleading guilty; oth-
ers are sentenced to prison. See the Steve
Samuelson case at steelescampsite.info.
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U.S. REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 8
CHIP CRAVAACK
Party: Republican City: North Branch Occupation: Congressman, 8th District Phone: 651-317-9245
Website: www.chipcravaack.com Campaign e-mail: info@chipcravaack.com Education: B.S., United States Naval Academy; M. Ed.,
University of West Florida
Describe what actions you
would take in Washington to
strengthen the economy.
For the 8th District, I have worked to move
forward on bringing well-paying mining
jobs back to the district by opening PolyMet
and Twin Metals copper and precious
metals mines. I passed a ‘Buy America’
steel amendment into law, which ensures
future roads and bridges will be made with
top-quality American steel and by skilled
American workers. Additionally, I passed
an amendment which would ensure current
mining projects, such as the PolyMet proj-
ect in Hoyt Lakes, complete the permitting
process within 30 months. By reducing
red tape and barriers to job creation, our
economy will grow and benefit us all.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements around
the world?
The most important thing our government
can do is to protect the citizens of this
country by providing a strong national de-
fense. Our country must be able to provide
adequate pay for our troops and keep our
commitments to veterans. Washington
must set priorities that reflect the values
held by Americans, including tackling out
of control spending, reckless tax in-
creases, and unnecessary regulations and
wasteful programs that drive up spending
and take away from our most important
priorities like our national security.
How should the US
meet its energy needs?
The only way for the US to meet
its energy needs is to increase
local production of energy. While
in Congress, I: 1) supported the
Keystone XL pipeline project
that would have created jobs in
our state; and 2) increased the
oil production in our country,
but the Senate and White
House ultimately blocked this
common-sense plan. We need to
cut federal regulations that are
hampering our ability to expand
our domestic energy production
and once again lead the way on
energy innovation.
What should the
federal government
do, if anything,
to help younger
Americans achieve
greater financial
security?
The best thing the federal
government can do to help
younger Americans achieve
greater financial security is to
support policies that encour-
age employers to hire new em-
ployees and get the economy
moving again by hiring young
Americans. Growth through
the private sector is the only
surefire way to do it.
Why are
you seeking
this office?
I am seeking office to represent the good
people of Minnesota’s 8th District. I am
concerned about the direction of our
country. When I ran for office in 2010, I
knew Washington was broken and wanted
to stand up for hard-working Minnesotans.
When I joined Congress, I realized just how
dysfunctional Washington really is. With
runaway spending and an ever-encroaching
federal government, it’s more important
now than ever to send representatives to
Washington that will fight for common-
sense solutions to the challenges facing our
country, including sound economic policies
that will spur job growth.
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SUPREME COURT-CHIEF JUSTICE
What are some of the key challenges facing the courts?
Your individual rights and family’s safety depend on an adequately funding and well-run court
system, one that has your trust and confidence. When I took over as Chief Justice, Minnesota’s
courts had suffered years of budget slashes, and backlogs were building. I was successful in
reversing that trend, and am leading reforms that are cutting backlogs and will reduce future
costs. My record demonstrates that I am committed to preserving equal justice under law and the
rule of law in guiding our society. I am honored to be Minnesota’s Chief Justice and I work every
day to earn your trust.
What are some of the key challenges facing the courts?
Accountability, efficiency and accessibility. Accountability because for many years Judges have
manipulated their election rules to prevent voters from knowing who they are, what they are
doing and why they deserve to remain in office. Efficiency because when government is efficient,
it is also less expensive. Accessibility because when people go to court, they can be scared and
confused. People need and want to talk with a person. They also need competent legal assistance
to navigate through the court process. We want to be efficient, but we also need to remember that
the court system is to SERVE the people.
Why should you be elected judge?
In Minnesota, when something works, we keep it. During my six plus years of
service on the Minnesota Supreme Court, I have helped the Court make deci-
sions in thousands of cases and I have authored over 100 opinions for the Court. I work very well on the
Minnesota Supreme Court, and the people should keep me there. ecause of my good work on the Court
and my diverse experience as a trial and appellate attorney, as a prosecutor and as a trial court judge, my
candidacy has garnered broad, tri-partisan support from leading Minnesotans. For more, see
www.chiefjusticeloriegildea.com.
Why should you be elected judge?
I believe a judge should listen to the facts, find the truth and apply the law, not
rewrite it. I believe in America and what it is to be an American. Ayn Rand was
right when she wrote, “Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” Inter-
preting law is a simple matter of applying the law and holding YOUR individual rights sacred. As justice, I
will defend YOUR rights. When your voice and vote is powerful, your government serves you. That is why we
call our elected leaders, public servants.
LORIE SKJERVEN GILDEA
Party: Nonpartisan City: Saint Paul Occupation: Chief Justice Phone: 612-231-9341
Website: www.chiefjusticeloriegildea.com Campaign e-mail: campaign@chiefjusticeloriegildea.com Education: Georgetown
University Law Center – Juris Doctor 1986, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif. University of Minnesota, Morris – Bachelor of Arts
1983, with honors
DAN GRIFFITH
Party: Nonpartisan City: International Falls Occupation: Attorney Phone: 218-283-8400
Website: www.griffithforjudge.com Campaign e-mail: griffithforjudge2012@gmail.com Education: William Mitchell
College of Law; University of Minnesota; Rainy River Community College; US Military Defense Language Institute
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RICHARD NOLAN
Party: Democrat-Farmer-Labor City: Mission Township Occupation: Real Estate Broker
Phone: 218-270-2153 Website: www.nolanforcongress.org Campaign e-mail: info@nolanforcongrss.org Education: Brainerd
High School; B.A., University of Minnesota; Public Administration and Policy Formation, University of Maryland, College Park; Post-
Graduate work in Education, St. Cloud State University.
Describe what actions
you would take in Wash-
ington to strengthen the
economy.
We need to rebuild the middle class
to stimulate demand and encour-
age businesses to invest and create
jobs. We can start by: ending the
Bush tax cuts and tax loopholes for
the super rich and give tax breaks to
the middle class. Ending the wars of
choice, stop nation building abroad
and help balance our budget and
create good-paying jobs by rebuilding
America. Promoting tax and trade
policies that incentivize domestic
manufacturing here in northern
Minnesota, not the policy that allows
corporations to send manufacturing
jobs overseas. Supporting our local
economies by advancing the future of
our mining, timber, manufacturing,
shipping and tourism industries.
How would you work to
balance the costs of our
domestic challenges and
military engagements
around the world?
By ending the wars of choice and
bringing our troops home now, we will
save our country trillions and help to
balance our budget. We must make
that a top priority. I am a proponent of
maintaining a strong military defense,
but that doesn’t prevent us from cutting
wasteful spending from the budget. We
cannot put budget cuts squarely on the
backs of seniors by cutting Medicare
or disadvantaged students by cutting
Pell Grants. By ending the wars and
stopping nation building abroad, we can
help balance our budget at home and
begin rebuilding America, creating good
jobs in the process.
How should the US
meet its energy needs?
We need to develop a more
comprehensive energy plan
that moves us closer to energy
independence. With gas prices
reaching record highs, we need
to end our dependence on foreign
oil and increase use of renewable
energy. We can lead the clean
energy revolution, using existing
energy sources while expanding
our investments in Minnesota’s
renewable energy market further
into geothermal energy, biomass,
wind and solar. This will help us
to fight in earnest the war against
global warming while also invest-
ing in a growing industry that will
help create hundreds of thou-
sands of jobs in this country.
What should the federal
government do, if anything,
to help younger Americans
achieve greater financial
security?
It all starts with education. We need to
make sure that every young American has
access to a good education, which will
prepare America to compete on a global
level. With tuition costs on the rise, we need
to find ways to make higher education more
affordable for Americans. We also need to
make sure we offer protections to students
with private loans. It is also, of course, im-
perative that good-paying jobs are available
to those graduates entering the work force.
We must rebuild the middle class in order to
expand markets and demand. This will push
business to invest more and create more
jobs. The future of our country and great
financial security for Americans will rise
with the rebuilding of the middle class, and
that needs to be a top priority now.
Why are you seeking
this office?
America is at a tipping point, and we
need to get things back on track now.
The wars, the deficits, the joblessness,
and the growing inequalities we face
everyday have become unsustainable
in this country. We need a representa-
tive who understands the legislative
process; someone who understands
the needs of this district; and someone
who has a proven track record of get-
ting things done. As a 4th generation
resident of the district, I have deep
roots here and bring an unparalleled
depth of experience in business, educa-
tion and community/volunteer service
to this race. This country has been so
good to me, so I’m stepping up and do-
ing what I can to give something back.
U.S. REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 8 (continued)
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What are some of the key challenges facing the courts?
Minnesota courts must remain fair, impartial and accessible and I am committed to an impartial
judiciary where matters are decided by applying the law rather than personal or political prefer-
ences. The judiciary, like the other branches of Minnesota government, faces resource and demo-
graphic challenges. Innovation and greater efficiency are important to addressing these concerns.
Some of this we are doing already—sharing of administrative resources across county lines, for
example; other innovations are just beginning. But all of these efforts must be focused on fair and
impartial courts for all Minnesotans regardless of where they live.
What are some of the key challenges facing the courts?
The most important challenge facing the Minnesota Supreme Court is to maintain the integrity
and independence of the state judiciary. The role of a judge is to faithfully interpret and apply the
Constitution and laws passed by our elected representatives, without favor toward any political
party, power broker, or special interest group. Minnesota is facing increasing challenges to the in-
dependence and integrity of the state judiciary through declining budgets and external pressures.
We should retain experienced judges to guide the judiciary through these challenging times.
What are some of the key challenges facing the courts?
One of the most prominent issues facing the Minnesota Supreme Court today stems from the State
Legislature’s inability to pass laws through legislation, but by amending the State Constitution.
Partisan politics (via the US Supreme Court’s landmark decision known as ‘Citizen’s United’) now
has unlimited resources to influence public policy as is apparent in this year’s ballot questions.
This presents a unique challenge to the Court to remain steadfast in protecting the rights of all
citizens based on the law and not through the influence of special interests.
What are some of the key challenges facing the courts?
One of the most important issues is the way we choose the men and women who serve on our high-
est courts. Our Minnesota Constitution gives the people of Minnesota this right and responsibility.
If elected, I will work hard to protect your right to meaningful judicial elections, and will oppose any
attempts to take away the peoples’ right to vote for their judges in meaningful judicial elections.
Why should you be elected judge?
I have 14 years experience as a judge, beginning with the Court of Appeals in
1998 and then with the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2004. I practiced law in
Fairmont, St. Louis Park and Hutchinson for 20 years and am certified as a civil trial specialist by the
Minnesota State Bar Association. As a member of the Judicial Council, the statewide governing board for
the judiciary, and as both an experienced judge and lawyer with a background in both urban and greater
Minnesota, I am well positioned to deal with the challenges that face our courts in the years ahead.
Why should you be elected judge?
I am honored to serve the people of the Minnesota in my current role as a Supreme
Court Justice. During my tenure, I have earned the trust of Minnesota citizens by
working hard and demonstrating objectivity, even-handedness, and mature judgment in the cases that
have come before the Minnesota Supreme Court. That is why I have earned the support of a diverse, bipar-
tisan group of lawyers and citizens, including seven former Minnesota Supreme Court Justices, two former
governors, and eight former members of the United States Congress.
Why should you be elected judge?
The Supreme Court’s duty is to determine cases based on the application of the
facts to the law. Partisanship has absolutely no place in the legal system. The po-
litical terms conservative or liberal should have no bearing in serving justice. Throughout my professional
career as an attorney, director in the Ventura Administration, and in my brief tenure as US Senator, I worked
hard to achieve compromise and advocacy for fair, balanced results and I will continue to fight to protect
Constitutional rights and freedoms for all Minnesotans.
Why should you be elected judge?
With 27 years of legal experience, including 12 years as a Magistrate for Ninth
Judicial District, 3 years as an Administrative Law Judge, 9 years in private practice,
and 6 years as an Assistant County Attorney, I am prepared to serve on our Minnesota Supreme Court. I will
always submit my will to the will of the people, as expressed through the original intent of our Constitution.
BARRY ANDERSON
Party: Nonpartisan City: St. Paul, MN Occupation: Justice, Supreme Court Phone: 612 231 9351
Website: www.justicebarryanderson.com Campaign e-mail: justicebarryanderson@gmail.com Education: Mankato High School
(1973); Gustavus Adolphus College (1976); University of Minnesota Law School (1979)
DAVID R. STRAS
Party: Nonpartisan City: Wayzata Occupation: Supreme Court Justice Phone: 651-297-7650
Website: www.justicestras.org Campaign e-mail: info@justicestras.org Education: Juris Doctor, University of Kansas School of
Law; Masters in Business Administration, University of Kansas; Bachelor of Arts, University of Kansas
DEAN M. BARKLEY
Party: Nonpartisan City: Minnetonka Occupation: Attorney Phone: 612-790-3116
Website: www.barkleyforjustice.com Campaign e-mail: Did not respond Education: B.S. Degree with distinction, University of
Minnesota; J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
TIM TINGELSTAD
Party: Nonpartisan City: Bemidji Occupation: Child Support Magistrate Phone: 218-556-8188
Website: www.highesthill.com Campaign e-mail: tim@highesthill.com Education: Detroit Lakes High School; Concordia College;
William Mitchell College of Law and University of North Dakota Law School
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Do I Need to Bring An ID to Vote?
No. If you are already registered, you do
not need to present an ID to vote.
Do I Have to Vote on Every Race on
the Ballot For it to Be Counted?
No. You may vote only on the races you
choose. Your ballot will still be counted
even if some are left blank.
When are Polling Places Open?
Most open at 7:00am (a few in small
townships outside of the metro area
may open later). All polling places close
at 8:00pm.
What if I Have to Work All Day?
Minnesota law requires employers to
give you time o! to vote without a
reduction in pay.
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Well-informed citizens are
better able to exercise their vote.
For many years, Target has partnered with
League of Women Voters Minnesota to
produce a nonpartisan voting guide for our
team members and guests in Minnesota.
Target supports strong, healthy, safe
communities. As part of that commitment
to communities, we encourage all citizens to
exercise their right to vote.
To learn more about the upcoming election,
the candidates and voter registration, visit
our nonpartisan voter education website,
www.CitizensAtTarget.com.
Stacy Doepner-Hove
President, League
of Women Voters
Minnesota
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