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All candidates for Minnesota State Senate District 47 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Minnesota State Senate District 47 — Nicole Mitchell (D) and Dwight Dorau (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls the Senate in Minnesota’s state legislature. Minnesota is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Mitchell:       

  • “I support our teachers and our public schools. As a mother and foster parent to a special needs child, I believe every student deserves a world–class education.”
  • “I will protect our environment and work to mitigate the impacts of climate change, impacts which I am uniquely aware of as a meteorologist.”
  • “I will work to protect the health and safety of Minnesotans. This means ensuring affordable and accessible healthcare, making sure that women retain the freedom to make their own reproductive decisions, and helping to keep our communities safe from gun violence.”

Dorau:

  • “I will vote for tougher criminal sentencing and I will fully fund our law enforcement agencies. I oppose de-funding police efforts.”
  • “I will vote for across-the-board tax cuts for Minnesota families and businesses. The inflation we have witnessed in the past two years has forced over 60 percent of Americans to live paycheck to paycheck, with many taking on added credit card debt to make ends meet.”
  • “I understand the crucial importance of public education in Minnesota–it’s our greatest legacy.”

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All candidates for Minnesota State Senate District 42 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Minnesota State Senate District 42 — Bonnie Westlin (D) and Paul Hillen (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls the Senate in Minnesota’s state legislature. Minnesota is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Westlin:   

  • “In our community, we believe every person should have the freedom to decide when and if to have a family; to vote for the government they want and deserve; and to marry the preson they love.”
  • “As a single mom, I understand the burdens that higher prices put on our family budgets. We have seen wealthy corporations use the pandemic to engage in price gouging resulting in record profits, while working people struggle to make ends meet. Wealthy corporations need to pay what they owe and contribute to the costs of a high quality public education system, infrastructure and the many other benefits they receive in Minnesota.”
  • “Our schools should have increased funding, higher teacher pay, and more school counselors to support our children. Extremists want to ban books, attack school boards and teachers, and instill extremist ideology in classrooms, driving many good educators away from teaching.”

Hillen:

  • “I will address the high cost of living. Gas prices are up 60% since last year. Inflation is costing MN families over $830/month. MN has the 5th highest tax collections per person and is ranked near last at 45th out of 50 for business taxes.” 
  • “I will bring a common-sense approach and work to (a) ensure existing laws are enforced, (b) stop arrest and release and no cash bail policies, (c) fully fund and support the police, (d) create a juvenile justice system that teaches kids to be responsible for their actions, and helps get them back on track, and (e) make our schools safe.”
  • “I will work to (a) create a focus on core academics & evidence-based methods, (b) eliminate political, ideological, & opinion-based curriculum, let’s let parents raise their kids, (c) push for legislative approval of academic standards, and (d) improve equality of opportunity for all students and families by expanding school choice.”

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All candidates for Minnesota State Senate District 40 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Minnesota State Senate District 40 — incumbent John Marty (D) and Rachel Japuntich (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican party controls the Senate in Minnesota’s state legislature. Minnesota is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?            

Marty:           

“I am passionate about protecting our democracy and giving people a voice. If we work together, we can build a better future for all. I know we can make our communities safer so people don’t need to worry about violent crime; I know that we can provide healthcare for all, a clean environment, and a fair shake for those who have been left behind.”

Japuntich:

“I am passionate about building a better future for Minnesota families through improving education, improving public safety, and reducing financial tax burdens. I am a new leader with new ideas and will collaborate to solve the problems our state is facing right now.”

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All candidates for Minnesota State Senate District 32 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Minnesota State Senate District 32 — Kate Luthner (D) and Michael Kreun (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls the Senate in Minnesota’s state legislature. Minnesota is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Luthner:           

  • “Public education funding is my top priority.”
  • “Reproductive rights need to be protected in our state”
  • “In all things; equity and ethics”

Kreun:

  • “I will secure funding to improve Highway 65 in Blaine and Ham Lake to relieve congestion and improve safety.”
  • “I support providing tax relief to all Minnesotans, including the elimination of the state tax on social security.”
  • “I will support law enforcement and get Minnesota’s unacceptable crime rate under control.”   

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All candidates for Minnesota State Senate District 24 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Minnesota State Senate District 24 — incumbent Carla Nelson (R) and Aleta Borrud (D) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls the Senate in Minnesota’s state legislature. Minnesota is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Nelson:       

  • “Inflation Relief Package: Inflation is eating away at Minnesotan’s ability to feed their family, heat their homes and fill up their gas tanks.”
  • “Safe Streets,Schools and Communities: I will champion efforts that support our men and women in uniform. I supported new programs to increase funding for police recruitment and retention along with efforts to hold criminals accountable.”
  • “Excellence in Education: Students, staff and families suffered greatly during Covid. I will continue to prioritize excellence in education with a focus on proven reading and math strategies, increased parent involvement and school linked mental health.”

Milanowski:

  • “Healthcare costs and access burden most people across Minnesota, but especially the self-employed, small business owners, and farmers.”
  • “The quality of public schools in Minnesota has been a backbone of our economic success, a source of pride for communities, and a draw for businesses seeking an educated workforce.”
  • “Minnesota’s healthy landscapes and abundant natural resources are an asset that draws people to our state and holds them here. It is our heritage and one of our most valuable assets, whether it is the rich soil of our working farmlands or the forests and waters that provide recreation.”       

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All candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 84 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan House of Representatives District 84 — incumbent Carol Glanville (D) and Mike Milanowski (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Michigan’s state legislature. Michigan is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are personally passionate about?            

Glanville:

“Schools & Skills: a strong public education–one that is equitable and accessible–is essential to our community’s future. We need to find ways to make higher education more affordable for those who choose that path, and provide access to community college and vocational and technical schools for those seeking other opportunities.”

Milanowski:                   

“Support Small Businesses and expand and grow opportunities to new entrepreneurs. Education- we need to expand our pool of skilled and trained workers. This is critical otherwise we will have a major issue in the housing industry with a skilled labor shortage.”

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All candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 68 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan House of Representatives District 68 — incumbent David Martin (R) and Cheri Hardmon (D) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Michigan’s state legislature. Michigan is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?            

Martin:

“Our vote is our voice, and ensuring our vote counts is a crucial part of having confidence in our elections. That’s why Dave voted for strengthening ID requirements when voting in-person or by absentee ballot (SB 285). Dave supported legislation to prohibit the Secretary of State from sending unrequested absentee ballots applications (SB 310) and voted for legislation to require a physical signature when requesting an absentee ballot (HB 5288).”

Hardmon:                   

“As the child of parents that grew up during the Civil Rights Movement, I learned of the fight and sacrifices made to make sure ALL Americans have the right to vote without obstacles put in place to make it harder to exercise that right. Rights that are once again, under assault. I will fight to protect those rights. Reproductive Freedom is another issue I am passionate about protecting.”

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All candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 5 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan House of Representatives District 5 — Natalie Price (D) and Paul Taros (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Michigan’s state legislature. Michigan is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?       

Price:           

“In addition to education, environment, and equity (see above), I am passionate about improving our state’s support of local governments. Current conflicting tax laws (Prop A and Headlee) improperly restrict how local governments can collect the money they need. The state has also diverted $8.6 billion in revenue sharing away from our cities. We must fix this broken system in order to give all our cities the resources they need to provide essential services to our residents.”

Taros:               

“The legislature needs to be good stewards of our tax dollars. We need to insure that we are getting the most value for every dollar we spend. If a program is not achieving its intended results we need to eliminate it and try another approach. The idea that every existing program just needs more money to achieve its goals is ridiculous and must stop. Michigan needs to eliminate corporate welfare, improve education, fix our roads and infrastructure, lower energy costs and limit out-of-state students at our universities.”

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All candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 40 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan House of Representatives District 40 — incumbent Christine Morse (D) and Kelly Sackett (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Michigan’s state legislature. Michigan is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?       

Morse:           

“I am passionate about women’s ability to maintain bodily autonomy and make their own healthcare decisions. This basic human right is at grave risk and I will do what I can to ensure it is not taken away. I am passionate about keeping our children safe at school. There are many common sense areas of gun legislation that even gun owners agree upon such as universal background checks and extreme protection orders.”

Sackett:               

“I am very passionate about education. Our children are our future. Political agendas and special interests have no place in education. Student success should be priority number one in education. It’s time for us to get back to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. Parents should be the most important special interest group in their children’s education.”

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All candidates for Minnesota House of Representatives District 30A complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 30A — Sonja Buckmeir (D) and Walter Hudson (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Democratic Party controls Minnesota’s House of Representatives. Minnesota is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?            

Buckmeir:                   

“Public education. Schools are the beating heart of our communities. Investing in our students is investing in our community’s future. For our family, school was also a connection to friends and activities. I love our schools, and I am grateful for the excellent education they provide all students. I support Education Minnesota and its mission to give every student regardless of where they live, what they look like, where they pray, or who they love, a safe and welcoming school environment.”

Hudson:   

“Parents stand as the guardians of their children, both by nature and by moral right. The education and upbringing of children should be entirely governed by parents. Unfortunately, the compulsory nature of public education has enabled radical activists to coopt the system as a means to intervene and interfere in childrearing, seeking to spread perverse values though the classroom in defiance of parental wishes. We need to give parents 100% control of dollars going to education, restoring the proper relationship between parent and educator.”

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