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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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All candidates for Minnesota House of Representatives District 1A complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 1A — incumbent John Burkel (R) and James Sceville (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 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 are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office? 

Burkel:                   

  • “Those priorities include tax relief for families struggling to pay the bills with inflation not seen in their lifetimes, NOT California Car mandates and emissions standards imposed on us through MPCA rulemaking.”
  • “Those priorities include fair funding for our nursing homes and rural schools, students and teachers, NOT bloated budgets for bureaucrats at the Minnesota Department of Education and Department of Human Services fostering fraud, corruption, and a lack of transparency.”
  • “Those rural values include respecting our friends and neighbors, supporting our law enforcement, and holding criminals accountable, NOT demoralizing those who protect and serve…creating a revolving door, catch and release crime wave in Minnesota.”

Sceville:   

  • “Defending Democracy means that everyone that is able to vote is able to vote. Mail in voting and early voting should be the standard in Minnesota along with traditional day of cast ballot.”
  • “Education reform doesn’t have to be drastic, but it does have to be effective. Paying our school staff a proper salary, providing incentives for keeping and hiring new rural teachers, creating a school supply trust fund from a cannabis tax, providing alternatives to traditional four year college. Small changes can make a large difference.”
  • “Affordable housing is one of the biggest barriers to entry for becoming an adult. Many children end up growing up and moving to places that they can afford causing brain drain in our already small rural community. We need to get rural development funded and our towns growing.”

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All candidates for Minnesota House of Representatives District 66A complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Minnesota House of Representatives District 66A — Leigh Finke (D) and Trace Johnson (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 are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office? 

Finke:           

  • “Education and mental health care after COVID demand full attention and we must look forward, not back, to build a better future for our communities.”
  • “We must protect healthcare autonomy and abortion access for women and LGBTQ people”
  • “Expanding representation to all communities (including trans communities) benefits every voter.”

Johnson:       

  • “Fight Inflation, Reduce Taxes, and Fix the Economy”
  • “Rebuild Public Safety and Hold Criminals Accountable”
  • “Establish Excellent Schools and Empower Parents”

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All candidates for Michigan State Senate District 4 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan State Senate District 4 — incumbent Darrin Camilleri (D) and Houston James (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?                

Camilleri:           

“As a former teacher, I care deeply about our public schools and our education systems. We need to invest more in our schools from pre-k through college or trade school to give all our kids the opportunity to succeed. And coming from an area of Wayne County that needs substantial infrastructure investment, I want to do all I can to help fix our roads, bridges, and block train crossings.”

James:               

“I am passionate about bypassing political, corporate, and other leadership elites and direct my efforts towards the average citizen. That is what makes America great, the rank and file, the small business owners, skilled trade workers, service workers, farmers and their families. In Lansing, I will advocate for us, all of us.”

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