2. Family members (optional)
Wife Jessica and five kids
Self employed farmer and own a small welding business
4. Community involvement: (Boards, commissions, service organizations, etc.)
Active in our Church. Former president of Habitat for Humanity, Former member of Sertoma, ect.
5. Representing District ___16A___.
6. Why are you running for this office?
I am passionate about Southwest Minnesota. I love the people, the land and our rural way of life. I am running because I believe that our rural economy is in the balance. With Agriculture and our rural economy in the cross hairs from folks in the metro who think their food comes from the freezer, we need leaders with a common sense conservative approach to state government in order to develop and grow a strong private sector. In turn, that will create jobs and expand economic vitality in greater Minnesota. I am a proven fighter for our rural schools, small cities, towns, small business and farmers across the state.
7. If elected, what is your top priority?
Tax bill. Tax Conformity was passed and vetoed by the Governor. It would be my hope that within the first week of session we pass that bill and give desperately needed tax relief to farmers, small business, families, veterans, local charities and local units of government. I also hope to increase the investment in our rural group homes who take care of our disabled. Transportation. Last session we made historic investments into transportation. Investing dollars into highways 23 and 14 and pushing transportation dollars into small cities. More work must be done to protect this vital investment. My goal is to eliminate the bottle necks on Highway 212 between here and the Metro and continue to increase the investment into our critical infrastructure. Health Insurance. Last session work was started to decrease insurance cost from 7-24% this year. With that now taking effect work must begin to continue that trend into the future.
8. Budget: Minnesota’s economy is doing well. What would you do to see to it that the state’s economy continues on a course of growth?
Take power away from unelected b and
9. Taxes: What is your position on both business and personal taxes? Do taxes need to be raised or cut? If cut, what spending cuts would you support to make up the difference?
All taxes are to high. Cut. Stopping government growth would make up the difference.
10. Spending: What would you do to ensure that Greater Minnesota isn’t left behind the Metro Area when it comes to state funding?
As a farmer and a resident of rural Minnesota, it has been a priority of mine to ensure the needs of Greater Minnesota are heard at the Capitol. Thanks to the efforts of my colleagues and I in the House, rural Minnesota was front and center in St Paul. The following is a list of legislation and issues I worked on to ensure equality for rural Minnesota: Carried and passed funding for Pioneer Public TV equipment in Granite Falls. Fought to fund Veterans Home in Montevideo Standing up for Agriculture and our Rural Economy Historic funding for broadband internet expansion Strengthen 2nd amendment rights Protecting the Unborn Working on Value added agriculture to help create fertile ground for a new Shrimp industry to thrive. Prioritized agriculture education at SMSU to help prepare the next generation of farmers and agribusiness professionals. Worked at creating a new program at SMSU to help special education paraprofessionals to gain the license they need to better serve students. I also worked on important reforms to the teacher licensure process in order to address the teacher shortage facing so many of our rural schools. Stopped Governor Dayton’s in ditch mowing regulations. Carried and passed funding for the MERIT driving training center in Marshall Worked to lower the cost of healthcare across Minnesota
11. Education: What are your priorities for K-12 education in Minnesota?
I continue to fight for our fair share of funding. Eliminate costly mandates on our schools and allow children who are stuck in failing schools to go where they can find success.
12. Health care: What do you feel should be the future of health care in Minnesota?
Last session work was started to decrease insurance cost from 7-24% this year. With that now taking effect work must begin to continue that trend into the future.
13. Infrastructure: What are your priorities for infrastructure in Greater Minnesota?
Transportation. Last session we made historic investments into transportation. Investing dollars into highways 23 and 14 and pushing transportation dollars into small cities. More work must be done to protect this vital investment. My goal is to eliminate the bottle necks on Highway 212 between here and the Metro and continue to increase the investment into our critical infrastructure.
14. Minimum wage: Would you support a state-wide increase in the minimum wage? Why or why not?
15. Farm economy: Farmers are struggling, especially small farmers. What would you do to see to it that our farmers can not only survive, but prosper?
As a Farmer I have been working to stop the government takeover of our farms. Ditch mowing rule, Buffer rule, Nitrogen rule all have a common thread that ST Paul thinks it can farm better than us.
16. Marijuana: Currently in America, the number of persons incarcerated for possessing marijuana has now surpassed the number of persons incarcerated for violent crimes, causing a backlog of court cases and a shortage of prison space. Would you support the legalization of marijuana in Minnesota? Why or why not?
17. Are there any other issues you may wish to briefly address?
To be honest, rural Minnesota has been under attack from our current Governor. Regulations on our small cities and towns, business, farmers and the attack on traditional family values are out of control. That problem will not change with Tim Walz. We need a governor who was born and raised in rural Minnesota, who will limit the power of out-of-control bureaucrats and fight for a common sense conservative governance. Vote Jeff Johnson for Governor. Also vote Doug Wardlow for Attorney General, Jeff Howe for Secretary of State, and Pam Myhra for State Auditor. And I Chris Swedzinski would appreciate your vote this November.