Herald Journal - Voters' Guide '08

Two candidates to vie for State Rep. District 34A

The seat served by State Rep. Paul Kohls is also up. Democrat Marcia Krueger of Norwood Young America is challenging Kohls in that race. District 34A consists of Hollywood Township and the City of New Germany.

Paul Kohls ( paulkohls.com )

Why are you running for office?

I am running for re-election because I believe Minnesota is at a critical time and I want to help solve the challenges we are facing.

Our great state will become a less desirable place to raise a family and start or expand a business if we raise taxes and adopt policies that lead to a bigger and more intrusive state government.

We need to make sure that the polices we enact support families and job providers and strengthen our state’s economy.

What do you think are two major issues at this time, and what do you propose to do about them?

The most significant issue we face is the looming budget deficit of as much as $2 billion. The legislature should use the deficit as an opportunity to re-evaluate every program and eliminate those that are ineffective or that are not clearly tied to a core service state government must provide.

We should not raise taxes in these tough economic times. Minnesota has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

Second, I think the legislature should focus significant effort on improving the fairness of the state’s out-dated education funding formulas. Even if we are limited in terms of our ability to increase spending, we need to improve the way in which we distribute the money that is spent.

Why should you be elected?

I have truly appreciated the opportunity to represent our area in the House for the past several years. I believe I have been an effective advocate for our shared common sense values. I believe I can continue to effectively work with members of the legislature from across the state to address the significant issues related to our state budget, education, public safety, health care, and transportation.

Marcia Krueger ( www.marciakrueger.org )

Why are you running for office?

Our state is headed in the wrong direction. We need to invest in Minnesota again; in our infrastructure of education, transportation, healthcare, and our economy.

We are being short-changed with the short-sighted policy that has been the pattern for the last six years.

I believe our district needs real representation, and I will provide that by working with all levels and areas of government and the people of my district to invest in the things that really matter to our children and their families.

What do you think are two major issues at this time, and what do you propose to do about them?

Education is one of my top priorities; we are failing our children with the education policies that we have. “No Child Left Behind” needs to go and be replaced with a system that will provide our children with a world-class education so they can compete in our global economy.

We need to make college affordable for everyone, not only so our children can achieve their goals and live their dream, but so we have a strong work and education force to continue a strong Minnesota for the future.

Our infrastructure is falling down around us. Our bridges and roads are in poor condition and every day that we put off the repairs or replacements the cost goes up. Not only do costs go up, but the time and money spent in gridlock is increasing, as is the possibility of losing more lives to bad roads and bridges.

Included in the infrastructure are our buildings – schools, city halls, state buildings, and so on. The more we put off investing in our infrastructure the more it will cost in the long run.

Why should you be elected?

I have been a community activist since I was a teenager, working on issues that matters to families and their children; public health, child care, senior issues, and more.

I have worked on bi-partisan and non-partisan commissions and committees to make things better for Minnesotans.

My professional life has been working with families to help them with their life situation. I know what families go through in tough times, and I know what they can do to help themselves and others.

I have studied policy and have worked on policies to make Minnesota a better place to live, work and play.

That is the experience I will take to St. Paul for the people of my district.