Herald Journal - Voters' Guide '08

Two candidates to vie for State Rep. District 19A

In District 19A, the fall ballot will feature incumbent State Rep. Bruce Anderson of Buffalo, who is running against DFLer Jim Bakula of Monticello.

District 19A includes the townships Albion, Buffalo, Chatham, Clearwater, Maple Lake, Marysville, Monticello, and Silver Creek; and the towns Buffalo, Clearwater, Maple Lake, Monticello, and Silver Creek.

Bruce Anderson ( state.mn.us )

Why are you running for office?

My campaign theme has always been “People running government, not government running people.” Too often, our citizens get laws, rules, regulations, and the like forced on them, whether they like them or not. I will continue to fight against more taxes, laws, rules, and regulations that invade peoples’s lives.

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

The economy is a major issue, and that is basically on the federal level.

Energy needs are a big concern for our area. The need to expand our nuclear energy resources is greatly needed. I will continue to pursue legislation that will allow further building of nuclear plants and nuclear waste recycling plants, like those being used in France, to further meet the needs and demands of our citizens and constituents.

Green Acres legislation language that passed the legislature this past legislative session needs to be totally revised and more than likely eliminated from the statute books.

I will introduce legislation to address these laws, which hurt a good many of our Wright County landowners.

Why should you be elected?

I believe constituents and citizens of Wright County and Minnesota need a conservative voice in the legislative process at the Capitol. I have brought that voice and made those conservative votes in the past and believe I can and will present a conservative legislative agenda in the future.

Jim Bakula ( www.jimbakula.com )

Why are you running for office?

I am concerned about the future that our children and grandchildren will face; about the lack of civility and effectiveness of our legislators; and their insistence on keeping score rather than solving problems.

I am saddened by how we have allowed our country to drift away from basic American values such as, “Government of the People; By the People; and For the People.”

Every worthwhile social change has started at the grass roots level. We can, and must, take back our government. We are the people we’ve been waiting for. Together we can make a difference.

I have pledged that my campaign will be financed by citizen contributions. I will not accept money from any lobbyists or PACs. I am not for sale.

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

1. Legislate Effectively. Show leadership by cooperating in a civil manner. Spend time resolving bread and butter issues that affect our citizen everyday lives. Put the people’s business first; ahead of any party business. With the economic trends heading the wrong direction, there is no room for partisan politics.

2. Jumpstart Minnesota’s economy. Create living wage jobs in Minnesota that can’t be outsourced. Jobs that produce products that we can use and sell. Jobs that revitalize “Buy American.” Jobs that allow everyone to participate in the “American Dream.”

Maintaining and expanding our infrastructure pays big dividends. Win the new “Gold Rush.”

Invent alternative energy and fuels that reduce greenhouse gases and shrink our carbon footprint. Stop being held hostage by petroleum producers.

This is the most obvious war we must win if we want to return the luster to Minnesota. The resources exist. Leaders are needed that respond with urgency and are willing to provide incentives to Minnesotans to roll up their sleeves and go for it. The clock is ticking. The prize goes to the “firstest” with the “bestest.”