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State Representative Dist. 18A

Ron Shimanski (R-Silver Lake) is seeking re-election to the state representative seat in District 18A.

District 18A includes all of McLeod County, plus Collinwood Township in Wright County; Cedar Mills, and Cedar Mills Township in Meeker County.

Ron Shimanski

Why are you running for office?

Having been involved in my local political caucus for more than 30 years and knowing the great people that have served our area as citizen legislators, I felt compelled, spiritually, emotionally, as well as politically to run for the Minnesota House to work for the betterment of all Minnesotans.

After many years of observation, it became clear that citizen legislators, those that served a few terms and then either sought higher office or returned to their private sector career, had the best interest of our citizens at heart, doing their part to help build up this great state.

Many people are frustrated by what they see as partisanship in the state legislature and the governor’s office.

Some of us take our work seriously, in breaking down the strong hold that special interest groups attempt to exert over our legislature. At some point, we have to defend what is right and stand our ground. There is no room for compromise on the issues of life, liberty, or personal property.

If we are to remain the “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave,” it is up to us, in our communities and states, to be the leaders, speaking for the citizens we are elected to represent.

Those same citizens have the task to measure a representative’s performance and positions, evaluate it, and then cast their votes in support or disapproval of that candidate.

Every elected official serves at the will of the people.

My goal is to serve the citizens of District 18A and all of Minnesota as fairly as possible.

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

Minnesota’s economy, and thus, all of us, suffer from the effects of too heavy a tax burden and excessive regulations that inhibit job growth and productivity. All we have to do is look at our neighboring states and realize that many job creators have sought other locations to develop or expand operations.

State tax and regulation policy have a direct impact on the cost of doing business, reflected in the ability to price a product competitively in a global economy.

Lower cost of production drives sales and increases demand for output and efficiency, which leads to profitability and the ability to grow, adding more jobs.

By reducing Minnesota’s tax burdens and eliminating duplicative and excessive regulations placed on job creators with true and fair reform, we can begin to more fully tap into the skills and talents of Minnesota’s work force.

When we have full employment, with people working in productive, private-sector jobs at good wages, the payroll and sales taxes generated by such growth will be more than enough to fund the budget needs of Minnesota.

We can no longer allow state policy to favor particular industries or regions at the expense of others. If a particular tax break, for instance, is good for one area or business, the same benefit should be available to other businesses across the state, as well.

We need to revamp Minnesota’s business environment to be a job magnet and home to increased business investment for all regions of the state.

Mining, timber, agricultural production and processing, biotech and medical device manufacture, as well as several support industries have made Minnesota strong in the past and will again in our future when we work together to help each other grow.

Why should you be elected?

First elected in 2006, I have served two terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives. I am asking the voters of District 18A to “renew my contract” to represent them for the next two years, but only if they are satisfied with the work I have done on their behalf.

They can count on me to consistently defend the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, to protect our constitutional rights, and preserve fair and equitable application of the law for all citizens.

To sustain a civil society we must respect all life and the traditional family. For economic growth and prosperity, we must have tax fairness and control government spending.

I respectfully request your vote Tuesday, Nov. 2, and thank the voters of District 18A for choosing me as their representative in 2006 and 2008.

The people we elect to represent us in 2010 will determine whether we return to the America envisioned for us by our forefathers, or, we continue to slide into ever larger and more oppressive big-government bureaucracy, where few decisions are left to the citizens.

The slippery slope is the easy way out. Will the voters have the strength and courage to say we’ve had enough of entitlements, tax-and-spend politicians, ballooning deficits, and special interest legislation,bought and paid for via incumbent legislators who have lost touch with their constituents?

We are standing at the edge. One wrong decision could send us into the grips of more oppressive government bureaucracy. Whereas, the right decisions will challenge us to restore our rights and privileges to self determination and personal achievement.

Our forefathers’ vision for America, with divine inspiration and personal sacrifice, prepared the framework for a society of free people. It is our destiny and obligation to preserve and share this blessing with our fellow man. But, we must lead by example.

Words alone are hollow without action. Please, take action to know your candidates and vote for the best ones up and down the ballot. Every candidate is proud to tell you what they believe. Take the opportunity to ask for their response to your particular questions. Then, determine if they have satisfied your concerns.

By all means, exercise your right as a citizen to vote Tuesday, Nov. 2. Every vote counts. Take this opportunity to shape our future for the good of all.

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