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State Representative Dist. 29A

Joe McDonald (R-Delano)

I am married to Rachel, and we have three boys, Alex, 21; Jacob, 12; and Aiden, 7.

I was born and raised in Watertown, and graduated from Watertown High School. I attended college at Normandale and HTC, earning a degree in photography. I continued my education through the PPA to receive my master’s degree.

I am a successful businessman, owning McDonald’s Studio for 25 years.

I served on Delano City Council for 10 years, four as mayor. I currently serve as state representative for Wright County District 19B.

Why are you running for State Representative District 29?

I am seeking re-election because I believe my experience both inside and outside of St. Paul make me the most qualified candidate in this election.

Over the past two years, I’ve listened to, and fought for the families and businesses of Wright County. I have a record of cutting wasteful spending, reducing unnecessary government regulations, and lowering the tax burden that is hindering the growth of our economy and the prosperity that Minnesotan families once enjoyed.

My experience outside of St. Paul as a small business owner gives me the ability to find creative solutions to the many problems Minnesota faces. I understand that small businesses are the engine of economic growth, therefore we must foster an economic climate within our state for a stronger Minnesota.

The most important reason for running in this election is my dedication to public service. I’m proud of my history in serving the great citizens of Delano and Wright County, and I would be honored to serve them once again.

What do you believe are the top two issues facing District 18, and what are your proposed solutions?

I believe one of the most important issues facing our state is the budget. While I am proud of the work that my legislative colleagues have accomplished in the last two sessions, I recognize that there is still much more to be done.

While we were able to cut the rate of growth of government spending, it’s time we take the next step and truly shrink government to ensure greater prosperity for Minnesotans.

Families in businesses in Wright County believe in individual responsibility, fiscal responsibility, and living within their means – and I believe I’m the candidate that will best echo that voice in St. Paul.

What specifically can this unit of government do to cut costs and operate efficiently, while still maintaining service to taxpayers?

It is vital to our economy that our government doesn’t waste our tax dollars. By controlling our state’s budget and cutting spending, I know we can reduce the tax burden on Minnesotans. Letting families and businesses keep more of their hard-earned money will help the economy and allow for businesses to invest back into their businesses, which can, and will, create jobs.

One of the biggest drivers of state spending is our out-of-control health care costs. The Republican majority successfully passed several pieces of legislation in the past session to reform these health care programs so they are more efficient and effective. As a result, we will save taxpayers over $2 billion in the next two years, and $13 billion in the next 10 years.

We did this without cutting essential services that Minnesotans expect to receive, and increased the quality of care. These are the types of reforms we need to focus on, and I will continue to fight for these reforms and be the voice of common sense in St. Paul.

Susann Dye (DFL-Franklin Township)

Why are you running for Minnesota State Representative District 29A?

I am running for office because I am concerned about my constituents’ current and future prosperity. There are people that are suffering because of our struggling economy; people that I know are entirely capable of working highly-skilled jobs. I want to put these people back to work; I want to strengthen the middle class. I want to make sure our kids get a great education by increasing school funding.

What do you believe are the top two issues facing the senate/house district, and what are your proposed solutions?

The most important issue facing the prosperity of this state is that of creating jobs and long-term prosperity for the state of Minnesota.

We can do this by improving our infrastructure and working with the private sector.

One way to create jobs would be that of lifting restrictions on permits that would allow a major steel mill to be built on the Iron Range. This would create thousands of construction worker jobs and hundreds of permanent jobs for years to come.

We can bring jobs back from overseas by encouraging the private sector to take advantage of emerging technology.

Sixty percent of anhydrous ammonia used by farmers to fertilize their crops is produced outside of the US. We can create it locally – with new ready-to-go technology that is entirely green – at a lower cost than importing. This would benefit our farmers and create jobs.

There is plenty of opportunity for job growth in Minnesota if we just work together at the state capitol.

What specifically can this unit of government do to cut costs and operate efficiently, while still maintaining service to taxpayers?

It is time to stop the cutting and generate tax dollars by putting the middle class back to work, taxing the top 2 percent, and closing corporate tax loopholes.

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