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					                                    ELECTION 2010:
                                    VOTE FOR BUSINESS
                                    Prepared by the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce


                                                      Stillwater Mayor

KEN HARYCKI                                                       DAVE JUNKER
www.kenforstillwater.com                                          www.davejunkerformayor.com
ken@kenforstillwater.com                                          davejunker@comcast.net
Occupation: Self-employed as owner of several businesses,         Occupation: Vice President, Business Banker, Bremer Bank
two of which are located in Stillwater. Ken Harycki CPA and       in Stillwater
Customized Payroll Solutions                                      Education: Associate Degree, Liberal Arts at Lakewood Col-
Education: University of Wisconsin, BBA Finance, 1985;            lege, focus on Economics & Finance
University of Minnesota, Masters MBT, 1992; CPA, 1991             Previous Elected Offices: Stillwater City Council, including
Previous Elected Offices: Stillwater City Council                 Vice Mayor, 3 years; Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, for-
Campaign Endorsements to Date: None                               mer President
                                                                  Campaign Endorsements to Date: None


Why are you running for office?                                   wards completion. Our annual city budget is another top pri-
HARYCKI: As Mayor I have instituted financial reforms             ority. Prioritizing the demands and wants of our city to keep
that result in contracts being bided out on a four year cycle,    the great services we provide and taxes flat.
hiring and salary freezes and the payoff is our budget has
remained flat. We have formed a neighborhood traffic com-         What do you see as the biggest challenge for existing local
mittee to address traffic issues in neighborhoods and have        businesses and how will you work on their behalf to the
worked endlessly on the new river crossing. A new 10 year         resolve the issue?
comprehensive development plan has been completed. Most           HARYCKI: Local businesses need to continue to project a
importantly, the city received 1 of 8 awards from the state for   positive image for our many tourists that support both the
excellence in surface water management. While I am pleased        downtown and other businesses throughout the region. We
with our many accomplishments, much remains to be done.           need people to understand that there are many attractions in
JUNKER: I really believe the traits and qualities for the         the area, that the city is easily accessible and it is a fun and
Mayor of Stillwater are integrity, passion and commitment. I      safe place to go. The Convention and Visitor Bureau has
have been working hard the last 29 years on many city com-        played an important role in getting this message out. It needs
missions, and community organization earning the respect          to be renewed for 2011. In addition to tourists we need to
and trust of business and community leaders and residents. I      involve our local residents in supporting our many shops and
will do the homework, research and listen to residents before     attractions.
I make decisions that will impact our city. I will bring a        JUNKER: Surviving in these tough economic times is the
teamwork concept of leadership as mayor working together          challenge. Trying to sell products and services to people
with department heads and city staff. I will work hard to         when confidence levels are low. Everyone is trying to stretch
make Stillwater a great place to live and work. We will be        their dollar value. I will work hard to stress the importance of
proud to say we live in Stillwater.                               supporting our local businesses.

If elected, what will be your top priority?                       If elected, what strategy or strategies will you recom-
HARYCKI: The greatest challenge is in controlling spend-          mend to help our local economy start to grow and create
ing and providing for transportation. A citizen benchmark         more jobs?
group to help the city understand and analyze spending            HARYCKI: The single greatest thing that a local govern-
trends was initiated. We implemented a hiring freeze and a        ment can do is to reduce spending thereby reducing taxes and
capital-spending freeze. City salaries are frozen at a zero       work to create a positive business environment. Since taking
increase for the next two years. The city has increased road      office I have halted spending, resulting in a flat budget, for
resurfacing to over four miles per year which is up from the      the first time in at least eight years. We have worked with
1 ½ mile that we did four years ago. This is all while spend-     local businesses to eliminate regulations such as fire inspec-
ing the same amount of money as we did four years ago.            tion fees and sandwich board fees. The Chamber has a stand-
JUNKER: Traffic is one top priority. I will be very active in     ing invitation to speak to the full council on matters that are
the newly formed St Croix Crossing Coalition. We need to          important to them every month.
clearly demonstrate the need of a new river crossing to more      JUNKER: I will work with the Chamber closely on projects
than just the people in Stillwater. We will work with commu-      such as Grow Minnesota and the Itasca Project which are
nity leaders, government officials, business owners and resi-     already in place and are focused on creating jobs. Short term
dents from both Mn and Wi to move the river crossing to-
Local economy, continued...
JUNKER, continued: I will work with business owners,
building owners, organizations and residents to look for
ways to fill the vacancies throughout Stillwater. Downtown
Stillwater is the engine that really drives people coming to
our town, and we need to focus on getting people there 12
months of the year.

The St. Croix River Crossing project is scheduled to be-
gin in 2013, but faces additional challenges due to a re-
cent National Park Service decision. Do you support the
project? If so, what will you do to help ensure that it be-
gins on schedule and/or remains a priority? If you do not
support the project, please explain.
HARYCKI: Yes I support the project. We formed a bridge
coalition made up of government entities from both side of
the river, as well as businesses and citizens. This will allow
us to speak with one voice in support of the project and pro-
vide for more coordination on our effort to build the bridge.
In light of Friday’s National Park Service ruling it is appar-
ent that it will take an act of Congress to build the bridge. I
am prepared to work with the coalition to get this done. Last
year I successfully led the effort to remove large trucks from
the bridge.
JUNKER: I am very much in favor of a new river crossing.
I will work hard on the newly formed St Croix Crossing
Coalition to get our message out of how important this river
crossing is. We need to get government officials , business
leaders, community organizations and residents from both
Minnesota and Wisconsin fully onboard with this coalition.
We will convey our message of need and how important this
river crossing is.

Private sector businesses and local governments have
faced similar challenges in order to survive the recession.
Many businesses have responded with innovation and
creativity, and are challenging government to do the
same through service redesign and spending reform. How
can government be more pro-active in reducing the per-
unit cost of programs and services?
HARYCKI: First off my record speaks for itself. Go to my
website www.kenforstillwater.com and you will notice the
sudden halting of spending that I brought about as Mayor. To
achieve further savings we are talking to other government
entities to look at combining operations, sharing of services
and equipment. In addition, the Fire department recently
applied for a grant to look at sharing services with three to
four other fire departments. Every department is being chal-
lenged to look at services and find more efficient ways. Re-
cently the Parks department reassessed park maintenance
schedules.
JUNKER: We need to spend within our means. We balance
our budget every year. I will work with department heads
and city staff to ensure we are doing everything possible to
keep spending within our means. We will still maintain the
high quality of city services we the residents expect.
                                   ELECTION 2010:
                                   VOTE FOR BUSINESS
                                   Prepared by the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce


                                         Stillwater City Council, Ward 1

DOUG MENIKHEIM                                                   STEVE RUSSELL
http://dougmenikheim.wordpress.com                               www.steve4council.com
dmenikheim@leadershipfingerprint.com                             steve4council@aol.com
Occupation: Argosy University, Adjunct Faculty, Leadership       Occupation: City Planner/Community Development
Instructor; Small Business Owner, Centre for Applied             Director, 35 years; 20 years as Stillwater City Planner
Leadership, since 2003; Retired Captain, USN (28 yrs);           (1986-2005); retired
Adjunct Professor, University of St Thomas, Hamline              Education: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Luther
University and Argosy University Graduate Business Schools       College, Decorah, IA; Master of Science, City Planning, Iowa
(26 yrs. and counting)                                           State University, Ames, IA; American Institute of
Education: BS, Naval Science –United States Naval                Certified Planners, AICP
Academy; MS, Personnel Administration, USN Post-Grad             Previous Elected Offices: Telemark TIOA, Board of
School; Completed course work for PhD, Organizational Psy-       Directors
chological, University of Minnesota                              Campaign Endorsements to Date: Rob Gag, Jim Bradshaw,
Previous Elected Offices: None                                   Heidi Rosebud, Gary Kriesel, Orv Johnson, Luke Schlosser,
Campaign Endorsements to Date: Innumerable Ward 1                Terry Zoller, Nile Kriesel, Chris Aamond, Adam Nyberg, Deb
Residents                                                        Chail, Bob Hagstrom, Abby Brine Dean, Tom Thueson, Dave
                                                                 Middleton & many more (see website).



Why are you running for office?                                  application to restore Ward 1’s confidence in city government.
MENIKHEIM: Serving is how I lived my life. First my              RUSSELL: My top priority is to improve the economic vi-
country for 28 years in the Navy, including command of           ability of our businesses and quality of life in our community
three combatants and a shore station, then my students as a      by improving traffic conditions. Existing congestion on our
faculty member for 26 years at 3 business graduate schools       highways is having an increasingly negative effect on local
(St Thomas, Hamline and Argosy Universities) and currently       businesses along the Highway 36 corridor and Downtown.
my clients in small to medium size organizations who want        The proposed new river crossing and 36 improvements will
to develop their executive team’s leadership skills. Because     upgrade business access, improve safety and reduce conges-
of my previous nomadic life in the service, I never had a        tion resulting in improved economic health and increased
chance to serve a community. I see being elected to city         business activity. Traffic calming measures on our local streets
council as a way of continuing my life-long journey of ser-      impacted by cut through traffic will increase pedestrian safety,
vice.                                                            protect property values and increase our quality of life.
RUSSELL: I am running for Stillwater City Council be-
cause I will be an excellent council member with my knowl-       What do you see as the biggest challenge for existing local
edge, experience and understanding of Stillwater from a 20       businesses and how will you work on their behalf to the
year career as Stillwater City Planner. I enjoy working with     resolve the issue?
people; residents, business owners, property owners, busi-       MENIKHEIM: The biggest challenge facing local businesses
ness groups (Chamber) to find creative solutions to common       is the decade’s long gridlock downtown Stillwater has found
challenges and make a difference. I have a passion for Still-    itself in because of two things: (1) A deteriorating, outmoded
water and want to help make it the best it can be, a special     and potentially dangerous Lift Bridge which dumps 15-18,000
place to live, work, shop and play.                              cars a day into our city with few benefits, but great cost in
                                                                 road repair, aesthetic degradation and neighborhood traffic
If elected, what will be your top priority?                      problems and (2) An inability of stakeholders – business own-
MENIKHEIM: After walking the Ward five times and                 ers, citizens, Chamber of Commerce and city government - to
speaking with over 1400 individuals (and counting), they tell    come together, collaboratively, to develop a plan in the best
me their greatest concern is lack of transparency in dealing     interest of Stillwater, then setting about working that plan to-
with the city. Their stories describe inconsistent application   gether. After years of unsuccessfully addressing the symptoms
of city ordinances, perceived favoritism and the existence of    (traffic management, etc.) of a larger problem, it is time to go
an “Old Boys Network.” They also describe a city they see        after the big problem - gridlock. I would not sit passively by
as less than “user friendly.” Because this is a consistent       saying the Feds and State won’t allow us to close the bridge,
theme from the people I want to represent, I will go out of      but rather engage those concerned so our collective voice
my way to ensure decision transparency and equitable policy      grows louder…squeaky wheels get the oil…and leverage the
issue of safety. We’ve all experienced one bridge dropping in       sized bridge because there is clearly a need for a newer, safer
the water. Do we want that to happen in our city? Concurrent        crossing. Thirty years+ of waffling has gotten nowhere; isn’t it
with pushing for bridge closure, I will work to bring all the       about time to take a different tact? The developing Valley
stakeholders together to be part of that solution to get the city   Bridge Consortium is a good first step. I will advocate making
back on the road of progress. I have extensive experience           safety the issue to raise the ante; the Lift Bridge is a disaster
bringing people together to take on large bureaucracies and         waiting to happen. Making safety the paramount issue is the
know that will be helpful in moving Stillwater’s business envi-     only way to move the crossing project from the back burner to
ronment forward.                                                    the front. Close the Lift Bridge and action similar to what we
RUSSELL: Communication between local businesses and the             saw with the I-35 Bridge will follow.
city council is sometimes a challenge. As city council repre-       RUSSELL: The economic health of our Downtown and the
sentative I pledge to work hard to keep the lines of communi-       businesses along Highway 36 and the quality of our neighbor-
cation open so we can work together to establish a shared vi-       hoods are being hurt by the lack of an adequate regional road
sion for our economic future and prepare a business plan lead-      system including a new St Croix River Crossing. That said, it
ing both businesses and the city to that future. Business vital-    is imperative that the City of Stillwater do everything it can to
ity and strong tax base is a common goal.                           get the bridge built. I have attended meetings of a high pow-
                                                                    ered river crossing advocacy coalition made up of Wisconsin
If elected, what strategy or strategies will you recommend          and Minnesota business leaders, business groups (Chamber),
to help our local economy start to grow and create more             residents, labor and local government officials. The purpose of
jobs?                                                               the coalition is to support and promote the new river crossing
MEIKHEIM: As we’ve seen too long in this country, politi-           project. A similar coalition was instrumental in getting the
cians have few good strategies to address the problems facing       recently constructed Wacota Bridge built. Stillwater must have
us today. Our Founding Fathers never meant it to be that way        strong representation on the new coalition and work hard for
because elected officials were supposed to represent their con-     new crossing funding and final construction.
stituents, not solve their specific problems. This meant engag-
ing and supporting the electorate to discover the answers to        Private sector businesses and local governments have faced
their own problems, because they were the frontline experts.        similar challenges in order to survive the recession. Many
This is the philosophy I followed on my ships when faced with       businesses have responded with innovation and creativity,
serious problems; it was the questions I asked more than the        and are challenging government to do the same through
answers I provided which led to optimum solutions. I believe        service redesign and spending reform. How can govern-
that same approach should be followed here, and I will cham-        ment be more pro-active in reducing the per-unit cost of
pion the coming together of business owners (experts) to re-        programs and services?
solve the issues they all equally face. City government should      MENIKHEIM: Creativity and innovation do not occur if
facilitate, support, encourage, remove barriers where possible      politicians are worried about being re-elected. City leaders,
and find resources when feasible that will help our local econ-     administrators and staff must be challenged to raise the bar
omy grow, and thus create more jobs.                                because government cannot operate as it has in the past. Con-
RUSSELL: Keeping and growing our existing businesses is a           trary to conventional wisdom, budget allocations can be made
top priority. By the city of Stillwater controlling costs and       more effectively. There are no pat answers; tough decisions
providing quality city support services and facilities such as      are required. City administrators must come together to de-
streets and traffic management, parking supply and attractive       velop a clear vision of purpose and service, avoiding conven-
parks and recreation facilities, Stillwater provides a stable       tional thinking. To quote Abraham Lincoln, “Still the question
investment environment and quality business setting that en-        recurs,’ can we do better?’ The dogmas of the quiet past are
courages and supports private investment, business growth           inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high
and development. This is crucial to long term future growth.        with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our
New development opportunities such as the new armory,               case is new, so we must think and act anew.” Achieving such
Gateway Trail connection and possible old armory reuse              an outcome only occurs through people who are creative and
should be considered and supported for their job growth, eco-       innovative. I see these qualities as being among my strongest
nomic activity and tax base potential. The extension of the         as demonstrated throughout my successful lifetime of service.
Curve Crest Business Park along Highway 36 to CR 15 should          RUSSELL: The City of Stillwater has done more with less
be encouraged and supported. This is a long term project that       over the past 4 years. Thirteen positions have been cut over
would have great benefits to the Stillwater Area.                   that time period while the overall quality of service has been
                                                                    maintained. With State aid disappearing, the budgetary proc-
The St. Croix River Crossing project is scheduled to begin          ess for local government is becoming even more challenging.
in 2013, but faces additional challenges due to a recent            As a council member I would recommend that the city be pro-
National Park Service decision. Do you support the pro-             active and develop a plan “B” and plan “C” budget alterna-
ject? If so, what will you do to help ensure that it begins on      tives for the years ahead. The new budgets would assume fur-
schedule and/or remains a priority? If you do not support           ther revenue reductions and look at ways to best meet needs
the project, please explain.                                        with reduced revenues. Department reorganization, consolida-
MENIKHEIM: I strongly support the St. Croix River Cross-            tion of services with other local governments and targeted
ing project because I don’t want to see anyone get killed if the    service level reductions in non core services may be called for.
iconic, but deteriorating Lift Bridge collapses under the ex-       All option and ideas would be on the table for consideration.
treme load it carries today (15-18,000 cars daily). Even the        As with the private sector, during these challenging times new
Sierra Club supports the building of a more appropriately-          ways of doing business are called for.
                                     ELECTION 2010:
                                     VOTE FOR BUSINESS
                                     Prepared by the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce


                                                         Bayport Mayor

SUSAN ST. ORES                                                      JUDY SEEBERGER
susanstores@msn.com                                                 www.judyseeberger.com
Occupation: Director, SAP (a $13 billion technology com-            judyseebergerformayor@gmail.com
pany)                                                               Occupation: Attorney with a small law firm in Lake Elmo
Education: Bachelor of Science, Mankato State University,           Education: BA from University of Minnesota, Duluth; JD
Mankato, MN; Master of Science, Mankato State University,           from Boston University School of Law
Mankato, MN                                                         Previous Elected Offices: Bayport City Council, 2008-Present
Previous Elected Offices: None                                      Campaign Endorsements to Date: None Sought
Campaign Endorsements to Date: None


Why are you running for office?                                     What do you see as the biggest challenge for existing local
ST. ORES: I am running for Mayor because Bayport needs              businesses and how will you work on their behalf to the
fresh leadership that will focus on and develop its strengths       resolve the issue?
while responsibly planning to secure its future. My proven          ST. ORES: Bayport business owners have communicated to
experience and track record directly relate to Bayport’s need       me that taxes and attracting new customers are their biggest
for financial management, strategic planning, leading teams         challenges. To address these concerns, I would not support tax
and doing more with less.                                           increases, and I would work with them to develop creative
SEEBERGER: With the upcoming election, our city council             ideas to attract new business while supporting the values and
will experience a significant change in membership. While I         culture of Bayport. To make Bayport a more inviting place to
have no doubt that those persons elected to council will be         visit and do business, I propose a cooperative business district
imminently qualified to serve, we need a Mayor experienced          beautification project funded, developed and supported by a
with the council and staff to ensure an orderly transition after    combination of grants, donations and volunteerism. I would
the election. We have a lot to accomplish and we must be able       also engage in increased communication and collaboration
to "hit the ground running" after the election. The City is not a   with the Bayport Business Association to more fully address
business and it cannot be run like a business. Rather, we must      their concerns and help them cross promote.
remember that we are working for the citizens of Bayport, not       SEEBERGER: The current economy is creating struggles and
the other way around.                                               hardships for almost everyone. I’d like to see Bayport’s busi-
                                                                    nesses flourish and more small businesses come to town. I
If elected, what will be your top priority?                         plan to establish citizen committees to help promote Bayport
ST. ORES: The issue I view as most important is planning            businesses and beautify and enhance our business district. I’d
and staying within budget. With state and federal funding de-       also like to encourage the development of events that highlight
clining and tax revenues decreasing, eliminating wasteful ex-       our businesses and bring people in to those businesses.
penditures and managing necessary projects properly will be
critical. I would not eliminate departments but would hold the      If elected, what strategy or strategies will you recommend
line on costs. I would reduce spending across the board, priori-    to help our local economy start to grow and create more
tize within each department and limit discretionary spending.       jobs?
Stronger vendor and project management is necessary. I do           ST. ORES: Bayport is limited by its physical space to grow.
not support tax increases. I would stay within our revenue          With that constraint, I would start by engaging with our cur-
projections.                                                        rent businesses to get their insight into what would be helpful
SEEBERGER: First and foremost, given the new makeup of              in attracting new customers, as well as, explore their desire to
the council, my initial priority will be to encourage civility,     expand and work with them to do so. Various options need to
respect, and a spirit of cooperation among council and staff.       be assessed including, but not limited to, property tax relief,
After all, we are a small town and if the council cannot work       state funding support to attract new business and cross promo-
together, I don’t see how we can accomplish anything. Beyond        tion among all. Whatever the businesses strategy, it is impor-
that, we will need to roll up our sleeves and continue to find      tant to pursue businesses that reflect the values and needs of
ways to do more with less as budget shortfalls continue to be       the community.
an issue. I would also like to establish citizen committees to      SEEBERGER: First of all, we have to be smart about spend-
focus on specific action areas unique to Bayport.                   ing and doing more with the resources we have. We also need
                                                                    to focus more attention on our local businesses and our busi-
                                                                    ness district. Bayport has a lot to offer not only its residents,
                                                                    but also to visitors to the St. Croix Valley. I will actively pro-
mote our businesses and help create events in order to bring
more revenue into the city and to help sustain our economy.

The St. Croix River Crossing project is scheduled to begin
in 2013, but faces additional challenges due to a recent
National Park Service decision. Do you support the pro-
ject? If so, what will you do to help ensure that it begins on
schedule and/or remains a priority? If you do not support
the project, please explain.
ST. ORES:In the near future, the existing Stillwater Lift
Bridge will no longer provide safe and reliable transportation
between MN and WI; therefore, I support the St. Croix River
Crossing. The project has already cost taxpayers over 25 mil-
lion dollars. Further delays will continue to run up costs with-
out moving us forward. Therefore, I would work with the re-
spective DOTs and lobby the MN and WI congressional repre-
sentatives to design a bill to authorize the project. Addition-
ally, necessary steps to move the project forward should be
continued - like property acquisitions, At the same time every
effort to preserve the environmental qualities should be de-
signed into the plan.
SEEBERGER: There is no doubt the current Stillwater lift
bridge has reached the end of its useful lifespan. For that rea-
son, an alternate crossing is needed. The City of Bayport will
continue to support efforts to establish a suitable alternate
river crossing that serves the needs of the residents while
maintaining the beauty of our river and surroundings.

Private sector businesses and local governments have faced
similar challenges in order to survive the recession. Many
businesses have responded with innovation and creativity,
and are challenging government to do the same through
service redesign and spending reform. How can govern-
ment be more pro-active in reducing the per-unit cost of
programs and services?
ST. ORES: I would calculate the budget shortfall as a per-
centage and ask each department to decrease their budget by
that percentage. This would allow those closest to the problem
to manage the issue. I would also leverage the buying power
of surrounding cities to reduce costs. Next, effectively manag-
ing vendors to hold to their quotes will be critical. And finally,
I would explore ways of engaging volunteers to offset costs.
SEEBERGER: Bayport has been fortunate to have a forward-
thinking council and a creative city staff who have already
risen to the occasion and have come up with innovative ways
to do more with less. Bayport citizens value the services the
City offers and it is up to us to figure out a way to streamline
our spending, cut out waste and redundancies, and increase
revenues to the city so that we can not only survive these diffi-
cult economic times, but continue to thrive.
                                     ELECTION 2010:
                                     VOTE FOR BUSINESS
                                     Prepared by the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce


                               Bayport City Council—Three Available Seats

MICHELE HANSON                                                      MARK L. OSTERTAG
Michele Hanson did not respond to the Chamber’s question-           Mark Ostertag did not respond to the Chamber’s question-
naire by the time this publication was produced.                    naire by the time this publication was produced.

DON HOYE                                                            JOE RITZER
www.votefordon.org                                                  Jritzer3@yahoo.com
don@twincitiesrealestate.net                                        Occupation: Field Supervisor for Integra Telecom
Occupation: Realtor, self-employed                                  Education: High School, Long Beach City College
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with          Previous Elected Offices: None
emphasis on Marketing & Communication                               Campaign Endorsements to Date: None
Previous Elected Offices: Bayport Riverfront Advisory Com-
mission-appointed                                                   AARON PRICHARD
Campaign Endorsements to Date: N/A                                  Aaron Prichard did not respond to the Chamber’s question-
                                                                    naire by the time this publication was produced.
JUDY M. JOHNSON
Judy Johnson did not respond to the Chamber’s questionnaire
by the time this publication was produced.



Why are you running for office?                                     munity. I am self employed and rely on referrals, and my cli-
HOYE: I am a level headed, rational thinker who weighs the          ents in exchange rely on exceptional service. We need to pro-
pros and cons for every decision. I do not have an agenda…I         mote and patronize our local business so they will survive for
simply want to give back to the community I call home. I have       future generations to enjoy. I would also like to do some re-
the ability to gauge and analyze issues from a short-term and       search in this area to see what the city of Bayport can do to
long-term perspective. I am also open minded and interested         attract more small business to our main street. Bayport defi-
in exploring smart ways to support our infrastructure to thrive     nitely has growth potential in that area and I would welcome
into the future.                                                    local entrepreneurs to explore the opportunities that Bayport
RITZER: Bayport has been home to my wife and I for 6                has to offer.
years. With my job experience as a leader, I felt it was my         RITZER: I have noticed many local businesses today are be-
time to become involved as a city council member in the com-        ing over taxed to the point of closure. My job will be to keep
munity I love.                                                      the businesses tax base low to keep our current business and
                                                                    attract more growth and diversity.
If elected, what will be your top priority?
HOYE: Budget analysis and looking at ways Bayport can run           If elected, what strategy or strategies will you recommend
more efficiently with shrinking revenues into the future. I will    to help our local economy start to grow and create more
also want to review our current contracts with vendors to look      jobs?
for opportunities to save money. In addition, I would like to       HOYE: Again, I think it is important to focus and support the
make sure that ideas generated by the Bayport Riverfront Ad-        growth of the current businesses, as well as, look for opportu-
visory Commission continue to move forward and that Bay-            nities to attract more business to Bayport, while still keeping
port truly utilizes its riverfront as it’s prized amenity for the   our small town atmosphere.
residents.                                                          RITZER: Bayport is limited for new store front business. Our
RITZER: Top priority will be to listen to the residents and act     main street has well established business that we need to sup-
on their behalf to better our community. I could list many pri-     port. One strategy I would endorse is to promote our small
orities but the most important is to be an honest and trustwor-     town charm with more community events involving our local
thy servant to my community.                                        businesses.
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What do you see as the biggest challenge for existing local
businesses and how will you work on their behalf to re-
solve the issue?
HOYE: My family has an eat local/shop local philosophy as I
believe that existing local businesses are the heart of our com-
The St. Croix River Crossing project is scheduled to be-          Private sector businesses and local governments have
gin in 2013, but faces additional challenges due to a re-         faced similar challenges in order to survive the recession.
cent National Park Service decision. Do you support the           Many businesses have responded with innovation and
project? If so, what will you do to help ensure that it be-       creativity, and are challenging government to do the
gins on schedule and/or remains a priority? If you do not         same through service redesign and spending reform. How
support the project, please explain.                              can government be more pro-active in reducing the per-
HOYE: I do believe there is a need for at bridge to be con-       unit cost of programs and services?
structed due to increased traffic and population that travel      HOYE: I think Bayport needs to take a look at the entire
back and forth between MN and WI on a daily basis. How-           budget and figure out ways to become more efficient with
ever, I also see the reasoning behind the very careful analysis   spending and cut out any wasteful spending. I also believe
of the impact it will have on the river and wildlife. The one     we should explore renewable energy sources, such as wind
thing I think that is very disappointing is that each year the    power. I believe by exploring these energy sources now and
legal wrangling goes on the cost of the bridge construction       possible implementing them we will be doing a huge service
goes up, which in turn will cost tax payers more. So I would      for future generations of Bayport.
support and encourage the local governments that are in-          RITZER: One of the ways to reduce cost is utilizing volun-
volved in the final decision to keep in mind the increased        teers for services. We see this with our state Adopt a High-
costs that already have affected this project with the ex-        way program so why not for local services. Bayport has a
tended approval/decision process.                                 beautiful river front park and new Barker Alps baseball field
RITZER: Yes I do support the project for many reasons. I          that could be maintained by local volunteers with pride.
will support in the awareness of the importance of the project
not only for Minnesota residents but Wisconsin residents as
well. Depending on the jurisdiction of Stillwater, some re-
strictions on downtown traffic may need to be imposed to
stress connecting Wisconsin and Minnesota with free flow-
ing traffic. The MNDOT video showing the potential beauty
and functionality of the project just makes sense.
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                              Lake Elmo City Council—Two Available Seats

STEVE DeLAPP                                                       NICOLE PARK
stevedelapp@gmail.com                                              Councilmember Nicole Park did not respond to the Chamber’s
Occupation: Retired 3M Architect                                   questionnaire by the time this publication was produced.
Education: BA Amherst College BArch Univ. of Minn, self
directed study of cities and towns throughout the United           MIKE PEARSON
States, and travel to Europe, Asia and Australia.                  Mike Pearson did not respond to the Chamber’s questionnaire
Previous Elected Offices: City Council, 16 years                   by the time this publication was produced.
Campaign Endorsements to Date: None



Why are you running for office?                                    instigate the resident driven planning study of the Old Village,
DELAPP: I believe in sharing my listening abilities, my            anticipating eventual development and recognizing the need to
knowledge, my experience and practice as an architect, to con-     be at least 10 years out in front to ensure that our one time
tribute to helping the City of Lake Elmo remain a stable, desir-   opportunity becomes nationally recognized, instead of a quick,
able semi-rural community, without the disjointed zoning and       get rich scheme for a few land developers and leaves the City
lack of cohesion exemplified in most Metro cities and town-        residents with the equivalent of the old Oakdale Outlet Mall
ships.                                                             and some haphazard, inconsistent, housing projects.

If elected, what will be your top priority?                        If elected, what strategy or strategies will you recommend
DELAPP: Prevent the new 2011 Met Council from continu-             to help our local economy start to grow and create more
ing its efforts to turn Lake Elmo into a mirror image of Wood-     jobs?
bury north of I-94, while advancing a private-public partner-      DELAPP: Most Lake Elmo residents under age 65, have jobs
ship for developing some 200-300 acres adjacent to the Old         and primarily work in St. Paul, Minneapolis. They did not
Village with a large surrounding Green Belt.                       move to Lake Elmo in hopes that a well paying job would be
                                                                   created on some farm field 1/2 mile from their house. Those
What do you see as the biggest challenge for existing local        who don't commute to the inner CBD's, have jobs in our City,
businesses and how will you work on their behalf to the            Woodbury, Oakdale, Stillwater, and at Medtronic and 3M. I
resolve the issue?                                                 do not see this changing, especially in this economy. As noted
DELAPP: The biggest challenge to local businesses is to            before, "Government does not create jobs, businesses do".
carve out a niche that is not going to be overwhelmed by the       Unlike many elected local officials, I am not in the real estate
big box malls in Stillwater, Woodbury and Oakdale. I strongly      or development business and my primary interest is in keeping
oppose changing our City Code to allow of these environmen-        existing residents from disturbances in their home setting, and
tally damaging, traffic magnets into our City to exacerbate the    in attracting new residents to developing farmland who share
harm to the Old Village providers of local goods and services      our rural values. Since 40% of business taxes are taken away
and destroy the rural character of our City, which has been the    from cities in the 7 County Metro Area by the State for redis-
primary attraction of most residents. I hear the cries from our    tribution to business poor cities, the areas with the least com-
more fiscally conservative office-holders, such as our U.S.        mercial property benefit the most and need to provide the least
House Representative, that "Government does not create jobs,       amount of specialized city services. Reversing this law at the
businesses do". I will continue to oppose spending any of our      State level would go a long way to encouraging cities to set
residents' money to subsidize business and development inter-      aside land for regional commercial development. Currently,
ests, unless such taxation is strongly supported by the resi-      with the 40% giveaway, commercial development is often at a
dents as a way to improve the quality of their lives. I have       financial loss for taxpaying residents.
envisioned a healthier Downtown business district since mov-
ing to the City, and believe that the release of 1,000 acres of    Private sector businesses and local governments have faced
farmland for development and open space protection                 similar challenges in order to survive the recession. Many
will allow implementation of our City's focus of desirable resi-   businesses have responded with innovation and creativity,
dential, civic, and commercial interests in the center of the      and are challenging government to do the same through
City. Only in the past five years have the owners of the farm-     service redesign and spending reform. How can govern-
land surrounding the Old Village put their land on the market      ment be more pro-active in reducing the per-unit cost of
and with the recession, the new buyers have taken a large hit.     programs and services?
280 acres are owned by banks at this time. The City planned        DELAPP: The way to contain public spending on local gov-
for eventual development in the early 1990's, when I helped        ernment services is to minimize the need for government ser-
vices -- avoiding the types of development that require large
police and fire departments, avoiding expensive infrastructure
by keeping traffic counts low, requiring sustainable develop-
ment, by relying on volunteers where-ever possible, and at-
tracting residents who are largely self-sufficient. The local tax
rate in Lake Elmo is 50% of the local tax rate in Stillwater and
it is important for Lake Elmo to continue to avoid the financial
commitments that have caused the Stillwater government to
tax residential and commercial property at twice our rate.
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                        Oak Park Heights City Council—Two Available Seats

LES ABRAHAMSON                                                      MARK SWENSON
lesabrahamson@comcast.net                                           mark.swenson@comcast.net
Occupation: Team Manager, State Farm Insurance                      Occupation: Andersen Window Corporation, Value Stream
Education: Stillwater Senior High School, 1987; UW-River            Supervisor; Captain, Bayport Fire Department
Falls, BS in Business Administration, 1992                          Education: Criminal Justice, Bemidji State University
Previous Elected Offices: City Council, 2 terms                     Previous Elected Offices: City Council, 16 years
Campaign Endorsements to Date: None                                 Campaign Endorsements to Date: None


Why are you running for office?                                     to issues, balancing what’s in the interest of business owners
ABRAHAMSON: I’ve enjoyed my time on the council and                 and our residents alike. As president of our EDA, I will con-
feel I’ve done a good job. The city has seen much growth/           tinue to look for creative solutions to the empty car dealer-
development during my tenure and I’m proud of my contribu-          ships and other redevelopment opportunities within the city.
tion to making Oak Park Heights a thriving part of the St.          SWENSON: Do not focus on issues of a personal agenda.
Croix Valley.                                                       Elected officials tend to let the power go to unmanageable
SWENSON: I enjoy the city and its vision. The city has eve-         levels and that does not work. We are elected to serve and
rything within its boundaries that you need. The people are         protect our community.
wonderful and the environment is safe for the young and the
old. Keeping the small town attitude and respecting your            The St. Croix River Crossing project is scheduled to begin
neighbors vision has made our city very successful.                 in 2013, but faces additional challenges due to a recent
                                                                    National Park Service decision. Do you support the pro-
If elected, what will be your top priority?                         ject? If so, what will you do to help ensure that it begins on
ABRAHAMSON: With the city nearing build out, most activ-            schedule and/or remains a priority? If you do not support
ity will be related to redevelopment, infrastructure and keep-      the project, please explain.
ing Oak Park Heights an affordable community in which to            ABRAHAMSON: I’ve been supportive of the project concep-
live and do business. The city is faced with two vacant car         tually while trying to work with MNDOT to address the sig-
dealerships and, as president of the city’s Economic Develop-       nificant challenges unique to the City of Oak Park Heights.
ment Authority, I’m committed to working toward a develop-          Recent news has obviously not been good toward the project
ment solution which is in the best interests of the community.      moving forward and, absent action from Congress, there isn’t
                                                                    likely to be much activity in the short-term on the project. As
What do you see as the biggest challenge for existing local         stated earlier, attention needs to be paid to our frontage roads
businesses and how will you work on their behalf to the             and the intersections with Highway 36 without continuing to
resolve the issue?                                                  wait on a river crossing solution.
ABRAHAMSON: The biggest challenge to Oak Park Heights               SWENSON: I have shown strong support for the project since
businesses is reasonable access. The frontage road intersec-        I was elected in 1994. I alone can do nothing to help this pro-
tions are a constant headache to residents and customers wish-      ject. However, as a group we can move it along. Right now
ing to visit local businesses along Highway 36. With the re-        there are too many different groups trying to get there issues
cent news that the St. Croix River Crossing Project is indefi-      resolved. The team players keep changing in the process and
nitely delayed, it’s important to start thinking about fixing the   most key players are concerned only about the immediate is-
problems with Highway 36 and its frontage roads separately          sues at hand. I will do what ever I can to support this project.
from the bridge project.
SWENSON:The bridge has been an issue for many years.                Private sector businesses and local governments have faced
Keeping that vision and supporting the wishes of our entire         similar challenges in order to survive the recession. Many
community is vital as it will affect all of us in one way or an-    businesses have responded with innovation and creativity,
other. We ALL need to act as a team and at times agree to           and are challenging government to do the same through
disagree on views.                                                  service redesign and spending reform. How can govern-
                                                                    ment be more pro-active in reducing the per-unit cost of
If elected, what strategy or strategies will you recommend          programs and services?
to help our local economy start to grow and create more             ABRAHAMSON: Some of the activity by the city includes;
jobs?                                                               moving toward a paperless record environment, contracting
ABRAHAMSON: I’ll continue my approach over the last                 fire service with Bayport, exploration of tax increment financ-
eight years on the council. I believe in a reasonable approach      ing districts to help with redevelopment, utilizing state con-
tract pools when making purchases, investment in geothermal
heating/cooling at new City Hall, solar panels for energy at
Brekke Park shelter and leasing of tower space to a cellular
provider with proceeds going toward a tower maintenance/
replacement fund.
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                      Washington County Board of Commissioners, District 2

DEAN JOHNSTON                                                        BILL PULKRABEK
www.deanjohnston.org                                                 Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek did not respond to the
dean@deanjohnston.org                                                Chamber’s questionnaire by the time this publication was
Phone: 651-777-4444                                                  produced.
Occupation: Mayor, City of Lake Elmo
Education: BS & MS in Mechanical Engineering, MBA
Previous Elected Offices: Lake Elmo City Council, 2 years; 3-
time Mayor of Lake Elmo
Campaign Endorsements to Date: Former County Board Chair
R.H. “Dick” Stafford; former Mayor of Oakdale Ted Bearth;
Lake Elmo Deputy Mayor Anne Smith; Landfall Mayor Greg
“Flash” Feldbrugge; Lake Elmo Councilmember Nicole Park;
and Lake Elmo Councilmember Bret Emmons




Why are you running for office?                                      If elected, what strategy or strategies will you recommend
JOHNSTON: I am running because Washington County must                to help our local economy start to grow and create more
play a greater role in encouraging regional economic develop-        jobs?
ment. I have been working on this issue over a year with the         JOHNSTON: The region needs to understand where the Twin
Itasca Project, the Regional Council of Mayors, and on the           Cities offers a competitive advantage to businesses that might
Economic Development Committee of the Stillwater Chamber             expand or locate here and which can benefit from the advan-
of Commerce. I will bring local and county governments and           tages. It is foolish to throw taxpayer dollars at businesses that
the business community together to remove obstacles to job           don’t benefit from the strengths of our region. While there are
growth.                                                              many types of businesses that could benefit, one visible exam-
                                                                     ple is medical devices. The Twin Cities has the strengths of a
If elected, what will be your top priority?                          skilled workforce, research programs at the University, manu-
JOHNSTON: Regional economic development will be my                   facturers skilled in FDA approval, a strong specialized legal
top priority. Nearly ten percent of our workforce is unem-           community, and the Mayo Clinic for research and evaluation.
ployed and even more are underemployed. Commercial and               We need to support activities to attract these businesses and
residential real estate values have fallen as much as 45%. We        other types of businesses by using the process proposed by the
must retain, grow, and attract good paying jobs to our region.       Regional Economic Development Partnership.
The high taxes on business are part of this complex problem
and must be addressed as part of our strategy to attract busi-       The St. Croix River Crossing project is scheduled to begin
nesses that can gain a competitive advantage by locating in the      in 2013, but faces additional challenges due to a recent
Twin Cities.                                                         National Park Service decision. Do you support the pro-
                                                                     ject? If so, what will you do to help ensure that it begins on
What do you see as the biggest challenge for existing                schedule and/or remains a priority? If you do not support
Washington County businesses and how will you work on                the project, please explain.
their behalf to the resolve the issue?                               JOHNSTON: Roads and bridges are essential ingredients for
JOHNSTON: The biggest challenge is consumer confidence.              economic vitality. They also bring with them the potential for
When people are concerned about their jobs and their property        noise, congestion, and traffic safety problems. I believe the St
values are in free-fall, they are unwilling to participate in mak-   Croix River Crossing project is a necessary addition to our
ing our local economy healthy and vibrant. I have been part of       infrastructure; however, the related issues of dangerous inter-
efforts on the local and regional levels to help businesses to       sections, poor access, and noise must be addressed as funda-
retain, grow, and attract jobs. When our citizens have good          mental part of the project and not left for later funding.
jobs, we can address this and other challenges.
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Private sector businesses and local governments have faced
similar challenges in order to survive the recession. Many
businesses have responded with innovation and creativity,
and are challenging government to do the same through
service redesign and spending reform. How can govern-
ment be more pro-active in reducing the per-unit cost of
programs and services?
JOHNSTON: The answer is well known; you hear it from
incumbents all the time. The county board needs to evaluate
all projects, programs, and services thoroughly for justification
of need and for cost effectiveness. Unfortunately this takes a
lot of time and effort now being done by the four commission-
ers who take the job seriously. I have been an advocate for
change on the local, regional, state, and national levels; the
county needs to work to achieve savings in mandated pro-
grams wherever savings are possible.
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                           Minnesota House of Representatives, District 52B

STEN HAKANSON                                                        MATT DEAN
www.stenforhouse.org                                                 Representative Matt Dean did not respond to the Chamber’s
sten@stenforhouse.org                                                questionnaire by the time this publication was produced.
Political Party: DFL
Occupation: Patent Attorney, Patent Law LLC
Education: University of MN, B.S. Microbiology;
Hamline University School of Law, JD
Previous Elected Offices: Treasurer, Senate District 52
Campaign Endorsements to Date: Education Minnesota,
AFL/CIO




Why are you running for office?                                      If elected, what strategy or strategies will you recommend
HAKANSON: I am concerned with the direction of the coun-             to help our local economy start to grow and create more
try and for the future of my children and everyone's children        jobs?
and grandchildren. We can not continue with our ruinous en-          HAKANSON: As a patent attorney I have gained a strong
ergy policy that ships $700 Billion overseas every year and          background in big and small business. We need a tax formula
risks further global warming. We can not continue with our           that keeps Minnesota a top tier state so businesses want to be
ruinous foreign policy that makes the United States a self-          here because of the educated workforce, the strong infrastruc-
appointed solo police force for the world. Also, we can not          ture and the great lifestyle, along with the right type of tax
continue with our ruinous economic policy that has witnessed         incentives that make the overall package we can offer busi-
the evisceration of the American middle class with an upside         nesses competitive with other states. More importantly, we
down tax policy and the exporting of American jobs.                  need better cooperation between the private and public sectors
                                                                     so that capital can begin to flow again and investment money
If elected, what will be your top priority?                          can be raised. We must provide the right environment for in-
HAKANSON: The top priority is to create jobs in Minnesota.           vestors to begin investing in and banks to begin lending to
We do this by creating a tax structure that provides for a well      new and existing businesses that want to start or grow in our
educated work force and good infrastructure and that provides        state. We need to help businesses, state government and the
the right kind of incentives and tax advantages so that busi-        University of Minnesota and other research colleges form bet-
nesses are created in the state and choose to stay here and          ter and stronger research and development partnerships so we
grow.                                                                can lead the country in the development and commercializa-
                                                                     tion of all the new technologies that will provide the jobs that
What do you see as the biggest challenge for existing local          will power us out of this recession. Those technologies in-
businesses and how will you work on their behalf to the              clude, but are not limited to: wind turbines, solar panels, bio-
resolve the issue?                                                   diesel, cellulosic ethanol, biotechnology, nanotechnology,
HAKANSON: I believe one of the major issues facing busi-             robotics, artificial intelligence, high power density batteries,
nesses, and the public sector as well, is the out of control in-     and electrical superconducting. It is critical after making these
creases in the cost of health care. That is the "hidden" driver in   advances that businesses are spun off that can sell commer-
the rise in the cost of doing business and in taxes. I have a        cially viable products based thereon and that such manufactur-
good understanding of the health insurance industry and will         ing and sales remains in our state.
work with business owners, health care providers, health in-
surance companies and legislators at the state and federal lev-      The St. Croix River Crossing project is scheduled to begin
els to solve this urgent problem. In part, the solution involves     in 2013, but faces additional challenges due to a recent
providing the right incentives to health providers for better        National Park Service decision. Do you support the pro-
performance and improved health care outcomes in lieu of             ject? If so, what will you do to help ensure that it begins on
permitting automatic increases in the charges for their ser-         schedule and/or remains a priority? If you do not support
vices. Additionally, we need to work to provide incentives for       the project, please explain.
everyone to live healthy lifestyles so that we can reduce the        HAKANSON: I support the project and we will probably
utilization of health care services, i.e. we have to tackle the      have to either get a special bill through congress overruling
problem from both ends.                                              the National Park Service and/or proceed to litigate the issue.
                                                                     Through my career I have developed a good ability to study a
controversy and find weaknesses in an opponent's positions
and use that to bring about a resolution of a controversy. I
believe the NPS has taken a position that oversteps their statu-
tory mandate and that evidences a mistaken interpretation of
the breadth of the scenic waterway act governing the St. Croix
River.

Private sector businesses and local governments have faced
similar challenges in order to survive the recession. Many
businesses have responded with innovation and creativity,
and are challenging government to do the same through
service redesign and spending reform. How can govern-
ment be more pro-active in reducing the per-unit cost of
programs and services?
HAKANSON: One of the best ways to reduce the cost of gov-
ernment is to literally reduce the amount of government
through consolidation of units of government. For example,
we could consolidate several adjoining small municipalities
into one new city, or do the same with two or three counties.
The idea being that we would eliminate redundancy and have
fewer salaried positions, offices, buildings etc. To do this we
would need to investigate and establish operational norms on a
per capita basis so we can determine what the minimum num-
ber of government employees and locations are that are
needed to adequately service a given population. Once we
have these averages we can then asses where we have above
and below average "amounts of government" and then deter-
mine if that level is justified or not given that specific require-
ments, geographical and the like, of the particular area. We
must also investigate the use of standard record keeping and
operational practices so purchasing could be permitted on
large statewide basis for all cities and counties and insure that
government workers are not being handicapped by obsolete
technology. A further step would be to emulate the private
sector and provide incentives to public employees to perform
at a high level through bonuses and pay increases and at the
same time insure that effective procedures are in place to per-
mit the removal of employees that do not consistently meet a
basic level of competence in their job.
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                          Minnesota House of Representatives, District 56A

JULIE BUNN                                                          KATHY LOHMER
www.juliebunn.com                                                   www.kathylohmer.com
julie@juliebunn.com                                                 kmlohmer@comcast.net
Political Party: DFL                                                Political Party: Republican
Occupation: MN State House, State Representative; formerly          Occupation: Small Business Owner
economics professor and consultant                                  Education: Hastings High School, Winona State College and
Education: Ph.D., MA, Economics, Stanford University; AB,           Lakeland Medical and Dental Academy
Occidental College, honors in economics                             Previous Elected Offices: None
Previous Elected Offices: Elected to MN State House in 2006         Campaign Endorsements to Date: Republican Party, MCCL,
Campaign Endorsements to Date: the Minnesota Chamber of             Voices of Conservative Women, Minnesota Farm Bureau
Commerce Leadership Fund (2008 and 2010); the National
Federation of Independent Business – MN Chapter, (2008 and          JIM MARTIN
2010); the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and Star Tribune newspa-        www.votejimmartin.com
pers, and the political arms of the National Rifle Association,     committee@votejimmartin.com
Conservation Minnesota, Clean Water Action, the Minnesota           Political Party: None
Medical Association, the Minnesota Nurses Association,              Occupation: Self-employed, President/Founder of Jim Martin
MAPE, AFSCME, the St. Paul Trades and Labor Council, and            Companies
the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association.                Education: B.S. Augsburg College (Minneapolis), Computer
                                                                    Science/Math
                                                                    Previous Elected Offices: None
                                                                    Campaign Endorsements to Date: None Sought
Why are you running for office?
BUNN: As the only economist in the legislature, my knowl-
edge and experience make me uniquely qualified to help move
our state forward in the face of significant economic and
budget challenges. I am committed to listening, asking the          If elected, what will be your top priority?
tough questions, and making thoughtful, evidence-based pol-         BUNN: I see three top priorities: (1) improving the business
icy decisions. As someone who has served on a city planning         and jobs climate; (2) insuring families have access to quality
commission and community boards, I have long been engaged           health care, in good times and bad; and, (3) balancing the
in my community in a collaborative, non-partisan, “roll-up-         budget without unraveling core community institutions --
your-sleeves and get the work done” manner on behalf of our         schools, nursing homes, hospitals, supports for the most vul-
citizens. I carry this attitude and approach with me to represent   nerable, and the courts. Going forward I will continue to be a
our district in St Paul.                                            leader in passing market-based, patient-centered legislation to
LOHMER: As a citizen, wife, mother, educator and small              lower the cost of health care for families, and initiatives that
business owner, I have been concerned with the ever expand-         encourage growth and expansion of small businesses. I also
ing role of government and with the high taxation, excessive        support the phasing-in of pro-business tax reductions as part of
government regulations, misplaced priorities and wasteful           a negotiated solution to our deficit.
spending in our state government. I believe in reasonable,          LOHMER: My top priority will be to reform government to
practical solutions which focus on fiscal and personal respon-      allow the private sector to create jobs in Minnesota. I would
sibility to move Minnesota in the direction of economic recov-      support legislation that would reduce tax burdens and regula-
ery, creating jobs for people of our state. I want to work to       tions on business to jump start an economic recovery. I will
preserve and protect Minnesota for the future.                      work hard to oppose efforts to shift the tax burden on job pro-
MARTIN: There exists a general feeling of detachment from           viders. Another equally important priority would be to oppose
our government. As a matter of law, we are. I am running be-        single payer government run health care. I believe health in-
cause my opponents are not making three issues paramount in         surance from the private sector is the best way to assure the
their platform to which I intend to legislate a                     citizens access to quality and affordable health care.
resolve: legislators should not be able to effectively set their    MARTIN: We live in a society where the majority should
own compensation; unelected bodies should not have the              rule: the collective decisions we make are valid and must be
power to directly levy tax against our district or force the hand   respected. The taxes we pay and the development of our lands
of our elected officials; and taxation should be presented for      must be directly controlled only by elected individuals. I be-
referendum on those who are subject to it.                          lieve our state budget issue is directly related to the fact that
                                                                    our collective voice is not fully vested in our state's govern-
ment. I agree with Theodore Roosevelt when he said in 1912          National Park Service decision. Do you support the pro-
at Carnegie Hall, “I believe in the right of the people to rule.”   ject? If so, what will you do to help ensure that it begins on
My top priority is the legally defined separation from our gov-     schedule and/or remains a priority? If you do not support
ernment.                                                            the project, please explain.
                                                                    BUNN: I support the project. I helped pass the Minnesota
What do you see as the biggest challenge for existing               funding for the project, moving up the start date from 2024 to
Washington County businesses and how will you work on               2013. I also support all efforts to partnership with local gov-
their behalf to the resolve the issue?                              ernments, the business community and our Wisconsin legisla-
BUNN: I see the biggest challenges for local businesses as          tive counterparts to move the project forward. Recently, I have
commercial property taxes, health-care costs, and government        been participating in efforts to form a St Croix Crossing Coali-
regulation and licensing requirements. I have worked, and will      tion, and joined other legislators in a letter to Interior Secre-
continue to work, to make progress on all three fronts. I have      tary Salazar asking that he help expedite the legal proceedings.
testified at legislative hearings against proposals to raise, and   In light of the NPS decision, I will be meeting with MNDOT
for the lowering of, commercial property taxes. Moreover, I         officials and the Coalition to discuss appropriate further ac-
support approaches to balancing the budget that would take          tions to bring this project to a successful conclusion.
upward pressure off property taxes. I have authored and             LOHMER: We need a new St. Croix River crossing to re-
passed legislation to provide more flexible and affordable          place the Stillwater lift bridge. I would work together with
health insurance products to small businesses and to lower          the Governors and legislators from Wisconsin and Minnesota
health-care costs for all businesses. I have also passed legisla-   to get this done. Because of the National Park Service ruling,
tion to streamline regulations and to move towards a one-stop,      we need help from the Federal government to expedite this
on-line site for businesses to locate all public and private re-    much needed project. Because of the rising cost of this project,
sources available to assist businesses and to conduct all their     we need to act quickly to ensure the public safety and afforda-
licensing and permitting business.                                  bility.
LOHMER: Excessive taxes and regulations along with the              MARTIN: I support the project. As a state legislator, I would
uncertainties of the Affordable Care Act, with the Federal          not have any authority to enforce or excuse the rulings of the
government forcing them to provide health care to all employ-       federal courts, actions of national departments, or the law of
ees that they cannot afford. I would oppose the Affordable          the United States Congress. We must move forward until we
Care Act and work to reduce taxes and excessive regulations         are halted by law.
on businesses.
MARTIN: As a small-business owner, the biggest challenge            Private sector businesses and local governments have faced
facing me is that of taxation and regulation. I actively seek out   similar challenges in order to survive the recession. Many
goods and services and that are the least regulated and least       businesses have responded with innovation and creativity,
taxed. The answer for this is simple:                               and are challenging government to do the same through
my clients are more able to pay for them as the total cost is       service redesign and spending reform. How can govern-
lower than heavily regulated and heavily taxed products, and        ment be more pro-active in reducing the per-unit cost of
(more importantly) the profit margin is higher. If we want our      programs and services?
economy to prosper, we must encourage the participation in          BUNN: As a member of the Health and Human Services Fi-
markets instead of discouraging people like me.                     nance Division, reducing the costs of programs within this
                                                                    budget has been the central focus of my legislative efforts. In
If elected, what strategy or strategies will you recommend          my first term, with broad bi-partisan and business support, I
to help our local economy start to grow and create more             authored and successfully passed Minnesota health-care re-
jobs?                                                               forms that are estimated to reduce health-care costs from trend
BUNN: First, I will work to improve the business climate of         by 12 percent over the next decade. More recently, I have
our state by promoting a pro-business tax reform package.           turned my attention to greatly reducing the cost of individual
Second, as a founding and continuing member of the House            programs within the budget by 20 to 50 percent, by refocusing
Bi-Partisan Small Business Caucus I will continue to work           them on essential and medically necessary services, saving
with my colleagues to evaluate Minnesota’s strengths and            tens of millions of dollars annually.
weaknesses in attracting and growing jobs relative to other         LOHMER: The question is accurate when you state
states, and then work to address those weaknesses, to the ex-       “spending reform.” Our state definitely needs "spending re-
tent that it is appropriate for state government to do so. This     form". We need to examine every budget area and every
past year the Small Business Caucus successfully passed a           agency and look for ways to reduce costs, eliminate duplica-
package of initiatives to assist Minnesota businesses, but more     tion of services, and have accountability in the way the hard
remains to be done.                                                 working tax payer dollars are being spent. We need to make
LOHMER: Reducing the tax burden, red tape, and onerous              sure we prioritize so that the areas that government is meant to
regulations would be a great way to return Minnesota to a           take care of have the means and the areas that would be better
business friendly state once again.                                 handled by the private sector can be handled as such. We also
MARTIN: We must allow localities to regulate their own              cannot expect automatic 15-18% increases in state agency
local businesses by allow people to elect individuals to de-        budgets while Minnesota families are struggling to pay their
velop land via zoning and planning maps.                            bills and keep their jobs. We need to live within our means in
We must vest power in people.                                       government the same way that families and businesses do.
                                                                    MARTIN: By vesting authority of the programs in elected
The St. Croix River Crossing project is scheduled to begin          individuals and focusing on local control of the programs and
in 2013, but faces additional challenges due to a recent            services. See answers to #2 and #4.
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                           Minnesota House of Representatives, District 57B

DAVE PAGE                                                             DENNY McNAMARA
www.pageforhouse.org                                                  Denny McNamara did not respond to the Chamber’s question-
playerpage12@gmail.com                                                naire by the time this publication was
Political Party: DFL                                                  produced.
Occupation: Writing Instructor, Inver Hills Community
College
Education: M.A. in English, U of Minnesota, 1989; M.A. in
Public Administration, U of Iowa, 1980
Previous Elected Offices: None
Campaign Endorsements to Date: Education Minnesota, Wait-
a-Minute Project, Pipefitters Local 539, St. Croix Valley La-
bor Assembly, OutFront Minnesota, AFSCME Minnesota
Council 5




Why are you running for office?                                       If elected, what strategy or strategies will you recommend
PAGE: When I discovered that Representative McNamara                  to help our local economy start to grow and create more
supported Governor Pawlenty’s presidential campaign by vot-           jobs?
ing in 2008 against the first rise in gasoline taxes in 20 years, I   PAGE: Obviously, this relates to question 3. If there are regu-
was horrified because that money was going to be used to ex-          latory issues problems, we need to address those, but not at the
pedite the construction of the Highway 61 bridge in Hastings,         cost of polluting our environment. If we can speed up the per-
according to the Hastings Gazette, from 2018 to this summer.          mitting process, let’s do it. But we can’t cut and cut govern-
It is not just a safety issue. Bridge construction will also bring    ment jobs and then expect better and better service.
much-needed jobs to the district. The needs of District 57B are
obviously not on the top of his political priorities. Representa-     The St. Croix River Crossing project is scheduled to begin
tive McNamara talks about jobs, but when given a chance to            in 2013, but faces additional challenges due to a recent
bring private sector jobs to the district, he balked.                 National Park Service decision. Do you support the pro-
                                                                      ject? If so, what will you do to help ensure that it begins on
If elected, what will be your top priority?                           schedule and/or remains a priority? If you do not support
PAGE: We need to prime the pump of 21st century jobs by               the project, please explain.
creating incentives for green energy projects. Minnesota needs        PAGE: From my understanding, the holdup has to do with
to be a leader in solar energy, wind energy, and energy effi-         Federal language in the current laws that regulate the St. Croix
ciency. Cutting taxes for the wealthiest does not create jobs.        River. Congress has to tackle the issue. I would be glad to
Demand for products creates jobs. And if the middle class is          work with Representative McCollum (who is a graduate of
worried about a paycheck and home foreclosures, they are not          Inver Hills and an acquaintance) and Senator Klobuchar
going to driving an economic recovery. We need to hold banks          (whose husband and I have served on boards together) to rec-
accountable for their shoddy lending practices and provide            tify the situation.
people a way to remain in their homes.
                                                                      Private sector businesses and local governments have faced
What do you see as the biggest challenge for existing                 similar challenges in order to survive the recession. Many
Washington County businesses and how will you work on                 businesses have responded with innovation and creativity,
their behalf to the resolve the issue?                                and are challenging government to do the same through
PAGE: As I’ve already suggested, a slump in demand for                service redesign and spending reform. How can govern-
consumer goods is the problem—not any kind of tax issue.              ment be more pro-active in reducing the per-unit cost of
Giving tax breaks will not encourage business owners to hire          programs and services?
if the demand for their goods doesn’t exist. By tackling the          PAGE: I will have to admit that I would need further study to
enormous backlog of infrastructure needs, we can prime the            fully answer this question. Clear communication pathways are
consumer pump by putting more money into the pockets of               always a good place to start. First and foremost, businesses
people who will spend the money. Then and only then will              and individuals need to know who is accountable for helping
businesses begin to hire.                                             with a particular problem or issue. Making sure everyone
                                                                      knows how to direct someone to get a question answered is a
                                                                      good first step.
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                                          Minnesota Senate, District 52

BECKY SIEKMEIER                                                  JOHN McCALLUM
www.beckyforsenate.com                                           Independence Party candidate John McCallum did not
info@beckyforsenate.com                                          respond to the Chamber’s questionnaire by the time this
Phone: 651-291-1829                                              publication was produced.
Political Party: DFL
Occupation: Advertising/Marketing Operations                     RAY VANDEVEER
Education: Master of Public Affairs, Humphrey Institute in       Senator Ray Vandeveer did not respond to the Chamber’s
progress; BA in Social Welfare, U of M, AAS in Advertising       questionnaire by the time this publication was produced.
Design
Previous Elected Offices: None
Campaign Endorsements to Date: Republican Party, MCCL,
Voices of Conservative Women, Minnesota Farm Bureau
Education: Hastings High School, Winona State College and
Lakeland Medical and Dental Academy
Previous Elected Offices: None
Campaign Endorsements to Date: DFL, Labor, Clean Water
Action, Minnesota Farmers Union, Women Winning



Why are you running for office?                                  If elected, what strategy or strategies will you recommend
SIEKMEIER: I am running to put good ideas to work by             to help our local economy start to grow and create more
bringing balanced and reasonable decision making to the          jobs?
Senate. Decisions must be made based on evidence, not            SIEKMEIER: A) Help small businesses create jobs; they are
rhetoric. My personal voting history shows that I have an        our job creators and the life blood of our communities. Create
independent streak and I am not rooted in a single ideology.     tax credits and incentives. Provide relief on unemployment
Rather, I believe in standing up for common sense solutions.     taxes for new hires. Eliminate sales tax on capital expendi-
I have experience bringing people together to develop solu-      tures. Assure access to the credit
tions, and will use this experience to help us through these
challenging times and return us to a better and stronger Min-    B) Keep jobs in Minnesota; Reward companies who contract
nesota.                                                          with local businesses, Close loopholes in the tax code that
                                                                 encourage companies to outsource jobs to other states or coun-
If elected, what will be your top priority?                      tries.
SIEKMEIER: Getting people back to work will be my top
priority. I will help do this by making sure small businesses    C) Create a smart bonding bill that invests in projects with a
have the tools they need to create jobs. Access to credit and    long-term public benefit and impacts a broad variety of sec-
improving cooperation with state agencies will be part of the    tors. Some ideas include: We have a tremendous opportunity
strategy to make this happen. Additionally, voters tell me       to establish a new, strong manufacturing base in Minnesota by
that stable and reliable education funding for our district      creating a Renewable Energy Economy. We should build it,
must also be a priority because our schools are hurting due to   grow it, and install it (wind, solar, and bio fuels); Repair and
inadequate funding from the state.                               modernize our infrastructure: Bridges, roads, transit, water and
                                                                 sewer systems, and the electric grid; Invest in research and
What do you see as the biggest challenge for existing local      development in bio-medical technology and medical device
businesses and how will you work on their behalf to the          research at our colleges and universities; Expand Broadband –
resolve the issue?                                               Minnesota is behind neighboring states in connecting people
SIEKMEIER: Local businesses tell me they need help the           to each other and businesses to customers
following three things: 1. Relief on the unemployment taxes
for new hires, 2. A reduction or elimination of the sales tax
on capital expenditures, and 3. Access to credit. I will work
with other members of the Senate, the House, small busi-
nesses owners and their representatives to make sure all ef-
forts to assist small business are targeted to helping them in
the most direct and efficient way possible.
The St. Croix River Crossing project is scheduled to begin
in 2013, but faces additional challenges due to a recent
National Park Service decision. Do you support the pro-
ject? If so, what will you do to help ensure that it begins on
schedule and/or remains a priority? If you do not support
the project, please explain.
SIEKMEIER: A new bridge can’t come soon enough. The
Lift Bridge isn’t getting any younger and safety is a concern.
Businesses and residents alike support building a new bridge. I
would prefer to see a bridge project that protects the unique
character and habitat of the St. Croix National Scenic River-
way and I am astounded at the price tag of more than
$600,000,000 for the current design. To put it in perspective,
the recently completed Highway 62/Crosstown interchange
project – the largest transportation project ever for MnDOT –
totaled less than half of the currently proposed St. Croix
bridge plan. At a time when the state is facing such an exten-
sive budget deficit, this is not a fiscally responsible plan. But a
new bridge can’t wait, either. The recent ruling by the NPS
means there’s an opportunity for our legislative leaders to step
up and lead efforts for a bridge that meets our needs for a
more reasonable cost.

Private sector businesses and local governments have faced
similar challenges in order to survive the recession. Many
businesses have responded with innovation and creativity,
and are challenging government to do the same through
service redesign and spending reform. How can govern-
ment be more pro-active in reducing the per-unit cost of
programs and services?
SIEKMEIER: Cities and counties have been working dili-
gently to reduce costs in the wake of cuts in state funding for
mandated services. All levels of government must continue
their efforts at reform by finding additional efficiencies, maxi-
mizing economies of scale through combining efforts on pro-
jects and services that make sense, and using technology to the
fullest extent possible. However, when economic times are
difficult, the demand for government services increases be-
cause private sector employees are laid off. This means that
although the government has already improved efficiency, it
will need to become even more efficient with the limited re-
sources available. My 16 years at Best Buy headquarters
taught me that successful process improvements and per unit
cost reductions require management to partner with the people
who are closest to the work; this must happen at state agen-
cies, too.
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                                           Minnesota Senate, District 56

TED LILLIE                                                         KATHY SALTZMAN
www.lillieforsenate.com                                            www.kathysaltzman.com
Political Party: Republican                                        kathysaltzman@comcast.net
Occupation: Co-Publisher of Lillie Suburban Newspapers             Political Party: DFL Endorsed
Education: North High School; Gustavus Adolphus College,           Occupation: Currently serving as state senator. Former Com-
Majors: Accounting and Political Science                           munications and Outreach Director for Schools for Equity in
Previous Elected Offices: None                                     Education, representing 60 Minnesota school districts
Campaign Endorsements to Date: Republican Party                    (including Stillwater and South Washington County schools)
                                                                   to advance fair and equitable school funding and property tax
                                                                   reform. Prior experience: Office of St. Paul Mayor Norm
                                                                   Coleman and Marketing and Outreach for University of Min-
Why are you running for office?                                    nesota Hospital and Clinic.
LILLIE: Today is a challenging time for Minnesota families.        Education: University of Iowa
The unemployment and underemployment rates jeopardize              Previous Elected Offices: State Senator, first term
people’s future. Foreclosures and bankruptcies continue at         Campaign Endorsements to Date: Minnesota Chamber Lead-
record rates. Minnesotans are seeking solutions to the tough       ership Fund PAC, Minnesota Building and Constructions
challenges of growing the economy, creating more jobs and          Trades, Police and Peace Officers Association, Conservation
providing opportunities to succeed. This is the time for new       Minnesota, Clean Water Action
energy and new answers, for proven private sector leadership.
I will work to ensure a better future for us, our families and
our businesses. I will bring conservative values and pride back    make Minnesota more competitive in attracting new busi-
to our government, making Minnesota a better place to live,        nesses. I will continue this work by supporting tax and regula-
learn and work.                                                    tory reform, incentives for hiring and initiatives to reclaim our
SALTZMAN: At a time when our state faces both significant          competitive edge and leadership in the emerging high growth
challenges and opportunities, it's never been more important       sectors.
for constituents to expect their state leaders to be Minnesotans
first. In running for re-election, I am recommitting myself        What do you see as the biggest challenge for existing local
to be a legislator known for putting divisive politics and         businesses and how will you work on their behalf to the
pledges to special interest groups aside and instead focus her     resolve the issue?
work on bringing people together to solve problems, drive          LILLIE: The biggest challenge business leaders face today is
positive change and deliver results. I also want to continue the   the lack of clarity and vision going forward. Government
work I started in strengthening both our local and statewide       taxes, regulations and oversight is placing an insurmountable
business climate and education reform.                             wall in front of business expansion on a local, state and federal
                                                                   level. Business leaders place their resources of time, expertise
If elected, what will be your top priority?                        and capital at risk in seeking the reward of a return on their
LILLIE: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! Minnesotans compete on a global          investment. That business leader must have the vision that
stage, our legislative policies and delivery of services must      their potential return is commensurate with the associated
compete on that same stage. The role of the legislature in spur-   risks in order to plan to grow. Minnesota is one of the least
ring job growth is three fold. First: identify and eliminate       business friendly states in the country.
regulations that are limiting job growth. Second: work to en-      SALTZMAN: The economic downturn has affected all eco-
sure a qualified work force. Third: reduce business and invest-    nomic sectors. Restoring consumer confidence and putting
ment taxes that interfere with free market expansion. My cam-      people back to work is critical to restoring prosperity. Govern-
paign is defined by three words: Progress, Prosperity & Pride.     ment doesn’t create jobs, but it does establish policies that
Progress: putting Minnesotans back to work. Prosperity: grow       affect our business climate. While making corporate tax rates
wealth through free market investment of time, knowledge and       more competitive is often cited, 2005 data notes that less than
capital. Pride: Pride in ourselves and in our successes!           5% of small businesses pay corporate income taxes. Instead,
SALTZMAN: Job security for families. These challenging             40% of respondents to a recent legislative survey listed prop-
economic times are affecting our families and our businesses.      erty taxes as the #1 barrier to starting or expanding businesses
It’s why growing and creating jobs and doing everything we         in Minnesota. I will support comprehensive tax reform to en-
can to help Minnesota recover from this recession as quickly       sure our tax structure is both more fair and competitive.
as possible are so important. I have worked to aggressively
improve our small business climate by establishing pro-growth
policies that encourage companies to grow and create jobs and
If elected, what strategy or strategies will you recommend          Private sector businesses and local governments have faced
to help our local economy start to grow and create more             similar challenges in order to survive the recession. Many
jobs?                                                               businesses have responded with innovation and creativity,
LILLIE: The state should create an attractive climate for pri-      and are challenging government to do the same through
vate businesses to open and grow in Minnesota, as opposed to        service redesign and spending reform. How can govern-
increasing taxes to fund an expanded government bureauc-            ment be more pro-active in reducing the per-unit cost of
racy. Unlike my incumbent opponent, I would oppose tax in-          programs and services?
creases on small businesses and legislation that would drive up     LILLIE: have worked with local units of government to help
energy costs for job creators. Instead, I propose streamlining      evaluate how they provide services to their constituents. One
the permitting process for new business startups, simplifying       of the largest opportunities to gain efficiencies in government
the tax code for corporate filers, and investing in an educated     at all levels is shared services. Shared services evaluates what
workforce.                                                          level of government is best able to provide a service the most
SALTZMAN: I met last spring with business leaders who               efficiently. Primary examples of existing shared services in
were involved in developing the Itasca Project’s recent jobs        our Senate District include that many cities utilize Washington
report and that is a good place to start in exploring the concept   County Sheriffs department for police coverage or contract
of regional economic development. Some of these recommen-           with Lakeview Hospital for emergency services. There are
dations involve policy and tax changes, which I have already        many cost savings in all layers of government that will reduce
noted I support, but there are important partnerships that could    the burden of government on families and businesses in our
also be formed or strengthened. As an example, I have sup-          district.
ported and participated in efforts with our local Chambers to       SALTZMAN: Tackling this historic deficit will require addi-
form coalitions to advance transportation projects in our area      tional cuts in spending throughout government and being
and address congestion in downtown Stillwater.                      smarter and more efficient in how we deliver services and
                                                                    eliminate waste and duplication. In addition to supporting leg-
The St. Croix River Crossing project is scheduled to begin          islation to encourage shared services among school districts, I
in 2013, but faces additional challenges due to a recent            also co-authored the Commission on Service Innovation. Over
National Park Service decision. Do you support the pro-             the interim, business leaders and public sector leaders are
ject? If so, what will you do to help ensure that it begins on      working to provide the legislature with specific recommenda-
schedule and/or remains a priority? If you do not support           tions that should lead to further cost savings through redesign,
the project, please explain.                                        reform and shared services. I have also supported eliminating
LILLIE: The residents of the St. Croix River valley need to         unnecessary unfunded mandates, so school boards have
see a resolution to the issue of a new river crossing. The          greater flexibility and local control of their budgets
roads in Stillwater, serve two groups, those wanting to get to
Stillwater for it's great quality of life, wonderful restaurants
and shopping options, and those wanting to get through Still-
water. Those seeking to get through Stillwater are hindering
the quaint pedestrian experiences that Stillwater offers. This
project needs to have a persistent advocate who has an under-
standing of the complexities, challenges and roadblocks. My
experience as a coalition builder, community leader and strong
advocate who can reach across the aisle to get projects com-
pleted will be beneficial.
SALTZMAN: The recent and unexpected decision by the
National Park Service that it is unable to approve construction
of a new St. Croix River Crossing under current federal laws
significantly changes the role of the state legislature in ad-
vancing this project. I sponsored legislation that accelerated
this project from 2024 to 2013. However, unless the NPS deci-
sion can be appealed, it will be necessary to work with our
federal delegation and seek special action from Congress. I
will continue to work with our local elected officials, busi-
nesses, residents and Wisconsin partners in finding a long
term solution.

				
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