Address: 710 Eighth Ave. N.W. Austin.

Family: Married, four children.

Work history: Teaches government at Austin High School.

Education history: Degree in education from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Government history: Elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002; serves on the Education Policy Committee, Higher Education Finance Committee, and the Judiciary Policy and Finance Committee.


Contact information: Phone: (651) 296-4193; e-mail,

Top three issues:

1. Jobs and economic development.

2. Health care cost containment.

3. Education.

Candidate's statement:

I have worked consistently for the area. I have helped create good jobs and voted for reducing health-care costs and increasing funding for classrooms.

Five questions of the candidate:


1. Can the state do more to help local authorities deal with use and production of methamphetamine in rural Minnesota? Yes.

2. Can Minnesota afford the schools it needs to make our children competitive in a world economy? Yes.

3. Is there a fair distribution of state resources between rural and metropolitan areas? No.

4. Do state and national governments bear any responsibility for the lack of flu vaccine this year? Somewhat.

5. Do teachers and administrators have the tools they need to maintain discipline and promote learning in the classroom? Yes.

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