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Rhett Zenke (Republican)

My name is Rhett Zenke, and I am not a politician. I am an auto mechanic, a husband, and a father of three. I know what it is like to have to live within your means, and I think it is time for a little of that common sense to return to our state capitol.

These days it seems that the more money we send to St. Paul, the less we get back, and the more they want to take. I think that our state government needs to give us more "bang for the buck". The slowing economy, job losses, and the rising costs of energy and health care have put a lot of pressure on the family budget. The problem is you simply can't ask your boss for more money, you have to tighten your belt, and cut costs to make ends meet. The Democrats in St. Paul are facing a huge budget shortfall in the future too, but guess where they are going to get the money from. If you remember the budget battle in 2009, Governor Pawlenty held the line on increasing taxes on Minnesotans. The DFL tried to hold the line on out-of-control spending and protecting a bloated bureaucracy, at the beginning of session in 2011, we won't have the governor watching our back. We will need to make sure that the Minnesota House will hold the line on spending, and that's what I intend on doing.

I think that we need to tell St. Paul that enough is enough. The citizens of greater Minnesota do not think English is an optional language. We are not in favor of welfare for drug users. We don't think that bad guys need parole instead of prison. We don't need a light rail system that does nothing to alleviate congestion in the Metro area, and we certainly don't think that the politicians in St. Paul need a guaranteed pay raise.

What we need is our roads fixed; our streets safe; our gun rights, traditional marriage and the unborn protected; and a pro-business atmosphere to draw good-paying jobs to south-east Minnesota.

Thank you for your time, and I hope I can count on your support again this fall.

Info from Rhett Zenke's Website.

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