Early on, the lead bounced back and forth between incumbent Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) and Bev Topp (D-Farmington) for the Minnesota State House 36B seat. But in the end, Garofalo reclaimed his seat with a count of 13,445 votes to Topp’s 10,370.
We asked all candidates the same questions and gave them each 600 words to answer. They got to use those words however they thought was best.
The questions are:
1. Why are you the best person to Represent District 36B in the Minnesota House of Representatives?
2. Transportation has been a big issue in this area, with proposals for everything from improved bus transit to light rail in the area? Do you think this area’s transportation needs are being met? If not, what must change?
3. What would be your priorities when trying to put together a balanced budget for the state?
4. If you could address just one issue as a state Representative what would it be and how would you address it?Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
We asked both candidates the same questions
The questions are:
1. Americans are expressing their growing concern about the economy, whether it is higher gas (both heating and vehicle) and grocery prices; increased medical costs, etc., or concern about their financial investments/retirement accounts. What do you believe should be done about the situation and what should be the response of Congress?2. How can Dakota County continue to ensure it is a “premier place in which to live,” while still adhering to its low tax rate?
2. The United States has now been at war with Iraq for more than five years, with differing opinions of how successful it has been. Where should we go from here?
3. What makes you the best candidate for this position? Why should people in this district vote for you?
Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
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