State House District 34A: Leanne Pouliot Kunze
Frequent readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of Leanne’s. The two posts linked below give you key reasons to understand why I am so enthusiastic about her campaign for the State House.
State Senate District 34: Laura Helmer
Laura Helmer would be a terrific addition to the State Senate. A moderate, pro-business Democrat, Helmer intends to start a bi-partisan small business caucus in the Senate — putting actions to her words. The election of Helmer (and Kunze) would give this area responsible, solutions-focused representation in the Legisalture — a welcome change from the partisan games we’ve seen from Julianne Ortman.
Carver County Commissioner District 3: Randy Maluchnik
There are certainly some valid critiques one could make of the current incumbents on the Carver County Board. The septic system situation at the Waconia Ballroom has certainly been handled poorly. Depending on which property tax metrics you use, you could make the argument that Carver County is somewhat overtaxed.
That said, Jay Swenson (and the challengers in the other districts) have been light on specific changes they would make. It’s easy to point out things that may have gone wrong in the past, but it’s far more difficult to indicate specifically how you would accomplish what you say you’re going to do.
Randy Maluchnik has been a solid Commissioner. He has good relations across the County. He (and the rest of the board) have seemed to get the message on keeping a closer eye on the tax levy, as the county has reduced the levy for 2011. Importantly, Maluchnik has also rejected the call to make the board a partisan body. We don’t need partisan politics infecting our county and local affairs. He deserves re-election.
Chaska City Council: No Endorsements
As I don’t live in Ward 1 or Ward 3, I’m not going to give a formal endorsement. However, a few thoughts on the races here. As I noted about a month ago, the challengers in these races have the burden of proof. There are decisions made and actions taken by this Council that could provide a platform for making such a case. Based on what I’ve seen, though, the challengers have not made their case (and granted, not living in the Wards in question, I may not be aware of all the campaign activity).
I’m particularly hopeful that Gino Businaro will push for increased financial discipline on the city’s part should he be re-elected next week. His “no” vote on the city budget last year was appropriate, and he should not be afraid to vote “no” again.