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Pose Your Questions to the District 46 Candidates

Two House races and a Senate race will be on the ballot this November.

With the Nov. 6 election fast approaching, Patch wants to give you the chance to pose a question to the District 46 candidates.

In the Senate District 46 race, incumbent Sen. Ron Latz (DFL) is taking on Republican challenger Paul Scofield.

There are two local House races—in 46A, Democratic incumbent Rep. Ryan Winkler faces Republican John Swanson, and incumbent Rep. Steve Simon (DFL) takes on Republican challenger David Arvidson in 46B.

In the comments below, we welcome you to post your questions. If you'd like to just question one particular candidate, please note that. Otherwise, we'll assume all questions are intended for all the candidates.

Please keep questions civil and respectful. We'll gather some of the best questions we receive and pose them to the candidates. The resulting interviews will run on Patch.

Kristin Leonard October 08, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Do you support or oppose the marriage amendment and why?
Kristin Leonard October 08, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Do you support or oppose the voter id amendment and why?
Michael Hindin October 08, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Do you support the Anti-Marriage Ammendment? Why should conservative religious groups protected by the First Amendment determine by law and constitution which people my religious organization wishes to bless with marriage?
Barbara Aslakson October 08, 2012 at 02:48 PM
What blend of taxes and cuts will you support?
Michael Hindin October 08, 2012 at 02:50 PM
What are your plans and or past actions to support small businesses and their owners and workers?
mike savick October 08, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Recently Gary Boisclair, a Conservative Tea Party activest, ran in the DFL Primary against Congressmen Keith Ellison. His two main points of contention were abortion and Ellison's Muslim faith (Catholic Online, Catholic.org. etc.). What is your response to bringing a candidate's religous affilaition into focus during a campaign?
mike savick October 08, 2012 at 03:17 PM
How would you fund public schools and how would you respond to teachers' unions negotiating for more pay and benefits?
Sara Maaske October 08, 2012 at 03:18 PM
How will you work to bring SWLRT to our community and how will you change the conversation from rerouting the freight rail in St. Louis Park to the benefits LRT will bring to our communities.
Michael Hindin October 08, 2012 at 03:18 PM
How would you respond to public union negotiations for more pay and benefits?
Rebecca Phelan October 08, 2012 at 03:25 PM
How will you approach public school funding? What do you consider adaquete funding for our schools?
Michael Rose (Editor) October 08, 2012 at 03:27 PM
These are all great questions, folks. Keep them coming! Thanks for keeping these all very civil, respectful and on-target.
Norman Teigen October 08, 2012 at 04:19 PM
The continuing development of business opportunity and development should, in my opinion, be a priority. What are your plans, for example, to foster the implementation of the light rail system in the SW metro? What financial incentives do you favor to encourage the establishment of high tech business in your district?
Nancy E Gertner October 08, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Has Minnesota Department of Transportation adequately maintained state roads and infrastructure in SD46?
Joanne Boyer October 08, 2012 at 07:34 PM
How can you change the conversation in St. Paul to work toward compromise? Are you open to compromise with members of the opposition party? What does compromise look like to you?
Bill Arthur October 09, 2012 at 08:00 PM
How will the legislature pay back the money it owes to the schools? How do you plan to vote on the amendments and why? Is there really much voter fraud? Why shouldn't gay people have the right to get married? In a fair society, shouldn't people who have more money pay more taxes/
Pam Rykken October 09, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Do you believe that Minnesota's constitution should secure rights for all people? Should the constitution be amended when a state statute would do the job?

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