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Minn. House, Senate Candidates Talk Environment in Forum

Posted at: 10/10/2012 10:35 PM
Updated at: 10/11/2012 9:38 AM
By: Travis Dill

Candidates from three different House and Senate races agreed it was vital to keep Northeastern Minnesota’s economy strong, but Minnesota’s environmental protections are just as important.

In the race for District 6B, Rep. Mary Murphy, DFL-Duluth, and her opponent, Republican Keith MacDonald displayed their stance on the protections with respect to the area’s economy, which relies on mining.

“I feel that there needs to be a reasonable balance between protecting our environment and of course moving mining and logging and shipping forward,” MacDonald said.

“Now it's our responsibility to develop new policies if new standards are needed, but certainly not to diminish the standards that we have,” Murphy said.

Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, is running for re-election in District 7 against Republican Tyler Verry.

This is the second forum Eyewitness News has attended at which Verry has not been present. “So how can all of you think about these issues and make choices when candidates don't come. That's really, I think, disappointing,” Reinert said.

Reinert also said environmental protections should not take steps backward.

Rep. Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth, was present for the forum, but his Republican opponent Theresa Bower did not attend. They're competing for the District 7A seat.