7B Candidates: Motivation and Budget

Posted at: 10/12/2012 4:32 PM
Updated at: 10/12/2012 6:21 PM

On Thursday evening, on Park Point, the three men vying for the 7B House seat participated in a forum to share their views on the issues.

Travis Silvers, an independent contractor, said it's because, "I know what it's like to work hard and face regulations. I'd like to see that lifted off the backs of the hard working people. Taxes and things that hurt the little guys, I'd really like to see that changed."

Jay Fosle, a city councilor and school district employee, said the only reason he threw his hat into the ring was because of what happened to Rep. Kerry Gauthier. Gauthier is not running for re-election, after a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop became public.

He said, "I felt somebody with experience had to step up. I've been on the council for four years and nine months, and have written amendments and done ordinances." Fosle is running as an independent, write-in candidate.

And Erik Simonson, who's the DFL-endorsed candidate and an assistant fire chief, said he's focused on making sure Duluth is represented down in St. Paul.

"They're not running about places like Duluth and Iron Range. They're more worried about suburbs in the Twin Cities. We need to stop that. I'm running to continue the good work that's being done at the capital."

As for balancing a state budget, Fosle said we shouldn't do it on the backs of the school districts. Simonson said it's a matter of finding additional revenues and changing the tax system. And Silvers stressed it's about addressing the growing cost of health care.

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