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Letter: Vote for Bruce Vogel

There are two very different men running for state representative in District 13B this year.

On one hand, we have a 14-year incumbent and career politician named Al Juhnke, who has long forgotten the citizens who elected him and has become a pawn of special interest groups that pour money into his campaign in return for political favors.

On the other hand, we have a good friend of mine named Bruce Vogel, a small businessman and private citizen who has stepped up to answer the call of public service because he feels that he can bring a fresh perspective and a real commonsense approach to St. Paul.

To show just how out of touch Al Juhnke is with the voters in his district, let's take a look at Al's voting record over the last two years. On education, Al voted against an amendment to equalize the per-pupil funding across the state. Currently, metro schools receive $3,000 to $4,000 more per student than our local schools. With this extra money alone, we wouldn't need a referendum. Bruce Vogel supports reforming the school funding formula and making sure rural schools receive their fair share.

Al also voted against lowering the business tax from 9.8 percent to 4.8 percent to help spur job growth and job creation. Bruce Vogel supports lowering taxes and making Minnesota business friendly again.

Al also voted not once, but twice, against photo ID to be required at the polls before voting. With over 80 percent of Minnesotans wanting photo ID at the polls, Bruce Vogel supports strengthening our voter system with photo ID.

And of course, Al is not in favor of term limits and even voted against ending the use of taxpayer money to fund legislative pensions.

When elected, Bruce Vogel has pledged to serve only eight years, which is two years short of receiving a government pension. For these reasons and many more, I proudly support Bruce Vogel. It's time to make government live within its means, just like the citizens of Kandiyohi County have had to do for the last 14 years.

Bonnie Wilhelm