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Andrew Falk letter: Your choice should be clear

In a year where people are growing increasingly frustrated with the disgusting level of gridlock in politics, I take it as a badge of honor that the West Central Tribune said that I was a candidate who offends both of the entrenched political par...

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In a year where people are growing increasingly frustrated with the disgusting level of gridlock in politics, I take it as a badge of honor that the West Central Tribune said that I was a candidate who offends both of the entrenched political parties.

When I was in office, I thought about loyalty to the citizens of my district before I thought about loyalty to my party. Did this ruffle some feathers on both sides of the aisle? Sometimes. But as a state and a nation, we are getting nowhere by waiting for the two-party system to stop bickering long enough to act.

I will happily put my record up against anyone's. Including balancing a broken budget, paying back every penny borrowed from our schools by the Republicans, restoring the homestead credit, freezing tuition, and closing more than $600 million worth of corporate tax loopholes.

For farmers, I authored the law that created the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center at the University of Minnesota, to research and develop ways to combat invasive species including: pests (soybean aphid), pathogens (soybean rust), and herbicide-resistant weeds (palmer amaranth). I passed legislation that kept our ethanol industry in compliance with federal standards and have supported increasing the renewable fuels mandate. And, I didn't vote for the buffer bill, as incumbent Tim Miller did.

The DFL lawmakers and I got the job done on time and on budget without the chaotic ends to the legislative sessions.

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The paper couldn't have made your decision this election cycle more clear. If you want a representative in St. Paul who is a rabid defender of partisan gridlock and tax breaks for Big Tobacco and corporations, then the incumbent deserves your vote. But if you think the system needs a big dose of reality, and getting something done about the excessive prescription drug and insurance costs, crumbling roads and bridges, and inadequate education and preschool funding, then the choice is clear, and I would appreciate your support.

Andrew Falk

Murdock

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