2012 Candidate Survey Results



In order to assist the U of M’s 250,000-plus alumni who live and work in Minnesota to make informed voting decisions, we sought information on 2012 legislative candidates’ positions on investing in higher education, specifically the University of Minnesota’s research mission. We created a brief survey for the 2012 legislative candidates, the results of which are below.

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Who are my candidates? Use the District Finder to identify your district. The Alumni Association contacted 396 candidates for state legislature. If your candidate's name does not appear below, it is because he/she did not respond to our request.

Legislative District
Candidate
First Name
 Candidate Last Name Party Affiliation
Will you work for increased state financial support for higher education?
(View the full question here)
Will you oppose additional research restrictions?
(View the full question here)
Will you support funding for clinical training of health professionals?
(View the full question here)
Will you support capital investment in the University, especially preservation and rehabilitation funds?
(View the full question here)
2A
Roger
Erickson  D
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
4A
Ben
Lien
D
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
6
Brandon
Anderson
R
No
Comments
Yes
Comments
No
Comments
Yes
Comments
6B
Jesse
Colangelo
R
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
8
Dan
Skogen D
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
8B
Bob
Cunniff
D
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
9A
Don
Niles
D
Yes
Comments
No
Yes
Comments
No
Comments
9B
Adrian
Welle
D
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
11
Bill
Saumer
R
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
No
Comments
12
John
Schultz
D
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Comments
12A
Jay
McNamar
D
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
12B
Rick
Rosenfield
D
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
13 Peggy
Boeck
D
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
13B Shannon
Schroeder
D
Yes
Comments
Yes
Yes
Yes
14
Jerry
McCarter
D
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
14A
Anne
Nolan
D
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
14B
Zachary
Dorholt
D
Yes
Yes
Comments
Yes
Yes
15A
Joe
Walsh
D
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
16
Gary
Dahms
R
Yes
Comments
No
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
16A
Al
Kruse
D
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
16B
James
Kanne
D
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
  Paul  Torkelson Yes
Comments
No
Comments
Yes  Yes 
17 Lyle  Koenen Yes  No  Yes  Yes 
17B Zachary  Liebl  Yes  No
Comments
Yes  Yes
Comments
18A Nancy  Larson  D Yes
Comments
Yes  Yes
Comments
Yes 
18B Logan  Campa  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
19A  Terry  Morrow  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
19B  Kathy  Brynaert  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
20  Kevin  Dahle  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes
Comments
20B  David  Bly  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
21  Matt  Schmit  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
  John  Howe  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
21A  John  Bacon  Yes
Comments
Yes
Yes
Comments
Yes
21B  Bruce  Montplaisir Yes
Comments
Yes  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
22A  Eugene  Short  Yes  Yes  Yes
Comments
Yes
22B  Cheryl  Avenel-Navara Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
23  Paul  Marquardt  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
23A  Kevin  Labenz  Yes
Comments
Yes Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
25  Judy  Ohly  Yes
Comments
Yes  Yes  Yes 
  David  Senjem  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
25B  Kim  Norton  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
  Melissa Valeriano  Decline to answer Decline to answer Decline to answer Decline to answer
26  Kenneth  Moen  Yes  Yes  No  Yes 
26A  Tina  Liebling  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
27B  Jeanne  Poppe  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
29  Brian  Doran  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
30  Paul  Perovich  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
30A  Holly  Neuman  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
31  Mike  Starr  Yes
Comments
No Yes Yes
Comments
32  Jeske  Noordergraaf Yes
Comments
Yes Yes
Comments
Yes
32A  Paul  Gammel  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes Yes
Comments
33A  Todd  Mikkelson  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
               
34B
David
Hoden
D
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Yes
Comments
35  Peter  Perovich  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
35B  Sam  Scott  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
36  John  Hoffman  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
36A  Grace  Baltich  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
36B  Melissa Hortman  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes Yes
Comments
37A  Jerry  Newton  D
Yes
Comments
Yes Yes Yes
38  Tim  Henderson  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
39A  John  Bruno  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes  Yes 
40  Chris  Eaton  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
41B Tim Utz Other No
Comments
No
Comments
No
Comments
No
Comments
42  Bev  Scalze  Yes
Comments
Yes Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
42A  Barb  Yarusso  Yes Yes Yes Comments
43 Chuck  Wiger  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
 Yes
Comments
43A  Peter  Fischer  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
44  Terri  Bonoff  Yes  Yes
Comments
Yes Yes
Comments
44A  Audrey  Britton  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes Yes
Comments
44A  John  Benson  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
45A
Lyndon
Carlson
D
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
               
46B  David  Arvidson  No
Comments
Yes
Comments
No
Comments
No
Comments
47  James  Weygand  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Yes
Comments
49  Melisa  Franzen  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
50A  Linda  Slocum  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes Yes
Comments
  Joseph  Koch  No
Comments
Yes
Comments
No
Comments
Yes
Comments
51A Sandra  Masin  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
52B  Joe  Atkins  Yes
Comments
Yes Yes
Yes
Comments
53A  JoAnn  Ward  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
53B  Ann Marie Metzger  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
54A  Ronald  Lischeid  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
55  Kathy  Busch  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
55A  Chuck  Berg  Yes
Comments
Yes Yes Yes
56B  Will  Morgan  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes Yes
  Roz  Peterson  Yes
Comments
No Yes Yes
Comments
57  Greg  Clausen  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
57A  Roberta  Gibbons  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
57B  Jeff  Wilfahrt  Yes  Yes
Comments
Yes Yes
58  Andrew  Brobston  Yes  Yes  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
58A  Colin  Lee  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
58B Jim Arlt  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
59A Joe Mullery  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
59B  Raymond  Dehn  Yes  Yes  Yes  No
Comments
60  Kari  Dziedzic  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
60A  Diane  Loeffler  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes

Brent  Millsop  No  No  No  No 
60B  Kody  Zalewski  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes No
Comments
61 D. Scott  Dibble  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
63B  Jean  Wagenius  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
64  Richard  Cohen  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes Yes
Comments
  Scott  Larson  Other  Yes
Comments
No
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
64A  Erin  Murphy  Yes
Comments
Yes Yes Yes
65 Sandy Pappas  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
65B  Carlos  Mariani  Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
Yes
Comments
66  John  Marty  Yes
Comments
Yes Yes Yes
Comments
66A  Alice  Hausman  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes
Comments

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