Arts Alert: Who Supports the Arts? VOTE in Primary August 12

Arts Alert: Who Supports the Arts? VOTE in Primary August 12.

Primary Election is August 12

Who Supports the Arts?

MCA is surveying all of the candidates for the Minnesota House and we have posted preliminary results on our web page. While the project is aimed at the November election, we did get a number of responses from legislative candidates who are competing in the primary next Tuesday.  Some of them will not make it on to the General Election, so it’s important for everyone to vote on Tuesday.

Legislators make arts policy so we want to know where they stand. We’ve asked them if they participate in the arts, if they will support arts funding, if they support tax exemptions for nonprofits, and if they will protect the Legacy fund from legislators who try to divert it to pork barrel projects.  They also have an opportunity to comment about their support for the arts. Over 50% of legislative candidates have responded already and some are still coming in. (It’s just as telling when you see that a legislator has not bothered to respond to our issues).

Thirteen Minnesota House races include primaries on August 12.  There are also primary races farther up on the ballet, for State Auditor, Governor, etc. Below are the House primary races, the candidates, and their responses to our survey on arts policy issues. (Note: Because of the number of candidates in each district, you may have to scroll down on the MCA web page to see the answers of your candidates).

Don’t know your district?
It’s easy to find out here: http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

Arts Survey Responses from MN House Primary Candidates:

District 5A:
Incumbent Rep. John Persell is challenged by Lavern Pederson in the Democratic primary. The winner will face Phillip Nelson (R) in the general election. Here are their survey responses: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-5/

District 6A:

Incumbent Carly Melin  is challenged by John Finken  in the Democratic primary. The winner will face Roger Weber (R) in the general election. Here are their survey responses: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-6/

District 7B:

Republican primary between Carla Bayerl and Travis Silvers to see who faces incumbent Rep. Erik Simonson in the general election: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-7/

District 12A: 

There is a Republican primary between Jeff Backer and Nancy Taffe to see who will challenge Incumbent Rep.Jay McNamar (D) in the general election. http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-12/

District 30B

Republican primary between Kevin Kasel and Eric Lucero to see who runs agains Sharon Shimek (D) in the general election. None of the three have yet answered the arts survey: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-30/

District 35A:

Republican primary between Justin Boals and Abigail Whelan to determine who runs against Peter Perovich (D) in the general election. Two of the three answered the arts survey: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-35/

District 40B: 

Incumbent Rep. Debra Hilstrom  is challenged by Timothy Davis, Sr.  in the Democratic primary. The winner will face Mali Marvin  (R) in the general election. Neither candidate responded to the survey: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-40/

District 44B:

Three Democratic candidates, Jon Applebaum, Jon Tollefson, and Tony Wagner are vying for the chance to run against Ryan Rutzick (R) in the general election. Two of the four answered the arts survey: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-44/

District 47A:
Republican primary between Bob Frey and Jim Nash to see who faces Democrat Matthew Gieseke in the general election. Only one of the three answered the arts survey: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-47/

District 48B:

Incumbent Rep. Jennifer Loon is challenged by Sheila Kihne in the Republican primary. The winner will face Joan Howe-Pullis  (D) in the general election. Here are their survey responses: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-48/

District 51A:

Republican primary between Victor Lake and Andrea Todd-Harlin to see who faces incumbant Democrat Sandra Masin in the General election. None of the three answered the arts survey: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-51/

District 55A:

Republican primary between Bob Loonan and Bruce Mackenthun to see who will face Jay Whiting (D) and Derek Thury (IPM) in the general election. http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-55/

District 60B:

Incumbent Rep. Phyllis Kahn is challenged by Mohamud Noor in the Democratic primary. The winner will face the winner of the Republican primary between Abdimalik Askar and Abdulkarim Mohamed Godah in the general election.  Here are heir survey responses: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-60/

District 63B: 

Incumbent Rep. Jean Wagenius  is challenged by Roger Kittelson in the Democratic primary. The winner will face Andres Hortillosa (R) in the general election http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/2014-district-63/

Don’t have a candidate in the primary?

You can still see if your Representative has responded to the survey yet here: http://www.mncitizensforthearts.org/actnow/legislatorsupport/

Donate to Your Favorite Minnesota Canididate and Get a Full Refund from the State of Minnesota!

Did you know that in Minnesota the state will reimburse you for some contributions to state candidates? Essentially you can donate to your favorite arts friendly candidate for free! Here’s all the details: http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/individuals/individ_income/Pages/Refund_for_Political_Contribution.aspx

The candidate will send you a reciept and a form to file for the refund. It’s VERY easy.

Don’t forget to tell them that you are donating because of their support for the arts!