Dave Kruse

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Dave Kruse
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Former candidate for
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 19B
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolMankato West High School, 1997
Associate'sBethany Lutheran College, 1998
Bachelor'sMinnesota State University-Mankato
Personal
ProfessionBusiness owner
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Dave Kruse was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 19B of the Minnesota House of Representatives.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Kruse's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Education

The Minnesota constitution tasks our legislature with establishing a uniform system of education, yet a great disparity exists in per-pupil school funding between Mankato and metro-area schools. I will fight for our students who deserve equal treatment. The success of any child’s education is dependent on parental involvement. To encourage this, we must return the power and responsibility of education to parents. Schools must be transparent in their budgeting, and they must be accountable first to parents and then to the state.

Families right here in Mankato have the highest hopes and dreams for their children. School accountability belongs here with Mankato families. Measuring the quality of education is best done here in our community. I oppose any federal initiative that usurps the right of our teachers and parents to determine what is best for our students. I support school choice. Parents know best what is right for their children. I will defend private schools and home schooling as an important part of our education system.

Health Care
I will work to protect your right to choose what is best for you. State regulatory intervention in the health insurance industry has resulted in a monopoly run by government control that discourages competition. This damages the health of the people in Minnesota and the healthcare industry. Removing unnecessary regulation will make it possible for more health insurance companies to provide a wider range of competitively priced plans in Minnesota. Keep your doctor, and keep the plan you like too.

Jobs and Economy
Minnesotans have an incredible work ethic. We know how to get things done. We want to work and provide for our families. However, employers are leaving Minnesota for more favorable business climates, and they are taking many jobs with them. Other businesses, based outside of Minnesota, are reluctant to consider our state when planning to move or expand their operations due to the high tax and regulatory burdens imposed by our legislature.

When our state legislature manages its budget poorly, employers are hurt by higher taxes. When the state legislature listens to lobbyists and special interest groups instead of the people, it imposes ill advised regulation on employers. When businesses can not succeed in our state, we are in trouble. Employers are forced to make difficult decisions about downsizing, moving out of state or closing their doors for good.

To support Minnesota workers, I will fight for fiscal responsibility and work to reduce corporate income taxes and harmful government regulation.

Life
I am 100% Pro-Life and strongly oppose violence against the unborn. I will fight against any form of tax payer funding of abortion. I will work to bring the abortion issue back from the Supreme Court and return it to the Minnesota legislature where it properly belongs.

Sensible Spending

  • Demand efficiency and streamline state services.
  • Reduce the size of our big government.
  • Focus spending on the right priorities.

Minnesotans are dealing with tough economic times by scrutinizing every expense. We adjust our lifestyle and focus on the necessities. Minnesota government needs to take the same approach.

In recent years, our state budget has grown too much too fast. The rate of government growth we have experienced in the last decade is not sustainable and it slows down genuine, healthy economic growth. Today our government has reached a size we simply cannot afford, a size that eats away at our children’s future.

Your next representative will affect the balance of a legislature challenged with a massive budget deficit. The current DFL majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives, is unfortunately owned by too many special interest groups, and so it has failed to address this crisis. Instead, they spend first, then they try to secure funding. Without a spending plan based on what we can afford, our crisis will only worsen.

I will advocate for the good of all Minnesota – not pet projects or special interests – by supporting only responsible spending. We must bring accountability to government and demand efficient use of taxpayer money. We must reduce the size of government with our state constitution guiding our priorities.[2][3]

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Minnesota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 12, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Jack Considine was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Dave Kruse was unopposed in the Republican primary. Considine defeated Kruse in the general election.[4][5][6]

Minnesota House of Representatives, District 19B General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJack Considine 56% 6,258
     Republican Dave Kruse 43.9% 4,905
     Write-in Write-in 0.2% 19
Total Votes 11,182

2010

See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

Kruse ran for election to the District 23B seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He was defeated by Kathy Brynaert (DFL) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

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