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State Rep. Jeremy Kalin -- clean energy leader -- won't run for re-election

State Rep. Jeremy Kalin, a DFLer from North Branch, won't run for re-election in November.

He was first elected in 2006, and has become a leader in clean energy and is chairman of the Coalition of Legislators for Energy Action Now (CLEAN), a national bipartisan group of state legislators working closely with the White House to pass federal clean-energy jobs legislation.

A conservative limited-government blog, True North, suggests that Kalin withdrew from the race after getting the DFL endorsement because of a strong challenge from Wyoming Mayor Sheldon Anderson.

But Kalin's statement about leaving office stresses family reasons:

"My wife and I were married during my first year in office. For 2 and a half years, we've managed the very hectic life of a State Representative from Chisago County and an ob-gyn physician delivering babies 45 miles away in Minneapolis. We've decided to take a break from campaigns and elected office and enjoy our lives together, while we can still call ourselves 'newlyweds.' "

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Jeremy Kalin has decided not to seek re-election to represent the citizens of Chisago County at the state capitol. As a Repulican candidate for this same office, I respect the decision Mr. Kalin has made.

There has been a definite shift in the attitude of Chisago County residents away from liberal tax and spend policies to policies that are more financially responsibile. Over the past couple of years we have seen higher gas taxes, higher sales taxes and even higher property taxes at the same time that property values have fallen. Even with these higher taxes we still have a deficit of $1 Billion dollars with higher deficits projected in 2011 and beyond.

The decision by Mr. Kalin may be the result of an honest look at the anger that voters have shown already in 2010 to policies that don’t put the interests of middle class families first.

I wish Mr. Kalin well in his future endeavors.

Bob Barrett
Republican candidate, MN state house 17B

Mr. Barrett: In your heart, can you look at what has happened to our state since Pawlenty took office and say that his anti-tax, anti-worker, anti-government, anti-poor people "policies" are more fiscally responsible that previous governors who, Democratic or Republican, understood fiscal responsibility to mean managing revenue and spending in ways that benefit the common good?

None of them condemned indigent, homeless and ill (often with mental illnesses) people to a life without their current access to health care? Pawlenty's "solution" kills not only GAMC but MinnCare, which means he is creating ever more uninsured people who will show up at emergency rooms for care.

Oh. I forgot. He cut hospital emergency room payments, too. Wow. How "responsible" of him.