Many of us were shocked by the murder of George Floyd and the events that followed in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and all over the world! For many Americans this was a turning point unlike any other that revealed the ugly truth of how racism has become a part of the entire structure of our society. I believe this must end.
George Floyd's death offers us an opportunity to implement real change in addressing Structural Racism in our state, in our cities and in our communities. I believe now is the time to address our broken systems that offer some people privileges while denying others equal access.
When I’m elected, you can count on me to bring diverse voices together to work to address systemic racism in education, health care, economic development, employment and housing. My goal will be to help RE-IMAGINE our communities, especially our communities of color.
I hope you’ll join me in being part of the solution.
I believe we need a healthcare system that provides affordable access to all - because the costs of many prescription drugs are too high. These medications affect people's quality of life and are out of reach for the average American, especially those on fixed incomes.
I have been actively involved in State Government as an advocate and leader for health insurance coverage, women's issues, adoption issues, medical privacy and updating our stated laws for current technologies.
Yes, I support adoption of a single payer healthcare system
Yes, I am pro-choice.
I will advocate for an educational system where each and every student receives an excellent education, meets them where they are at and prepares them for their future whether they go to trade schools, vocational schools, community colleges or 4-year colleges and beyond.
The education achievement gap in Minnesota needs to be addressed immediately. The city or neighborhood in which a child lives should not determine his/her access to the best education resources that Minnesota can provide. I will address the equity of taxes paid for education in suburban communities like ours, which don't have a lot of industry.
I understand the need for inclusion in our schools for students with differing abilities, differing cultures and differing needs.
As your State Representative in St. Paul, I will promote Parent and Grandparent engagement in our schools, in our district and in our state.
In order to begin resolving many social issues, we need to address healthcare, affordable housing, increasing the minimum wage and addressing the education achievement gap. We also need to empower families.
Yes, I will address the constantly growing homelessness that pervades our community. We need to help homeless people focus on finding employment, instead of looking for their next meal and bed.
If we focus on empowering families, many of our social issues will begin to resolve themselves
Gun-related deaths in Minnesota have risen by over 50% in the past 20 years. In 2015, Minnesota earned a grade of “C” for the strength of its gun laws (2015 Gun Law State Scorecard compiled by the California-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence).
To improve the safety of all Minnesotans, we need to advocate for compulsory background checks on all gun purchasers, including at gun shows and to exclude access for people who are mentally ill. We need to work to eliminate the “boyfriend loophole” that allows access to guns by physically abusive ex-boyfriends and stalkers with previous convictions.
Minnesota has an excellent record of progress in bringing new renewable energy sources online. I subscribe to a goal of 80% of our total energy coming from renewable sources by 2030 – we have the technology today to do this. And to reach a zero-carbon goal by 2050, vigorously funding the research required to create the technologies we need to get us there
Climate change is real and there is evidence it is made worse by our excessive use of fossil fuels. I will work to improve the infrastructure for electric vehicle use and will push for all state government vehicles to be operated by electricity or natural gas and to put in place incentives for consumers and businesses to do the same. I will also push to improve public transportation to provide consumers good choices to avoid using individual carbon-emitting vehicles.
Since the I35W bridge collapse on August 1, 2007, according to Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) data, state highway surfaces have deteriorated, construction costs have escalated rapidly, and the department will not be able to meet its core goals without additional funding. I will work to increase our core annual budget for highway and bridge maintenance and to end the practice.
Because I am a leader who is passionate about Education and a Family Building Champion, I will work to the best of my ability as your State Representative for Crystal, New Hope and Plymouth. I will listen to you with compassion, and will advocate for you with skill and purpose.
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