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Minnesota State Senate District 26

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    Eric M. Leitzen

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    Daniel Wilson

Información Biográfica

If elected, what will your top three priorities be and why? (750 characters)

How would you ensure election laws do not create barriers to Minnesotans’ freedom to vote while also ensuring safe and secure elections? (500 characters)

What legislation, if any, would you support to address racial or ethnic disparities in Minnesota? (500 characters)

What will you do to support a vibrant economy across Minnesota, and to address rising inflation? (500 characters)

What legislation, if any, would you support to reduce gun violence in Minnesota? (500 characters)

Campaign Twitter Handle @EricLeitzen
Campaign Email ericleitzen@gmail.com
Get Your Money Back: We need extra taxes on the richest and their excesses. For 40 years profits have gone up but wages haven't. You already worked for that money, it's time to demand back pay.

Save The Small Towns: We need to put more money into our small towns to guarantee things like clean water, good roads and excellent schools

Guaranteed Basic Needs: we need to make sure every Minnesotan gets healthy food, clean water, and shelter from both climate change and sickness via universal healthcare.
Thankfully Minnesota's election system is quite strong. As a former city clerk I saw it in action and up close. However, that system doesn't matter if people don't come in to vote.

We need automatic voter registration, holidays for election days, and a large variety of easy to access polling places, but most importantly we need people that folks want to vote for fighting for policies that will help them in the day to day.
The last few years have shown us that racism and hatred are still alive in this country.

I support several universal programs to help everyone get a leg up, like healthcare and a universal basic income, but I understand that even with that there may be additional laws and policies that will need to be put in place. I will look to talk to and implement policy based on the recommendations from BIPOC Minnesotans and not pretend that I have all the solutions.
I want to implement a UBI and take the money from the mansions and the yachts of the rich and sink it into more public transit, gas vouchers, schools, roads, bridges, and other things that would operate as a "loss" for the government, writing off the expense and taking the money out of the system while also pumping up the purchasing power and life situations for the hardest working Minnesotans at the bottom.
Guns needs to be safe, regulated, and legal in Minnesota.

We need some sort of paper trail on them.

We need to insist on proper training for them.

We need to keep weapons of war out of the hands of regular folks that do not need them.

But we must protect our traditions of hunting. You should be able to have guns, but hunting guns. Anyone down here can tell you, someone who needs a 30 round banana clip to go deer hunting is a terrible deer hunter.
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Campaign Twitter Handle @twitter.com/DanWilsonMN
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 72
Winona, MN 55987
My three priorities relate to who I am. As a farmer, I will fight for policies that incentivize working in a climate-smart way, sequestering carbon and improving crop yields. I will promote policies that help farmers stay on their land, while incentivizing new farmers to come to our district. I will also work to improve the main street economies of rural communities. As a new father, I see the need for paid family leave, for fully funding our schools, and for better access to pre-K and kindergarten programs. As a Friend, or Quaker, my religious tradition relies on listening to people and building consensus across a wide range of viewpoints. I want to make state government more effective at compromising and getting things done.
Minnesota leads the country in voter turnout; we trust our election process. Steve Simon has championed simple, easy, and accessible voting while also preserving security and providing efficient reporting of results. We can maintain this excellent system by keeping paper ballots and supporting our poll workers. We should also expand franchise, allowing those who are currently incarcerated to vote. Automatic voter registration when Minnesotans turn eighteen would also boost participation.
Living and working in a homeless shelter for three years showed me how often poverty is tied up with race. Policies that give all Minnesotans enough to meet their needs, such as grants for first-time home buyers and a state-level child tax credit, will address some of the problem. Our criminal legal system must also be reformed. I support establishing a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in every community, facilitating conversation among stakeholders about making the system more equitable.
Creating a vibrant economy requires investment in our rural main streets. We must attract anchor businesses that provide economic activity for communities, support cost shares for storefront business rent, and incentivize entrepreneurs to move to rural spaces. Providing broadband to all would support remote work. We can address inflation by improving food production. Adding more butcher shops and food hubs, and making it easier for growers to sell locally, would help stabilize food prices.
We have many options for reducing gun violence, including making background checks more secure, closing loopholes that allow people to buy for others or to skip checks at gun shows, and providing incentives for families to use gun lockers. Budget surplus negotiations this past session included .5 billion for violence interruption and other investments proven to reduce deaths; I would work to protect my constituents by passing these measures, as well as work to strengthen our social supports.