State Representatives serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the state legislature. They write and vote on legislation to create, repeal, or change state laws affecting many issues, like health care, the environment, and the economy. They also vote on state taxes and the state spending.
1) We must fully and equitably fund our public schools so that all students have equal access to a top-notch education and are able to fulfill their full potential. This is key in addressing the unacceptable opportunity gap in Minnesota. 2) I am focused on ensuring that our legal and public safety systems are more just and effective. 3) I am committed to advancing legislation that protects Minnesota’s natural resources and fights climate change, including transitioning to renewable energy, reducing fuel emissions, investing in sustainable agriculture practices, and protecting the Boundary Waters. These issues impact the entire state, and all future generations.
I strongly support measures to expand access to the ballot, including making permanent and expanding on the mail-in and early voting procedures that were initially set in place due to the pandemic. In addition, I strongly support expanding voting rights to felons who have served their sentence. I also support provisions to protect election workers and ensure that individuals can’t bring guns into polling places to prevent voter intimidation at the polls.
This starts with equitably funding our schools. I am also focused on juvenile justice reforms and am developing a youth restorative justice program to pivot from a punitive to a supportive sentencing structure so that these young people are able to achieve their full potential. Housing is an area where we can ensure access to stability and the wealth-building opportunity of home ownership. We also can ensure that our taxation system is progressive and sufficient to address racial disparities.
We must focus on child care and medical leave. The more we can do to ensure that all workers have access to quality, affordable, stable child care, the more we can ensure that all workers –in particular women– are able to fully participate in the workforce. Transportation policy is also key in attracting businesses and ensuring consumer and worker accessibility. My bill to create “Universal FAFSA” would also go a long way in workforce development and expanding access to higher education.
I support the bills that have been introduced, creating universal background checks and red flag laws. In addition, I have worked with stakeholders and across the aisle to develop safe storage awareness legislation that could significantly reduce accidental gun deaths and gun deaths by suicide and would also impact mass shootings. I am committed to finding a path forward, regardless of the political context in the coming session.
3. Enforcing the law
Minnesota has always been a great place to raise a family but the direction of this state is making it increasingly difficult, especially for low and low-middle income families. Rising crime, high taxes, and education systems that are distracted by ideological battles rather than the basics. Parents are the primary educators of their children and know what is best for their kids. We need to empower parents to obtain the best possible education for their children.
I will fight for laws that take violent criminals off the street so kids can safely go to the park and walk in their neighborhoods. We need to lower state-level tax burdens on businesses and families to keep good jobs in this state.
We need to make it easy for citizens to vote and hard to cheat. The US is one of the only Western democracies that does not require a voter to present identification to vote. We need to improve the election process so that people have faith that American democracy truly expresses the wishes of its citizens.
The United States has always prided itself on having a government "of, by, and for the People". If we do not know who is voting, we undermine the People's faith in the democratic process.
I believe, like Martin Luther King Jr. stated, that everyone should be judged based on the content of their character. The criminal justice system should not grant special privileges or punishments based upon race, should give everyone a speedy and fair trial, and punish convicted criminals according to the law.
I will work to lower the barriers to entry for small businesses and entrepreneurs in this state. Small businesses and workers alike pay way too much in taxes in this state, as evidenced by the nine-plus billion dollar surplus we have in this state. We need to make Minnesota a great place to innovate, create, and build a career.
Punishing violent criminals according to the law would be a great way to start reducing gun violence. I would also allocate more resources to local police departments to recruit, train, and retain high-quality police officers.