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.
Climate Change: I made a career change nine years ago to focus on this issue. I care about many things, but if we don't get climate right, it will make everything else worse. Yet, it is also an incredible opportunity to create good jobs, to reduce pollution and improve public health, and to address the inequalities caused by the fossil fuel economy.
Racial equity: The lack of racial equity not only harms those who feel it directly, but holds us all back from reaching our full potential as a community, a state, and a country.
Education: Strong public schools are the bedrock of our community and the lifeblood of our economy. Every MN child deserves high-quality public education, regardless of who they are and where they are from.
Minnesota has consistently been a national leader in voter turnout and ballot integrity. We must protect key features of our system, including same day voter registration and easy access to absentee ballots. We should also be looking to make it easier to vote with things like automatic voter registration, vote by mail, early voting with increased voting times, locations, and language access, and a permanent absentee voter list.
To create a more just and inclusive society for all, racial equity and inclusion must be a lens through which we view all government action. Because of the far worse outcomes experienced by the BIPOC community, I’m especially interested in legislation focused on closing the education achievement gap, supporting first time home-buyers to help close the housing wealth gap, creating universal health care with health equity, preventing gun violence, and reforming our criminal justice system.
While climate change is a threat, it also is a tremendous economic opportunity for Minnesota. And fossil fuels are a significant driver of inflation. In fact, Moody’s calculated that higher oil and gas prices are responsible for about 40 percent of the price increases across the economy from July (3.8% of the 8.5%). I will focus on creating a clean energy economy, getting MN off fossil fuels, and investing more in natural ways (trees, soil management) of removing carbon from the atmosphere.
The number of guns in our society, combined with the lack of common sense regulations is dangerous and is literally killing people. I will work with our young community leaders to, at a minimum, push for automatic background checks on all gun sales; pass red flag laws to help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals; and prohibit future sales of military-style assault weapons.