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Minnesota State House District 58A

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.

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    Gary Bruggenthies
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    Kristi Pursell
    (DFL)

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)

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Campaign Website http://www.kristipursell.com
Campaign Twitter Handle @@Pursell4MNHouse
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. BOX 443
NORTHFIELD, MN 55057
Three of my top priorities are the existential threat to the climate/ our environment, education, and making sure we continue to live in a democracy. Through my work with a clean water nonprofit, being a mother to two young children, and because of the attacks we've seen on our democracy, these three issue areas are top of mind right now.
We have many failsafes already in place to ensure our elections are both secure and accessible: diffused systems of accountability and locally-led processes as well as same-day voter registration and some of the highest levels of voter turnout in the country. We need to ensure these safe and secure practices are upheld in the future, while examining other ways we can make elections more accessible.
In Minnesota we have a history of making laws that favor or reward white people and men so these inequities are baked into our systems and processes literally from agriculture to zoning. This is a point of view worth bringing into each piece of legislation and a lens through which we should be viewing the processes used to make these decisions as well.
We need to hold large and powerful corporations accountable for their price gouging and record profits while Minnesotans are struggling. The very-rich and large corporations need to pay their fair share so that the majority of Minnesotans who are working and middle class have a shot at being able to afford their lives.
It would be great to start with common sense measures widely supported by Americans and Minnesotans like closing the gun show loophole, have mandatory waiting periods, restrictions on high-caliber magazines and not sell military-grade weaponry to anyone, but especially teenagers. We need to finance and pass community-led gun violence prevention initiatives, work to pass effective & equitable legislation like Universal Background Checks, and safe storage of firearms.