Minnesota State House District 61B
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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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)
1) Climate change - we have 8 years to halve our emissions in MN, and can do so while creating good jobs, affordable energy, and cleaner air.
2) Democracy - we must defend our democracy and expand access to this most fundamental of rights.
3) Criminal justice reform - we should give Minnesotans second chances, and work to eliminate the racial disparities in our justice system.
We should expand access to early voting days, establish a permanent absentee voter system, pass automatic voter registration, pre-register 16 and 17 year olds to vote, and also protect against dark money by requiring ad disclosure.
We know that people of color are disproportionately impacted by criminal records, so I introduced the bipartisan Clean Slate Act to give those with low-level offenses an opportunity to pursue jobs, housing, and education. I also support legalizing adult-use marijuana, where there is a 7:1 disparity in marijuana arrests between Black and white Minnesotans despite similar usage rates.
A lack of affordable child care is the number one reason Minnesotans have not returned to work. We need to cap the percentage of one's salary that goes to child care at 7%. I also support building out our state infrastructure - both to create jobs and to create new economic opportunities. The state cannot do much to directly impact inflation, so we should help Minnesotans afford the costs with targeted assistance to those who need it most.
I support and am a co-author of both red flag laws to temporarily remove weapons from those posing a threat to themselves or others, and of mandatory criminal background checks to purchase firearms. I also believe that Minnesotans do not need to own weapons of war like assault rifles or high capacity magazine clips.
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