If elected my top priorities would be 1) to ensure our communities are safe 2) to ensure schools are fully funded 3) to ensure healthcare is accessible for all. I’ll work to enact common sense gun laws and increase investment in law enforcement and first responders. This includes recruiting and training new officers and personnel best equipped to meet the needs of our local communities. I’ll support plans to fully fund education at the state level, thus reducing the tax burden that has been disproportionately placed on local taxpayers. I’ll expand access to MinnesotaCare, address gaps in affordable coverage, and reduce the cost of prescription drugs. I’ll also ensure that a woman’s right to reproductive health is protected.
I’ll ensure Minnesota’s voting laws remain accessible and continue to have necessary safeguards in place to prevent fraud. Minnesota has voting laws that promote accessibility including same-day registration, bringing children to the polls, time off work, no excuse absentee voting. The 2020 elections saw a turnout rate of 80% and a fraud rate of .000004%. I would protect the voting laws that are in place and promote legislation seeking to increase accessibility.
I’ll support the Teachers of Color Act and a bill to end qualified immunity. Minnesota has few teachers of color, a key reason we have a large education gap–academic success between white students and students of color. By passing this bill, Minnesota could level the playing field in classrooms. Qualified immunity has protected officers from being held accountable. This shield encourages violence against people of color. By passing this bill, we can put stop this cycle of abuse.
I’ll support smart tax policies and job growth initiatives. My plan is to fight wasteful spending, prioritize a sustainable budget, and deliver the services we expect from our tax dollars. The key to a vibrant economy is job growth. I will create jobs by funding projects to keep our roads, bridges, utilities, parks, and trails safe and up to date. Inflation is part of our economy. Strong consumer demand unmet with enough supply is the main driver. One way to curb it is to raise interest rates.
I’ll support common sense gun laws and increased investment in law enforcement. Minnesota is seeing an increase in incidents connected to gun violence. It is important we ensure our communities are safe. I support common sense gun laws including expanding universal background checks and enacting red flag laws. To ensure safety, it’s important the authorities have the necessary equipment. My plan is to give law enforcement the resources to uphold the mission of protecting and serving.
My top priorities are public safety, education, and government accountability.
On public safety, we need to support our law enforcement officers and incentivize new recruits. We need to follow-through on enforcement action and hold prosecutors and judges accountable for enabling recidivism.
On education, parents should be empowered with control of public dollars attached to their child, and local school districts should be made truly independent, so that value can be sought in a market which respects individual student needs.
We need to reform government and restore meaningful public deliberation, to foster law which is a product of the people rather than bureaucrats.
Eligible voters encounter no barriers to the ballot. Our system errs in the other direction. It is so loose, so unaccountable, so beyond the capacity to monitor, audit, or meaningfully contest, that we cannot have confidence in the results.
Without security, there is no true access. We must ensure that each ballot cast came from a unique eligible voter. We need iron clad chain of custody, with an auditable paper trail. Voters should be able to verify that their vote was counted as intended.
I reject the premise that statistical disparities indicate systemic bias. The premise is deeply flawed, ignoring all context including the unique values and personal choices of individual Minnesotans.
Systemic racism results from efforts to eliminate disparities. Any law, or policy of a government-funded institution, which treats Minnesotans differently on the basis of race should be eliminated. Such discrimination violates our constitutional guarantee of equal treatment and fosters resentment.
Simple. Cut government spending, enact meaningful long-term tax cuts, and reduce the crippling grip of regulation. Minnesotans deserve to keep what they earn, and will respond enthusiastically to an environment where their dreams can be pursued. The past few years have been characterized by uncertainty and loss of hope. Small business was crushed as big corporations enjoyed favored status. We need to even the playing field, permanently, and foster asperation for a new generation.
Constitutional carry. Stand your ground. Castle doctrine.
If criminals know they will be shot, and if the law favors those who shoot them, they will think twice before initiating gun violence.