If elected, in the next two years I would focus on these priorities: Energy/natural resources/environment: I would support an "all of the above" energy policy that includes renewables, fossil fuels and the cleanest, most affordable and efficient form of energy - nuclear. I also believe that mining of precious metals such as PolyMet can be supported under our current regulations.
Public Safety: It is important that our communities are safe. That requires adequately funding and training our police. It also requires that our sentencing guidelines are strictly adhered to in order to deter rising crime.
Education: Lockdowns/mandates have harmed our children. I would support policies that keep our kids in school and safe from gun violence.
I would support legislation that strengthens the "chain of custody" process for managing ballots, support a process of cleaning up the voter rolls to ensure that only qualified voters can vote and, a requirement of a legal ID to ensure election security (any barriers on the freedom to vote can be eliminated by providing a "voting ID" for free for those who may need assistance). I would also support efforts to ensure that we have an ample amount of election judges on election day.
I would support legislation that continues to enforce our anti-discrimination laws, legislation that is sensitive to how lockdowns and mandates have negatively affected all of us (especially those in our minority communities), support our police so they can keep all our neighborhoods safe, keep all our kids safely in school so they can have the best educational experience possible, and support our small businesses so that they can provide jobs and opportunity for all Minnesotans.
Reign in government spending (which is the number one culprit of inflation) by funding our government adequately but holding off on increases. The $9 billion surplus - I would keep a small portion for a "rainy day fund" and put a majority of it back in Minnesotans' pockets where it belongs - from there, they'll put it back into the economy. I would support an energy policy that keeps costs low, and I would support small businesses and mining (our local economic engine) that creates needed jobs.
I would start with our schools. I would support police protection in our schools, a presence of trained and undercover volunteers (retired military, police) acting as "marshals," similar to what we have on airlines, to keep our kids safe. And, support replacing the sign outside that states "no guns allowed on the premises" with a sign that says "inside, we are protecting our children from gun violence, criminals enter at risk" - policies being used in schools across America with much success.
I'm proud to be the DFL-Endorsed candidate and will fight for:
Affordable housing for all - I’ll work for stronger policies to create pathways to homeownership and increase housing supply by expanding affordable and just housing that meets people where they’re at with dignity.
An economy that works for working families - We must invest deeply in supporting workers and families so all can thrive. I will work for universal childcare and fully-funded education, healthcare for all that includes reproductive health, mental health, dental and vision care.
Protecting our environment - This is core to my being. We are the new ancestors and our descendants must know that we used our voices for them to protect the land, air and water of our home.
My grandma, a Native American, couldn’t vote just 60 years ago. We must ensure election integrity with fair, safe, transparent, accessible elections and civic engagement. It’s essential that we protect & expand voting infrastructure with an independent redistricting commission; reinstate voting rights for convicted felons upon release; support automatic opt-in for voters; eliminate voter intimidation, interference and deception; and support automatic absentee voter list for automatic delivery.
I’m running as a proud Indigenous and Mexican-American because my community has called on me to bring the issues faced by our communities to the forefront of state public policy, where we’ve long been underrepresented. As the descendant of a fierce Ojibwe grandmother, who spent her life working in education, my relatives instilled in me a voice, power, and the responsibility to change disparities in every space. Together, we can change the outcomes for our communities for generations to come.
I will be a fierce advocate for workers’ rights and collaborate on policies that ensure living wages, safe working conditions, and a voice on the job including high quality education and affordable quality child care and elder care. I will also strengthen collective bargaining rights and protect workers’ ability to unionize and bargain for better pay, benefits and working conditions. Lastly, we need to ensure our bonding infrastructure is matched with inflation.
We need aggressive policies on background checks and a ban on sales of high capacity assault rifles. I support victim-survivors of gun violence, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and gender-based violence through program development, funding initiatives, and ensuring our public safety initiatives center them. Additionally we need policy around “red flag” laws and increased support for mental healthcare to address the gun violence epidemic.