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Minnesota State House District 18A

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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    Susan Akland
    (Rep)

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    Jeff Brand
    (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.brandforhouse.org
Campaign Twitter Handle @@RepJeffBrand
Campaign Email jeff@brandforhouse.org
Campaign Mailing Address PO BOX 473
SAINT PETER, MN 56082
My Top Three priorities for 2023-24 are to: 1) fully fund our public schools 2) deliver on a healthcare system that is affordable and accessible to all Minnesotans, and 3) support policies and initiatives that provide improved water quality, clean air, and a stable climate.

I believe that these priorities are investments which represent the future of Minnesota; our children, our health, and our legacy. As a voter, please ask "does our government care about us and if so, how are they showing it?" We need leaders to help us.

Teachers have to work a side hustle or sell plasma just to keep their lights on at home. Our children need more mental health resources than are available now. Our healthcare system is sick and so is our planet.
I'm opposed to any attempt to pass laws that create voter suppression and disenfranchisement. My out-of-touch opponent is a co-sponsor of the Voter ID bill that was defeated by the local voters in this district as a Constitutional Amendment back in 2012. The truth is that our elections are already fair, accurate, honest, & secure. When asked, Akland can't give a straight answer to the question “Was our Presidential election fair & secure?” We're a high voter turnout state and I'm proud of that!
I support the passage of the Frontline Communities Environmental Justice legislation introduced in the House by Rep. Fue Lee in 2021. The bill considers the environmental and health impacts of pollution in permitting decisions in neighborhoods of color, Indigenous communities, and low-income communities who are severely impacted by pollution and by lower property values. I believe this bill will address an important racial and economic disparity across the entire state and it has my attention.
A vibrant economy means everyone has enough to eat, there is no homelessness, bodily autonomy for women, our rivers, lakes, and streams are healthy, and that our children have a safe, world-class education.

I am focused on boosting family budgets – not corporate profits. In Saint Paul, I'll be laser-focused on the kitchen table issues that keep Minnesotans up at night. I will work together to reduce big expenses for families like childcare, housing, and health care so it’s easier to get ahead.
My record is clear - I support universal background checks, extreme risk protection orders, stronger penalties for straw purchasers and felons in possession of a firearm, funding for trigger locks, closing the gun show loophole, prohibition against carrying firearms on public property, metal detectors on State Capitol grounds, more mental health funding to combat self-inflicted gun trauma and mass shooter situations, and a declaration that gun violence is an epidemic in Minnesota.