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Minnesota State House District 4B

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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    John Hest
    (DFL)

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    Jim Joy
    (Rep)

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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My top 3 priorities are funding our public schools, defending family farmers, and reinforcing our healthcare and eldercare systems.

As an educator, I understand the value of our public schools and would fight to fully fund public schools at the state level rather than relying solely on local property taxes.

I grew up on my family's farm and my dad and brother continue to farm. I appreciate how hard it is for farmers to make a living. I support programs that enable both new farmers and those nearing retirement to thrive.

Healthcare is too expensive and too hard to access. We need a public option for health insurance, and we need to train more providers. This will also help us ensure that seniors can stay in their homes as they age.
Minnesota consistently ranks at or near the top in civic engagement and I am incredibly proud of that fact. Part of that is that we run some of the safest and the most trusted elections in the country. No-excuse absentee voting, mail-in ballots for rural communities, same-day voter registration, and the rest of our election laws ensure that eligible Minnesotans are able to participate in our elections while being able to trust their safety and security.
Minnesota is a great state with a not-so-great history regarding the disparities between racial and ethnic groups. As a history teacher, I understand the power of education and support a robust ethnic studies curriculum in our schools that celebrates the incredibly diverse racial and ethnic history of Minnesota. I also support efforts to welcome and integrate New Americans into our state; I work with New American students every day and have seen just how hard that can be.
I know firsthand that inflation is hitting working Minnesotans hard. Everything from gas to baby formula to groceries is more expensive. I support efforts to crack down on price gouging and ensure that big oil companies and similar large corporations aren't lining their pockets at the expense of Minnesotans and our small businesses. Rural Minnesota has an incredible entrepreneurial spirit. I want to ensure that we support that by making it easier to start a business and avoiding overregulation.
I support responsible gun ownership, but I also don't want innocents, including our children and survivors of domestic violence, dying from acts of gun violence. Any regulations must abide by the constitutional rights, including the right to due process, of gun owners. I support efforts to educate the public about the importance of locking your firearms, while also subsidizing locks. I also support a voluntary system where people in mental health crises can temporarily give up their firearms.
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