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Minnesota State Senate District 38

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    Brad Kohler
    (Rep)

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    Mary O'Connor
    (LMN)

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    Susan Pha
    (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)

Priority number 1 is to spend less time "talking about what needs to be done" and more time DOING what needs to be done. Priority number 2: get tough on crime. We all have had enough of the carjackings, stolen catalytic converters, break-ins, shootings, etc. Blatant disregard for the laws that keep our citizens safe will end. Priority number 3 will focus on getting back a high standard for our schools and local business. We want our district to be a community where ALL of our citizens can be successful, profitable, and feel safe. The next generation deserves better, do you agree?
I am committed to ensuring all US citizens who are legally eligible to vote, get to use their rights to have their voices heard. The election sites should be safe and closely monitored to ensure this happens for all. When I'm elected, I will not allow laws to be passed that would create barriers to our citizen's right to vote. Period.
As a Father of a bi-racial son, I strongly believe in equality for all. I would support legislation that not only protects all ethnicities, but also promotes equality regardless of race, gender, and economic status. People tend to focus on inequalities with regard to race, forgetting the bigger picture which also encompasses a person's economic status. Simply put, people should be treated equally and respectfully despite their race, religion, or how much money they make.
We need to stimulate the economy with more job opportunities. Additionally, to help offset the rising cost of goods/services, I would fight for lower withholdings from paychecks. More wages and fewer taxes will help offset the struggles of trying to maintain the cost of living until the economy recovers. In a nutshell, more money in your pocket and less to Uncle Sam.
I believe in the second amendment. However, we need to do more of a deep dive into the mental health of those who wish to purchase automatic weapons. So not only do we need legislation to PREVENT needless shootings of innocent individuals in the first place, we also need severe consequences for those who do. Additionally, I would support a bill that mandates anyone caught within 500 ft of a school with a gun, whether they fire it or not, will never see the light of day in a free society again.
My three priorities are education, freedom with responsibility and fair and reduced taxes.

We need to fix our public education system. We should just teach academic classes especially reading. Other education belongs at home with the families.

We need to take back our freedom from government. With freedom comes responsibility. We can make a better decision than government about what is safe to consume. Our government told us opiates were safe. Instead opiates killed us. Let's get rid of bad government.

Taxes are not fair and they are too high. Some people get reduced taxes but others don't. I know how to fix this. We need to eliminate tax exemptions. Let's reduce taxes and make them fair and simple.
I think our current elections laws allow Minnesotans ease in voting and are fairly well secure and controlled.
Fair treatment of others is a personal responsibility. Let's be open-minded when we relate to others. Let's not make rash judgements about others. Let's give others a chance to be successful in life.
Lower taxes and free trade are important to a vibrant economy. Reducing welfare and filling open jobs are also important.
Trauma in early life can cause mental illness and criminal behavior later in life. Putting children in early childhood education and pre kindergarten classes can be traumatic for them. They belong with their families at this early age. We should end early education away from home and thereby reduce gun violence and other criminal behavior.
My top priorities are the everyday concerns of the people of this district – public safety, safe schools and fully funded public education, affordable healthcare and lowering the cost of prescription drugs, women’s reproductive rights, livable wages, good jobs and a thriving economy. Also protecting our environment to guarantee that we can continue to share our quality of life for generations to come.
I believe the need to ensure that everyone can exercise their right to vote has never been more important. We must give voters and advocates the tools they need to challenge barriers to voting.

I am committed to protecting and building the security of our election process. That mean working with our county auditors, municipal clerks, county attorneys and local law enforcement officials when possible violations of elections law are brought up.
As a person of color, a woman, and a mother to 4 children, I have lived in the sphere of racial disparities. I know how it impacts people, families and communities. I would strongly support all legislation that addresses racial disparities especially those addressing the racial disparities in education, healthcare, employment, and housing.
When I talk with the people of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center and Osseo, many tell me that they are concerned about our economy, inflation, the high cost housing, food, healthcare and prescription drugs.

We need to build a thriving economy and address inflation. We can do that by boosting household incomes, support businesses that create livable wage jobs with good benefits, invest in education and job training, ensure that everyone has access to affordable healthcare, and address housing.
Families and communities are devastated by the increasing gun violence. We are facing a national public health epidemic with gun violence and I am committed to addressing this through sensible gun laws.

I support responsible gun ownership but we must make changes to our laws that reduce firearm access to youth and individuals who are at risk of harming themselves or others. We must expand background checks and implement longer wait periods. We must expand and increase gun safety training.