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Minnesota State House District 23A

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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    Peggy Bennett
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    Mary Hinnenkamp
    (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.maryfor23a.com
Facebook (Full URL) http://maryfor23a@gamail.com
Campaign Twitter Handle @@maryforMNHouse23a
Campaign Email mhinnenkamp4@gmail.com
Campaign Mailing Address 423 park avene
Albert Lea, MN 56007
As a retired teacher, I am passionate about education. While I believe that we need to invest more in education now, that it especially true for PreK education so all students start kindergarten ready to learn. But students need more support PreK through college. Second, I support working family policies including access to affordable, quality health care and day care. I support paid family leave, a living wage, and programs that allow seniors to age in place. And I support environmental protections and efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. We need to work to rely more heavily on renewable resources, support the transition to electric cars, and work with our farmers to adapt to climate-smart farming practices.
I think that Minnesota has a history of not only having the largest voter turnouts in elections, it has the practices in place to ensure that the results are secure and accurate. We need to ensure that the Secretary of State's office is not politicized. I support easy access to voting (absentee ballots , drop boxes), easy registration (register automatically when renewing a drivers license), same day registration, and the right of returning citizens to vote once released from prison.
I support funding education so that schools, regardless of zip code, receive equitable funding. This would entail increased funding from the state so that schools are less reliant on property taxes. I support increased funding allocated to recruit underrepresented groups to policing, education, or nontraditional fields. I support efforts to increase minority hiring in education and other fields so that we have equal access to opportunity and diverse role models for our children.
As a rural legislator, I would work to ensure that rural areas have the access to the broadband our farmers and small businesses need to thrive. I support an adequate balance in our Rural Finance Authority account so farmers can survive the risks of doing business. I support adequate funding for roads and bridges so that our farmers and businesses can move products to market. I support a progressive tax system, so that the wealthy pay their fair share.
I support background checks and closing the gun sale loophole. I support red flags laws which allow the police and judges to remove guns from people who are a threat to themselves and others. I support raising the age for anyone wanting to buy an automatic weapon to the age of 21, and limiting high capacity magazines. People should not be afraid to go to the market, to a concert, to church or to school. We cannot accept the idea that that rampant gun violence is acceptable and inevitable.