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Minnesota State House District 51A

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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    Michael Howard

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    Ryan Wiskerchen

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 three priorities as a legislator will be educating our children, making our communities safer, and easing the financial strain felt by our less well-off neighbors. All of those efforts are part of a single common vision: to make Minnesota the best place to grow up and raise a family. As a husband to a teacher and the father of two young boys, I know that our education system presents uneven outcomes for Minnesota families. Through conversations with local leaders, I am also aware of the great things that our schools can do when parents and teachers work together to do what is best for the children in their community, without the one-size-fits-all mandates which exhaust and frustrate parents, teachers, and students!
Minnesotans access to the ballot box is a fundamental right and duty of our representative government. A balance has to be struck between maintaining access and preventing loopholes which allow for malicious interference in the democratic process, including from foreign actors. I support a commission to examine how the U.S.’s democratic partners overseas manage their elections and implementing what changes would help thread the needle between access and security.
All Minnesotans, regardless of their background, have the right to feel safe in their neighborhoods and to have their children educated. Too often, gaps emerge between different groups within our state’s community on the basis of race or ethnicity. While currently without specific legislation I would like to present at this time, I pledge to work with leaders of Minnesota’s diverse peoples to understand the impact of legislation on their communities and to uplift all Minnesotans in what I do.
To ensure success for the future, we will need to bring our state back to its tradition of academic excellence. In the short term, inflation has hindered our neighbors to plan that far ahead, so I will use the projected budget surplus to reduce the burdens felt by our most vulnerable citizens, by ending the state’s tax on social security and other federal aid programs. Robust oversight of state aid programs will ensure that they help the people who need it, not to scammers and exploiters.
Many of the laws needed to reduce gun violence are already on the books – sensible measures which reduce criminals’ access to firearms and the penalties for their use in the committing of a crime. What is lacking is enforcement. I will work to end the revolving door that many gun-wielding criminals enjoy between jail and the site of their next attack, and support data-sharing programs so Minnesota agencies can better handle our existing laws on restricting criminal access to firearms.