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Minnesota State Senate District 49

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    Steve Cwodzinski
    (DFL)

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    Marla Helseth
    (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)

Campaign Website http://www.cwodforsenate.com
Campaign Twitter Handle @@cwodmn
Campaign Email cwodsquad@gmail.com
1. A civics class should be required to graduate from high school. All Minnesotans need a class teaching them how to become civically engaged and ready to participate in our democracy. Also, we need to require a financial literacy class. 2. We need to get more of our young people wanting to choose careers in nursing, policing, and teaching as well as supporting those already in those fields. Those professions have suffered in the last couple years and we need to let them know that they are noble public service careers and that the state legislature has their back. 3. A menstrual equity bill requiring free menstrual products easily and readily available to our 4-12 grade students. We need to end period poverty.
Minnesota has the highest voter turnout in the country. Our voters have faith in our system, as evidenced by our 78.96% turnout. I taught American Government for 33 years and one of my favorite lessons was the evolution of voting rights in America. In Minnesota we have, in recent years, removed many of the barriers such as, allowing voters to vote early and through the mail. We need to return suffrage to felons who are on parole, denying them the right to vote while taxing them is wrong.
Legislation I have been promoting recently is laws to get more teachers of color into our classrooms. Our teachers should look like our students, this would greatly help the opportunity gap in our schools. Another thing is getting more affordable housing into our communities, creating wealth through home ownership is a step toward a thriving middle class. I also support a robust ethnic studies curriculum in our schools.
I support major bonding bills which will create good paying jobs and public works projects for communities throughout Minnesota. During the last session, with a divided legislature, we came up with a budget plan that took the surplus and place 1/3 in savings, 1/3 back to the taxpayers, and 1/3 in investments like education, mental heath, and housing. This was a fair and equitable compromise that would have helped boost our economy. I have faith that the Fed will address our rising inflation.
The number one cause of death for our youth is gun violence. I find this alarming and unacceptable. There was nothing worse that in my teaching career than to announce to a class of students "we had another school shooting today". I wish every public figure could see the looks on their faces. I strongly support red flag laws, enhanced background checks, banning of assault rifles, and other measures that would make us all safer. Too many of us live in fear, and this is not healthy.
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