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Minnesota State House District 15B

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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    Tom Kuster
    (DFL)

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    Paul Torkelson
    (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 priority will be to establish relationships of trust in the legislature so we can work together to get things done for the people we represent. I would especially hope to work on health and human services issues because those impact families – especially troubled families – most directly. Rural and small town recovery and development are also important to me; I believe there is much unrealized potential to discover and release in many areas of the state.
There is no concern about safe and secure elections in Minnesota. They are among the best administered in the nation. Those who claim there is a problem have an agenda to suppress votes. One of the bedrock principles of my campaign is to repect the value of every individual vote and to make sure it is as easy as possible for every eligible citizen to vote.
We must continue attending to educational outcome differences and reduce them. We must improve policing so both the perception and actuality of bias is elimilnated. We must ensure our schools continue to teach students the real history of race relations in our country (and maybe a class in Civics) so our citizenry has a knowledge base to support continuing progress toward a fully just society. And we must find ways to confront outbreaks of racism to make clear that they are not acceptable.
I will join ongoing efforts to revitalize economies especially in the rural and small-town areas that I would represent. Support for entrepreneurs and start-ups in the form of tax breaks and consultants can help fill some empty storefronts on our main streets. Family farms need continuing protection from adverse factors like the consolidation of the suppliers and buyers on whom they depend. Where possible I would support inflation-reducing efforts of the administration in Washington.
When I hear about gun violence I think, "Again, and again, and again." While it's true that no one law will stop it, there is an array of actions that can help without affecting the rights of the hunters in my family: enforcing the background check requirement, limiting magazines, and red flag laws that might especially help reduce the astounding number of suicides. Steps like these would signal that the current situation, with gun violence occurring daily, is not acceptable in our society.
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