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Minnesota State House District 16B

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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    Dave Baker
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    Fred Cogelow
    (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://cogelowfor16b.com
Campaign Twitter Handle @FCogelow
Campaign Email cogelowfor16b@gmail.com
Campaign Mailing Address 904 OLAF AVE NW
WILLMAR, MN 56201
Elevate Dialogue: Demise of “Fairness Doctrine” has combined with internet algorithms to further divide electorate already underserved by platitudes. Discourse & solutions are further impaired by slanted accounting & mis-direction (e.g. “Pro-Life” movement focused on abortion rather than root problems).

Environment: must abate climate change (those dismissing climate change need home insurance costs explained), address plastic pollution, PFAS & water issues.

Public Safety & Racial Disparity issues are intertwined, often in a downward spiral causing real & vicarious alarm, politically exploited with calls for expensive band-aid solutions. Market forces are at odds with required social engineering. Larger looming threat from militias.
In MN, any hubbub about election fraud is largely a red herring. Most of alarm is raised by folks who want reduced participation. One weakness I see is the possibility of intimidation/undue influence by a “friend” or family member while completing an absentee ballot or assisting in the booth. Of more concern is the challenge to finding optimal voting sites in some precincts. My own polling place had recent necessary move to site of reduced convenience, increasing voter effort, and pollution
Disparities are an existential threat to the US! Continue minority-owned business participation and special financing programs. Combat tendency of victims to further victimize themselves thru expanding sense of “agency.” Appeal to dignity and responsibility to combat negative models present in environs and internet. Reward parents for pre-school prep, especially vocabulary and discipline. Incentivize postponing parenthood until certain vocational/educational objectives are realized.
Conservation will help reduce rising energy costs. Overseas, ignition cuts out whenever a car stops for so many seconds, here people yet leave cars idling interminably, and hop in the car as a reflexive action. Putin, a principal driver of inflation, is sensitive to mockery; push satire of fictional stand-in. Inflation= too many $ chasing too few goods. Care must be taken not to load the $ half of equation. Invest strategically in infrastructure, housing, child- and healthcare, broadband
Impossible to take all guns off street & “harden” society enuf to escape every armed jerk. Only consequence, presently unconstitutional, that might deter misuse of firearms is (...censored...) Could try messaging to disassociate guns from bravado —perhaps promoting the Plains' warrior tradition of counting coup as being true manhood. Tie in with campaigns for dignity, empathy, physical community building. Larger looming danger is from who believe the country must be destroyed to save it