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Minnesota State House District 11B

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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    Nathan Nelson
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    Eric Olson
    (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://olsonmnhouse.com
Campaign Twitter Handle @@EricOlsonDFL
Campaign Email Eric.Olson.DFL@gmail.com
Campaign Mailing Address 725 3RD AVE SW
PINE CITY, MN 55063
Civility Above All -We need to reduce the polarization of political life by working first on areas where there is bipartisan agreement and setting aside divisive issues, even those I favor. Energy Transition - Climate change is here now and we need to adapt. This is the most serious issue facing all of us today. I favor the implementation of Energy Districts, akin to Soil and Water Conservation Districts, to provide local control and action in the transition to carbon-free energy. Economic Inequality - The progress of digitalization and automation that drives so much of the modern economy is concentrating power and wealth at an increasing rate. We need to ensure that our district has the needed infrastructure and is not left behind.
Minnesota Elections are well run and have among the highest turnouts in the nation. I support the status quo here and oppose legislation to tighten restrictions on voting. I support reducing the money in politics, but the primary barrier there is at the federal level through the Citizens United decision.
This is not an area in which I expect to propose legislation. Institutional racism including any discrimination by race or ethnic background should not be allowed in any context. Efforts to address systemic racism (e.g. affirmative action programs) should be supported to redress both historical and persistent bias and to ensure that all views, backgrounds, and experiences are valued and contribute to our society.
I believe that economoic development in my district hinges on two pillars, infrastructure and education. This includes universal broadband to support remote work and internet focused businesses. It also includes housing (particularly affordable), transportation, and health care infrastructure to support local development. Carbon-free energy development can also be a boon to my district. Full support of education is needed to prepare a new generation and support the vibrancy of communities.
Again, this in area where I do not expect to propose legislation. In principle, I support efforts to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous and irresponsible people. This includes universal background checks and 'red flag' laws to help law enforcement and mental health pracitioners protect those whom they serve.