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Minnesota State House District 2A

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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    Matthew J. Grossell
    (Rep)

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    Reed 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 Twitter Handle @@reedolsonforMN2A
Campaign Email votereedolson@gmail.com
Campaign Mailing Address PO BOX 1943
BEMIDJI, MN 56619
HOUSING We desperately need more housing in our district for many reasons. We need enough housing for all our residents. Employers will not locate in our area and existing businesses will not expand without adequate housing stock for their workers. Everyone's property taxes will go down if there are more taxable properties to share the cost of government. CHILDCARE We can not realize our district’s economic potential without access to more childcare. Beltrami County has identified the need for almost 1000 more daycare spots in the Bemidji area alone. MENTAL HEALTHCARE We often wait to treat people with persistent mental health issues until they are in crisis. We need early intervention and care for people before it ruins their lives.
Minnesota has best election system and the highest participation rate in the country. We should be proud of the ease of access and safeguards we have in place. It is shameful that some politicians spread doubt and distrust in our elections to further their own careers and agendas.
We need to address past and current harms done to marginalized communities. Until we reckon with our sometimes difficult history, we cannot correct the sins of the past and move forward as one state. "We all do better, when all do better." Broad investments in education, housing, nutrition and infrastructure will help to address current disparities. A new Minnesota Miracle will increase economic productivity, improve people's lives and give every Minnesotan a pathway to success.
As long as the federal government ignores its own anti-trust laws, we will not be able to stem the corporate price gauging that is the main driver of inflation. For a more vibrant economy, we need to start producing more at home. Local production for local consumption! If we invest in Minnesota's infrastructure, in Minnesota's production capacity, we can put more people to work at higher wages and sidestep international supply chain issues.
We live in rural Minnesota. We hunt. We own guns. I hunt. I own guns. At the same time, I believe in universal background checks and reasonable red flag laws. More investments in our social infrastructure, such as mental health services and school councilors, will also help stem gun violence. We can treat symptoms and causes simultaneously. We need a new Minnesota Miracle to address the needs of our communities.