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Minnesota State House District 6A

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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    Richard (Rick) Blake
    (DFL)

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    Ben Davis
    (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.PickRick4MN.com
Campaign Email BlakeForRep@gmail.com
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 612
GRAND RAPIDS, MN 55744
1. Focus on education. Fully fund education to ensure each child has equal access to quality education. Allow teachers to teach accurate history to ensure we learn from our past and don't repeat the same mistakes. 2. Revision of Local Government Aid Formula and increase LGA allocation so all Minnesota communities are able to provide services on a level playing field. This program was part of what created the Minnesota Miracle when Wendall Anderson was governor. The program works. 3. Protect women's right to choose, since Minnesota is one of the States that still respects women's rights. The overturning of Roe is a step backwards for our nation as a whole and Minnesota should do whatever we can to support a woman's right to choose.
I oppose changes that make it harder for eligible voters to vote. I support changes that make it easier for eligible voters to vote. We have a great system in Minnesota that helps us lead the nation in voter turnout and studies have shown we have negligible problems. I would not allow partisan pole watchers to intimidate voters, our current system prevents that and should not be changed. My wife & I have served as election judges for years and know the current system works.
Fully funding education will help provide equal opportunity. I will listen to organizations who advocate for BIPOC populations and advocate for legislation that addresses those disparities. I will support public safety reforms that address disparate treatment of minorities by police. We also need to investigate some sort of reparation for past treatment (e.g. discriminatory treatment of GI home loans, redlining, etc.). We need to explore ways to close the gap caused by these practices.
Revise LGA formula and increase LGA allocation. State administered immigration program to address our workforce shortage. Passing legislation that takes maximum advantage of the federal dollars that are currently on the table but in danger of being lost to other states because the State isn't providing the matching dollars. I also would support Walz checks to help ease the burden of high gas prices. Increase State funding for public infrastructure. Investigate oil company price gouging.
I support responsible gun ownership. I also support reasonable gun safety legislation such as background checks, red flag laws, limits on magazine sizes, limits on military style weapons, and gun locks. I am a hunter and will strongly support the right to own guns but I will support reasonable measures that assure responsible ownership.
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