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Minnesota State Senate District 48

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    Dan Kessler

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://KesslerForSenate.com
Campaign Twitter Handle @DanielNKessler
Campaign Email dan@kesslerforsenate.com
Campaign Mailing Address 2612 SCHULLER CT
CHASKA, MN 55318
My priorities are about respecting Minnesotans, so they have the power to guide their lives, not politicians or parties.

1) Put women and doctors in charge of decisions. Protect women's right to reproductive health choices by codifying Roe and removing barriers to women's healthcare that are based in politics rather than good medicine.

2) Protect our teachers and schools, by properly funding school systems, and ensuring that teachers are able to teach, without fear of political interference.

3) Support families through enhanced access to affordable healthcare, paid family leave for all who need it, and ensuring a livable wage for the workers who drive the engine of our economy.
Expand early voting and polling places, and make absentee ballots easier to complete. In 2020, there were long lines in Chaska for weeks before the election. We need additional polling places and workers to handle the early voting load. I voted early in 2020 and my ballot was checked by two people, then secured. That level of security should remain, with more staffing to speed the process.
We need to ensure that communities of color have the same access to polling places, with similar wait times and availability regardless of district or location. I would like to see election day itself be a MN holiday, as many hourly workers cannot take off the required time to vote.
The framework for this was agreed upon by the DFL House, GOP Senate and Governor. Investments were to be made in transportation, schools and infrastructure, and $4 billion dollars provided to Minnesotans to help address rising costs. Then the Senate went home. The Governor requested a special session to address the surplus, but the Senate has refused. This is typical "party over people partisanship" that is harming Minnesotans through the refusal to work together.
While the 2nd Amendment is the law, all rights come with responsibilities, limits and a need for safety. We can and should protect Minnesotans with universal background checks by closing existing loopholes. We can enact "Red Flag" laws that have been clearly shown to reduce suicide deaths in every state where they have been enacted.