Like you, I am tired of extreme positions that are blocking our ability to get things done at the Capitol to improve the lives of Minnesotans. As your Minnesota State Senator I will work tirelessly to ensure we have a thriving economy and a robust educational system, including a fully funded public school system.
Minnesota’s economy was strained during the COVID-19 pandemic. My family, like yours, worried about the stability of their jobs during the shutdown. For a time, my husband’s hours were reduced. I know so many families in our community were hit much worse during the pandemic and are still recovering. When I get to the Capitol, I will work hard to enact responsible tax cuts for families, seniors and small businesses to put more money in your pockets.
Year after year we have watched as the hard working middle class struggles, often living paycheck to paycheck while millionaires and billionaires benefited from their labor. Unions help strengthen our economy by supporting and empowering the middle class. I will work to ensure those who work hard will be able to pay their bills and put food on the table for their family.
We need to legalize and decriminalize marijuana use for adults. Legalizing marijuana will increase tax revenue and create jobs. Other states have done so and seen tremendous benefits to their economy.
For the first decade of my life, my mother raised me while being a single parent. She and I benefited from child care assistance programs that allowed her to find affordable child care while earning a paycheck. The cost of child care continues to rise decade after decade while working families struggle to access affordable child care. It is imperative that we create affordable childcare and high-quality early education options to support both our working families and childcare providers.
As a first generation college student who went on to graduate school, I know what it feels like to have the weight of student loan debt that never seems to shrink despite payments month after month. I will support creating job training programs and affordable higher education that will produce a skilled workforce moving our economy forward while reducing the burden of immense student loan debt for younger generations.
All of the problems we face in Minnesota can be solved if we work together. Throughout my entire career I have met individuals where they are at, identified a common ground and worked collaboratively toward a solution. As your Minnesota State Senator, I will work to end politics that seek to divide us and instead focus on creating a strong community where Minnesotans can thrive.
Growing up, I experienced housing and food instability. My mother was a single parent and raised me with the support of so many of our safety net programs: food stamps, WIC, child care assistance, free/reduced lunches in school and subsidized housing. These safety nets created a foundation of support that allowed me to become who I am today. I know first hand the struggles that so many of our community members are facing. Throughout my work in social services, I have seen the ways our safety net programs support and fail families. I have the knowledge to save taxpayer’s money through creating changes necessary in the legislature to fix the programs that are broken, remove the programs our community knows aren’t working and support programs that are addressing disparities.
Throughout my career in social services, I have the pleasure and challenge of working with Minnesotans as they try to navigate Medicare and Medicaid services for themselves and their families. We need to ensure every Minnesotan has access to affordable health care in their community when they need it.
The majority of Minnesotans believe, and I agree, that individuals must have the right to make decisions about their reproductive health care with their physician. Individuals should not be faced with criminal charges when they are considering potentially life threatening decisions about their body.
Time after time I have watched as those who desperately need mental health treatment fail to receive timely, quality and person-centered care. We are failing those with mental health diagnoses. Using my 18 years of experience, I will work to improve mental health programs proven to support those in need and make changes to programs that are falling short and wasting taxpayers money.
As a case manager for those experiencing homelessness, I served many of our nation’s veterans struggling to find and maintain housing that met their needs after returning from deployment. When veterans return home, they often face symptoms related to trauma they saw or endured during deployment. As a state and a nation, we need to acknowledge the tremendous sacrifice those serving our country make and support them with housing, mental health and chemical dependency services.
Every person in Minnesota has the right to live a life that is authentic to who they are. We need to protect our LGBTQ+ youth and ensure that support and equality continues as they develop into adults. As a mental health professional, I know we must ban the dangerous and abusive practice of conversion therapy. I will work to support our married LGBTQ+ families by affording them the same rights as married heterosexual couples including automatic parenthood recognition for their children at birth.
Minnesotans demand common sense gun laws. As someone who knew their way around a treestand during deer hunting season thanks to relatives, I am a supporter of the 2nd amendment right. I also believe there are sensible things we can do to ensure when we send our children to school they get off the school bus at the end of the day. We must take action to ensure Minnesotans are safe when we go to a concert, grocery store, or movie theater. I support universal background checks and Red Flag laws.