Hope in the future. Courage to be part of it.
Many of us love living on the Iron Range because of our deep family ties and commitment to
community. Our grandparents and parents had hope for us that we would have a better life and
keep Iron Range values alive, and we have that same hope for our children and grandchildren.
Preparing for a successful future depends on us standing up and protecting our Iron Range values
now. That’s why I decided to run to be your state representative.
A lifelong educator, I am committed to ensuring children on the Iron Range have the same
educational opportunities as students in other parts of the state. Studies show, and I’ve seen
firsthand, the importance of early childhood education. All children should enter kindergarten
ready to learn. I’ve had an amazing experiencing working as a music teacher at the K-12 level.
It’s amazing to watch children learn, grown and become independent. While families and
educators do our part to ready our children for lifelong success, we need assistance to help them
reach the next level. I will work hard to make college more affordable for students and their
families. The Iron Range’s future depends on an educated workforce. That will be a top priority
for me in St. Paul.
The key to growing jobs in Minnesota is passing initiatives to help businesses grow. A strong
business climate is critical to create more jobs. While management, labor and government have a
shared interest in keeping our businesses prosperous, the benefits that come from that
cooperation must also be shared. It makes little sense to stimulate development of businesses that
pay inadequate wages, offer few - if any - benefits to their employees and leave Minnesota
taxpayers picking up the tab for irresponsible management decisions. I also stand by workers
who dedicate their lives to helping businesses grow and be profitable, and will be a strong voice
in St. Paul to protect employee pensions.
Minnesota has long been known for its quality healthcare options. The Iron Range can be proud
of our healthcare providers, hospitals and nursing homes. But this isn’t something we can take
for granted. As one of the state’s largest items in the general fund budget, there are people who
are always looking to make cuts to health and human services funding. I know that when they
talk about cuts it’s not just about numbers on a piece of paper, it’s about lives. As your state
representative, I will always fight for funding so we can attract doctors, dentists and nurses to our
communities; keep our hospitals open and accessible to all; and support our nursing homes who
give amazing care to some of our most vulnerable citizens.
Hunting is a way of life in the Iron Range. Grandparents, parents and children have been hunting
together for generations and have wonderful memories of time spent in the woods and at the
hunting shack. That is something I never want to see change. I support responsible gun
ownership and the 2nd Amendment. In an effort to become better educated on these issues, I
completed a Minnesota Permit to Carry course through a Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act
(LEOSA) licensed firearms trainer.
Citizens have a right to understand what is happening at the State Capitol in St. Paul and how
their taxpayer dollars are being spent to invest in our state’s future success. As your state
representative, I will always answer your requests for information and take your input into
consideration when voting on issues. I want people to be able to connect to the services they
need and to understand how effective government can make a difference in people’s lives. When
it comes to investing taxpayers’ dollars, I will oppose shifts and gimmicks to “solve” budget
deficits, for example, taking money from students and seniors to pay for transportation projects,
and I support sustainable funding options that account for inflation.