Two years ago, when I first ran for the Minnesota House, I ran because I believed that Minnesotans deserved a state that works for everyone - no exceptions. And in the past two years, I’m proud of the progress we’ve made, like passing the strongest wage theft laws in the country, and passing a budget that made needed investments for our students, workforce training, clean water, and moved Minnesota towards a clean energy future.
These last two years, I have worked every day to help build a better future for all of us, with access to job training to build a family-sustaining career, a clean and safe environment to grow in, and a democracy that listens to all voices. My work with the Job Creation Fund has increased the number of well-paying jobs in our community. My energy storage bill will help move the state toward even more clean, renewable energy. And our work to ban PFAS from firefighting foam is one of many steps we need to take to clean up our drinking water. I have listened to you and brought your stories with me to the capitol. We have made progress.
But we still have a long way to go. COVID-19 has shown us the economic inequity between the wealthy and working Minnesotans, and the murder of George Floyd has torn open the wounds of racism and racial disparities that have been festering for generations.
I want to continue being part of the solution. Minnesotans deserve a state that works better for everyone, and our district needs a State Representative who will put people first. For me, that’s my number one value. From talking to thousands of residents across our district and receiving hundreds of emails and letters, I know that voters want to see progress and share the values that make Minnesota strong. In Cottage Grove, South Saint Paul, Saint Paul Park, Newport, and Grey Cloud Island, we want a system that values everyone - no exceptions.
I’m asking for your support because we need scientists like me in our legislature. We need people supporting data-driven, evidence-based policy. I’m appalled by Republican members disregarding science in their efforts to roll back public health and environmental protections. We need legislators focused on protecting basic human needs, like clean air and water, and legislators who trust public health experts. We need to think about environmental justice when talking about disparities. And it helps that I know the facts about perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate when talking about the PFAS that contaminates our groundwater.
The choices we make now can also set us on a better course for our community’s future. With your support, I will continue fighting to safeguard our community’s lives and livelihoods now and in the future.