OUR LEADERSHIP MANIFESTO
The Shakopee community is growing, evolving, and thriving with an incredible mix of rural, urban, and suburban cultures. I am running for the Minnesota House District 54A seat to represent us in St Paul.
My decision to run again for a term in the state legislature was an easy one. It was an incredible honor to serve Shakopee as Mayor and in the Minnesota House and I firmly believe this community deserves a representative who engages with local voters, businesses, and leaders to get work done for our community. We need a representative who will bring us together rather than stoke the flames of division for personal gain.
During my previous term in the House, we focused on finding solutions for major issues like health care, transportation, and education. As a State Representative, I pledge to continue to work for Shakopee families, businesses, and seniors, delivering a world-class education, investing in our inadequate transportation system, and ensuring that all Minnesotans have access to the health care they need.
During my time in office, the focus was always on Shakopee’s future.
Our mantra was to create a community where today’s kids grow up, experience the world, and return to Shakopee to raise families, start new businesses, and invest in the future of our community. Everything we did was centered around that philosophy.
At the Legislature, I want to work for you. I want to help focus our state government on the future for all of us and our next generations. To accomplish this, our State government must give power back to local governments. This is where the best decisions can be made— closest to the people. Local entities must have a voice on policy and how to best spend our hard-earned dollars.
WORKFORCE OF TOMORROW
Our workforce is the key to Minnesota’s future. We must protect and grow it.
As a State, we do not have the fundamentals in place to support future jobs and workforce development.
We must have a functioning transportation system with a mix of both roads and transit to accomplish our goals. We must have solutions for a Minnesota River crossing that is planned with the future in mind. We must have a wide range of housing that is affordable to people at every income level. We must have an education system that provides early childhood opportunities and does not put families and students in debt for 30 years.
EMBRACING OUR DIFFERENCES
Minnesota’s diversity is another key to our success. It is unconscionable to me that Minnesota can simultaneously rank second best in the nation for raising a family while also being second worst in the nation for racial inequities. This is a concern for all citizens and businesses in the state of Minnesota. We must stop simply talking about this issue and start actively working toward solutions.
None of this can happen without the ability to sit down together, find compromise, and govern collaboratively. During my time in office, I was open to connecting with anyone who was willing to work hard to find solutions that were a win for them and a win for Shakopee. It never mattered where they were from, what they wanted to accomplish, or what party they represented. We worked together for the betterment of our community. Period.
This skill of collaborative governing is one of the most important things I want to bring back to the Minnesota House. I want to work toward solutions that make the Shakopee community and the State of Minnesota better. I want to work with anyone who shares this goal.
I am confident I am the best-qualified candidate to deliver on these issues for our families and future. More than anyone else in the race, I have a proven record of achieving our stated goals. Over the next several months, I will be knocking on doors to better understand the issues you and your family face every single day.
I won’t just leave a brochure or mail you literature with bright colors and big, bold, polarizing statements. I will stop and listen. We likely won’t agree on all of the issues — and even though this is Minnesota — we shouldn’t. We will, however, find common goals and focus on ways we can work together. That is more important than any single issue.
In the end, I hope you will take the time to connect with our campaign, think about the solutions we are presenting, and vote for me on November 8 to represent you in the Minnesota House.