As a first term Representative, I will focus on my strengths such as education, healthcare and community. It takes a village and these cornerstones will build a stronger community here in Eagan and Mendota Heights and across Minnesota.
I am passionate about education equity and breaking down barriers to accessing high quality education from child care and early learning to higher education. As a School Board member and parent, I have seen firsthand the impact our schools can have.
When children start Kindergarten with a strong foundation, they are more likely to be on track to meet milestones and graduate on time. I believe all families deserve access to the education that will best meet the unique needs of their child, including access to mental health and support services in schools.
I will work to create pathways for our students to find the right higher education track for them through our incredible Community and Technical Colleges and Institutes of Higher Education.
Affordable, Accessible, Quality Healthcare
Waiting six months for a routine doctor visit or almost two years for a neuropsych evaluation is not ok. Our current healthcare system is broken. Access to affordable healthcare is a human right, and something every single person in Minnesota deserves.
I will collaborate with colleagues across the state to provide reforms that will ensure everyone has access to affordable, accessible and high quality healthcare.
The last legislative session made significant progress ensuring communities have access to healthcare including allowing all low-income residents to enroll in MinnesotaCare, but our work is not done yet. Our medical system must do a better job addressing substance use and mental health. We must continue to build pathways to healthcare careers and support our healthcare workers.
Disability justice is extremely important to me. I will work to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the supports needed to live barrier-free.
I will advocate for resources to support Minnesotans with disabilities, and will work with partners to build the services needed for caregivers.
I will work to fully fund special education and other education programs that provide critical care to students with disabilities, and work to support our schools to ensure they have the resources required to meet the needs of families.
Reproductive Care is healthcare. Period. I will support the continued effort to protect Minnesotans' reproductive right to make their own choices about their bodies and ensure access to quality family planning services.
As other states limit access to reproductive care, we must continue to destigmatize access to abortion care and reproductive healthcare across Minnesota.
We must work to eliminate the disparities in maternal health, and provide the care and resources to pregnant people that supports healthy pregnancy, delivery and postpartum care.
Climate & Environment
Climate change and the environment is the single biggest issue I hear about from students, as a school board member. Our young people cannot wait any longer for our current leaders to make the commitments needed to protect our environment for their future.
I will support bold initiatives that will protect and safeguard our natural spaces for generations to come. I will work with partners to build clean transportation and public transit systems that will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
I believe our future revolves around an economy built on clean energy, and now is the time for us to step up and make sure Minnesota is a place our children can thrive in.
Safe & Healthy Communities
I am so proud to call Minnesota home. We have made so much progress making our state one of the safest and healthiest places to live in the country.
I am committed to ensuring we continue to enact legislation that moves our state in the right direction. I will advocate for responsible gun safety regulations, affordable housing, public safety, LGBTQIA+ rights and the infrastructure our state needs to best serve our communities. These issues are core to what make Minnesota the best place to live.