Newspaper Questionaires

Princeton Union-Times, October 18, 2018

1.  What uniquely qualifies you to serve the people?

I will represent our whole community, not just those who agree with me. Serving the people requires us to listen more than talk to fully understand what voters need, not what we think they need. I never had political ambitions, but seeing the lack of engagement by our current Representative towards affordable healthcare, environmental protection, equitable education funding, accessible college or vocational training, and so many more critical issues inspired me to use my voice in this way. As a concealed carry permit holder, I know that it takes the right perspective to hit your target. Our District needs fresh, committed, and responsible leadership rather than another party-line vote.
 

 

2.   While a 90-day, interim, law-enforcement agreement has been reached, what do you think needs to happen to permanently resolve the ongoing dispute about reservation boundaries between Mille Lacs County and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe?

Protecting the safety of residents and visitors to the beautiful north end of Mille Lacs County must be the top priority for our local government leaders. To permanently resolve the dispute, they must set aside old animosities and focus on building a new future together. As our next Representative, I will ensure that the state acts as a neutral arbiter between the Band and the County, solely focused on reaching an agreement and not sniping from the sidelines. When we fight, it costs taxpayers millions of dollars. I would rather resolve differences by communicating respectfully for free.


 

3.   Discuss what you consider to be the legislative priorities in your district?

Our District is blessed with incredible people, amazing natural resources, and a strong sense of community but we still face real challenges and must do what we can to “Protect What You Love”.

 

We must protect the clean water resources of Mille Lacs Lake and our many rivers, streams, and lakes. These are a precious inheritance for us to pass to the next generation.

 

We must protect our tourism industry by growing beyond fishing to embrace all kinds of outdoor recreation to keep our local businesses thriving year-round regardless of the walleye population.

 

We must protect our families by ensuring universal access to affordable and usable health care.

 

We must protect our future by investing in education because schools are the backbone of small communities.

 

We must protect our access to global markets and ideas by treating high-speed internet as the 21st century utility that it is so that all of our neighbors can grow their own tomorrow.

 

I look forward to working with all of my constituents to “Protect What You Love”!

Mille Lacs Messenger, October 24, 2018

 

1. What do you see as the critical issues facing this community and how do you plan to resolve those issues?

Our District is blessed with incredible people, amazing natural resources, and a strong sense of community but we still face real challenges and must do what we can to “Protect What You Love”.

 

We must protect the clean water resources of Mille Lacs Lake and our many rivers, streams, and lakes. These are a precious inheritance for us to pass to the next generation.

 

We must protect our tourism industry by growing beyond fishing to embrace all kinds of outdoor recreation to keep our local businesses thriving year-round regardless of the walleye population.

 

We must protect our families by ensuring universal access to affordable and usable health care.

 

We must protect our future by investing in education because schools are the backbone of small communities.

 

We must protect our access to global markets and ideas by treating high-speed internet as the 21st century utility that it is so that all of our neighbors can grow their own tomorrow.

 

I look forward to working with all of my constituents to “Protect What You Love”!

 

2. What is your plan for meeting the current financial challenges of your county/city/school district?

The main financial challenge faced by families in District 15A is the cost of healthcare. People are frightened for the return of pre-existing conditions, and are now being sold junk policies with less coverage and astronomical out-of-pocket expenses. Health insurance with such high deductibles and copays cannot be used for anything but the most catastrophic illness or accident. As our next Representative, I will work tirelessly to expand access to affordable, USABLE health insurance. As a first step, I support a buy-in to MinnesotaCare. It won’t solve everything but I believe it will bring many Minnesotans, especially small business owners and farmers, much needed relief.

 

3. Describe how you view the relationship between your county/city/school district and the community. Describe how you plan to assure your responsiveness to community concerns.

I will represent our whole community, not just those who agree with me. I believe most Minnesotans live in the middle of extreme politics and so do I. Serving the people requires us to listen more than talk to fully understand what voters need, not what we think they need. I never had political ambitions, but seeing the lack of engagement by our current Representative towards affordable healthcare, environmental protection, equitable education funding, accessible college or vocational training, and so many more critical issues inspired me to use my voice in this way. As a concealed carry permit holder, I know that it takes the right perspective to hit your target. Our District needs fresh, committed, and cooperative leadership rather than another party-line vote.

Kanabec County Times, October 24, 2018

1.  Tell us about yourself, your background and qualifications.

I am a wife, mother, and small business owner. I believe most Minnesotans live in the middle of extreme politics and so do I. I will represent our whole community, not just those who agree with me. Serving the people requires us to listen more than talk to fully understand what voters need, not what we think they need. I never had political ambitions, but seeing the lack of engagement by our current Representative towards affordable healthcare, environmental protection, equitable education funding, accessible college or vocational training, and so many more critical issues inspired me to use my voice in this way. As a concealed carry permit holder, I know that it takes the right perspective to hit your target. Our community needs fresh new ideas and cooperative leadership to make positive progress for our future
 

 

2.  Should a fee be assessed against pharmaceutical companies to help combat the opioid epidemic?

Yes. Opioids are ripping apart families and small communities and we need appropriate funding to provide the tools to stop the overdose epidemic. The companies that produce and market these highly addictive drugs must take responsibility for their effects.


 

3.  What is your preference for raising additional money for roads and bridges, or is current funding sufficient?

After driving around District 15A throughout this campaign, I have seen firsthand the need for additional funding to maintain our roads and bridges. I know that a higher gas tax will be hard on those who are already struggling to make ends meet, but we can provide targeted assistance to those on low and fixed incomes.Let’s stop with the gimmicks and create a long-term, fully funded solution that does not compete with other needs such as education and healthcare.

In addition, I am very concerned about our water infrastructure, such as public water sources, waste treatment, and city stormwater. We should use the state’s bonding capacity to support these needs rather than raiding dedicated environmental funds.


 

4.  Some local government bodies continue to push for eliminating public notices from newspapers and moving them to government websites. What’s your view on permitting public notices to be disseminated only by local government bodies by means of their own websites?

I find the proposals to eliminate the role of local newspapers disturbing. Few citizens actively watch government websites to see if a new issue is up for consideration. Being secretive in any government body does not sit well with me or the general public. If you are not proud enough of what you are doing in the position of power for it to be published in the paper, you probably should not be doing it. The limited financial cost of these publication requirements are worth it to ensure transparency and accountability.


 

5.  School shootings have increased concerns about student safety. What do you feel should be done to protect students?

I believe we can improve security by providing additional mental healthcare and social programs to help children in our schools. Minnesota currently ranks 47th in the nation for student counselors. We must give children the attention and help they need to manage their own emotions and behavior. I also think we should be preparing the schools themselves with metal, bulletproof doors that are lockable from the inside. I am in favor or increasing school police liason presence in our high schools and adding additional security cameras. However, we must be mindful that a school is a learning environment and not an armed fortress. We cannot seal our schools off from larger societal issues that we have left unaddressed for too long.

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