Every Minnesotan deserves access to affordable and high-quality health care, including treatment for those with addiction and mental health issues. This is a vitally important issue for everyone in our district -- especially for those who lack access now, or are paying far more than is fair or reasonable. As your representative, I will work hard to expand the range of public options, and find ways to make healthcare more affordable, accessible, and stable.
As a proud husband of a public school teacher, and a father of four, I believe that there is no task more important than preparing our children and young adults for the future. As your representative, I will continue to commit to strengthening our public schools. I want to help students and families in our local districts by finding solutions to the issues that you face, including expansion of affordable options for preschool within home communities, making college affordable, building partnerships with our local industrial leaders to promote apprenticeships and hands-on training, and increasing rural access to high-speed broadband internet to help ensure every student has the same advantages.
Agricultural production and the farm economy are the bedrock economic drivers in our district, which includes nearly 500 square miles of farmland. I believe strongly in giving our farmers the support they need to continue to be our nation’s finest and to prosper. I’ll work hard to help farmers with insurance costs by expanding public options for health insurance. We need to develop and publish accessible information to help existing farmers decide whether they should take on expansion and diversification grants before they take the risk. I am committed to finding effective solutions that support new farmers in getting started, aide retiring farmers with succession plans, train new farm workers, create and maintain effective pollinator programs, promote local foods policies, improve rural access to high-speed broadband internet, and deal with invasive species and wildlife issues.
A vibrant economic environment is the pathway to prosperity for everyone in our district, whether we live in cities, townships, or rural areas. I’m a strong advocate for bringing new opportunities, services and products to our residents, and boosting our tax base. Our district’s economy has a strong, diverse base. As your representative, I will do everything I can to keep it strong by both promoting new business growth and supporting our existing businesses so that they can grow and prosper. I am committed to ensuring our local economy will be well-prepared to meet the future challenges and demands of fast changing technologies and a global market.
Minnesota’s natural environment is one of our greatest assets, and I am committed to taking sensible actions, and developing sensible policies, to protect the quality of our air, water, and land for current and future generations.
Supporting Our Veterans
Veterans take risks and make many sacrifices to protect our country, and they deserve the utmost respect and support when they return home. As your representative, I will make it a top priority to ensure our veterans continue to receive the quality, timely health care they deserve, to encourage Minnesota businesses to hire veterans, and to foster a statewide community that helps them reintegrate with the support they need.
Our district, like many other areas in our state, does not have anywhere near enough affordable housing to meet demand. It’s a priority problem that state legislators will work to tackle in the next session. I believe that the most effective solutions will be locally-led with state support, will involve building public/private partnerships, and will hinge on the ability to find common ground with a wide array of stakeholders. Our job as legislators is to give the tools to the local cities and groups to address the needs of the given area. My experience in local government, business development, and in working successfully with people across the political spectrum to achieve common goals, I can hit the ground running in helping find and implement solutions to our affordable housing shortage.