Statement from the candidate:
It has been a tremendous honor to represent the citizens of Oakdale and Maplewood in the Minnesota House of Representatives. My experience as a member of the legislature and serving as an Assistant Minority Leader has allowed me to fight on behalf of all Minnesotans for a world class education for our kids, for a safe and secure state, for affordable and accessible health care and for a clean environment. While the state has faced some difficult challenges in the last few years, my votes and actions remain positive. I continue to focus on the long-term needs of Minnesota and remain steadfast in keeping the interests and concerns of Minnesotans ahead of partisan politics.
I am serving my third term in the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing Oakdale and southern Maplewood. My committee assignments include E-12 Education Policy and Finance Committees, and Transportation Policy. In addition I serve as an Assistant Minority Leader and Co-Chair of the Early Childhood Caucus. Boards that I am a member of include Human Services Inc., the Minnesota Children’s Museum, and the Minnesota chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Co-Action Academic Resources. My husband Brien and I have two children who attend the public schools of Carver Elementary and Maplewood Middle School.
On the Issues:
|Should increased taxes be considered as part of a solution to a projected budget deficit?
|Should gambling be expanded in Minnesota to generate new revenue for the state?
|Should state funds — directly or indirectly — be used to build new sports facilities for the Twins and Vikings?
|Do you support Gov Pawlenty's
JOBZ zones program?
|Should K-12 spending in Minnesota be curtailed in order to balance a projected budget deficit?
|Should a constitutional amendment be presented to voters that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota?
|Should the state spend money for expanding mass transit options in Minnesota?
|Should there be additional restrictions on abortion in Minnesota?
|Should the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, which seeks to protect wildlife habitat and wetlands by paying farmers for taking marginal lands out of agriculture production, be supported?
|Should the state's subsidized health care program be trimmed in order to reduce a projected budget deficit?