Guiding Principle: The majority of our policies are written with one main theme in mind: rekindling the growth of our communities here in northwest Minnesota. Many Minnesotans who grew up here want to stay and start families here, and many Minnesotans born elsewhere want to move here. Unfortunately there are far too many barriers being put in their way.


We need to ensure that: healthcare is affordable and available to everyone, child care is affordable and available to those starting families here or relocating here, and Ag Policy is structured in a way that allows veteran farmers to stay and new farmers to enter the profession and find success. By achieving these goals, we give people the freedom to live where they want, which will bring back the growth and prosperity this corner of the state used to experience.


What follows is a series of short policy statements covering a variety of important subjects. Each will end with a link to a more in-depth look at the issue and sources for the information I found useful in deciding my stance on the topic. This page will be updated every Monday with a new post.



  • As a former science teacher, inaccurate information on a topic as important as this is unacceptable and needs to be refuted. The idea that ‘Minnesota is purposefully lying about the total deaths from COVID-19’ lacks any evidence and our elected representatives need to stop spreading it. For more details, click here.

  • Our businesses are undoubtedly suffering under the stress from this pandemic. I think we should look to the states that have had the most success in getting loans and relief to their small business communities and use that as a roadmap for safely moving the economy forward in our state. For more details, click here.

  • We will make it through COVID-19. When we do, we need to take some concrete steps to ensure such damage won’t happen to us the next time a disease like this appears. This includes: creating a system that guarantees Minnesotans access to affordable healthcare regardless of employment, ensuring all of our students have access to rural broadband, and making sure we can all exercise our right to vote without putting ourselves or our families in physical danger  - by expanding vote by mail. For more details, click here.



  • Market consolidation is one of the biggest threats our family farmers are up against. Creating an Independent Farmer Protection Bureau would guarantee our family farmers have the same protections as multinational corporations and ensure that a small farmer is more in control of their own lives than a banker that lives hundreds of miles away. For more details, click here.

  • Helping farmers who actually live on or near their farm and helping families keep property within the family are both important relief measures. These are two ways we can target farm relief money to the types of farmers who need it most and prevent giant factory farms from finding loopholes to get millions for themselves. For more details, click here.

  • If a farmer buys a tractor, they should have the right to have access to the tools to repair that tractor themselves or bring it to a mechanic of their choice. Too often they are forced to have it towed to only an authorized dealer. Repair of farm equipment needs to work like how repairs for trucks have worked for the last century. That is why I support Fair Repair laws. For more details, click here.

  • To provide further stability for our farmers, we should rezone for mixed land use so individual towns or farmers can make wind farm co-ops that provide income for our local communities and good construction jobs for our unions. For more details, click here.

  • Decentralizing our food processing facilities will help our smaller farmers, help our environment, bring real food back into our communities, be a boon for education, and help protect our supply chains from future natural disasters like COVID-19. For more details, click here.



  • I support a broad array of policies which have been proven to safely reduce the abortion rate while still respecting a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions. For more details, click here.

  • Daylight savings time no longer serves its purpose and actively makes our state less safe. It doesn’t save energy and there is a large spike in traffic and industrial accidents the day after. It should be abolished. For more details, click here.

  • The medical communities around the country are in agreement that conversion therapy is at best ineffective and, more often than not, actively harmful. It is a practice more akin to torture than healthcare and needs to be banned in the state of Minnesota. For more details, click here.

  • Funding mental health first responders and having them respond to mental health emergencies saves both resources and lives while unburdening our police officers from situations they aren't equipped to deal with as effectively. For more details, click here.

  • Our rural communities deserve access to high quality healthcare and that starts with ensuring there are medical personnel and physicians here to provide that care. Attracting health care workers of all stripes to the district is key to healthcare outcomes. For more details, click here.


Growing Communities:

  • An investment in rural broadband will help our farmers, students, small businesses, and communities. The state legislature has been lagging on giving this project the funding it needs and that needs to change. For more details, click here.

  • As an active duty military spouse, I know firsthand the struggles with finding stable work while still trying to move with your spouse. Several states have taken the lead on helping ensure military spouses are given a fair opportunity in the workforce, and Minnesota needs to implement similar measures. For more details, click here.

  • Moving to a new state or a new area within a state comes with many hurdles when it comes to integrating yourself into the community. Making the information for how to start a business, register your children for school, or where to vote all more widely available would help speed up the process and make the area more welcoming. For more details, click here.

  • Safety in our communities requires trust between ourselves and the police. If the police come from several towns over it creates an immediate barrier because of the nature of them being outsiders. Making sure it is communities policing themselves is one step towards starting the healing process. For more details, click here.

  • Legalizing recreational marijuana has proven to have a great many benefits and few of the feared drawbacks. Eleven states have legalized it now and we can follow their example for increased personal freedom, increased tax revenue, a decrease in crime, and a boon to our farmers and small businesses. For more details, click here.

  • Filing a complaint about a state employee, be they a DNR official, a Police Officer, or a Teacher, should be as simple as possible. We must have public accountability in order to have trust in government and having an accessible and robust complaint system furthers those goals. For more details, click here.

  • Creating an auction and raffle for a limited number of hunting permits for select species would allow unique opportunities for hunters while also generating funds for species and habitat conservation. For more details, click here.



  • People should be able to vote with their conscience rather than their fears. The concept of the ‘spoiler candidate’ is one that has plagued many modern elections. Ranked Choice Voting solves both of these problems and needs to be implemented in all elections. For more details, click here.

  • Currently voter registration is an opt-in process. You have to contact the state in order to get a form. I want the state to put more effort into ensuring everyone is registered so they can exercise that most basic democratic right of voting. For more details, click here.

  • A Universal Vote-By-Mail system increases voter turnout safely, securely, and without giving an advantage to any political party. It also isn't that much of a change from our current "No-Excuse" absentee policy and we should upgrade immediately. For more details, click here.

  • Getting money out of politics is a goal voters of many different ideologies agree with. Upholding a 'one person one vote' democratic ideal means ensuring one person with more money can't put their finger on the scale. Publicly funding our elections will help. For more details, click here.

  • Smoothing out our in person voting system by printing a personalized ballot at any polling location in the state greatly adds to the convenience as well as the security of our elections. For more details, click here.

  • Every candidate should only have their name on the ballot. A party affiliation shouldn't be included. Candidates should make the case for themselves and not just coast on a letter next to their name. This would also help third party candidates have a better chance. For more details, click here.



  • We need more childcare options. The use of intergenerational care facilities that combine childcare and elder care facilities has proven time and again to create better outcomes for both groups. The AARP has started endorsing them and we should help develop them. For more details, click here.



  • Mental health has rightfully been a greater focus for adults. We need to make certain it is also recognized as vital for our children. The implementation of K-12 Mental Health Coordinators will go a long way towards making certain our students are also taken care of. For more details, click here.

  • The AP program should be expanded beyond written tests and could include working apprenticeships in a variety of trades and disciplines. This would help students identify careers while getting experience and credit for their work while still in high school. For more details, click here.

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