Strong families, stronger communities.
Families are the core of our community, and for Minnesota children to be successful, their families must also be successful. I support policy solutions that help all generations of Minnesota families live richer, more fulfilling lives.
Economic efficiency and innovation.
We must use taxpayer dollars wisely. As the smallest geographic county in Minnesota, and with the second-largest population, we can’t easily expand our tax base. Instead, we need to be smart with the investments taxpayers already are making.
Smart, sustainable growth.
As we develop and redevelop land, we need to do so in a way that protects the environment — both for ourselves and for future generations.
Collaboration, representation, and transparency.
Politicians commonly talk about fighting for their constituents. I’d rather work for — and with — you. Fighting sets up a winners-and-losers dynamic. When we focus on political gains instead of people, we all lose. I won’t agree with everyone, but I will work to understand everyone and consider all of the facts before making decisions. I will tell you where I stand and why, and I will always keep listening.
Rebuild relationships and begin development on Rice Creek Commons (the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant, also known as TCAAP).
Ramsey County taxpayers have invested a lot to prepare this site for a mixed-use development that meets the needs of Arden Hills and the county. It is deeply disappointing that the working relationship between city and county has resulted in a lawsuit. This low point presents a chance for fresh judgment and an emphasis on cooperation. I believe in the vision of Rice Creek Commons, but I’m concerned that the current master plan won’t achieve it. To uphold it, I will work on behalf of District 1 residents to resolve differences and ensure the final plan upholds “the common goals of creating jobs; establishing a walkable live-work-play community; and developing an attractive, amenity-rich, mixed-use environment that appeals to current and new residents, businesses, and the greater community.” Rice Creek Commons should be a model for future redevelopment in the district.
Address environmental concerns and include sustainability review in new county policies.
Comprehensive water management plan
Residents all over District 1 are dealing with water issues. Almost every constituent I’ve talked with has shared water or flooding concerns, such as:
Flooded trails and unusable beach at Snail Lake Park
Flooding of homes and property on Twin Lake
The closure of Rice Street
Flooding in yards around Bald Eagle Lake
We need to take a holistic look at water management to plan for what could be a new normal, and protect the lakes that brought so many of us to this beautiful part of Ramsey County. I support Ramsey County developing a new groundwater management plan similar to the plan developed by Washington County.
Expanding public transportation into District 1 and creating pedestrian-friendly infrastructure as county roads are updated provides more environmentally sustainable options for commuters. These approaches won’t just offer carbon-conscious transportation options. They also help people with low incomes and aging residents become more active in the community, now and in the future.
Invest in critical needs and comprehensive policy solutions to support families.
Family child care innovation
Affordable, quality child care is necessary for healthy child development and family self-sufficiency, and providing work support helps promote economic development. Investing in childhood development as early as possible, especially for underprivileged families, profoundly influences the overall health, economic, and social equity of the community. Ramsey County can support child care by simplifying the family child care licensure process, coordinating mentoring opportunities for new providers, and better supporting current providers to keep them in the field.
Safe, affordable housing is essential to our community’s success. Ramsey County should invest in neighborhoods to provide stable living for everyone, regardless of their incomes. Affordability means those who work in and care for our neighborhoods and contribute to our economy also can afford to live here. Increasing housing density is morally, environmentally, and economically necessary for the future success of our community. Increasing the number of and affordability of housing options brings in young families trying to balance housing costs with student loan debt and child care costs as well as workers to fill expanding jobs in assisted living and home health care. These options also create space for empty nesters looking to downsize but stay in the community.