“We all do better when we all do better”
Those words from the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone resonated with me from a young age and have been a guiding light throughout my life. I have been a student of that style of public service and want to bring that way of thinking to our state capital. Divisive and polarizing politics have gotten us far less than we owe each other. We stand together today amidst a pandemic, a struggling economy, pressing social issues, and looming threats to our environment. I seek to bring a strong voice from our district to St. Paul and no longer let us be the gulf between the Twin Cities and the Iron Range.
I was born and raised in Isanti County and here I have remained through times good and bad. The town of Braham has seen my family at our highest and lowest points and I want to serve this community that has been influential to who I am. I was active in the arts in Braham both with the school and Giant Step community theater. Beginning in 11th grade as a PSEO student I attended Anoka Ramsey Community College in Cambridge and had my first exposure to higher education. It became my dream to help other children gain this resource and expand their horizons. After earning my AA I went on to Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN where I received my BA in 2015. While preparing for Graduate school I took a job with the Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer in Rush City. I had worked as a security officer at SJU and felt this would be an interesting job for a year or so while I saved for grad school. I quickly found a calling in the job and discovered that I enjoyed helping reform the offenders that society forgot. I’ve been with the DOC for 5 years now. In April I was asked if I would be interested in running for public office by those close to me. I began thinking hard about it for about a month when the Senate introduced a measure that would have rescinded a contract that had been negotiated in 2019 and would have harmed public workers on the front lines of this pandemic. This flagrant disregard for the collective bargaining process was the tipping point in my decision to run. During the course of this campaign we have seen the Senate continue to play political games instead of finding a common ground and navigating this pandemic together as a state. I’m running to reintroduce a spirit of cooperation to the state capital. Supporting me means supporting a blue collar worker who is willing to step up and speak for the good of Isanti and Chisago counties.