What qualifies you to hold this position?
My career has given me a businessperson’s perspective on solving problems, setting, and meeting goals, and providing level headed leadership in difficult situations. These skills and experience are needed now more than ever in our government, so that we, as a nation, and as a state, reunite with common goals for our society.
What would your top priorities be if elected?
The violent summer riots on Lake, Broadway, and Nicollet destroyed small businesses and damaged Minneapolis’s reputation for the next decade. Setting a new course and restoring our reputation as a safe and attractive city is my priority. Next are good jobs, affordable health insurance options for everyone, and school choice and excellence.
What do you think is the primary role of government?
State government is responsible for the laws of the state, basic services and amenities, infrastructure and education. Government, generally speaking, should not attempt to solve every issue of the state, and should be limited.
What is your approach to police reform and issues of public safety?
We must defend, not defund, the police, first and foremost. That said, there are duties, such as responding to 911 calls where the situation involves someone with a mental illness, that requires a different approach than apprehending a criminal. Accountability for the actions of the few bad cops is critical and restoring faith and respect in our police officers is needed immediately.
What should be done at the state level to promote affordable housing and solve the homelessness crisis?
Grow and improve our capacity for homeless shelters and get our homeless into these shelters where there are appropriate facilities and care. Affordable housing is a difficult challenge, but we must ensure acceptable zoning and densification within each city and neighborhood.
What is your plan for combatting systemic racial inequalities?
Wherever there is written law that “systemically” institutes racial inequality, it should be examined and if necessary revised through the process of legislation, not riots or “anti-racism”. Equality means just that, equal treatment and opportunity based on our constitution, existing law, and civil conduct.
How would you rate Minnesota’s response to the coronavirus? What would you do differently?
Honestly, the COVID-19 situation was so unpredictable that it’s difficult to say what should or shouldn’t have been done, differently or the same. I do believe that we needed to take into account both the health and economic risks of our responses, and take brave steps. Let’s pray that it will soon be in the past.