We are at a critical moment in our city.

We have the opportunity to continue to build on the progress we’ve been making as a city, while also taking proactive steps to ensure equity and prosperity across Ward One and Saint Paul as a whole.

I look forward to working with you to create real, sustainable solutions and ensure decisions are made by us and not for us at City Hall.

Affordable Housing

Affordable housing is an area that I see gaps in every single day within my work at Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health.

Working and empowering victims and survivors of sexual violence is some of the most rewarding work I’ve ever done.

When working with victims of sexual assault who are trying to leave their abusive situations because of the lack of available shelter, sometimes the best I do is give them tokens to ride the Green Line for the night.

This is absolutely unacceptable and we need to work to ensure that this is no longer a reality that our residents face in St. Paul.

I plan to address our affordable housing crisis by...

  • Expanding our conversation to include emergency shelter and transitional housing. We must be willing to go beyond high-rises and apartments because we need to meet people where they are at. I believe that we must tackle this crisis holistically.
  • Ensuring that we are sharing the burden of addressing this crisis. We need to stop concentrating subsidized and low-income housing to particular neighborhoods in our Ward and throughout the City. We all have a role to play in addressing this and continuing to isolate the need to specific parts of the city.
  • Prioritizing upzoning to include more density in our developments. We should be maximizing our land use and creating space to help people out of the cycle of chronic homelessness.
  • Providing creative solutions for housing by working with community members. Fact of the matter is that our elected officials do not have all the solutions. We all have a role to play in tackling this crisis and we must do this together.

 

Transportation

It is well past time that we move into the 21st century.  In Saint Paul we must start embracing a “Complete Streets” model when it comes to transportation. We need to become a city that prioritizes bikers and pedestrians as much as we do cars. It is not only an equity issue, but it is also the right thing to do to protect the environment.

We can tackle this issue holistically by...

  • Creating more opportunities for alternative transportation modes like expanding bike lanes, greenways, and pedestrian options.
  • Expanding access and providing more options to public transportation to more Ward One residents across Saint Paul.
  • Realizing access to a car is an equity issue. The cost, maintenance, insurance, and registration is not something that everyone has the privilege or ability to accommodate in an already tight budget. We have to move past the vehicle-centered approach and work to provide more transportation options for residents.

 

Public Safety

We need to have real conversations in our city around public safety. I have been building relationships and creating systemic change as a legal advocate by collaborating with law enforcement agencies all over Ramsey County, especially in the Saint Paul Police Department.

I look forward to bringing those relationships and skills to city hall and working with the community to start to heal, build and provide sustainable solutions together.

Let’s do this important work together by...

  • Admitting the wrongs of the past and being open to listening and engaging in the uncomfortable conversations around white supremacy, implicit bias in our policing models, and accept the need for change.
  • Increasing transparency and accountability in our systems and departments that were built to shield themselves from it to help build trust within our communities.
  • Understanding that it is possible to invest in public safety, while still holding our police departments to the absolute highest of standards.
  • Looking at solutions beyond conventional policing such as a community-centered public safety program and addressing our growing 9-1-1 response times.

 

Environmental Protection

As the second largest city in our state, we have the opportunity to be a leader and show Minnesotans that Saint Paul truly is The Most Liveable City in America, that we are a major city that takes environmental protections seriously. We are in a unique position in our city with an opportunity to lead with environmental protection at the forefront of our decision-making.

Let’s make our city greener by...

  • Investing in alternative modes of transportation across our entire city, ensuring that we’re considering bicyclers, pedestrians, and public transit.
  • Prioritizing city contracts that use environmentally conscious vendors and rejecting contracts from those that benefit from pollution and big oil.
  • Improving our organized trash collection contract to better accommodate households that are committed to waste reduction.

 

Transparency and Accountability

One of the main reasons that motivated me to run for this seat is that as an engaged citizen and politically active, I found myself unable to identify where my council member stood on critical issues, such as raising the minimum wage without a tip credit. I knew that if I was not hearing from my council member or unable to figure out how they were planning to vote from my place of privilege, I could guarantee that other members of my community were feeling the same way. It  is exactly what I hear every day on the campaign trail.

This is unacceptable, and the residents of Ward One deserve better.

Elected officials need to be doing more than just “taking the right votes”. They need to be present, accountable, and transparent to the people they represent.

I plan on bringing back transparency and accountability to this seat by...

  • Always being transparent about my positions, even if we may disagree and leaning into uncomfortable conversations. I believe that honesty builds trust between elected officials and those that they were elected to represent.
  • Being present and accountable by meeting people where they are at and holding regular listening sessions within the Ward.
  • Collaborating with community members and a broad coalition of organizations to create the best outcomes for the people of Saint Paul.
  • Listening first and never assuming that I have all of the answers. I don’t and won’t ever have all of the answers, and that wont change when I am elected. I am depending on partners and community members to help educate me on the most important issues to our communities and hold me accountable when I am not leading with their best interests at heart.

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Saint Paul can do more to serve our communities, and we can work better with our partners at the state and county to better serve all our neighbors.

Support my campaign to make this a reality.