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.
St. Paul is facing a housing crisis — that’s why one of my top priorities is developing and protecting affordable housing in St. Paul. I’ll fight for more permanent affordable units without the usual loopholes that allow landlords to prioritize profits over people. I’ll fight to protect rents from price gouging, discrimination, and predatory landlords.
I also believe that homelessness is an unacceptable consequence of a lack of affordable housing. In my work as a legal advocate for victims of sexual assault, I know how difficult it is to place families and individuals, who through no fault of their own, lack stable housing. We have a chronic shortage of emergency shelter, not only in the Twin Cities Metro Area, but in the state of Minnesota. We need a plan to ensure all St. Paul residents have a safe, stable place to call home.
We need to address our affordable housing crisis head on...
- Expand 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.
- Strengthen renters’ rights.
- Ensure 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.
- Prioritize 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.
- Provide 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.
- Expand access for Section 8 voucher holders.
- Prosecute negligent landlords.
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 and Criminal Justice Reform
I work closely with law enforcement as an advocate for victims. As an advocate for victims within the legal system, I have seen the best and the worst of police conduct. Police interact with families in their most vulnerable moments — it’s an incredibly important job. There is no doubt that our criminal justice system needs reform, and we must demand the best of our officers and allow exceptional officers to be the rule, not the exception.
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...
- Admit 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.
- Increase transparency and accountability in our systems and departments that were built to shield themselves from it to help build trust within our communities.
- Develop a “community first” plan for building trust and keeping communities safe.
- Fund clerical and support positions within the police department so officers can do the jobs they were trained to do.
- Look at solutions beyond conventional policing such as a community-centered public safety program and addressing our growing 9-1-1 response times.
- Review internal police practices and guidance with an eye toward equity and reform.
- Develop a “community first” plan for building trust and keeping communities safe.
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. We’ll show that we are a major city that takes environmental protections seriously and can lead with environmental protection at the forefront of our decision-making.
We also know Global warming is real, and cities have a huge role to play in negating the effects of climate change at the local level. Ward 1 is already feeling the pain. We need to act quickly and decisively to limit environmental damage and invest in a more sustainable St. Paul — while we still have the luxury of making the choice.
Let’s make our city greener by...
- Invest in sustainable infrastructure, including safe transit, biking, and pedestrian options across the Ward.
- Support the plan to make Ayd Mill Road into a “complete street” that will better serve the needs of Ward 1 residents and not commuters cutting through the ward.
- Investigate the disproportionate impact that environmental racism has on Ward 1 and other communities of color in St. Paul, and take meaningful steps to fix it.
- Invest in local agricultural producers, especially in low-income communities and communities of color.
- Improve our organized trash collection contract to better accommodate households that are committed to waste reduction.
- Prioritize city contracts that use environmentally conscious vendors and rejecting contracts from those that benefit from pollution and big oil.
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...
- Collaborate with Ward 1 residents to share and build power. I’ll do this by being present and accountable, in part, by holding regular listening sessions within the ward.
- Convene stakeholders and community members to form diverse coalitions to create the best outcomes for the people of St. Paul.
- Advocate for better and more transparent access to professional correspondence (including emails), starting with my own office.
- I will listen first and never assuming that I have all of the answers. I don’t, and won’t ever, have all the answers; that won’t 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.
I am a proud graduate of St Paul Public Schools, and I believe in the promise of public education. Our public school system must be a place where we can fulfill the promise of equal opportunity for everyone in our society – regardless of gender, race, or background. But too many students feel marginalized or underserved by our schools. Too many schools suffer from disinvestment, understaffing, and limited resources. We must improve our public schools if we can even hope to build the next generation of leaders St. Paul needs.
Let's fix our schools and work to close the achievement gap...
- Make free, accessible Pre-K a reality for every kid in St. Paul who wants it.
- Champion public education by lifting up the incredible work educators do and calling out the negative effects of ill-advised “reform” proposals.
- Work in partnership with the St Paul School Board, SPFE, and other key stakeholders to hold leaders accountable for advancements in equity and access for all students.
- Work to address the factors that undermine students’ ability to succeed, including lack of housing, child care, and affordable transportation.
- Explore the option of a charter school moratorium while a comprehensive study is done on the impact of charter schools in our communities.
- Advocate for funding at the State Capitol, especially funding for more social worker positions and Title IX protections.
As the daughter of a union member, and a union member myself, the fundamental right to organize is personal to me. I won’t just talk about solidarity — I will be out on the strike line with St. Paul workers whenever they are fighting to form a union, secure a fair wage, or increase wages, or improve working conditions.
Unlike the Ward 1 incumbent, I fully support a minimum wage of $15 per hour with no tip credit — and I will fight to secure a livable wage for every St. Paul resident. No family or individual should be working full time hours and still struggling to make ends meet.
Let's make sure everyone's workplace is a fair place...
- Implement $15/hour minimum wage ordinance.
- Fight for earned sick and safe time, paid family and medical leave, fair scheduling, and a livable wage for all St. Paul workers.
- Guarantee prevailing wages and project labor agreements (PLAs) for all St. Paul families.
- Write accountability provisions in projects that receive public funding so the agreement can be nullified if employers don’t keep their promises to workers and the community.
Across the country, women’s access to health care and bodily autonomy is under constant attack. We can do more to defend the right to choose for women and non-binary neighbors who deserve equal access to the care they need.
How I plan to ensure St. Paul is a safe place for reproductive rights...
- Work with state and county programs to provide reproductive care to all our neighbors.
- Fight back against dangerous and discriminatory laws restricting reproductive care.
- Ban misleading “crisis pregnancy centers” from operating in St. Paul.
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