Hi, I’m running a non-traditional campaign to represent all the people of Minnesota. I’m proud to have received the DFL endorsement. Some may think our district is unwinnable. And thanks to gerrymandering it’s true that our numbers don’t look good. But I’m running anyway because I believe in the power of the people! I believe in democracy.
Post 2016 history
When I ran for State Senate in 2016 I was greener than grass. I got some bad campaign advice and shaved my beard. I do like wearing suits but it’s not how I typically dress. If elected, I intend to represent socialist values and if elected I will offer bold solutions to our most pressing issues. We don’t have time to waste.
After the election in 2016 I continued to work full time for Everyday Living… eventually being promoted to the position of site supervisor. It was good work and as anyone who’s ever worked at a group home knows, it can be stressful. I was working more than full-time hours and chose not to enter the special election race in 2018. It was a difficult decision, but I felt I wasn’t able to dedicate enough time to run an effective campaign. I’m glad Joe Perske ran but he and I do not share the same values. Not even close.
Thankfully, a good friend of mine told me about an opening in Benton County Human Services. I had always wanted to work in a union job and was actively attempting to unionize my former employer. I feel fortunate to be working for the public through Benton County. As an eligibility specialist, I’m now able to help people apply for and obtain food support (SNAP), cash, health care, and emergency funds. It’s been a learning process and has shaped my view of the economy. Conservatives may ask [in regards to public programs] when will it be enough? Working for Benton County, I’m able to see people working themselves off these programs every month. In Minnesota, we see our shared values manifest in the programs that help Minnesotans who are elderly or disabled. Some politicians may point fingers at public assistance programs to keep the working class fighting itself. I choose to point the finger at multi-billion dollar corporations and large business owners. Wealth inequity is real. It’s a problem and fair taxation combined with education on secular ethics is the solution.
This election I’m relying on you, dear reader, to talk to your friends. Invite them to like my page on Facebook. Ask if they’re registered to vote. And, in October/November 2020, make sure they have voted or have a “vote plan” for election day. This grassroots campaign is as much about you as it is me. In a democracy, we all share the duty of being active participants. Be proud of your values. Talk about the issues that matter and why. Elections have consequences. It’s on us to flip the 13th Senate District blue.
I graduated from Sauk Rapids-Rice High School in 2000. I’m what some people call an elder millennial. I studied acupressure massage therapy and moved to California briefly to become a hippie. Which I did. Patchwork pants, good music, mushroom hunting, and longboarding. After being arrested for selling marijuana I skipped court and hid in Minnesota until my case expired (They ruled that marijuana is now legal in California). I knew then that it was wrong to imprison people who are just trying to have a good time. I’ve worked a variety of jobs since. Later, after becoming more involved with NORML, I became more aware of the racial inequity and the urgent need for criminal justice reform. This is why I started getting involved in politics and the law.
I work full time as an eligibility specialist for Benton County. I love my job. It’s a good balance of math and helping people obtain financial and community resources to survive. When I’m not working I enjoy hiking in our State Parks or reading a good book. I also fancy myself a pretty good cook. I live with (and pay rent to) my mother and father in Sauk Rapids. It’s the same house I grew up in. Be it ever so humble… there’s no place like home.