The mission of Hennepin County is to enhance the health, safety and quality of life of its residents and communities in a respectful, efficient and fiscally responsible way. These are just some of the issues that are of concern to me:
Working for the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, issues of justice are clearly a concern of mine. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their homes and in their community, and that means public safety departments need to be properly funded in order to protect us all. I will be committed to protecting our residents' safety.
Gun violence is a major threat to our community. The county funds and operates the County Attorney's Office and Sheriff's Department. I will continue to work with these departments, as I have for so many years, to reduce and prevent gun violence and ensure they have the staff, training, and resources needed to effectively do their jobs.
The people in our community need to be assured of due process in the court system. I will work to provide a fair and equitable justice system and reduce the disparities that affect many of our residents.
From clean air and water to preserving our natural resources the environment is a key concern of mine.
I am deeply committed to tackling climate change and believe that it should be a priority for our community. I am someone who recycles regularly, does not spray pesticides on my lawn, takes the bus to work, and regularly buys at the local farmers market. I am committed to this cause and know we can all do more to reduce our carbon footprint.
It is essential that we, as a community transition to a clean energy economy, reduce our carbon footprint and preserve and protect our planet for future generations. Buildings use 40% of all energy consumed in the United States. Increasing energy efficiency is the most cost effective and affordable way to reduce fossil-fuel consumption. Hennepin County must support programs that make county buildings more energy efficient.
Our community's abundant natural resources are a national treasure that needs to be preserved, protected, and improved upon. Lake Minnetonka is the crown jewel of the entire state. I will support programs that keep aquatic invasive species, like zebra mussels, Eurasian milfoil, and others, out of our lakes and rivers.
I will work with our cities to support and promote policies to protect our natural environment. We must ensure that our children and grandchildren have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. The next generation should have the same opportunities to enjoy all that the outdoors have to offer.
Every citizen should feel safe in their community. The collapse of the 35W bridge is a tragic reminder that we have to maintain roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure that keep people safe. I will make smart investments to repair and replace our roads and highways, reduce congestion, and upgrade bridges.
Reliable public transportations options like the Southwest Light Rail will strengthen our communities and make it safer and easier to commute. I have taken the bus to work in downtown Minneapolis for years, and I would encourage others to do so. Public transportation is safe, inexpensive, efficient, and good for the environment.
Provide oversight to our award-winning library system, especially focusing on the Southdale Library building project slated to open in Southdale Center in Edina in 2022.
I believe everyone should have access to affordable healthcare.
Hennepin County is nationally recognized in its efforts to change the health care system to improve the well-being of its residents. By coordinating patient-centered and holistic health care, human services and education, the county must continue working to prevent and alleviate chronic illnesses and create an expectation of health and prosperity for all.
Mental Health issues have touched everyone in our community. We need to work harder to address those in our community facing mental illness.
Every day, more than 115 Americans die from opioid overdose. The misuse of and addiction to prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids is an increasing crisis that affects families in our community. Hennepin County needs to increase its efforts to work on primary prevention, response, treatment, and recovery.
Hennepin County is the largest local unit of government in Minnesota, employing almost 9,000 talented and diverse employees, and is one of the largest employers in Minnesota.
Hennepin County has serious and substantial issues that need to be addressed. As we move into 2020 and beyond, the County will need to employ a qualified, smart and hardworking workforce that reflects the diversity of our changing community.
I am proud to have been a part of Hennepin County’s first diversity committee in the early 2000’s which created the Hennepin County’s Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policy. Today I am part of the County's Non-Discrimination and Respectful Workplace Team and a member of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office’s Recruitment, Hiring and Retention Committee which promotes a diversified workforce which values all ideas.