Meet the Candidate
Running For:MN House of Representatives
Occupation:retired teacher; current state rep.
Education:Master of Science - special education
Biographical Info:Prior to my start as a state representative in 2015, I was an elementary school teacher in Albert Lea. As a 33 year teacher (now retired), Ive been recognized for excellence, hard work, and dedication, including local 2011 Teacher of the Year. Ive enjoyed many leadership roles at both district and state levels. Church and community are an integral part of my life. I have been a former longtime volunteer for our local Youth for Christ, as well as currently an elder and part-time worship leader in my local church. Before taking office, I had never been involved in politics, aside from educating myself about the candidates and voting. Politics has always turned me off because of all the name calling and how many politicians seem to do things to stay in office or for party power instead of doing whats right for the people. However, someone from the Republican Party asked me if I would consider running for the House. After considering it long and hard, I decided to do this not for myself - but for the people; people like my 750 kids that I mentioned below and those like them.
Statement:People have always been important to me. One of my favorite parts of being a state legislator is to get out into local communities and hear from people and work to help solve local and statewide issues. I have over 750 kids all those who have been in my elementary school classroom over my 33 years as a public-school teacher. Each one is special to me and matters to me. I want all my kids, and all Minnesotans, to be able to enjoy the America that has brought us the freedoms, the financial opportunities, and the many blessings that have been a part of this great country.
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- †Position based upon candidate record or extensive research
|1. Should abortions be banned after fetal heartbeat is detected (around 6 weeks gestation)?||?||Note: Unable to answer at this time as my colleagues and I are looking for options that will work in the state of Minnesota.|
|2. Do you oppose all taxpayer funding of abortion?||Y|
|3. Do you oppose physician assisted suicide, also referred to as aid in dying?||Y*||All life is precious, from conception to natural death.|
|4. Do you oppose public school policies that promote transgender ideology, such as comprehensive sex education?||Y*||I have authored and offered amendments in the past to remove dangerous comprehension sex education from House education bills.|
|5. Do you support legislation that preserves girls’ and women’s athletics for biological females?||Y*||Transgender people should be treated with dignity and respect, but we must find solutions for this issue that wont destroy women/girls sports.|
|6. Do you support school choice legislation, such as tuition tax credits, that would enable parents to choose the school that best suits their child’s needs?||Y*||I have introduced legislation on this issue.|
|7. Should people have their religious freedom protected if they refuse to participate in a same-sex wedding?||Y|
|8. Do you oppose efforts to ban voluntary biblical counseling in the areas of gender and sexuality?||Y*||No one should be denied this counseling if they desire it!|
|9. Do you support a parent’s fundamental right to direct the upbringing of their children, including their education and health care?||Y|