I grew up in Mankato Minnesota. Our family was one of only a few Jewish families and we were one of the only families that wasn't from Minnesota originally. I learned that for the most part Minnesota was a very welcoming place and that most people had the best intentions. And in those times that I encountered people who were less than accepting of different cultures, backgrounds, and abilities, I learned ways to stand up for myself and for others, and to look for others who did the same.
I find that community of people who will stand up and fight for an open and inclusive Minnesota in the DFL. I spent 4 election cycles working for DFL candidates such as Tim Walz and Mark Ritchie because I knew they were part of this same fight. And then, when some misguided souls at the legislature put an amendment on the ballot that would have limited marriage to one man and one woman, I was proud to serve as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Minnesotans United for All Families. Defeating that amendment was a turning point for Minnesota and for the national push for marriage equality. It is a victory that each one of us should be proud of.
In the years since then, I have become the Political Director for Service Employee International Union Minnesota State Council. I have had the privilege of fighting for raising the minimum wage, paid family leave, and standing alongside thousands of workers, including janitors, security officers, and healthcare workers, who were brave enough to demand living wages, paid time off, and reasonable workloads.
This is why I think I have the experience to run a winning campaign and then be an effective legislator.
But beyond that, I want you to know I will be a great representative for this community. I became a member of this community in 2010, when I moved in with my then boyfriend, Brian and his 2 year old daughter, Samantha. Brian was a widower and the three of us set out to become a family and make a happy home. With the love and support of the neighbors we met, our friends and family that live nearby, and the stability we found in the community, we have done just that. Samantha is now a second grader at Birchview Elementary and thriving.
Of all the titles that I've had in my life, I am proudest when she calls me mom. As we brought home our new addition to the family, Calvin, we are so happy to bring him here. Our family owes so much to this district and I can't wait to give back by going to the State Legislature, and continuing the fight for a Minnesota that is welcoming, inclusive, and truly a land of opportunity for all. We have a lot to do, and I can't wait to get started with you all!