There are so many important issues that our communities face, that it is difficult to pick a few to talk about. There is an intersectionality to many issues which gets lost when we speak about them individually but it is necessary to start the conversation.
I have yet to have a conversation with anyone who doesn’t agree that there is a housing crisis in Hennepin County. The board has taken steps to start addressing the lack of affordable housing, but more can be done. I look forward to working towards a Hennepin County where everyone has a safe, stable place to call home.
We can see, in areas where statistics are maintained, that there are disparities within our criminal justice system based on ethnicity. Simply put, people of color are disproportionately arrested and incarcerated. We need to work to remove bias from our systems so that everyone living in Hennepin County is treated with dignity.
In my conversations with people about what matters to them, the roads in our county has continued to be an issue. Some of our county roads are not safe, some are in need of repair. We need to invest in our roads and ensure that safety for vehicular, bike, and pedestrian traffic is maximized.
Public transportation is an issue that is affected by and affects the environment. Better, cleaner, more efficient transportation throughout the county is needed to improve the lives of Hennepin County residentsi