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Minnesota State House District 65B

State Representatives serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the state legislature. They write and vote on legislation to create, repeal, or change state laws affecting many issues, like health care, the environment, and the economy. They also vote on state taxes and the state spending.

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    Maria Isa Pérez-Hedges

Biographical Information

If elected, what will your top three priorities be and why? (750 characters)

How would you ensure election laws do not create barriers to Minnesotans’ freedom to vote while also ensuring safe and secure elections? (500 characters)

What legislation, if any, would you support to address racial or ethnic disparities in Minnesota? (500 characters)

What will you do to support a vibrant economy across Minnesota, and to address rising inflation? (500 characters)

What legislation, if any, would you support to reduce gun violence in Minnesota? (500 characters)

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Environmental & Human rights are my priorities. I’ll support the creation of renewable energy jobs in our state, address regulatory capture, chemicals, and water issues. I’ve been a longtime advocate and lobbyist for clean water. Regulatory Capture is a threat to democratic government. We see this in many industries. Corporations are treating the planet like a business in liquidation—squeezing every resource for whatever dollar value can be derived—and walking away, leaving the people to deal with the ruins. I will also support/author legislation to protect children from being exploited and trafficked, as our state is among the worst in the nation in that regard. Now, more than ever, we must work together, for people and the planet.
The right to vote is our Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental right. We must have a fair election system that is properly-funded and allows all voters access to the polls. Elections must also be safe and secure. In the past two election cycles, I’ve received ballot applications at my home addressed to unrecognizable names that I’ve never received other mail for in the past twenty-one years at my address. Any potential fraud must be taken seriously and investigated by the Secretary of State.
I support a ban on No-knock warrants. We must de-militarize our police and also provide trained mental health workers. For-profit prisons must be eliminated. I support environmental justice by reducing chemicals in our environment. All communities need clean air, clean water, green space. I also support legislation for public schools/public pools collaboration, granting access to swim lessons for children in urban areas. The racial/ethnic disparity in drownings in young POC needs to be addressed
I will work to support solid jobs in maintaining infrastructure, increasing renewable energy, like solar and wind, support/incentivize small scale agri businesses and permaculture. Small businesses are the backbone of our communities. They deliver jobs, growth and prosperity, and shape our local cities and regions.
Gun violence is a public health crisis. It disproportionately impacts racially and ethnically diverse communities. I will support a holistic approach like the one being implemented by the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office. Group Violence Intervention, (GVI), the only evidence-based method proven to decrease gun violence, replaces enforcement with deterrence, fosters relationships between law enforcement and the people they serve.
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Health Care, Education, and Housing.

As a Type 1 diabetic and leader in insulin organizing, I worked to pass the Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act at the Minnesota State Capitol in April 2020. I will continue to advocate for an ethical health care system that puts people before profits.

Nationally, I am recognized for my work educating incarcerated youth in Minnesota. In office, I will champion a public education system that allows all communities to thrive.

As a lifelong resident of the West Side, I have seen firsthand the damage caused by inflated housing costs on the health of residents. At the Capitol, I will push for investments and policies to protect renters and working class families.
I will advocate for automatic voter registration efforts and fully-funding our election system to better support communities of color, especially across lines of culture and language. The difficulty of casting a ballot is still largely determined by zip code, and we need to instead be building a system of equal access and opportunity.
We must be looking at every single policy through a lens of racial equity. Our braided systems of health care, education, and housing are built on histories that give context to today's disparities. I also am running to see the budgets and advocate that our communities receive the funding we need and deserve. To name a couple policies specifically, I will be uplifting the Increase Teachers of Color Act and the Minnesota Health Plan.
I am a small business owner and an artist. At the Capitol, I will push for policy that develops an inclusive, creative, and regenerative economy. These efforts include passing price gouging legislation, investing in green infrastructure, supporting organized labor and artistic initiatives, and advocating for local appropriations including funding for a West Side Latinx Museum of Arts.
I fully support background check requirements without loopholes and red flag legislation. We must also invest in social support structures so that no one in our community is driven to acts of hate and violence.