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Minnesota State Senate District 65

State Senators serve in the Minnesota Senate, the upper house 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 decide on state taxes and state spending.

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    Zuki Ellis
    (DFL)

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    Sheigh Freeberg
    (DFL)

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    Sandy Pappas
    (DFL)

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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Campaign Website http://sheighfreeberg.org
Campaign Twitter Handle @sheighformn65
Campaign Email freebergsd65@gmail.com
Campaign Mailing Address PO BOX 4055
ST. PAUL, MN 55104
Affordable housing is first on the list because Saint Paul is dealing with a crisis. Last fall, over 30,000 people voted for rent stabilization because so many are struggling between paying rent and buying groceries. Education is second because we need to give students the education they deserve. Last year, six schools began to close in St. Paul that mostly support BIPOC students. Schools in SD-65 have lacked resources for decades and are now at a breaking point. Third is universal healthcare because everyone should have access to quality care. SD-65 has a poverty rate around 18% and almost 10,000 uninsured individuals. Those numbers are alarming and as neighbors we need to step up to make sure everyone can get the treatment they deserve.
Minnesota should enact Automatic Voter Registration. This is an easy path to opening up elections to new voters and it modernizes our system to keep accurate records of who can vote. I would also back our Secretary of State Steve Simon in his actions to support voters in Minnesota. Minnesota has a great track record of getting people out to vote and we need to support that democratic energy.
First, I want to invest more resources into our public schools to hire BIPOC teachers. We know students learn better in a diverse environment and we can close the achievement gap between white students and BIPOC students through these new hires.

I also believe that enacting $15 minimum wage, safe and sick time policy, and rent stabilization statewide will help to eliminate disparities by improving the standard of living for all Minnesotans.
I would work to push stronger labor laws in Minnesota that allow individuals to unionize without the threat of losing their jobs. We are seeing new unionization efforts across the United States because workers are sick of corporations making record profits while they struggle to fill their gas tanks. I also support making community and technical college tuition free. This will help add thousands of skilled labor jobs like nurses and electricians. Jobs that immediately add back to the economy.
I believe we need to support common sense gun laws, expanded mental health services, and more school safety measures. I also believe that we should ban assault rifles. No AR-15 should be more valued that a child's life in America.
Campaign Website http://sandypappas.com
Campaign Twitter Handle @SenatorPappas
Campaign Email sandypappas65@gmail.com
Passing a robust Capitol Investment bill (bonding) that supports the essential infrastructure needs of our state, our higher ed institutions and our communities: clean water, transit, roads, parks, affordable housing.

Earned sick and safe time for all workers. During covid, we’ve seen how important this is as well as paid family & medical leave. Ultimately I'd like to see Universal Healthcare

A pension plan for low wage workers. I’ve been serving on the pension commission for the past 15 years—so I understand how important it is for workers to have pension security after retirement.
Elect a Minnesota Secretary of State who believes in order to safeguard democracy, we need to ensure that all citizens can feely and easily vote. Elect a majority in the House & Senate that also believe in free and fair elections.
1. fully fund our schools to include the cross subsides for special education and English language learners 2. Make home ownership a reality for more BIPOC families 3. Continue supporting our BIPOC non-profits with operational funding and infrastructure support. 4. Vigorously enforce our anti-discrimination laws 5. Provide free community college 6. the state should be a role model in hiring diversity 7. More training programs in the trades
I am the DFL lead on the Capitol Investment Committee & if the DFL wins the Senate I likely will be chair. So funding our infrastructure needs in a consistent way & the jobs created will help keep our economy humming. I really don't know what a state legislature can do about inflation. Its a national, even international problem. Supporting those most impacted with food, housing & energy costs - seniors, low income, children
We have a long way to go. Lets start with passing red flag laws, close the background check loopholes, raise the gun buying age to 21, outlaw all military style weapons such as AR-15s, require gun safety classes, & that guns be kept in gun safes. Illegal guns are a real problem and I've not heard a good solution for those.