As your Representative at the State Capitol, Heather will bring your concerns and priorities to the forefront:
Strong Public Education
Heather will work to improve educational opportunities at all levels of the public school system, ensuring a high-quality education is accessible to all learners, from early childhood through college. Heather is a board member of the Edina Education Fund and Concord Elementary Parent Teacher Organization Executive Board, and she knows how vital it is to invest in the public school system. She believes that we must increase access to preschool programs so that every child achieves kindergarten readiness, and that we must strive for our next generation of leaders to graduate ready to compete in a global economy.
Small Businesses and the Regional Economy
Small businesses and a highly skilled workforce are one of the backbones of our community and help to sustain our regional economy. As a member of the Edina Rotary, Heather has developed strong relationships in our business community and understands the needs of business owners. As our Representative, she will focus on policies to not only help these businesses thrive today, but also support the regional economy of the future. Anticipating future workforce needs, Heather supports making investments in technical education, “up-skilling” through paid apprenticeships and retraining of displaced workers.
Environment & Energy
It is more important than ever that we take action to improve our environment. Heather proudly worked with community leaders to bring Edina its first solar garden to offer residents a sustainable alternative to traditional energy sources. As your Representative, Heather will encourage the adoption of smart policies to ensure we protect Minnesota water, land, and wildlife. Heather will advocate for renewable energy so that our kids will be able to enjoy a clean Minnesota for decades to come.
Senior & Disability Advocacy
Heather believes we must move our community forward with accessible transportation, affordable housing, and innovative technology to support everyone who wants to live an independent life. She has promoted age-friendly communities as an Edina Human Rights & Relations Commissioner, and through partnerships with the Edina Senior Center. Ensuring protections for older people in our community is critical, as 60,000 Minnesotans will turn 65 years old every year through 2030. As a member of the Special Education Advisory Council for Edina Public Schools, Heather advocates for young students of all abilities and will continue to ensure their needs are not forgotten at the State Capitol. Seniors and people of all abilities are integral to our communities; Heather will champion their concerns, voices and needs.