I’m deeply committed to creating a more inclusive public safety and will work to ensure our communities are protected. In Saint Paul, the police force is less than ten percent women and there are no African American women on the force. Zero. With more women on the force, we can make sure the department reflects the people it serves and we’ll be better prepared to decrease the use of force, address mental health concerns, and increase trust between residents and communities of color.
As a Council Member, I also pledge to be present for my constituents. We’ll have town halls, coffee talks, and closer partnership with community district councils. With my leadership, there will be so many opportunities to invite more people to the party for political change! We can reimagine the relationship between the City Council and the community. The people of Saint Paul want to be part of decision making and, as elected leaders, we need to do everything we can to make city government open and accessible.
We need a voice that understands not only the potential, but the historical and present-day disenfranchisement our community faces. Ward 1 has high rates of homelessness and a percentage of people living below the poverty rate. I am a survivor of poverty, homelessness, and the era of mass incarceration. I have witnessed the criminalization of people who believe in prosperity, but lack the legitimate tools to reach their goal. As a Council Member, I will bring a restorative justice voice that will move us forward as a city that recognizes the needs of our returning residents and their families.