Livable neighborhoods are safe, clean places where we all can work, and raise a family, and thrive. Public safety, as a core function of government, is a large part of this. As a 14 year Criminal Prosecutor for the City of Saint Paul, I have seen people at their best, and at their worst. I have been entrusted with the authority to protect our community through advocacy and sentencing, but also to give repentant folks a second chance when they, and the circumstances, merit a different path. As your State Representative, I bring this experience with me to the Capitol, where I fight to ensure fair laws are passed and that they are applied impartially. Though, livable neighborhoods mean more than criminal justice. They also mean plentiful parks for famliy recreation, and schools where parents are proud to send their kids, they mean rec centers open in the afternoons with programs for kids to remain active and not idle, and they mean a vibrant local business community which offers employment, goods and services to a diverse and growing population. As your State Representative, I am committed to making our neighborhoods the envy of our region.