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TOGETHER WE'RE BETTER.

I'm Liz Olson, and I'm running to represent District 7B in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

 
 

My Vision

I believe in a Minnesota that promises all of us a chance to live with dignity  a Minnesota that offers living wage jobs with good benefits, strong public schools, and expanded access to our democracy. I will work hard to build relationships at the State Capitol and in our community in order to champion sound policy that benefits the people of 7B and all Minnesotans.

Living Wage Jobs with Benefits

Almost a quarter of the people in Duluth live in poverty. Too often, our neighbors, friends, and family are living paycheck to paycheck, facing foreclosure, or experiencing homelessness. People are working full-time and still can’t support their families. Over half of the workforce in Duluth doesn’t have access to a single paid day off. This poverty hurts our entire community, not only those struggling daily to make ends meet. I believe that we must build an economy that works for everyone, with living wage jobs that allow families to support themselves and live with dignity, and benefits like paid family leave and paid sick and safe time for all workers.

Well-Funded Public Education

I am grateful to be raising my daughter in a neighborhood with great public schools. Strong schools are not only necessary for providing education to students, but they are also part of building strong communities. I am committed to building a bright future for Minnesota by ensuring high quality pre-K programs, strong local schools, and supporting our kids all the way to high school graduation. We also need to make Minnesota’s public colleges and universities more affordable so more students have access to these schools and young people don’t graduate drowning in debt.

Expanding Participation in our Democracy

I worked hard to defeat the Voter Restriction amendment in 2012 and believe we need to expand access to our democracy, not shrink it. I believe that full and robust participation in all parts of politics — from the way campaigns are run, to the voting booth, to how policies are shaped and passed — makes for a stronger democracy. Minnesota, and Duluth in particular, has historically high voter turnout. This is something to be proud of. However, there are still laws that keep people from participating in our democracy. Tens of thousands of Minnesotans who have left prison and returned to their families and communities cannot cast a ballot because they are still on probation or parole. I support efforts to restore voting rights to those 47,000 Minnesotans. It’s time for the voices of these community members to be heard at the ballot box.

 

 
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About Liz

My family and I are proud West Duluth residents who believe in the spirit and resilience of our neighbors. My experience lies in engaging and mobilizing diverse groups of people, especially those often left out of the political process, to shape policy solutions at the state and local level. My career has included advocacy for access to healthcare, worker protections, and ending homelessness.

 
 

I’m a mother, wife, avid trail runner and believer in strong communities. Both my parents were pastors and I grew up living in and understanding the needs of both rural and urban communities. I’ve called Duluth home since graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth 12 years ago. Shortly after, my husband and I purchased a house in the Denfeld neighborhood. This fall we welcomed our first child into our home.

I love Duluth and look forward to raising my daughter in this community. Being elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives is a way to put my love for Duluth into action, to serve my family, neighbors, and the people of Minnesota, and to help build a bright future for all of us.

I look forward to connecting with you. In the meantime, please check out my Facebook and Twitter for more frequent updates.

 

Endorsements

 

                                                                                                                                 

 Duluth AFL-CIO Central Labor Body

Carpenters Local 361

 

Minnesota Farmers Union Political Committee

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