2022 Candidate Survey
Describe your personal experience with skateboarding.
Skateboarding is an incredible community sport and offers a unique opportunity for people to bond and form lasting relationships. When I was a teenager I owned a skateboard, and while I never quite mastered the skill myself, I enjoyed spending time with friends who did and watching competitions. Skateboarding offers so much more than entertainment. Skateboarding is good for physical and mental health, it fosters critical thinking and persistence, and when it is widely accessible, it offers a place for people to come together to participate in positive activities.
Can you do a kick flip?
Do the communities you would represent have quality, accessible, visible skateboarding spaces?
Yes! We are fortunate to have a public skate park in the City of White Bear Lake within MN House District 36B. I would support efforts to expand skateboarding spaces within the district and across the state.
Do you see the connection between skateboarding and social, racial, gender, and economic equity? If so, please share a few thoughts.
Yes! Skateboarding, when accessible, provides a unique opportunity for folks from all walks of life to gather, build relationships, and learn from one another. While equity may not be the first intent, it happens organically when we provide spaces for people to engage with one another for shared interests.
How will you support youth and community health with new ideas and infrastructure?
I look forward to working with organizations like City of Skate to stay informed and develop ideas. It is important to me that I learn directly from community members and experts when looking ahead at possibilities for supporting youth and community health.
Will you support fully funding the Minnesota Skate Park Grant Program (SF2502/HF2876) in the 2023 Legislative session and beyond?
Yes! I fully support programs that foster positive environments where youth build critical skills and strong relationships.