Investing in Strong Families and Strong Communities

We must ensure that our region continues to be a great place to learn, work, grow, and play. As our neighborhoods grow and become more diverse, our community must continue to be one that supports  families at every stage – from just starting out to preparing for retirement.


Ensure all students have the opportunity to achieve. Mary believes investing in strong, quality education from pre-Kindergarten through post-secondary is essential for the district and for Minnesota. As a teacher for more than 20 years, Mary has seen first-hand the shift to “teaching to the test” and away from important core curriculum. It’s wrong and is not working for students or for teachers. As a leader in her school district’s groundbreaking initiatives to close achievement gaps, Mary is committed to investing in both emerging and proven strategies to make sure every student in our schools has the opportunity to reach their full potential. She will work to fully fund public schools across our state and strongly believes that state must ensure post-secondary education remain accessible and affordable.


Strengthen family economic security. Mary believes that hard work should pay-off so that every family has the opportunity to thrive. This means having programs ready to help working parents through tough times and updating our basic labor standards to make sure Minnesotans don’t just get by, but can also get ahead. Mary is committed fighting for common sense policies that ensure hardworking Minnesotans earn a living wage, have paid family leave and earned sick and safe time, access to affordable high-quality child care, and can enjoy a secure retirement.


Protect our environment for future generations.  Growing up in Greater Minnesota Mary learned to appreciate our great natural resources. As the Chair of the New Brighton Parks, Recreation and Environmental Commission, Mary has been a strong advocate for investing in green spaces and programs – like a local farmer’s market and support for urban agriculture – that advance environmental sustainability. Through the New Brighton League of Women Voters, she collaborated on the research and drafting of the policy paper The Impact of Neonicotinoid on Honey Bees, which makes a strong case for environmental protections that prevent further colony collapse disorder and agricultural losses. Mary believes that strong communities must have healthy green spaces, parks and trails, and gardens for neighbors to gather and grow in. As a State Legislator, Mary will continue to build on this work to make sure that our natural resources are there – and clean – for future generations.