For over 40 years, Saint Paul has had Democrat Representatives at the State Capital. It’s time for a change.
I, John Stromenger, believe “All men are created equal and endowed by their creator with the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as stated in the preamble of the Declaration of Independence. I will work to uphold these words where injustice surfaces.
Conversations about race and culture are not meant to be easy, but without them we will never begin to understand the root causes of our racial disparities and challenge our current thinking. We can have these conversations peacefully without destroying our communities through looting, vandalism, and fires. Unlike my opponent, John Thompson, I believe we should lift each other up, not tear each other down.
My Platform Broken Down
- Preserving Our Constitutional Amendments
I will work to preserve the Minnesota Constitution, U.S. Constitution and their Amendments. I believe big government limits our freedoms to make our own decisions and choices in the pursuit of happiness.
I believe we need to raise leaders, youth, and community members in our society who will step up out of love for each other and their communities to fight racism and inequities within our society.
Where appropriate, we need to look at our current laws within the Minnesota State Constitution and make amendments that are negatively impacting our East Side Communities and all communities across Minnesota when it comes to People of Color.
- Protecting Human Rights from Conception to Natural Death
There can never be equity without love for the pre-born, elderly, disabled, homeless, and all people. I truly believe in, “take my hand, not my life.”
The State legislature should continue to take action to eliminate racism and related intolerance in the workplace.
I will work with community leaders and parents around important issues that directly impact people of color.
- Promoting Educational Opportunities for All
We have thrown money at public schools without significant progress because our school boards are under-represented by educators and a balance of liberal and conservative leadership.
I will advocate for school choice and diverse educational opportunities for low-income and children of color and adults. I support preschool and early childhood opportunities that support parents while giving a nurturing physical environment that is free from over regulation by government officials.
- Passionate About Ensuring There is Safety and Security for All Communities
There are reasons people become homeless and those need to be addressed. We need to help find practical and loving solutions to sustainable and affordable housing.
I believe we are all responsible for public safety and we need police officers on our streets to deter crime. It takes both the community and our law enforcement agencies to work together to have a safe community.
We need to take a serious look at criminal justice reform for those impacted by the penal system and developing educational programs to help communities avoid incarceration. As a trades man myself, I’m an advocate for learning a trade to lift yourself up to become self-dependent and thrive in society.
Why me? Why now?
If you keep electing the same party to represent Saint Paul year after year, you will get the same results year after year. We need diversity of thought at all levels of Government. We need diversity of thought at our State Capital. It’s time for a change in Saint Paul.
Finally, as I’ve already stated above, we can have these conversations peacefully without destroying our communities through looting, vandalism, and fires. Unlike my opponent, I believe we should lift each other up, not tear each other down.