Senate District 10 DFL: Taylor Stevenson
Name: Taylor Stevenson
Current employment: Teacher, coach ISD 181.
Public office experience: None.
Party affiliation: DFL
What should the Legislature do to encourage growth in Minnesota’s economy?
The public sector must do more to work with the private sector and nonprofit organizations to find innovative solutions to our economic challenges. Bonding projects like road and bridge construction provide good, living wage jobs, but this is not enough. The Legislature must do more to fill the skills gap by providing affordable retraining and education programs to match industry demands. Additionally, the state should encourage entrepreneurship and make itself more accountable and sensible to business needs by enacting a fair and predictable tax and fee structure and more private involvement and consensus on industry regulations.
What will your top three priorities be as a legislator?
Restore the money stolen from our public school students. Restore the Homestead Property Tax Credit. Restore common sense and accountability to our state government.
What experiences would you cite that prepare you to represent your district?
I was born and raised here, and live the challenges facing our communities on a daily basis. I spearheaded Poverty Bound to raise knowledge and awareness of our increasing area poverty. I helped lead the charge for local referenda to help alleviate our school’s funding gap. I serve and work hard on the boards of numerous nonprofit and community action organizations that bring people of all walks of life and political persuasions together to find common sense solutions to our common problems.