• Prior Lake, Jordan, and the local townships should be proud of the safety of our communities. As a member of the Prior Lake Community Engagement Committee, I have had the honor of touring the Prior Lake Police Department headquarters and meeting several of our local police. I appreciate and support the excellent work they do to keep our communities safe and orderly.
  • As an American, I am deeply committed to protecting our First Amendment right to free speech. That’s what this country was founded on. When something is wrong, we can protest it. When we have an opinion, we can voice it. When we disagree with each other, we can debate it. We cannot be a free country without protecting free speech.
  • Violence is not a form of protest. It is not a form of speech or expression. As Joe Biden said recently, “Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting. It’s lawlessness, plain and simple.” Like Joe Biden, I believe that lawlessness should be prosecuted.
  • A safe community is one that is not ravaged by COVID-19, by racial or economic injustice, or intolerance. Law, order, justice, and peace are values that cannot exist one without each of the other.
  • Protecting and serving means protecting and serving everyone in our community. I believe the vast majority of officers and Americans know this. It us up to all of us to pay attention to where inequities exist, work to fix them, and hold one another accountable.
  • We must support our law enforcement professionals, with adequate training and resources, and by not continually adding new responsibilities to their already busy jobs. Police nowadays are asked to do a lot of things that take away from time they could spend solving crimes, responding to crises, and keeping the peace.