Q: What is your 10 year goal?
Zaiger: Climate change needs our attention, in terms of changing transportation, making sure farmers, forests are ready. We need to start now.
Pinto: Early childhood care. Every low-income kid needs high quality pre-school care and a ready to start Kindergarten and ready for school.
Freeman: My top priority would be education. We need universal pre-K education. We also need to make sure higher education is accessible for everyone.
Bergstrom: We have racial and economic disparities in Minnesota that are off the charts. We need to reduce and eradicate those gaps, including higher minimum wage, universal health care.
McMahon: Education is critical. We need to have every kid coming to school ready to learn. Expand early childhood education scholarships, school-based preschool and birth to 3 programs.
Fraser: We need to guard our voting rights. They are under threat and we need to guard them better, improve voter registration and expand the franchise.
Q: Would you advocate for single-payer health care if it came up in 2015?
Fraser: Yes. I would sponsor legislation.
Pinto: Yes, I’d support that.
Freeman: Yes. We need to support everyone in our community.
Bergstrom: Yes. Everybody must be in, nobody out.
McMahon: Yes, I support it.
Q: Would you vote against a union that endorsed you or contributed to you?
McMahon: Yes. I will vote my conscience.
Fraser: Yes. When it comes to PolyMet, I will choose the environment.
Zaiger: Yes, I have already taken difficult stands in this race, as evidenced by my NOW rating.
Pinto: Yes. I will vote the way I believe, what’s best for our community and state.
Freeman: Yes. I have already had hard conversations with unions about copper-nickel mining.
Bergstrom: Yes. I will represent the interests of 64B, and I would vote against an organization that endorsed me if it was the right thing to do.
Q: How should school science classes address evolution and climate change?
Bergstrom: We need to address both of these directly.
McMahon: I think all science classes ought to be about science.
Fraser: Good answer.
Zaiger: We all agree about evolution. There shouldn’t be any debate about this. We need to talk about climate change in the broader context of the outdoors.
Pinto: Climate change is a must for education in Minnesota.
Freeman: We need to focus on the data and the evidence, and find partnerships to make fighting climate change practical.
Q: What distinguishes you from the competition?
Freeman: I’ve worked in multiple levels of government, all across the state. That’s the kind of cooperation it’ll take to do projects like redeveloping the Ford Plant.
Bergstrom: I have two decades of experience working on some of the toughest electoral and issue campaigns that DFLers care about. (Note: She notes she met her husband on one of Mike Freeman’s campaign)
McMahon: She’s the third generation of her family to live in 64B. She’s worked on both the Highland District Council and the Legislature.
Fraser: 1) I’m a lesbian. 2) I’ve worked hard on important legislation already.
Zaiger: We have enough legislators with experience with the Legislature. I have real-life experience and am the only candidate to grow up in a low-income family and know what a difference government can make.
Pinto: I have an inclusive, collaborative style; I’ve done many neighborhood activities, like neighborhood cleanups, and I’m worked hard to fight domestic violence and sex trafficking as a prosecutor.
Q: There are many seniors in 64B. What will you do to help them?
Pinto: We need a wide variety of ways for people to stay in the community.
Freeman: We need to invest in infrastructure for the aging, including transportation and community based continuity care. Other parts of the state need help, too.
Bergstrom: We need more and a wider variety of senior housing.
McMahon: Home care services are very important to keeping people in their homes and in their community.
Fraser: We need to bolster the wages of home health care workers to make sure Minnesota has the workforce to take care of the aging.
Zaiger: We need to better coordinate the services we have, so home health care, hospice, transit can be integrated.
Q: Will you suspend your campaign if someone else is endorsed?
A: All six say “Yes.”