JoAnn Ward


State House
House District 53A
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JoAnn is running for her third term in the Minnesota State House. JoAnn fought to include a number of measures in the 2014 Bonding Bill to bring development to Maplewood including land acquisition at Fish Creek, a renovation of the Harriet Tubman Center to give options to homeless citizens, funding for the construction of the East Metro Public Safety Center, and development of the Gateway Corridor. She was also chief author on the Tan Free Teens law, for which she was named the Legislator of the Year by American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. This year, JoAnn was instrumental in passing a minimum wage increase, free all-day kindergarten and opposing business-to-business taxes. This summer, in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, JoAnn helped to write the Contraception Health Equity and Employee Rights (CHEER) Act. This would squash the disturbing Hobby Lobby decision by ensuring that women in our state would have access to all forms of birth control without their bosses interfering.

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