YOUR VOTE MATTERS

The 2020 election is approaching fast, so we decided to ask some of our Habitat community members 5 important questions about voting!

  • Why do you vote?

  • Why is voting important to you?

  • What is your voting plan for 2020?

  • How do you bring your values to the polls?

  • What does it mean to you to Vote for Home?

Find their answers below! Also, make sure you check out Vote.org to learn more about registering to vote, early voting options, your polling place, ballots, and more.

Kevin Worden

Two Rivers Habitat President/Executive Director

Habitat Minnesota Board Member

Why do you vote?

I vote because I want to be a part of the great conversation that has sustained our country for over 240 years. We’ve come so far as a nation yet have so much still to do. I can’t imagine not doing my part to make things better.

Why is voting important to you?

Voting brings out a need in me to get past the sound bytes and truly reflect on the values of the candidates and what kind of people they might bring along with them if elected. It’s an awesome responsibility that we have, and we shouldn’t take it lightly.

What’s your voting plan for 2020?

To truly listen to people, including people who see things differently than I do. No matter where my views fall, there are good, honorable and decent people who have views different than mine. I want to hear where they stand before I cast my vote.

How do you bring your values to the polls?

I try to think beyond the moment, past the heat of the campaigns, in order to hear the “signal” buried deep within the overwhelming “noise”- of where those who propose to lead would take our state and our nation. I listen for the underlying values behind the slogans, so I can vote for those that align with mine.

What does it mean to you to Vote for Home?

It means to vote for candidates who see the “big picture” of how housing affects everything in a person’s life- education, job prospects, and safety. It means voting for those who “see” well into the past- and far into the future- to make sure that everyone has a fair opportunity to have a home that is affordable, safe, and healthy. Societies don’t always get the chance to right past wrongs. We shouldn’t let a chance at better racial equity in housing pass us by.

Julie Gugin

Minnesota Homeownership Center President

Habitat Minnesota Board Member

Why do you vote?

I came of age in the late 60s early 70s, when women’s rights became part of my self awareness. I consider the mid-century leaders around women’s rights to be pioneers, carrying the torch of early suffragettes. They all sacrificed much for women’s rights. My voting honors that sacrifice.

Why is voting important to you?

Voting is justice. Voting is civil. Voting is my voice.

What’s your voting plan for 2020?

I have already voted. I voted absentee in both the primaries and the general election. I dropped off my ballot at my city’s drop-off location.

How do you bring your values to the polls?

My values around character, vision, leadership, respect for societal norms, and equity and inclusion are top of mind for me in my personal and professional life as well as in my choice of candidate.

What does it mean to you to Vote for Home?

I cast my vote for those who recognize that housing is essential to all other aspects of a thriving society. Without housing, education, employment, health, are severely compromised. Housing is at the root of equity in the United States. I vote for candidates who espouse equitable, fair, access to housing. I believe that guaranteeing safe, sustainable housing for all is critical to the very existence of our country and democracy

Brett Busse

Habitat 500 Rider

Habitat Minnesota Board Member

Why do you vote?

Paul Wellstone famously said, “Mumble. Grumble. Complain. Wallow. Hope. Despair. Worry. Vote.” It’s easy to do all those things, but only one actively contributes to a solution.

Why is voting important to you?

Voting is my active contribution to a solution.

What’s your voting plan for 2020?

I enjoy going to the polls on election day and being around other people making their active contribution. This year is obviously different, and I might still change my mind and vote early, but right now I plan to vote in person on November 3rd.

How do you bring your values to the polls?

I vote for candidates who share my family’s values: kindness, compassion, volunteerism, commitment, leadership and courage.

What does it mean to you to Vote for Home?

I vote for candidates who are committed to providing equitable access to safe, stable, affordable homeownership.

Susan Garrett

North St Louis County Habitat Community Resource Manager

Why do you vote?

I consider it my responsibility as an American citizen.

Why is voting important to you?

I believe in our ideal of a representative democracy. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that everyone vote, particularly those of us who have benefited from privilege and the work and sacrifice of our foremothers.

What’s your voting plan for 2020?

My husband and I have already mailed in our ballots and they have been accepted and recorded. We checked.

How do you bring your values to the polls?

I believe in the inalienable rights of ALL the people as well as my faith’s central teaching (and that of many other faiths) to love my neighbor as myself.

What does it mean to you to Vote for Home?

It means working toward a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. It means being aware that housing is central to health and the creation of wealth and how the access to housing for everyone will make our communities and our country stronger.

Ruth Lunde

Habitat 500 Committee Member and Rider

Habitat Minnesota Board Member

Why do you vote?

I vote because I feel so fortunate to live in this country where each of us can participate in choosing our leaders: national, state, and local. I vote because I know that in some countries around the world, people do not have the same opportunity to vote for the people and policies that they think are best. I vote because I want to influence the future. I vote because my parents and grandparents talked about how voting was important. I think I’ve voted in every election since I first became eligible, which spans more than four decades.

Why is voting important to you?

See earlier question!

What’s your voting plan for 2020?

Some weeks ago, I requested an absentee ballot, because I did not know if I would be away from MN on election day. I am not a strict party line voter. I try to research each position on the ballot, learning about the candidates. I have emailed some of the candidates to ask their stance on issues, e.g. affordable housing.

How do you bring your values to the polls?

I think about what is important. I ponder both the short term and long term as it relates to issues. I perceive that there are flaws in each of the political parties. However the stances of individual candidates and their political party provide some basis for deciding who to vote for. With my adult children and grandchildren, I think about the effect of government policies over the decades/generations. I volunteer with Braver Angels, a grass roots organization aims to bridge the political divide, helping people to listen/understand the other side, and to look for common ground. I think it is important that organizations such as Habitat for Humanity would reach out to gather support from both sides of the political aisle.

What does it mean to you to Vote for Home?

I have emailed and received responses from multiple candidates regarding affordable housing. I am not a one issue voter. I consider a number of issues in selecting who to vote for. I think non-profit organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, play a major role in making this world a better place. It is very good how Habitat offers a Hand-up, not a Hand-out, and how this has been a sustainable model over decades. I advocate that elected officials (at all levels) would work in partnership with Habitat and organizations like HFH, to make this world a better place.

Jim Nelson

Lake Agassiz Habitat Executive Director

Why do you vote?

Voting is a civic responsibility for each American citizen. Voting is also a right and a privilege that we have as Americans.

Why is voting important to you?

Each American adult has the opportunity to cast a vote in support of their preferred candidate. Certain countries don’t allow voting while others don’t hold fair elections where the people can freely vote their conscience. I’ve travelled to several of these countries and I wouldn’t want to live in a society where I lacked the right to vote. Because of this, I make certain to vote in every election that I’m given the opportunity to vote in.

What’s your voting plan for 2020?

I‘ve already cast my ballot and mailed it to my local county courthouse. I decided to practice early voting primarily due to potential restrictions or delays that might occur on election day due to the deployment of COVID-19 safety precautions.

How do you bring your values to the polls?

I make sure that I’m prepared to vote prior to each election by learning each candidate’s position on the issues that I believe are most critical to me and to our society. Similarly, I educate myself on the measures or other items that are on the ballot.

What does it mean to you to Vote for Home?

When I think about “Vote for Home” my thoughts focus on the HFHI vision, “A world where everyone deserves a decent place to live.” So, when I voted in the 2020 election (I’ve already voted by mail), my choices were driven by Habitat’s vision statement. In other words, I focused on those candidates and measures that will benefit those who live in unacceptable housing and are often left without a voice. As I prepared to vote I learned about each candidate and each measure on the ballot. My vote will seek to protect those who are typically underrepresented in policy discussions such as Habitat partner families and Habitat homeowners and others in similar economic situations. My vote will also seek to grow affordable housing opportunities and eliminate social and racial inequality in our community.

Brianna Murphy

Habitat Minnesota Events & Communications Associate

Why do you vote?

I vote because I believe it is my civic duty to vote and that every voice matter.

Why is voting important to you?

Voting is important to me because the outcome of the elections will greatly influence my future and the futures of my family and friends.

What’s your voting plan for 2020?

Right now, I plan to vote in person on election day. I am considering voting early though.

How do you bring your values to the polls?

My values greatly influence the way I vote. Before getting to the polls, I always research the different candidates to find which one best aligns with my values.

What does it mean to you to Vote for Home?

Voting for home means voting to support healthier, happier, and stronger community through affordable homeownership opportunities. When I vote for home, I’m welcoming new families to become my neighbors.

Katie Klemenhagen

Habitat 500 Bike.Home. Homeowner

Why do you vote?

I vote because I believe it is my repsonsibility.

Why is voting important to you?

I vote to show my kids that we have a voice and that we need to be heard. we cant make a change if we don’t take the opportunities.

What’s your voting plan for 2020?

I will be going to the polls to vote.

How do you bring your values to the polls?

I do my research and vote for the candidates that best match what I believe in.

Paula Zozgornik

Habitat Homeowner

Why do you vote?

Because it makes a difference in our country.

Why is voting important to you?

Well, because it allows me to have my voice heard and allows me to choose who should lead out country.

What’s your voting plan for 2020?

As long as the polls are open, I plan to go right after work to vote in person.

How do you bring your values to the polls?

I base my decisions on my values.

What does it mean to you to Vote for Home?

It means with out affordable housing many families wouldn’t get to realize their dream in the way they have. Home is where the heart is so we need to put some heart into our voting.

VOTE FOR HOME TODAY

Together we can make sure the #CostofHome is affordable.

Your vote is your voice. Use your voice to vote for home!

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