Minnesota State House District 4A Representative Heather Keeler: Speaking on childcare "I think our community has a lot of valid concerns"

Courtesy: Heather Keeler
Courtesy: Heather Keeler

(St. Paul, MN) -- A current Minnesota House Member is running to maintain her seat in the upcoming November General Election.

Heather Keeler represents District 4A in Minnesota's House. Keeler joined WDAY Midday to share the experiences she had throughout her first term, speaking on her current priorities and accomplishments, and her plans if she returns to the house following the general election.

"It's been really nice to get out and talk to the community," said Keeler, "It's nice when you show up in spaces just ready to listen. I think our community has a lot of valid concerns."

Keeler says she believes the current workforce shortage in childcare is currently at a crisis point in her district and across the state. The representative discussed what she calls the "low hanging fruit" of legislation, simplifying quickening the background check process prospective employees. She also addressed other solutions which can help daycare centers across Minnesota.

"We just need better staff development, we need to be able to pay them better, we need to offset their gap,"said Keeler, "When you look at the individuals who are running daycare centers, they took a big hit financially, and the only way that they can make that up is by going back to the parents - or the adults who are paying for daycare."

Heather Keeler is looking to continue representing Minnesota's District 4A in the upcoming November Election. You can learn more about voting in Minnesota by clicking here

Original Air Date: 
Friday, November 4, 2022