Response from Mary Giuliani Stephens, Candidate for Governor
Safe Passage for Children of Minnesota is a nonprofit citizens’ group that advocates for improvements in Minnesota’s child welfare system. Our volunteer advocates throughout the state serve as watchdogs for the system governing child protection, foster care and related services. We are conducting a survey of all declared candidates for Minnesota governor to obtain their views on the current state of our child welfare system. The results of this survey are being shared broadly throughout Minnesota.
Read on for Safe Passage for Children's questions and Candidate Mary Giuliani Stephens's responses:
Thank you for sending me your candidate questionnaire and background information. I appreciate your organization’s interest in the political process.
As you are aware, legislation changes regularly. Amendments in committee and/or the House or Senate floor can dramatically alter a bill’s content and meaning. Support or opposition to a particular proposal can change based upon constituent or stakeholder input.
Consequently, I do not believe it is fair to your organization or the members you serve to complete candidate questionnaires that may not be an accurate representation of what I may be asked to sign as Governor.
I welcome the opportunity to meet with members of your organization and learn more about the issues of importance to you in the event I am elected Governor.
Mary Giuliani Stephens
Candidate for Governor