I have called our district home for over twenty years, and like my neighbors, I am not above putting in the hard work to get results.
I grew up in the rural areas of Hugo. My mom is a secretary at a trucking company and my dad is a local semi-truck driver. I have two siblings, one of which is my twin brother. We all graduated from the Forest Lake school district.
I live in Forest Lake with my Fiancé, Luke and our two dogs. He is an Apprentice Gas Fitter for Xcel Energy and has lived in the community his whole life.
I serve the community of Forest Lake as a City Councilmember and a member of the Rotary Club to build a shared future that we all have a say in.
Currently, as a licensed attorney, I am the first-ever Revisor of Statutes for the Non-Removable Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. I draft legislation and ensure all laws are up-to-date.
I am a proven and experienced leader, and I am committed to our community. I look forward to the work we can get done together!
VISION FOR OUR COMMUNITY
STRENGTHENING OUR CHANGING WORKFORCE
I believe that the role of our government is to help our families thrive, and that starts with strengthening our workforce.
While our economy and workforce have changed drastically in the past few decades, our policies have unfortunately not changed with them. I believe we need to make it easier to start and support small businesses, to ensure that wages are fair and in line with our economic growth, and to pass policies that make it easier to work while supporting a family, such as Paid Family and Medical Leave and expanded access to broadband Internet to make it easier to work from home.
When I’m elected, I will empower and fight for our workers every day from St. Paul.
BUILDING A WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION SYSTEM
I believe that every child deserves a quality education, regardless of their zip code.
For too long, our representatives in St. Paul have failed to meet their responsibility to fully fund our public schools in the state budget– forcing us, the taxpayers, to decide whether to make up the difference by raising our property taxes. Growing up in Forest Lake Area Public Schools, there was a time that my classroom didn’t have enough desks due to funding shortages, forcing us to share. Today, our teachers are resigning at record rates, and our bus routes don’t have enough drivers to ensure our kids make it to school on time.
It’s time for our government to stop playing political games with our future generation and fulfill their responsibility to fund our schools.
PRESERVING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES
Like many of my neighbors, I love living in Minnesota because of the ample opportunity my family has to enjoy nature. I grew up spending summers swimming in Forest Lake and exploring the forests and prairies near my house. My fiance and I enjoy hunting and fishing in the summer, and snowmobiling and ice skating in the winter.
In the land of 10,000 lakes, we can all agree that preserving our way of life here means preserving the natural resources that make this such a great place to live.
It also means striking the balance between enacting much-needed green initiatives and protecting the jobs that working families rely on.
As your state representative, I will be an advocate for going green on a reasonable and responsible timeline, always keeping workers in mind.
IN THE PRESS
"In January, the 26-year-old legislative assistant and lawyer will become the youngest person, and certainly the youngest woman, to be sworn into the council. Valento will also now be one of four women representing the five-seat council, alongside Mayor Mara Bain, and Councilwomen Kathy Bystrom and Kelly Monson."