Born in Brazil to missionary parents, Moe experienced poverty and lack of security growing up. This experience, along with raising a daughter with special needs, and caring for a mother with Vascular Dementia, has shown her about how the lack of stable housing and income insecurity affects the general health and livelihood of a family.
Judy has been pursuing meaningful change for everyday people her entire adult life. She has been an advocate for individuals with disabilities, as well as their families, for over twenty years.
Advocacy led her to work in areas including, but not limited to, housing, healthcare, education, transportation, employment, and social services.
Judy was asked to chair the Parent Advisory Council at Shriner’s Hospital for Children, sat on the MIEIC (Minneapolis Interagency Early Intervention Committee), worked with Amicus visiting women, one on one in prison, as well as helping them transition back into society. She has also worked with the Minnesota Literacy Council.
“I am running for City Council because of the families who want a stable, safe and affordable place to live, the seniors who want to stay in their homes, immigrants who want a community that values and supports them, people with disabilities who just want to be acknowledged and included, the Veterans who need our respect and support, and the long list of racial disapartities that need to be addressed.
Richfield residents deserve to know that their city council person has their back. They deserve leadership that delves into the tough issues and focuses on results that work for them, leadership that works hard, listens, and puts people first. I am committed to redefining a political culture that creates effective dialogue for an inclusive Richfield that is accessible to all.”
You can learn more about Judy Moe and her advocacy work in a recent feature from the Richfield Sun Current.
In Richfield, Judy has…
…met with public works about snow removal, this past fall, and discussed how they could better support the elderly, people with disabilities, and pedestrians in general, over the winter months. Discussed where the concentrations of pedestrians are in the city and how we can make sure those sidewalks and bus stops are cleared in a timely manner.
…been asked to collaborate with Mayor Elect Maria Regan Gonzalez to start a group for the disability community in Richfield. Judy and her daughter Raven (who has a disability) took over the group, which is now called R-DAP (Richfield Disability Advocacy Partnership), which has given the disability community a much needed voice in Richfield.
…contacted the city staff and city council to request that they amend their Pedestrian Plan, to include people with disabilities, before putting it on the agenda, for approval by the city council. They worked with Judy to amend it and it was passed by the city council soon after.
…spoke to the Planning commission about amending the 2040 Comprehensive Plan to be more inclusive and add people with disabilities as a valid demographic in their plans. People who identify as disabled make up 12% of the population in Richfield. City staff did the work of going back and adding people with disabilities to the Comprehensive Plan.
…attended almost all City Council meetings and work sessions, in the last 6 months, as well as attending Planning Commission meetings. She has also visited several other commission meetings, with the purpose of learning how the city functions.
…been asked by “Sweet Streets” to collaborate with them on educating pedestrians about crosswalk safety, on roundabouts.
…been asked by city staff to give input on how they could make Richfield more accessible for people with disabilities. In areas, such as: housing, parks, city events, etc
…been invited to committee and commission meetings with the purpose of giving input on accessibility, adding a new perspective to their projects.
…met with Police Chief Henthorne and School Superintendent Unowsky, on more than one occasion, sharing concerns from residents, and has developed a positive working relationship with them.
…been successful in advocating, and/or mediating, for individual 3rd ward residents, between city entities, as well as with local businesses.
…already developed strong relationships with members of the city council, as well as city staff, and is looking forward to working with them in the future.
– Preserve the affordable housing we currently have.
– Work with landlords to improve their relationships with their tenants.
– Hold landlords to their word about improving conditions.
– Support landlords in finding creative ways to fund inprovements
– Work closely with developers to create new affordable, accessible housing options
– Work to find new and creative ways to develop accessible housing here in Richfield
– Listen to homeowners and their unique needs and develop ways to address those needs
– Work to keep people in their homes
– Look into limiting home owner taxes for residents who are 65+
– Listen to seniors and their unique needs and develop ways to address those needs
– Continue and build on Dementia Friendly program, emphasizing accessibility and education of First Responders, as well as the community, on how to interact.
– Create “Adopt A Neighbor” program where neighbors participate in checking on elderly neighbors who live alone. Particularly in extreme hot or cold weather.
– Look into limiting home owner taxes for residents who are 65+
– Work with Superintendent Unowsky to foster a close and transparent relationship with the city, and offer support as needed
– Offer assistance to schools in supporting families who need help in getting their basic needs met
Third Ward Development
– Keep residents informed through all of the development in the third ward, as well as notify them about projects long before they happen.
– Support them during the transition of new development, with monthly meetings on the east side.
– Advocate for their unique needs with the city as well as with the developers.
– Press developers to include, in their contracts with the city, what specific steps they intend to take to make things the least disruptive for the residents of that particular neighborhood, based on their unique needs.
– Hold developers to their word when their contract states that they will provide a safe passageway for all pedestrians during construction.
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