My name is Kaohly Her. I grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, a paper town where my father worked at the local paper factory and my mother as a teacher’s aide. As our family expanded, my parents worked multiple jobs to make ends meet. There were periods of my life where my family struggled financially but my parents never gave up on the dream of what America could provide.
As early as I can remember, my parents would say to me that the way out of poverty is through education. My mother emphasized independence and my father on self-reliance. My father said that there is no greater return in life than that which you receive from investing in your education. My parents were right.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, I have a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University, and I am currently pursing my Doctorate from the University of St. Thomas in Education Leadership. My educational attainment led me to work in and hold leadership positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. I have been extremely blessed to have a broad depth of experience and skills.
I am the mother of two beautiful and intelligent girls, the wife of a strong feminist man, the daughter of survivors of oppression and war, and a child of a community that decided I was worth investing in. I believe that it is my turn to take all of that love, wisdom, and strength to pour back into my neighbors, my community, my city, and my state.
Why I'm Running
64A has been my home for 12 years. This area is the place I organized for access to equitable education, advocated for affordable healthcare, and where I fought for criminal justice reform.
Education – Educating our children must be a priority. Kaohly will work to secure greater investments in early childhood education and fight to restore funding for public education to pre-recession levels.
Healthcare – Our healthcare system is difficult to navigate and is costly. There are barriers that prevent access to adequate healthcare and disparity in pricing that place an undue burden on families. Kaohly will advocate for a single payer system.
Economic Justice – Raising the minimum wage is not enough. Kaohly will address the housing needs of our growing Minnesota population, improve food security, provide access to transportation, and ensure affordable healthcare in order to break the cycle of poverty.
Public Safety – It is important to look critically at the policies that guide the practices of our peace officers. Kaohly has the courage to work with stakeholders on improving policies so that trust can be rebuilt between our communities and law enforcement.
- Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough
- Saint Paul Public Schools Board Chair Zuki Ellis
- Saint Paul Public Schools Board Vice Chair Steve Marchese
- Saint Paul Public Schools Board of Director Jon Schumacher
- State Senator Foung Hawj
- Former Deputy Mayor Kristin Beckmann