I have to look my kids in the eyes every day and do all that I can to ensure the best future possible for them, and for all our kids. How we care for our environment today has significant impacts on tomorrow. Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si wisely reminded us of our responsibility to treat our natural environment as a "collective good," to see our earth as a "common home," and to remember that it is in everyone's best interest to provide strong environmental protections. Dubuque's rich natural resources: the river, bluffs, parks and trails are some of our best assets in building and growing a vibrant community. I will work hard to protect air and water quality, support conservation efforts, the use of renewable energy, and continued access to Dubuque's rich natural resources.