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Women Winning

Endorsed Candidates

Women Winning recruits, trains, and elects pro-choice women to all levels of public office. Visit our Endorsement page to learn more about the process and power of Women Winning’s endorsement.

2024 Endorsed Candidates

Amy Klobuchar
United States Senate
Amy Klobuchar
United States Senate

Amy Klobuchar is the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate. She has earned the reputation of an effective, results-driven legislator focused on getting things done that make a real difference in people’s lives.

In the last Congress, Amy distinguished herself as the senator with the most bipartisan bills, and she ranked third for introducing bills that were signed into law. Amy has always sought to stand up for families and workers, find common ground and work to deliver results on our country’s most pressing issues, including lowering prescription drug costs, ensuring quality health care for our veterans, protecting our democracy, and restoring America’s standing in the world.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Rachel Bohman
US House- MN 1
Rachel Bohman
US House- MN 1

Rachel Bohman grew up in Rochester, Minnesota as the daughter of a single mother. Growing up, her family struggled with poverty and addiction and Rachel worked her way through college and law school to create a better life for herself and her family. After serving as Head of Election for Hennepin County, she returned to her hometown in Rochester to raise her two daughters. Remaining deeply committed to the well being of her community, Rachel was elected to the Rochester Township Board and then served as an Assistant County Attorney. Rachel is running for Congress to ensure that all Southern Minnesotans have access to the same opportunities that she did and to bring her vision of shared prosperity across the district to Washington.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Angie Craig
US House- MN 2
Angie Craig
US House- MN 2

Growing up in a mobile home park, Angie didn’t expect to end up as an executive at a Fortune 500 company, or to be serving in Congress, but her life experience taught her that hard work and a good education could lead to a better life. One of three kids raised by a single mom who worked while going to school to earn her college degree, Angie worked two jobs to keep up with the cost of her education, and graduated from a state college. She began her career as a newspaper reporter then worked her way up in business over fifteen years to eventually lead a workforce of 16,000 employees for a major Minnesota manufacturer. In Congress, Angie is working to make sure that all families have a path to create a success story like her family achieved. A path to success means having access to high quality public education, affordable college and meaningful, good paying jobs. She is a member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, Agriculture Committee and Small Business Committee, and a co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kelly Morrison
US House- MN 3
Kelly Morrison
US House- MN 3

Kelly Morrison has spent most of her career as a doctor – not a politician. As an OB-GYN who has been practicing in Minnesota for over 20 years, Kelly has dedicated her life to helping people. Her husband, John Willoughby, was an Army Ranger, and their family has always valued service above all. In 2018, she was elected to the Minnesota House and then the Minnesota Senate after winning tough races in districts that were previously held by Republicans, and she did it without taking any corporate PAC or lobbyist money. In the Minnesota legislature, Kelly has a proven track record of working to get things done – she passed over 80 bills in just 5 years, more than almost every other legislator. As an obstetrician-gynecologist who still sees patients, Kelly led the fight to protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. She knows what it’s like to see her patients struggle to afford the medications they need, so she took on the big pharmaceutical companies and passed legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Betty McCollum
US House- MN 4
Betty McCollum
US House- MN 4

Betty McCollum is the dean of the Minnesota congressional delegation and a trailblazer when in 2000 she was the second woman elected to Congress in Minnesota’s history.

McCollum is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and serves as chair of the Defense Subcommittee with responsibility for providing more than $700 billion in annual funding for the Department of Defense and the U.S. intelligence community. McCollum is also the vice-chair of the Interior-Environment Subcommittee where she has championed funding for environmental justice, protecting public lands, climate resilience, clean air and water, and Native American health care and education.

A tireless champion for women’s reproductive freedom, McCollum is a fierce advocate for abortion rights, comprehensive family planning, and unrestricted access to sexual health services. Internationally, McCollum has advanced legislation to end child marriage, promote the U.S. commitment to family planning, increase funding for maternal and child health for the world’s poorest women.

Throughout her congressional career McCollum has worked to advocate for human rights for all. McCollum knows all too well that women do not possess full equal rights and continues to work for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. McCollum’s record supporting civil rights for all communities, LGBTQ+ rights, and workers’ rights has always put her at the forefront of the struggle for equality and justice.

Betty McCollum is a leader in Congress for Minnesota and an example of effective and determined leadership that reflects the values of equality that Minnesota and all Americans deserve.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Ilhan Omar
US House- MN 5
Ilhan Omar
US House- MN 5

Rep. Ilhan Omar represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs. An experienced Twin Cities policy analyst, organizer, public speaker and advocate, Rep. Omar was sworn into office in January 2019, making her the first African refugee to become a Member of Congress, the first woman of color to represent Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress. As a legislator, Rep. Omar is committed to fighting for the shared values of the 5th District, values that put people at the center of our democracy. She plans to focus on tackling many of the issues that she hears about most from her constituents, like protecting reproductive rights and the right to bodily autonomy; investing in education and freeing students from the shackles of debt; ensuring a fair wage for a hard day’s work; creating a just immigration system and tackling the existential threat of climate change. Rep. Omar has been a cosponsor and vocal advocate for reproductive rights legislation like the Women’s Health Protection Act which codifies Roe v. Wade into law, as well as the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act which protects women and pregnant people from being prosecuted for crossing state lines to obtain abortions legally. Rep. Omar was arrested in front of the Supreme Court with her colleagues in the Democratic Women’s Caucus during a civil disobedience action after the Roe v. Wade was overturned. Rep. Omar has been a leader on reproductive justice and abortion rights since coming to Congress in 2019 and before that in the MN House of Representatives. She will continue that being a champion and fighting for reproductive justice should she be re-elected to Congress.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Jeanne Hendricks
US House- MN 6
Jeanne Hendricks
US House- MN 6

Jeanne Hendricks has spent most of her career in health care working as a Nurse Anesthetist. She has practiced anesthesia in Minnesota for 31 years. Jeanne is a mother to two successfully launched adult children who were born and raised in Minnesota. The chaos and disinformation of the Trump Presidency motivated Jeanne to enter the political arena. She ran in the 2022 election cycle against Republican incumbent Tom Emmer. Jeanne is running for the same congressional seat a second time in 2024 and is building on recognition and momentum she established in CD-6 during her previous run. Women’s reproductive rights, addressing climate change, common sense gun safety and immigration reform are front and center in Jeanne’s campaign.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Jen Schultz
US House- MN 8
Jen Schultz
US House- MN 8
Jen grew up in a small town with her older sister and a single mother. Jen’s financial struggles, strength, compassion, and perseverance shaped the woman she is today – hard-working, fair, dedicated, respectful, and grounded in her values and the belief that we can all do better when we help one another. She earned a degree in economics and paid for her education using student loans, scholarships, and by working multiple jobs that paid less than a minimum wage. Today she lives in Duluth with her husband and two sons, is a professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and is a former Minnesota state legislator who served four successful. She was known for her ability to find common ground to help improve the lives of her constituents and all Minnesotans. Through her own personal and public servant experiences, Jen knows firsthand the everyday concerns of the people in Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District and understands the reality of working full time while still struggling to put food on the table. The injustice and unnecessary burdens put on working-class families are what motivated her to focus her education and career on health care and economics. Now, Jen wants to use her experiences and education to help improve the lives of her fellow Minnesotans. She is deeply committed to safeguarding a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body and will advocate for policies that recognize the importance of reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right.
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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Heather Keeler
State House- District 4A
Heather Keeler
State House- District 4A

Heather Keeler continues to show up as a advocate for Reproductive Justice. Serving on the Health and Human Services Conference Committee as the only BIPOC, queer member she continues to the the voice for the underserved and overlooked. Heather is deep committed to helping address the barriers her border city experiences when it comes to abortion access. Her continued work proves she is a trustworthy champion for Reproductive Rights.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Lorrie Janatopoulos
State House- District 7B
Lorrie Janatopoulos
State House- District 7B

Lorrie Janatopoulos is a lifelong resident of Northeastern Minnesota , active in public work her entire career with over three decades of experience in workforce and community development. Lorrie has previously run for public office, endorsed by Women Winning each time, and has helped countless other women run and win. Lorrie is known for reaching out to those who too frequently have been left out and left behind.

Lorrie recently retired from the State of Minnesota as the CareerForce Director at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), a job she has held for nearly four years. CareerForce focuses on helping people connect to a career path that leads to quality jobs and assists employers find the workforce they need. Under her leadership, DEED changed the delivery of services to meet job seekers where they are. 

Prior to that, Lorrie was Planning Director at Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA), a community action agency headquartered in Virginia, Minnesota.  For 20 years, Janatopoulos was responsible for developing programs that met the needs of people experiencing poverty.  As Lorrie describes, “I’ve created housing for youth and adults facing homelessness. I developed an employment training program for women in non-traditional fields. I led the northeast region of Minnesota in “It’s Time Minnesota,” a grassroots advocacy campaign to include sexual orientation in the Minnesota human rights act. I know the challenge of being seen, the persistence required for recognition, and the fear of dancing publicly with my wife”.  

Janatopoulos holds an MPA from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She was named a 2016 Bush Foundation Fellow and recipient of AARP’s 50 over 50 award in the Disrupter category. Lorrie lives in rural Eveleth with her wife, Sharon, their parrot Meikko, and cat Rayna.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Alicia “Liish” Kozlowski
State House- District 8B
Alicia “Liish” Kozlowski
State House- District 8B

Alicia “Liish” Kozlowski is running for re-election in District 8B in the Minnesota House of Representatives, the community Liish was born and raised in by a single-mother and grandmother. Liish is a first-generation college graduate who then earned an MBA and immediately went to work building, creating, and amplifying community. As a proud descendant of an Indigenous-Ojibwe mother and Mexican father, Liish believes we are all better when we show up in the fullness of who we are, with hearts forward and head high. As an endurance runner, former business developer, grassroots organizer, and current Community Relations Officer with the City of Duluth, Liish has the experience, stamina and vision to be effective for Duluth as someone who is already leading in alignment with community to improve health and well-being, rebuilding generational wealth, advancing an inclusive economy, and cultivating the community we all deserve.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Heather Holmes
State House- District 24A
Heather Holmes
State House- District 24A

Heather is a mom, a current school board member, and a biologist with over two decades of experience in various fields of scientific research. She understands that Minnesotans value taking care of their neighbors and if elected, will help ensure the state’s budget is reflective of that value. She is familiar with the issues facing her district and will work to ensure Minnesota remains a safe place where everyone is empowered to pursue the life they envision. She believes in a caring and compassionate economy that works for all Minnesotans.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Tina Liebling
State House- District 24B
Tina Liebling
State House- District 24B

Tina Liebling was born and raised in Minneapolis. She received her BA from the University of Minnesota, then moved to Massachusetts where she earned an M.S. in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and her J.D. cum laude at Boston University School of Law. She practiced law in the Boston area and then with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender in Chicago. She moved back to Minnesota in 1994 and started a solo law practice concentrating on criminal law. In 2004, Tina was elected to the Minnesota House and has been re-elected every two years since. Many of Tina’s House committee assignments have been in the health and human services area, where she has always been a staunch and vocal advocate for reproductive and LGBTQ rights. She now chairs the House Health Finance and Policy Committee, where she worked to ensure passage of the PRO Act and other reproductive freedom bills. She was chief author of the bill that repealed restrictive and unconstitutional abortion laws and made sure that these laws were removed from Minnesota’s statute books.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kim Hicks
State House- District 25A
Kim Hicks
State House- District 25A

Kim Hicks is a current MN House Representative proudly representing Rochester MN. She is product of Rochester public schools and a graduate of Winona State University. She works in the human services field, currently working with children with autism and their families. She is a breast cancer survivor. Kim and her husband LaMar have eight kids (ages 9 to 22).

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Sarah Kruger
State House- District 26A
Sarah Kruger
State House- District 26A

Sarah Kruger is the Chief of Staff at FairVote Minnesota, a nonprofit that advocates for electoral structural reform. Recently, she served as Campaign Manager for congressional candidate Jeff Ettinger. Sarah holds a Master of Research in Political Science with a focus on electoral politics and is a passionate advocate of rural organizing across southern Minnesota.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Sonja Buckmeier
State House- District 30A
Sonja Buckmeier
State House- District 30A

Sonja grew up in the small town of Eagle Lake just outside of Mankato. Raised in a middle-class working family, she experienced and learned life’s ups and downs. Compassion, perseverance, and hard work were instilled by her parents. She earned a Business Administration degree from Mankato State University, paying for her education by a combination of job wages, scholarships, and loans. As a first-generation graduate, Sonja values public education and the impact equitable education access has for all students. Today, she lives in St. Michael with her husband. Together they raised 4 children. Since moving to St. Michael over 25 years ago, she has demonstrated her commitment to the growth of local schools, connecting with residents of all ages and backgrounds. Sonja is a well-known member of the community with many years of service in bond and levy committees within the school district, substitute teaching, PTO boards, election judging, and involvement with scouting troops. Now, Sonja wants to use her experiences to help improve the lives of all Minnesotans. She believes in the strength of our communities and is excited about the opportunity to represent them at the state capitol. Sonja is committed to building safe, supportive, healthy, and inclusive communities where all residents are respected and have access to resources needed to support their families. Most importantly, this includes firm support to safeguard a women’s right to make decisions about her own body, reproductive freedom, and fiercely working to get the ERA on the ballot.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Melissa Hortman
State House- District 34B
Melissa Hortman
State House- District 34B

Melissa Hortman serves as the Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Rep. Hortman was elected in 2004 and represents communities in the northwest suburbs, where she and her husband raised their two children. As a legislator, Rep. Hortman has focused her work on energy and the environment. She authored Minnesota’s solar energy standard and community solar law.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kari Rehrauer
State House- District 35B
Kari Rehrauer
State House- District 35B

Kari Rehrauer is running for the MN House in District 35B, which represents Coon Rapids, and Andover. She graduated from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a bachelor’s in biology and a Master’s in Education. With a career that spanned 20 years as a licensed life and Earth science public school teacher, Kari will bring her commitment to the sciences and to a quality public education for all Minnesota students to the Senate. As a current Coon Rapids City Councilmember, Kari has a proven track record of working to mitigate climate change through green energy initiatives and she is committed to taking climate action. Kari has been a continuous voice for equity and inclusion and in her career and as a councilmember. Kari will be a staunch advocate for progressive values at the Capitol.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Brion Curran
State House- District 36B
Brion Curran
State House- District 36B

Brion Curran (they/she) was born and raised in Minnesota, is a 20-year veteran of the disability services field and former police offer. Brion was a strong supporter of passing gender and reproductive rights protections in Minnesota during the 2023 legislative session. Brion serves as the Vice Chair of Minnesota’s first official Queer Legislative Caucus, which works to advance policies to surrounding 2SLGBTQIA+ rights and healthcare access.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Laurie Wolfe
State House- District 37A
Laurie Wolfe
State House- District 37A

Laurie Wolfe is a first time candidate running for the Minnesota House in district 37A. As founding member and former co-chair of Indivisible MN03, Laurie has experience in political organizing. She is a psychology professor and has decades of experience as an active member of the Minnesota State College Faculty union. She has previously served as the union president for her chapter and served on the union’s state legislative steering committee. Laurie has a doctorate in educational leadership and received a prestigious Fulbright grant in 2019 through which she lived and worked in Uzbekistan training teachers and psychologists in social-emotional learning techniques. Laurie currently serves on the board of the Fulbright Association – Community Colleges Chapter. She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the College of St. Benedict, a Masters in School Psychology from Syracuse University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kristin Bahner
State House- District 37B
Kristin Bahner
State House- District 37B

A lifelong Minnesotan, Kristin flipped her seat after 36 years to help win back the majority in 2018 in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Now in her third term, she is a vocal champion for Women’s Issues and Women’s Rights at the legislature. She was one of the original organizers of Women’s March MN that brought 110K women to the Capitol in the largest single-day rally in MN history and served on the Board as Legislative Chair before joining the MN House. Representative Bahner is passionate about providing affordable, accessible healthcare and prescription drugs. She passed four bi-partisan, common sense, bills on prescription drugs that place patients back in the driver’s seat and put money back in people’s pockets As the current Vice Chair of Human Services Finance and member of the Health Finance Committee, Kristin is a tireless advocate for children, working families and seniors. A vocal champion and former Vice Chair for the Elections Committee and current member of the State Government and Elections Committee, she is a tireless advocate for issues like automatic voter registration and elections communication transparency. Kristin is an IT Consultant and team leader outside of the legislature, where she works every day to overcome obstacles and work as a team to get the job done. Her current work highlights critical bills on IT infrastructure and cyber security, as well as the future of technology work in state government.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Huldah Hiltsley
State House- District 38A
Huldah Hiltsley
State House- District 38A
Huldah Hiltsley is a proud resident of Brooklyn Park along with her husband and two small children. Her family has called District 38 (Brooklyns/Osseo) home for over 20 years. After immigrating to Minnesota from Kenya as a child, Huldah quickly realized the importance of strong legislative advocacy and community support. Her family was just hours from deportation, when their church family and US Senator Paul Wellstone successfully advocated for their stay. The magnitude of that moment changed her life forever. Elected officials have tremendous potential for affecting lives, supporting policy that keeps communities thriving, and advocating for resources that make our cities vibrant, safe, and livable for young, old, and everyone in between. Paul Wellstone has been a lifelong inspiration to Huldah. Huldah is employed as the Privacy Operations Manager for Boston Scientific. She is a Bethel University graduate with degrees in International Business, Political Science: International Relations, Sociology: Reconciliation Studies, and a Masters of Business Administration. Her true passion has been organizing within the community to meet the needs of residents.
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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Samantha Vang
State House- District 38B
Samantha Vang
State House- District 38B

Samantha Vang is a lifelong Minnesota native, a proud daughter of refugees, a Democrat, and a longtime Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park resident. As a legislator Samantha passed critical legislation on addressing a broad variety of issues facing Minnesotans. Her priorities center on providing tax relief for everyday Minnesotans, addressing the mental health workforce shortage, improving public safety, tackling climate change and spurring economic development. In 2021, Samantha was awarded a Legislator of Distinction by the League of Minnesota Cities. Samantha is a first-generation college graduate from Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A in Political Science and Communications. She currently works as a Tenant Advocate educating renters on their rights. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. As an advocate and leader, Samantha will continue to keep communities and families thriving.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Erin Koegel
State House- District 39A
Erin Koegel
State House- District 39A

Erin grew up in Osseo and graduated from Osseo High School. She went to college at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She graduated with a bachelor’s in Psychology and went on to gain a Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership also at UMD. Erin has spent her career working toward social justice. She has spent time advocating for public policies that would help working families including an increase in the minimum wage, assistance for families facing home foreclosures, a stop to predatory lending practices, paid sick time, and health care for all Minnesotans. Erin and her husband, Steve, had their first child in December of 2018. Erin was able to bring her daughter, Clara with her to the Capitol during the 2019 session. This has made her even more dedicated to ensuring all families have time to bond with a new child through paid family leave. Erin lives in Spring Lake Park with her husband, Steve, their daughter, Clara, and their black lab, Spud. She is currently serving her third term as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Sandra Feist
State House- District 39B
Sandra Feist
State House- District 39B

Sandra Feist was first elected in 2020 to the Minnesota House of Representatives. Since her election, she has been an advocate for women’s reproductive freedom. She is a member of the House Reproductive Freedom Caucus and enthusiastic co-author of the House legislation that expanded protections for access to abortion. She was the chief House author of the K-12 and Higher Education Menstrual Equity bills, expanding access to free period products for students across Minnesota in an effort to address period poverty in schools. In the 2023-24 term, she served as Vice Chair of the House Public Safety Committee and championed innovative legislation expanding youth restorative justice to support struggling children and families. In her private life, she is an immigration attorney and advocate, serving in national leadership roles advocating for immigration reform.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kelly Moller
State House- District 40A
Kelly Moller
State House- District 40A

Kelly Moller is currently serving her third term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. As a career prosecutor who advocates for victims of crime, she has been a leader at the Capitol for survivors of sexual assault, Minnesotans with disabilities, student mental health, and gun violence prevention. She serves as Chair of the House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee and the Ethics Committee, and serves on the Rules and Legislative Administration, Ways and Means, and Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committees. Moller is a member of the Reproductive Freedom Caucus. She is a 20+ year resident of Shoreview, where she resides with her husband as well as two sons who have attended Mounds View School District schools.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Lucia Wroblewski
State House- District 41A
Lucia Wroblewski
State House- District 41A

Lucia is a second generation American whose Polish-born parents came to the United States as displaced persons after World War 2. The Nazis forcibly removed her mother’s family from their home and transported them to Germany’s Dachau concentration camp. Stalin’s Russian military forcibly removed her father’s family and transported them to a Russian Gulag. Their long journey and history of survival and resilience culminated in her parents marrying and raising Lucia and her two siblings on St Paul’s East Side. Lucia graduated from Johnson High School, attended Macalester College, and.spent most of her career patrolling the streets of her beloved East Side as a police officer. While still a young cop, she purchased 25 acres of Afton farmland. Over the decades, Lucia transformed the row-cropped land into a conservation parcel of established prairie and mature woodlands that provide a refuge for people and a variety of wildlife. Lucia has dedicated herself to serve and protect people, their quality of life, and the natural resources of communities. From her 28 years as a cop on the street protecting and serving the citizens of St Paul, to her decade of preserving Afton’s quality of life on the Planning Commission and City Council, she unfailingly works hard to provide responsive, respectful, thoughtful, and compassionate constituent service. She fiercely defends our democracy and democratic values, safeguarding the fundamental rights of all Minnesotans. As the next state representative from 41A, Lucia will continue her forthright advocacy for people, their communities, the natural environment, and our democracy.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Jen Fox
State House- District 41B
Jen Fox
State House- District 41B

Jen Fox is a small business owner and lifelong resident Hastings. District 41B includes Hastings and portions of Cottage Grove, as well as Denmark and Nininger townships. Jen currently serves on the Hastings City Council and is the city’s Acting Mayor. She has served on the council’s Finance Committee, Planning Committee, and Public Safety Committee. In addition to these responsibilities, Fox represents Hastings on the Dakota County 911 Board and the Hastings Chamber Tourism Board. Prior to her election to city council, Fox served as a commissioner on the Hastings Economic Development and Redevelopment Authority (HEDRA). HEDRA guides the development and implementation of the city’s economic and redevelopment strategies. Professionally, Fox is part owner of Spiral Brewery, where she runs the Sales and Distribution Division. Jen has also worked for the State of Minnesota as the Director of Consumer Outreach and Community Relations for the Minnesota Department of Commerce, and in several communications roles at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.  Fox holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. She is running to bring a voice from the district to St. Paul on behalf of business owners, local governments and all residents in District 41. Fox is committed to enhancing stakeholder engagement as decisions are made that impact the district.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Ginny Klevorn
State House- District 42B
Ginny Klevorn
State House- District 42B

Rep. Ginny Klevorn has been a champion for women’s rights. As a co-author of the 2023 PRO Act, Rep. Klevorn has worked to ensure that women have access to quality reproductive healthcare and autonomy to make their own healthcare decisions. As a professional mediator, Ginny knows that when women are empowered to make their own decisions and have a seat at the table, outcomes are more equitable for women, our families, our communities and our state.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Tracey Breazeale
State House- District 45A
Tracey Breazeale
State House- District 45A

Tracey Breazeale is a second-term city council member running for the Minnesota House in district 45A. A former business executive, Tracey has decades of experience in finance and business strategy. Since leaving the private sector to raise her four children, Tracey has leveraged her business acumen to serve her community as a city council member, where she has been an advocate for clean water and public green spaces. She has also served on non-profit arts and youth sports boards and is actively involved with organizations focused on underserved moms and children including Minneapolis Crisis Nursery and Jeremiah Program. Tracey holds a Bachelor’s in Science in Psychology from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Patty Acomb
State House- District 45B
Patty Acomb
State House- District 45B

Erin grew up in Osseo and graduated from Osseo High School. She went to college at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She graduated with a bachelor’s in Psychology and went on to gain a Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership also at UMD. Erin has spent her career working toward social justice. She has spent time advocating for public policies that would help working families including an increase in the minimum wage, assistance for families facing home foreclosures, a stop to predatory lending practices, paid sick time, and health care for all Minnesotans. Erin and her husband, Steve, had their first child in December of 2018. Erin was able to bring her daughter, Clara with her to the Capitol during the 2019 session. This has made her even more dedicated to ensuring all families have time to bond with a new child through paid family leave. Erin lives in Spring Lake Park with her husband, Steve, their daughter, Clara, and their black lab, Spud. She is currently serving her third term as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Cheryl Youakim
State House- District 46B
Cheryl Youakim
State House- District 46B

Representative Cheryl Youakim was first elected to the Minnesota House in 2014 after spending nine years on the Hopkins City Council. Before that, she was an advocate for early childhood and family education as well as a parent advocate for investing in our K-12 public schools. Cheryl has always believed in the value of public service and has been honored to be elected to represent the communities of Hopkins, St. Louis Park, and Edina in a variety of ways. At the Capitol as the House Education Policy Chair, she worked on legislation for comprehensive sex education in our schools. As the Property Tax Chair, she fought for an economy that works for everyone. And as the Education Finance Chair last session, she and her colleagues passed the largest investment in public education that Minnesota has seen. Rep. Youakim will continue to fight for the values our communities care about: quality education, access to affordable childcare, a dependable transportation system, and to protect our environment as well as our rights. Cheryl Youakim will always stand for our rights to love who we love, worship how we choose, and to equal protection under the law no matter who we are, what we look like, or where we live.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger
State House- District 47A
Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger
State House- District 47A

Amanda’s unique blend of education and experience in laboratory science and policy allows her to evaluate any policies fully and comprehensively before voting to implement them. She is a values-driven, passionate person who listens to understand. Amanda believes in bringing people together, gathering as much information and perspectives as possible, and leading with community input to make the best policy decision together. In her first year in the Minnesota House of Representatives, Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger hit the ground running with ambitious goals to advocate for women, children, and families. She voted in support of codifying a women’s right to access all forms of reproductive health care, take action to make child care more affordable, and increase access to other forms of women’s healthcare. Amanda’s expertise in genetics proved valuable in evaluating and discussing issues before the Children and Families and Health committees. Amanda knows that the work is not done. She will continue to advocate for the people of south Maplewood and Woodbury, utilizing her scientific and policy background. Through collaboration with other Legislators and actively listening to community, Amanda works to break down systemic barriers to reproductive justice.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Lucy Rehm
State House- District 48B
Lucy Rehm
State House- District 48B

Rep. Lucy Rehm is running to be re-elected as state representative for house district 48B, which includes Chanhassen and the eastern side of Chaska. She is a proud fourth-generation Minnesotan who has called Chanhassen home for more than 25 years. She served on the Chanhassen city council, taught English overseas, and has been a lifelong advocate for healthy living, families and the environment. She is also a mother to three great kids. It is her strong belief that women’s and girls’ rights are human rights. She believes that it is a human right to be able to make deeply personal healthcare decisions about one’s reproductive health without interference from politicians.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kissy Coakley
State House- District 49A
Kissy Coakley
State House- District 49A

Kissy Coakley has officially declared her candidacy for the Minnesota State House, representing District 49A. Her campaign prioritizes enhancing community safety, providing mental health support, combating domestic violence and substance abuse, maintaining a robust education system, improving healthcare choices, addressing climate change, and ensuring affordable housing. As the founder of Kissy’s Stay Put Services, Coakley brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to positive social change. Holding a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University, she has been a fervent advocate for criminal justice reform, focusing on rehabilitation and empowerment rather than perpetual punishment and incarceration. With over 15 years of experience as a Domestic & Sexual Violence Advocate and a Re-entry Case Manager for several nonprofits, Coakley has been dedicated to addressing the disparities and injustices within the criminal justice system, particularly those affecting women. Her passion for understanding clients’ unique circumstances and combating the criminalization of women in the justice system led her to establish Kissy’s Stay Put Services in 2020, a nonprofit tackling these critical issues. Coakley’s political career includes her election to the Minnetonka City Council in 2019, where she made history as the first African-American woman to serve. A resident of Minnetonka since 2008 and a proud parent of three, two of whom graduated from Minnetonka High School, Coakley’s commitment to her district and criminal justice reform is unwavering Now I have been called to serve a larger constituency and I ask for your support to become your new State Representative in the House District 49A.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn
State House- District 49B
Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn
State House- District 49B

Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn grew up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and attended the University of St. Thomas, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in entrepreneurship. Kotyza-Witthuhn was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2018 and has been reelected every two years since. Kotyza-Witthuhn has served as vice chair of the Commerce Finance and Policy Committee since 2021. She also sits on the Children and Families Finance and Policy, Economic Development Finance and Policy, and Human Services Finance Committees. Carlie is was a founding member of the Reproductive Freedom Caucus, and in 2023 she authored the Minnesota House’s H.F. 1, also known as the Protect Reproductive Options Act, or PRO Act. The bill added a “fundamental right” to “continue the pregnancy and give birth, or obtain an abortion” in state law. It also protects rights to contraception, sterilization, family planning and counseling. The bill passed the House on January 19 and was signed by Governor Tim Walz on January 31, 2023.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Julie Greene
State House- District 50A
Julie Greene
State House- District 50A
Julie Greene understands the important role public service has in building and maintaining health communities, and believes the more voices we have at the table directly impacts better decision-making and outcomes for all of us. As an Edina School Board member for the past four years, she was willing to face, head-on, the many challenges and complexities of governing, particularly through a pandemic, relying on her deep sense of accountability and compassion to make sound decisions rooted in data and expert guidance. As chair of the Board’s Legislative Action and Policy committees, she gained practical experience in seeing first-hand how legislators impact day-to-day lives, and is motivated to continue serving her constituents in the MN House advocating for priorities such as democracy, equality rights, neighborhoods free from violence, public education, and a healthy planet for generations to come. Greene, and her husband Jon, have lived in Edina for the past 18 years raising their four children (ages 14-22).
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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Liz Reyer
State House- District 52A
Liz Reyer
State House- District 52A

Representative Liz Reyer (DFL-52A) is the DFL-endorsed candidate for House District 52A, representing parts of Burnsville and Eagan. Liz is a business leader, social activist, mother of four, and a long-time Eagan resident. She has been active in local politics and has a long history of involvement in Eagan schools, youth athletics, and other civic matters. Since 2020, Liz has used her platform to address structural racism and fight for quality and affordable health care, reproductive rights, equal justice under the law, a stable climate and clean environment, and a world-class education. She is Vice-Chair of the Capital Investment Committee and also serves on the Health, Workforce, and Economic Development committees. Liz is a proud member of the Reproductive Freedom Caucus, Queer Caucus, and co-leads the Climate Action Caucus.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Bianca Virnig
State House- District 52B
Bianca Virnig
State House- District 52B

In 2023, Bianca Virnig was elected to the MN House of Representative in a special election. She represents District 52B which serves Eagan, Mendota and Mendota Heights. She was a member of the ISD 196 Rosemount – Apple Valley – Eagan school board where she served on the Budget Advisory Council, Special Ed Advisory Council, Community Ed Advisory Council, and the district wellness committee. She is also on the Deerwood Elementary PTO. Bianca is the Director of Health and Safety for an educational cooperative where she co-leads an education policy fellowship and oversees a workforce grant targeted at supporting school nurses and mental health providers. Mrs. Virnig is a 2022/2023 alumna of the Humphrey Policy Fellow program. She has an A.A. from Century College and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota where she is a member of the alumni association. Bianca was awarded the Dakota County Public Health Achievement Award in 2021 for her work as the regional COVID coordinator for metro area schools. As a mother of three young children, she will fight for quality education, address issues affecting the environment, seek affordable, accessible, quality healthcare for all and advocate for safe and healthy communities.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Mary Frances Clardy
State House- District 53A
Mary Frances Clardy
State House- District 53A

Rep. Mary Frances Clardy is an outspoken and relentless advocate for reproductive rights. Her voting record reflects her determination that she will always vote to preserve and expand reproductive rights in Minnesota. Whenever human rights are on the line you can count on her to stand up! Mary Frances is an effective legislator. In her first year in office 19 bills she authored were passed and became law in the first 19 weeks of her tenure. Mary Frances is a veteran educator with a 28-year track record with the St. Paul School Schools. Rep. Clardy has a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Before joining the legislature, she was a member of the Inver Grove Heights School Board, ISD 199, a gubernatorial appointee to the Minnesota Board of School Administrators, and a former member of the Minnesota Board of Teaching, and served as a Minneapolis Civil Rights Commissioner.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Jess Hanson
State House- District 55A
Jess Hanson
State House- District 55A

Jess Hanson grew up in a trailer park in Lakeville, and saw every day how working families like hers struggled to make ends meet. Jess worked two jobs while renting an apartment in Burnsville where she raised her first daughter with the help of family and the community. Jess went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college, and earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from St. Kate’s in 2018. Jess believes in a future for Minnesota in which everyone has the opportunity to innovate, succeed, and prosper. Jess is running for the Minnesota House again because she cares about the community and believes that economic opportunities should be abundant, education should be equitable, and government should be responsible.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kaela Berg
State House- District 55B
Kaela Berg
State House- District 55B

Kaela Berg is a mom of two fantastic boys, both in their twenties, a 20 year union flight attendant and a long time Labor leader. She ran for office as a working mom who knows the struggles of working families, to ensure we make investments in our education systems, and to fight for racial, gender, economic and environmental justice. As a member of the Reproductive freedom Caucus, she helped pass legislation that protects a person’s right to bodily autonomy, the Trans Refuge bill, access to free menstrual products for all students, and requiring more mental health staff in every school in the state to help address the trauma our children carry with them each day to name a few. In the upcoming session she will author a bill to remove the “abstinence only” curriculum for sex education classes from Minnesota statute. She is dedicated to upholding the values of Women Winning and to continuing to lead with integrity.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Veda Kanitz
State House- District 57A
Veda Kanitz
State House- District 57A

Veda Kanitz is a high school science teacher, Climate Reality Leader, Citizens’ Climate Lobby member, and one of the founding members of the DFL Environmental Caucus. She received the DFL’s Willard Munger award for Distinguished Environmental Stewardship in 2020. Her love of the natural world and desire to leave a healthy environment for her children and grandchildren inform her life’s work.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kristi Pursell
State House- District 58A
Kristi Pursell
State House- District 58A

Born and raised in Southern Minnesota, Kristi has a proven track record of being a champion for clean water, education, working families, and human rights. A member of the Reproductive Justice Caucus (a bicameral group of legislators in both the Minnesota House and Senate) her first term she was able to support wins for bodily autonomy, choice, and justice- especially for those with marginalized bodies in Minnesota (trans folks, women, people of color and indigenous people). Kristi believes in democracy, a healthy world for future generations, and the basic decency of human beings.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Esther Agbaje
State House- District 59B
Esther Agbaje
State House- District 59B

Esther Agbaje is running for re-election to continue representing District 59B in the MN House of Representatives. The district covers essentially a microcosm of Minnesota from the very wealthy to those struggling everyday to survive. Rep. Agbaje is a lawyer who advocates for tobacco control policies and climate justice policies in public housing. In her previous practice she helped secure Hepatitis C medication for Minnesota prisoners. In the legislature she championed laws to even the playing field for tenants, secured reproductive protections for patients and doctors in Minnesota, and passed the CROWN Act so that all people can show up as their full selves at work and at school. In her third term, she will continue to fight for more housing, better public transportation, and jobs that pay a living wage.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Sydney Jordan
State House- District 60A
Sydney Jordan
State House- District 60A

Sydney Jordan has been unapologetically pro-abortion in every election she’s run in. A founding member of both the Reproductive Freedom Caucus and the Queer Caucus, Sydney has been the chief author of Universal School Meals, Comprehensive Sex Education, and the Minnesota ban on PFAS. Recognized nationally for her work, Sydney is known in Minnesota for her love of Northeast Minneapolis and Southeast Como, these bills and countless others that empower people of all genders to live their lives with dignity and respect.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Isabel Rolfes
State House- District 61A
Isabel Rolfes
State House- District 61A

Isabel is a product of all the Minnesota has to offer. She grew up in greater MN in the lakes area and then in a farm town before moving to the cities. She is also a queer, BIPOC, Gen-Z woman. Being in the minority in any given space isn’t new to Isabel, but she has been able to create relationships with all kinds of people across the political spectrum. In her run for office she is focusing on education, climate and infrastructure, and keeping all of our neighbors safe with specific attention to communities being targeted for crime.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Aisha Gomez
State House- District 62A
Aisha Gomez
State House- District 62A

Aisha Gomez is a Southsider, an organizer, an environmentalist, a public servant, and a mom. She was first elected State Representative in 2018. She served as Chair of the Preventing Homelessness division during the 2021-2022 session and is honored to currently serve as the House Tax Chair.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Anquam Mahamoud
State House- District 62B
Anquam Mahamoud
State House- District 62B

Anquam Mahamoud spent roughly 15 years of my formative years in the East and Midtown Phillips neighborhoods after moving to Minnesota from San Diego at the age of 8. Her family experienced poverty like many of their neighbors, struggling to make ends meet with no healthcare access. Anquam received her degree in Psychology from St. Catherine University, and went on to work with the State of Minnesota as one of the first caseworkers for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) helping Minnesotans receive access to affordable health care. She continued to work under MNSURE in the policy domain, helping to negotiate health packages with some of our largest insurance providers, ensuring quality, affordable options, helping to steer millions to the marketplace. Now, as COO of Twin Cities Health Services on Lake and Hennepin, Anquam provides a range of adult rehabilitative mental health services, therapy, and substance use services, helping a diverse range of people on their healing journey as they navigate stigma, and an often underfunded and understaffed healthcare environment. While healthcare is just one piece of the puzzle to achieving equitable outcomes in our communities, Anquam knows that all Minnesotans are looking for the same assurances when they lay their head down at night: access to equal and fair Health Care, Education, Affordable Housing, Clean Air and Water, and a bright future for their families. She is running to collaborate with all residents of 62B to make this a reality.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Samantha Sencer-Mura
State House- District 63A
Samantha Sencer-Mura
State House- District 63A

Samantha Sencer-Mura is an educator, a working mom, a local community leader, a fourth generation Japanese American, and the State Representative for district 63A in South Minneapolis. She attended Minneapolis public schools, where she witnessed deep disparities in the education system. Ever since, Samantha has been fighting for educational justice for students of color, including working as an educator. From 2017 to 2022, she was the Executive Director at educational non-profit, 826 MSP. During her time there, the organization served thousands of Twin Cities students through free in-school and out-of-school writing, publishing, and leadership programs. Samantha was elected to the Minnesota State House in 2022 as part of the DFL trifecta which passed sweeping reproductive justice policies. During her time in office, she was the lead author for the Ethnic Studies for all bill which ensures that students across Minnesota will have access to culturally relevant curriculum. She is running for office in 2024 to continue to be a champion for reproductive justice policies such as expanding healthcare access, funding abortion care, and ensuring students across the state have access to comprehensive sexual education.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Emma Greenman
State House- District 63B
Emma Greenman
State House- District 63B

Emma Greenman is running for re-election to the Minnesota State House representing the South Minneapolis District 63B. As a state representative, and throughout her career, Emma is working to build a democracy and an economy that centers the needs of kids, families, communities and those too often left at the margins. Emma is a national voting rights lawyer and has worked around the country on the front lines of the fight to defend our embattled democracy and ensure that people, not big corporations or wealthy interests, are the ones calling the shots. She believes that to make progress on critical issues — education, reproductive justice, climate change, economic justice, racial equity, healthcare — people and communities need power and agency in their lives and our democracy. As a state representative, Emma is leading the fight to expand the power of Minnesotans in our democracy and our economy. In 2023, she co-founded the nation’s first Inclusive Democracy Caucus in the Minnesota Legislature and authored the Democracy for the People Act, a landmark bill that protects the freedom to vote, gets big money out of politics, and strengthens inclusive, multi-racial gender-inclusive democracy in Minnesota. She passed legislation expanding the economic security and workplace safety for Minnesota workers, protecting access to contraception in Minnesota, and creating the Minnesota Climate Innovation Finance Authority to drive state investments in rapidly expanding an equitable transition to a clean energy future. When re-elected, she will continue to build the power of us – in South Minneapolis and across the state – to build a Minnesota where everyone thrives, no exceptions.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kaohly Her
State House- District 64A
Kaohly Her
State House- District 64A

I am an unapologetically pro-choice woman. I was born in a global south country where women have little to no rights. Patriarchy and misogyny meant women’s bodies did not belong to them. They had no freedom to choose for themselves what they wanted for that body. My family fought in a secret war to defend American democracy and freedom so that I could choose a life that no woman before me from my culture could have ever imagined. They made incredible sacrifices so that I could obtain an education, decide who I wanted to marry, determine how many kids I wanted and pursue a profession that I was passionate about. I have two daughters, and I am invested in protecting democracy and freedom for them and the future generations of women and people who have uteruses. As the House Chair of the Reproductive Freedom Caucus and Chief author of the Equal Rights Amendment, I will work to ensure bodily autonomy is protected in Minnesota’s constitution.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

María Isa Pérez-Vega
State House- District 65B
María Isa Pérez-Vega
State House- District 65B

Representative María Isa Pérez-Vega is a lifelong Minnesotan, raised on the West Side of Saint Paul, the community she now represents. Representative Perez-Vega is a cultural community organizer, international recording artist, and youth worker running for the Minnesota House of Representatives District 65B. María Isa served as Director of the mentorship program for the Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project which empowers young people through music and a cultural curriculum. She also serves on the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board Public Engagement Advisory Task Force, working to ensure the Capitol is a welcoming space for community. A Type 1 diabetic and insulin organizer, she has been a prominent leader in the fight for affordable health care in Minnesota. In April 2020, she played an integral role in advocating for the passage of the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, and she continues her leadership within the Minnesota #Insulin4all Chapter. She is an alumni of the prestigious Wilder Foundation Community Equity Program, which brings together Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to advance their knowledge and skills to build community power and solidarity at the Capitol. For her outstanding work with Youthrive Live!, educating incarcerated youth throughout the state of Minnesota, She received the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s “Rising Latina Star” award.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Leigh Finke
State House- District 66A
Leigh Finke
State House- District 66A

Representative Leigh Finke proudly represents District 66A (Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Roseville). She grew up in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Bethel College and a Master of Arts in Lit. from DePaul University. From 2018 to 2021, Finke was the senior producer at 1517 Media. She joined ACLU of Minnesota in 2021 as Multimedia Storyteller. In 2021 and 2022, Finke worked as Multimedia Storyteller for the ACLU of Minnesota, where she was a strong advocate for reproductive justice and trans and queer rights. In 2022, Finke was elected for the first time, becoming the first out trans legislator elected to the Minnesota Legislature, where she continued to champion abortion and gender affirming care, successfully leading the fight to make Minnesota a Trans Refuge state.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Athena Hollins
State House- District 66B
Athena Hollins
State House- District 66B

Minnesota State Representative Athena Hollins represents District 66B in Saint Paul and served as the Majority Whip of the House DFL party and Vice Chair of the Rules and Legislative Administration Committee. In her tenure at the legislature, she has been a champion for climate and energy justice, affordable housing, education for all Minnesotan children, criminal justice reform, and investing in our BIPOC communities. As a founding co-leader of the MN Reproductive Freedom caucus Athena is dedicated to protecting and enhancing reproductive rights for all Minnesotans. As a member of the Queer Caucus and a founding member of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, Athena knows that sexual health and reproductive issues have tremendous intersectionality that must be purposefully and thoughtfully addressed. Athena believes that effective, inclusive lawmaking can make Minnesota better for all of us.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Liz Lee
State House- District 67B
Liz Lee
State House- District 67B

Kaozouapa “Liz” Lee was the first woman to ever represent Minnesota House District 67A. This is a distinction that she does not take lightly. In her first term, she helped enact legislation to protect an individual’s right to an abortion. Liz spent a decade advocating for policies that benefit working families in Minnesota and across the country like affordable housing, education equity, health equity, and increased access to public transit. She is running for re-election to continue protecting every Minnesotan’s right to decide on their own when and how they want to start their family.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Betsy O’Berry
Anoka County Commissioner- District 1
Betsy O’Berry
Anoka County Commissioner- District 1

Betsy O’Berry is a retired CPA, former business owner and advisor to businesses running in the special election to fill the vacant District 1 seat on the Anoka County Board of Commissioners. She is a skilled “numbers person” who would be a great addition to the board. Her priority is building up infrastructure and planning for growth in Anoka County.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Mandy Meisner
Anoka County Commissioner- District 7
Mandy Meisner
Anoka County Commissioner- District 7

Mandy Meisner became an Anoka County Commissioner in 2019 and is finishing her second term in office. Her predecessors, Al and Jim Kordiak, were a father and son team that together, held office for 64 years. Thanks to an incredible campaign team and the voters, Mandy became the first person of color on the Anoka County Board and the first Asian American County Commissioner in the state of Minnesota. Mandy’s background is community service and the arts. She is a connector, collaborator and creative at heart! She continues to be active in the community and uses her experience to be a strong advocate for her District. She has lived in Fridley for over 20 years and has two teenagers who attend Fridley High School. As a County Commissioner some of the issues she has worked on: public health, children and family services, mental health and addiction, homelessness, cybersecurity, workforce development and diversity and inclusion.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Julie Jeppson
Anoka County Commissioner- District 6
Julie Jeppson
Anoka County Commissioner- District 6

Julie Jeppson has lived in Blaine for over 20 years and spent this time, with her husband Nate, raising two amazing children into two remarkable adults. For over 15 years, Julie has committed her time and energy towards improving the lives of those who live, work, and play in her community. She is a true public servant, who leads with honesty, integrity, and transparency.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Debbie Goettel
Hennepin County Commissioner- District 5
Debbie Goettel
Hennepin County Commissioner- District 5

As the District 5 Commissioner, Debbie represents Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Richfield, and part of Southwest Minneapolis on the Hennepin County Board. She lives in Richfield, where she was first elected Mayor in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. A methodical thinker, Debbie had a successful career as an engineer in environmental and sustainability fields. She earned her engineering degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and completed graduate studies in environmental sustainability at the University of Minnesota and Harvard. In the private sector, Debbie worked for companies such as Medtronic, Montgomery Watson, and Weyerhaeuser. Debbie was elected to her first term as a Hennepin County Commissioner in November 2016 and won a second term in 2020; she is currently in the fourth and final year of that term. Her colleagues describe her as a problem solver and regional thinker with a big vision. She is tough and decisive, yet caring and collaborative. Debbie listens to all sides of issues, understands complexity, and seeks common ground to advance challenging issues.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Heather Edelson
Hennepin County Commissioner- District 6
Heather Edelson
Hennepin County Commissioner- District 6

Heather Edelson is a State Representative that represents Edina and a portion of Bloomington. Heather was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2018 and serves on ways and means, Environment, Human Service Policy and Education Finance. Heather is a former mental health therapist and a candidate for Hennepin County Commissioner

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Tara Jebens-Singh
Ramsey County Commissioner- District 1
Tara Jebens-Singh
Ramsey County Commissioner- District 1

Tara Jebens-Singh is running for Ramsey County Commissioner in District 1which serves Arden Hills, Gem Lake, Mounds View, North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Township, and parts of Spring Lake Park and Blaine. Tara grew up in a small town in Northern Wisconsin, the daughter of a civil engineer and public health nurse. She has lived in suburban Ramsey County for over thirty years and raised two sons with her husband RJ. Tara has master’s degrees in Planning and Human Development and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Development and Change. She has worked in public policy, wellness, education, equity, older adult, and mental health programs for over 25 years. Her most recent role was President and CEO of Northeast Youth & Family Services. Tara is a dedicated advocate for accessible, affordable, quality, culturally-responsive, age-friendly, and gender-affirming health and human services. She is deeply rooted in the community with a long history of civic engagement. As the primary caregiver for aging parents and children with chronic conditions, she understands the struggles many families have in negotiating complex, often inadequate and unsympathetic systems and is passionate about centering the voices of those most impacted by the County’s work.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kelly Miller
Ramsey County Commissioner- District 7
Kelly Miller
Ramsey County Commissioner- District 7

Kelly Miller is a homeowner in Maplewood with her fiancé and two children. As enrolled members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, she grew up in a loving family in Onamia, outside the Mille Lacs Reservation.She pursued her education, graduating from Saint Paul College and now enrolled at the University of Minnesota, she also found an internship program that has over time developed into an amazing career with Interfaith Action. Currently, Kelly is the Director of the Department of Indian Work at Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, overseeing four program areas that include a food shelf, out-of-school time youth program, diabetes education, and an economic mobility hub. Kelly loves being a part of the community, helping meet community members’ needs, and advocating for those that need a helping hand or a step up to live their best lives. After facing significant personal and financial challenges, she utilized county services to improve her overall quality of life. Her journey is a testament to the positive impact that well-structured community support can have on an individual and family in need.

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Ashley Grimm
St. Louis County Commissioner- District 3
Ashley Grimm
St. Louis County Commissioner- District 3

Ashley Grimm has served as the 3rd District St. Louis County Commissioner since 2021. Ashley has focused full-time on supporting community projects and helping to build trust in local government. She has brought historic county investment into the western half of Duluth and led the charge on broad county changes such as replacing the for-profit health care in the jail with a local non-profit provider and helping create a Community Crisis Response Team to respond to mental health emergencies. She serves as the Chair of the County Board’s Public Safety Committee and also serves on the county’s Opioid Settlement Committee. In her first term she was selected by the Association of Minnesota Counties to serve on the National Association of Counties’ Community and Economic Workforce Development Committee.

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Amáda Márquez Simula
Columbia Heights Mayor
Amáda Márquez Simula
Columbia Heights Mayor

Amáda Márquez Simula, serving as Mayor of Columbia Heights, MN, since January 2021, stands as a trailblazer, being the first person of color elected to office in the city and the second Latina mayor in the state. Beyond symbolic representation, Amáda is dedicated to fostering unity and progress in one of Minnesota’s most culturally diverse cities by streamlining communication between various communities and government entities. She actively works to remove antiquated barriers and update policies to ensure equity for all residents, advocating tirelessly for renters, people of color, immigrants, youth, LGBTQIA+ individuals, elders, and those with accessibility needs. Amáda’s leadership is characterized by her unwavering commitment to public health and safety, sustainability, and technology, driving her to make informed, fearless, and creative decisions that propel Columbia Heights toward a brighter, more inclusive future. Furthermore, Amáda prioritizes encouraging women and femme-presenting people across all facets of the city’s life, whether they are students, volunteers, or elders. She staunchly supports and empowers women to utilize their voices, demanding they be heard, respected, and included in decision-making processes. This commitment to gender equity underscores Amáda’s vision for a community where everyone, regardless of gender, can thrive and contribute to the city’s success.

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Cara Schulz
Burnsville City Council- At-Large
Cara Schulz
Burnsville City Council- At-Large

Cara Schulz is a sitting City Council Member for Burnsville, MN, passionately serving her community with a focus on equity and inclusion. As a staunch advocate for women’s rights and reproductive freedom, she is a trusted ally for pro-choice women seeking a representative who truly understands their needs. Cara’s background as a USAF veteran, where she served as a military journalist during Desert Storm and Desert Shield, underscores her commitment to service and integrity. She brings this dedication to her role on the City Council, where she has championed significant policy successes. These include creating a citizens task force to rewrite the city code for greater equity and clarity, implementing a participatory budgeting pilot program that empowers residents with a direct say in financial decisions, and establishing a behavioral health unit to address mental health crises and drug overdoses with compassion rather than law enforcement intervention.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Lori Saroya
Blaine City Council- Ward 1
Lori Saroya
Blaine City Council- Ward 1

Councilwoman Lori Saroya is a dedicated community leader who is committed to transparency, community engagement, and strategic development. As the only Democrat, the first Muslim and woman of color on a MAGA-majority city council, Councilwoman Saroya has been a champion of courage and resilience. She brings a unique perspective shaped by her background as the daughter of immigrants, her law degree, and her extensive experience in community leadership. Having served on the Blaine Charter Commission for seven years, city council for two years, and living in Blaine for nearly two decades with her husband and three children (ages 13, 8, and 4), Saroya’s commitment to her community runs deep.

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Laurel Deneen
Columbia Heights City Council- At-Large
Laurel Deneen
Columbia Heights City Council- At-Large

Laurel Deneen’s vision for Columbia Heights is centered around equitable and sustainable development, ensuring that family owned businesses and residents are key players in the city’s future growth. She advocates for maintaining the vitality of local businesses and expanding diverse housing opportunities. Her commitment to the community is evident through her involvement in organizing Columbia Heights PRIDE, the Mayor’s , monarch festival, and volunteering at Valleyview elementary school with Every Meal. Serving on the Columbia Heights city planning commission, she applies her professional expertise to important city development issues.

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Nikki Villavicencio
Maplewood City Council- At-Large
Nikki Villavicencio
Maplewood City Council- At-Large

Nikki Villavicencio (she/her/sha) is a Disabled Filipinx who has used her life experiences to shape her unconventional path to leadership. Whether it’s fighting fiercely for Minnesota’s first legislation to proactively support disabled parents or joining forces with union workers to create one of Minnesota’s largest unions, Nikki works collaboratively. Passion and drive are definitely what moves politics, but Nikki believes that good governance that is community centered is the key to leadership.

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Sarah Starling
Waite Park City Council- At-Large
Sarah Starling
Waite Park City Council- At-Large

Sarah Starling is running for Waite Park City Council. She has served the community on the Civil Service Board for 9 years and wants to continue to serve in a greater capacity. Sarah wants to support her the people in her community by ensuring we are meeting everyone where they are and making sure all growth is sustainable for the current residents of the area while simultaneously attracting new residents.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Mary Granlund
Columbia Heights School Board- At-Large
Mary Granlund
Columbia Heights School Board- At-Large

Mary is a tireless community organizer who loves to create positive change for her community. Before being elected to the Columbia Heights School Board in 2020, Mary could be found volunteering in the classroom, founding community groups to make roads around the community safer, and supporting local candidates for election. Mary has been married to her husband for 20 years and they have lived in Columbia Heights with their two children for the last 18 years. When not serving the community, she is busy working in her private practice as a Child and Family Therapist. A proud Social Worker, Mary believes in the power of community to come together and make the impossible possible. In her scant off time, she enjoys reading and playing board games with her family and friends.

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Michelle Pettway
Columbia Heights School Board- At-Large
Michelle Pettway
Columbia Heights School Board- At-Large

Michelle Pettway is a wife and mother of one daughter who attends North Park School for Innovation in Columbia Heights Public Schools and can often be found at any school or community event. Michelle was initially appointed to a vacant school board seat in late 2022 and was later elected in a 2023 special election to complete that vacant seats term. Michelle has brought representation to the Columbia Heights School District as the first American Black Woman to run and serve on its school board and her work on the board has allowed her to continue providing a unique and relevant perspective that also represents much of the community. As a volunteer and active community participant, Michelle has become an ally and advocate for many other community voices. In her time before becoming a school board member, Michelle helped to start and still serves as a Parent Facilitator of the BIPOC Family Advisory Committee at her daughters school and is often a part of informed decision making that helps to improve the school district both inside and outside of the board room. Michelle firmly believes in advocacy, equity, inclusion, and restorative practices and hopes to further aid in the fight to raise all voices so that they can be a part of the growth of their own community.

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Corenia Smith
Columbia Heights School Board- At-Large
Corenia Smith
Columbia Heights School Board- At-Large

Corenia brings a strong potential to enhance the Columbia Heights School District. As a School Board candidate, she is dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment, advancing educational equity, and providing robust support for our educators. Corenia is running for office with a commitment to working alongside students, families, and teachers to develop supportive learning environments where students can flourish. She looks forward to engaging with residents, discussing ideas to promote equity in our school system, and serving as a strong advocate for our community. Her vision is to empower children to grow into compassionate, knowledgeable leaders, inspiring futures filled with possibilities and success. With a background in nursing and a passion for reproductive justice, Corenia skillfully operates at the intersection of policy, politics, and health equity. Her professional experience is deeply rooted in collaboration, and she embraces the spirit of grassroots power-building. Corenia’s mission extends to helping organizations navigate the multifaceted challenges of our time, from the practical work of organizing and facilitating meaningful convenings to broad coalition-building for collective wellbeing. She’s dedicated to combining knowledge in social, clinical, and political determinants of health to build and co-create healthier communities where everyone can thrive. Outside of her professional pursuits, Corenia enjoys spending quality time with her family, savoring lemonade and movies.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Lara Bergman
Minneapolis School Board- District 6
Lara Bergman
Minneapolis School Board- District 6

Lara Bergman, is an early childhood educator, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) parent, and proud MPS alum. With over 15 years of teaching experience in early childhood classrooms, Lara has dedicated her life to providing supportive learning environments where all children thrive. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from St. Catherine University, an Early Childhood Montessori teaching credential from the American Montessori Society and is working towards certificates in Early Childhood Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and School Board Finance from Georgetown University. Lara has extensive experience in education advocacy and policy. She served as a CARE Fellow, working with a cohort of child care advocates to impact change at the state level. Most recently, Lara was a BUILD Initiative Fellow at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, where she focused on building equitable early childhood systems and addressing compensation for early childhood educators. As a trained racial equity facilitator, she has led community conversations while serving on her neighborhood board, school PTA and as chair of a nonprofit preschool. In her role as Board Chair of the preschool, she led strategic planning, a leadership transition and challenging financial decisions at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. She recently completed an Embracing Equity Leadership Residency as part of a cohort of leaders in Minnesota working to build equity into organizational climate, culture, systems and structures.

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2023 Endorsed Candidates

Robin Wonsley
Minneapolis City Council- Ward 2
Robin Wonsley
Minneapolis City Council- Ward 2

Robin Wonsley is the first Black independent socialist in Minneapolis City Council history. Her numerous achievements include the budget allocation of $1.6 million to fund working-class residents’ priorities, leading the creation of a new Office of Community Safety in response to ongoing police violence, created a $300k abortion access fund and leveraged county support for an additional $500k, and won unprecedented opportunities public engagement in the city’s contract negotiations with police unions.

She has consistently collaborated with her colleagues without compromising the strong values that put her in office. Robin has pushed Minneapolis to explore municipal sidewalk plowing, voted for 24-hour dedicated bus lanes, and has been a vocal advocate for the East Phillips Farm Project. She has led the push for a strong rent control policy and condemned the city’s inhumane responses to homelessness. Robin authored and unanimously passed a Resolution of Support for striking educators and Starbucks workers, hosted a fundraiser to support the Minneapolis educators’ strike fund, walked the picket line with workers, and co-authored a resolution increasing paid parental leave for all 4,000 city employees.

 

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LaTrisha Vetaw
Minneapolis City Council- Ward 4
LaTrisha Vetaw
Minneapolis City Council- Ward 4

LaTrisha Vetaw is the current Minneapolis City Council Member for Ward 4. She is running for re-election because she believes Northsiders deserve a Council Member who listens and puts residents’ voices first at City Hall. She’s worked on the Northside for nearly two decades, previously serving as the Director of Health Policy and Advocacy at NorthPoint Health & Wellness, and as the Vice President and Chair of the Intergovernmental and Legislative Committee on the Minneapolis Park Board. Her top priorities as the Ward 4 City Council Member are public safety and police reform, increased livability in Minneapolis, and Northside economic development. During her first term, LaTrisha has already been instrumental in helping select the new Commissioner of Public Safety and new Police Chief, and secured $300k in funding for lighting improvements on the Northside and $1 million for community violence prevention efforts. She is looking forward to continuing to serve and support residents in Ward 4 and across Minneapolis. 

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Katie Cashman
Minneapolis City Council- Ward 7
Katie Cashman
Minneapolis City Council- Ward 7

Katie is a sustainability leader, a renter, and a community organizer, who is running to be the next City Council member to represent Ward 7 in Minneapolis. Katie has spent her career fighting for environmental justice both in Minnesota and across the world. While working at the United Nations, she focused on helping cities make implementable policies to improve urban health and environmental standards. Katie founded Climate Action Academy to implement climate education in schools and teach leadership skills across the world. Currently she works at the Minnesota Center of Environmental Advocacy, where she works in partnership to uphold the laws and regulations that keep our water and air clean for all. Katie is committed to leading Minneapolis through its green transition to a safer, healthier, more vibrant place to live and work. Katie is running to ensure our city doesn’t fall back into complacency, citizens of Minneapolis are ready for more equity in our policy making and she is ready to deliver. 

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Andrea Jenkins
Minneapolis City Council- Ward 8
Andrea Jenkins
Minneapolis City Council- Ward 8

Andrea Jenkins is currently the president of the Minneapolis City Council and represents the 8th Ward in South Minneapolis. Jenkins is the first Black transgender woman to be elected to public office in the United States and continues to be the only Black transgender woman elected in the country. 

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Aisha Chughtai
Minneapolis City Council- Ward 10
Aisha Chughtai
Minneapolis City Council- Ward 10

Aisha Chughtai is a renter, immigrants rights activist, labor organizer, and eldest daughter to a Muslim immigrant family. She has the honor of serving as Councilmember for Minneapolis’ Ward 10. When she first ran, she promised to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with working-class people and ensure their voices are heard. She promised to work towards building a safe and vibrant community. And that’s just what she’s done: from her work expanding the behavioral crisis response program and to getting $300,000 in the Mayor’s budget for abortion access. Aisha is running for re-election because while she has fought to truly put us on the path to a safer, more just Minneapolis, and has achieved so much in her first sixteen months, she also knows there is so much more to do. Aisha knows that when we build power together, we can truly make this ward and this city safe for all of our neighbors. Aisha is fighting to build a city and a ward where everyone has what they need to thrive, a Minneapolis that honors people’s dignity and demonstrates that a safer, better world is possible.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Emily Koski
Minneapolis City Council- Ward 11
Emily Koski
Minneapolis City Council- Ward 11

Emily Koski is the Minneapolis City Council Member for Ward 11 and is running for re-election in the 2023 Minneapolis Municipal Elections. Ward 11 is located in South Central Minneapolis and includes the Tangletown, Windom, Field, Page, Diamond Lake, Northrop, Hale, Keewaydin, and Wenonah neighborhoods. Emily Koski is the DFL Endorsed Candidate in the race for Minneapolis City Council Member for Ward 11. Emily Koski was originally elected in the 2021 Minneapolis Municipal Elections. Before she was elected, Ward 11 hadn’t been represented by a woman in 20+ years. Emily Koski is dedicated to showing current and future generations of women that they can and should run for elected offices, because they can and will win. Emily Koski is a lifelong Minneapolis resident, a mother to 2 young kids, involved in her local community, and a long-time leader and advocate. She is a thoughtful, passionate leader on the Minneapolis City Council. She is dedicated to representing the values and the voices of Ward 11 on the Minneapolis City Council. Emily Koski’s top priorities include public services and infrastructure, public safety, affordable housing, economic growth, climate and public health, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Aurin Chowdhury
Minneapolis City Council- Ward 12
Aurin Chowdhury
Minneapolis City Council- Ward 12

Aurin is a first-generation Bengali-American, the daughter of working-class immigrants, organizer, renter, and experienced policy aide. She is running to fight for working families, deliver progressive change,, and work collaboratively to move the city forward. Aurin spent her early years growing up on the Southside, went to Minneapolis Public Schools, and developed a deep appreciation for the community. She has always been passionate about public service and community building because she believes that the community has the power to create the world they deserve. She is running because Ward 12 deserves an experienced and thoughtful progressive leader. 

Aurin is a dedicated public servant. has spent years shaping public policy and building inclusive coalitions – first at the office of Senator Kari Dziedzic and now as a Policy Aide at the City of Minneapolis. In her time at city hall, she has developed policies to combat wage theft, expand affordable housing for students, and deliver funding for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These experiences have provided her with a strong understanding of what it takes to get things done for residents of Minneapolis and the importance of delivering excellent constituent services. She has a strong record of public service and advocacy and is ready to bring that experience to fight for everyone at city hall.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Linea Palmisano
Minneapolis City Council- Ward 13
Linea Palmisano
Minneapolis City Council- Ward 13

Linea Palmisano has been a champion for Minneapolis as the 13th Ward Council Member for the last nine years. Council Vice President Palmisano knows our city must work better for everyone – no matter where we come from. Council VP Palmisano graduated from Notre Dame (Bachelor of Science), University of Minnesota (MBA), and St. Thomas (Non-Profit Management). Before being elected, her professional career included fifteen years in the private sector working for IBM and UnitedHealth Group, and volunteering in executive capacities for her community. During her two and a half terms on the City Council, Council VP Palmisano has made genuine progress on the issues that matter, whether it be working to innovate our core city services, protecting the rights of workers, managing the city budget, or transforming public safety, she is deeply committed to Minneapolis. A particular policy passion are things that touch women’s rights and issues. Outside of City Hall, Council VP Palmisano lives in Linden Hills with her spouse and two young children, and has lived in her community for 24 years. Local government is personal to Council VP Palmisano. Minneapolis has faced unprecedented challenges in recent years and she brings a vision of pragmatic progressivism to City Hall each day. Council VP Palmisano listens to every voice, respects opposing views, understands the issues and pushes for lasting change in our city.  When re-elected, Council Vice President Palmisano’s voice will center on advancing government accountability, combating economic inequity, and continued transformation of our public safety system. 

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Anika Bowie
Saint Paul City Council- Ward 1
Anika Bowie
Saint Paul City Council- Ward 1

Meet Anika Bowie, a dynamic candidate for Saint Paul City Council Ward 1 who’s building a community, not a campaign. As a former trailblazer pro-choice candidate, Anika brings a wealth of experience and a passion for transformative leadership. Hailing from the historic Rondo community, Anika is deeply connected to her roots and committed to improving people’s lives through local change. With a background in social entrepreneurship and arts for social change, she understands the transformative power of community organizing. Having worked on grassroots campaigns for over a decade, Anika has built connections with voters and advocated for progressive candidates nationwide. She is determined to be a voice for her community, listening to their concerns and amplifying their voices. With a strong focus on community safety, access to government services, healing arts, and community wealth building, Anika’s values align with the aspirations of the people she aims to represent. Her personal experiences, including overcoming adversity and navigating systems of injustice, have shaped her into a resilient leader who empathizes with the challenges faced by her constituents. Anika is energized and ready to tackle complex problems with an equity lens and compassion for all, working towards a brighter future for the Ward 1 family.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Rebecca Noecker
Saint Paul City Council- Ward 2
Rebecca Noecker
Saint Paul City Council- Ward 2

Rebecca Noecker is a Saint Paul City Council member running for re-election to represent Ward 2 which includes the West Side, downtown, and portions of the W. 7th Street, Railroad Island and Summit Hill neighborhoods. Rebecca is a graduate of Harvard College and a former middle school science teacher. She lives with her husband, Shane, and their two sons, Whitman and Fitzgerald, on St. Paul’s West Side where they enjoy biking, reading and playing video games.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Saura Jost
Saint Paul City Council- Ward 3
Saura Jost
Saint Paul City Council- Ward 3

Saura Jost is a mom, engineer, and long-time community leader. From organizing the Central High School Young Democrats to elect Amy Klobuchar to her first term in the Senate to serving as a Women Winning Political Leaders of Tomorrow participant for former State Senator Ann Johnson-Stewart to serving on her community council, Saura has a lifetime of rolling up her sleeves with her neighbors to make positive change. As a civil engineer, Saura brings a range of technical expertise on infrastructure and project management that will make her an outstanding addition to the St. Paul City Council.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Mitra Jalali
Saint Paul City Council- Ward 4
Mitra Jalali
Saint Paul City Council- Ward 4

Mitra Jalali is the Councilmember for Ward 4 Saint Paul, which includes the neighborhoods of Merriam Park, Union Park, Raymond-University, Saint Anthony Park, Hamline-Midway, and parts of Como and Mac-Groveland. Mitra was first elected in a special election on August 14, 2018 and re-elected for a full term in 2019, running on a platform of affordable housing and renter protections, building community wealth, community-first public safety, and climate action/sustainability.

In her first four years on the Council, Mitra has led the work to implement a comprehensive tenant protections strategy for Saint Paul, including rent stabilization; championed and supported the creation of thousands of new homes across the city at all income levels; worked closely with community to create an expanded public safety strategy with alternative 911 responders and key investments in people for greater stability; secured millions in public funding in neighborhoods experiencing commercial displacement; and fought for sustainable city policies and practices that address the climate crisis. In her first term as a Councilwoman, she has been recognized by both the City Pages and the Star Tribune for her clear and consistent leadership through multiple concurrent crises in state and city history. She is running for re-election to continue leading the fight for lasting progress in Saint Paul.

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HwaJeong Kim
Saint Paul City Council- Ward 5
HwaJeong Kim
Saint Paul City Council- Ward 5

HwaJeong Kim is an organizer, Korean American, non-profit executive director, former Legislative Aide, and proud North End resident. She is running to represent Ward 5 because she believes in a Saint Paul with healthy homes, neighborhood jobs, clean air, community safety, and transportation options that meet our changing needs. Hwa Jeong served Ward 5 residents and represented shared values on the Saint Paul Planning Commission and its Zoning Committee. As a Legislative Aide for Ward 5, she organized alongside communities to fight for progressive policies that protect our most marginalized neighbors.

HwaJeong has spent the last several years working to elect progressive women, women of color, and LGBTQIA2+ women to offices that represent our communities. She’s worked tirelessly, visibly and behind the scenes, to see our shared values represented in places of power. Over the last several years, she knocked on thousands of doors in the Ward and listened to our neighbors on the issues that matter to them most. She knows that by earning each other’s trust, we can achieve the future we are urgently building together when we are clear on shared solutions.

She is the executive director of Minnesota Voice, a non-profit focused on voting rights, voting access, civic engagement, and education.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Nelsie Yang
Saint Paul City Council- Ward 6
Nelsie Yang
Saint Paul City Council- Ward 6

In 2019, Nelsie Yang became the first Hmong American woman and youngest person elected to the Saint Paul City Council. As the Council Member for Ward 6 in Saint Paul, she has provided strong constituent services and advanced policy to improve the lives of everyday working people. Nelsie Yang is a new mom, and one of her favorite hobbies is going on walks with her son and husband.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Cheniqua Johnson
Saint Paul City Council- Ward 7
Cheniqua Johnson
Saint Paul City Council- Ward 7

Cheniqua is running to be the positive, community focused leader that is our collective voice for all east siders. During the day, Cheniqua is a program officer at the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. She reviews grants in health, civic engagement, and domestic violence prevention. Cheniqua also serves on the East Side Funders Group, City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR Board, Nexus Community Partners Black Community Trust Fund, and aided as an East Side representative on the Saint Paul Police Chief Examining Committee. Cheniqua’s history working in public service and ability to govern spans from almost a decade of experience in Minnesota, St. Paul, and Washington DC.  Cheniqua graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Family Social Science. Cheniqua has worked at every level of government and has also been a staffer, intern, or organizer for some of our favorite DFL’ers including Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Al Franken, Attorney General Keith Ellison, and Commissioners Angela Conley and Rena Moran. Most recently, Cheniqua was the former State DFL Party Outreach & Inclusion Officer. 

As an experienced political organizer and philanthropic leader, Cheniqua has spent her career advocating for what will continue to be her top priorities:  housing, climate and green space, public safety, and economic development. Cheniqua has the relationships and ability to govern and lead the East Side. If elected, Cheniqua would be the first Black woman elected to City Council since 2007 following Mrs. Debbie Montgomery. Cheniqua would be the 2nd Black woman in our city’s history.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Wendy Durrwachter
Duluth City Council- District 1
Wendy Durrwachter
Duluth City Council- District 1

Wendy Durrwachter is a composer who has worked in the restaurant industry for 25 years. Durrwachter originally came to Duluth for the outdoors but quickly fell in love with the community and opportunities available here. Her passion is music, and she was able to pursue her passion while a single mother of two, working two to three jobs to afford rent. She has now composed several musical works that have been performed across the Northland and the country. We all know this wouldn’t be possible for a single, working mother in other cities. 

Wendy’s entry into political action came in 2016 when she stepped up volunteering with Duluth for Clean Water to protect our watershed and drinking water, joining the boards of the Senate District 8 and Duluth DFL to elect progressive leaders, joining the planning team for the MLK day rally, and serving on the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Grant Panel to foster Duluth’s community of artists. 

She lives in the Lakeside neighborhood with her cats Poofy & Maude. Her adult children are pursuing education and careers in the Twin Cities.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Janet Kennedy
Duluth City Council- District 5
Janet Kennedy
Duluth City Council- District 5

Janet is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin Superior earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies combining skills in communications, psychology, health promotions, and social work. She also earned degrees: Associate of Applied Science (Physical Therapy Assistant), Associate of Arts Liberal Arts), Associate of Science (Corrections). Proprietor/Principal Director of Operations Healthy Alliances Matter LLC Company, building community impact investments through community collaborations for improved social, economic, and health factors for everyone. Founder/Executive Director of Health Equity Northland dba Healthy Alliances Matter for All non-profit. Trained in Real Estate Development Initiative (REDI) program through the Urban Land Institute in St Paul MN. Retired as Program Director/Director of Rehabilitation for PT, OT, and Speech. Worked twenty-five years as a Physical Therapy Assistant in a vast range of clinical settings, including as a traveling practitioner. She serves with the Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association as the Parish Nurse/Community Health Coordinator for St Mark AME Church and the Central/East Hillside neighborhoods. Trained in conflict resolution and Results Based Accountability strategies, she is passionate about and served as staff/steering committee member for the Health in All Policies Campaign, (HiAP) worked to ensure that policies within local governance units are creating and fostering opportunities for health and fairness for everyone. Janet is serving her first term on the Duluth City Council as the President. As a life-long resident of Western Duluth she is honored to serve her community. She has two children, nine grandchildren, a dog named Teddy and is caregiving for her elderly mother Annie with dementia. She believes a community will prosper when everyone is walking on even ground and that she is her ancestor’s wildest dreams.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Nadia Mohamed
St. Louis Park Mayor
Nadia Mohamed
St. Louis Park Mayor

Council Member Nadia Mohamed has served as at large B council member since 2020. Mohamed is a 17-year resident of St. Louis Park. As a four-year member of the St. Louis Park Multicultural Advisory Committee, Mohamed participated in strategic planning and implementation efforts to connect various communities within St. Louis Park. That work resulted in Mohamed being named a co-recipient of the St. Louis Park Human Rights Award in 2019 and helped her to understand what could be achieved through civic activity.

Mohamed earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Metropolitan State University and is currently getting her master’s in educational leadership at St.Thomas University. Mohamed has spent her career in public service. She has worked as a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) specialist at a local public school and currently works at a state agency doing DEI work. In her spare time, she spends time with her family and loves to travel.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Wendy Webster
St. Anthony Mayor
Wendy Webster
St. Anthony Mayor

Wendy Webster is deeply invested and committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive community of St. Anthony Village. Wendy and her husband Seth have lived in St. Anthony since 1999 and, in 2012, were lucky to become a family of four. The community of St. Anthony Village warmly welcomed their children and her goal every day is to ensure new residents and young families feel they are welcomed into and valued in her community too. Wendy serves as the Director of Community Services and Communications for the St. Anthony-New Brighton School District since 2008 where she leads with empathy and integrity to inspire and create an equitable community for all families. Wendy is proud to live, work and serve in her community of St. Anthony Village.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Shanon Nowell
St. Peter Mayor
Shanon Nowell
St. Peter Mayor

In 2019 Shanon Nowell was elected to the Saint Peter City Council to represent the city’s north ward. In 2021 she became the second woman mayor of the city—exactly 100 years after Lillien Cox Gualt was elected mayor of Saint Peter to become the first woman mayor in Minnesota. Shanon loves the vibrant diversity of her community and works diligently to represent ALL Saint Peter residents. She is passionate about native plants and cares deeply about issues of equity that impact all aspects of life in greater Minnesota. In addition to her work as Mayor, Shanon has spent the last 17 years of her career working in higher education. She is a dedicated and prolific volunteer, and has served on many boards, committees, and commissions within her community.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Lona Dallessandro
Bloomington City Council- District 3
Lona Dallessandro
Bloomington City Council- District 3

Lona Dallessandro is running for re-election to Bloomington’s City Council after successfully winning the District III election in 2021. As council member, she represents the city as a board member of the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce and as a steering committee member for the MN Cities Climate Coalition. Lona earned her BS in Biology from The Pennsylvania State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix. She has worked for many years in both a professional and personal capacity to improve outcomes for the businesses and people for whom she has worked. Over her 20+ year career, she has held a variety of executive positions in the telecommunications and cloud software industries, and currently directs product management for Paladin, a public benefit corporation that is increasing access to justice by enabling attorneys to do more pro bono work for clients around the world. She lives in Bloomington with her wife, Sarah, and in her free time enjoys nature photography, travel, SCUBA diving, and transforming her yard into a haven for pollinators.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Sophia Ginis
Golden Valley City Council- At-Large
Sophia Ginis
Golden Valley City Council- At-Large

Sophia is a dedicated advocate for a welcoming, sustainable, and secure Golden Valley. With a vision for the future, Sophia aims to make decisions today that will benefit the city for years to come. Her priorities include resilient and sustainable infrastructure, housing choice, and well-maintained parks and trails. With almost 20 years of experience in community affairs, Sophia is a seasoned public sector leader. She has successfully overseen some of the most challenging infrastructure projects in Minnesota. Through her career, Sophia has consistently worked to improve public processes and amplify the community’s voice in government decision-making.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Keri Johnson
St. Peter City Council- Ward 1
Keri Johnson
St. Peter City Council- Ward 1

Keri Johnson is a Council Member in St. Peter who is seeking re-election for a 2nd term. She is passionate about shaping public policy for the common good and is grateful to serve the City of Saint Peter and the region. Her approach to the work involves listening, relationship building, courage, and vision. Johnson is rooted in her community and is passionate about its long-term vitality and sustainability. She deeply understands that the decisions that are made now, have impacts for generations. She is committed to being a champion for reproductive rights. In her capacity as City Council Member, that means preventing any erosion of rights that could be determined at the local level and improving systems, policies, and ordinances that create barriers to quality of life, access to quality and affordable healthcare, housing, healthy food, and childcare, work opportunities, etc. All of these issues are interconnected and as a City Council Member, Johnson hopes to continue to do this important work, improve policies, and make a positive difference in her community and for her constituents.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Jenna Carter
Bloomington City Council- At-Large
Jenna Carter
Bloomington City Council- At-Large

Jenna Carter brings fifteen years of experience working across sectors to advance healthy communities and equity with an emphasis on policy and systems changes. She is an at-large council member in Bloomington, MN representing over 90,000 residents.  She is also the Associate Executive Director of Mission and Strategy at the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, leading the organization’s social services, community programming, and public policy efforts.  Jenna was recently named a Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honoree and is also a Humphrey Policy Fellow alumni. She has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelors in Nutritional Science from Iowa State University.  Jenna is a wife and a mom of Dylan (12) and Evelyn (9) and in her free time loves traveling, reading, and running.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Lona Doolan
St. Anthony City Council- At-Large
Lona Doolan
St. Anthony City Council- At-Large

Lona Doolan is an active volunteer in St. Anthony Village and Hennepin County. Her passions are centered around helping seniors in her community, helping kids explore nature, and caring for the natural world around us.
Her background is in Financial Management. She worked as a financial analyst in a financial investment company. The last 10 years she worked in strategic planning where she evaluated and helped prioritize technology investments. Using her analytical skills, she has brought in over $100K in environmental grants for St. Anthony Village schools, churches, and the city’s popular organics collection site.

Lona currently serves as a Parks & Environmental Commissioner in St. Anthony Village and as a Citizens Advisor to the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. She has served as an election judge since 2000 and for the past 10 years has served as Head Judge in Hennepin Precinct 2.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Planning, Analysis and Process Improvement from the University of Minnesota while working and parenting full-time. She started volunteering in St. Anthony’s school system in 2003, when her daughter first started kindergarten, and she continues to work with students, helping younger ones learn to explore and care for nature, and older students learn about climate change, renewable energy, and climate actions. Lona also volunteers as a Minnesota Master Naturalist. She received the 2022 President’s Gold Volunteer Service award for 600 hours in service to her community.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kissy Coakley
Minnetonka City Council- Ward 4
Kissy Coakley
Minnetonka City Council- Ward 4

Kissy Coakley was elected to the Minnetonka City Council in 2019. She is the first African American woman to serve on the council. Kissy graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Criminal Justice. She has consistently advocated for positive reforms to the criminal justice system that rehabilitate people to productive lives vs. keeping them trapped in a costly cycle of perpetual punishment and incarceration. Kissy helped champion a national movement with Take Action MN, through the Justice 4 All campaign that worked with Target Corporation to change hiring policies and make criminal background checks fairer. Kissy has also worked on legislation in the state of Minnesota for several criminal justice reform initiatives and will continue to make sure women reproductive justice rights are protected and women can have their own autonomy on all levels.

Kissy is the Founder of Kissy’s Stay Put Services. Kissy has worked as a Domestic & Sexual Violence Advocate and a Reentry Case Manager both for several nonprofits for 14 years. Kissy’s passion for both unique circumstances help her quickly realize the disparities women face as well as the injustice in the criminal justice system, as it relates to women being the fastest growing population who are being criminalized in our criminal justice system, while trying to keep themselves safe from their abuser. Kissy decided she would take her long history of advocating for criminal justice reform and safe community to create a nonprofit that addresses both critical issues.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Paula Ramaley
Minnetonka City Council- Ward 3
Paula Ramaley
Minnetonka City Council- Ward 3

Paula Ramaley is a native Minnesotan and the fourth generation of her family to live in the Minnetonka-Wayzata community. She worked for 30 years in the field of International Education and Culture. Half of that time she spent on the East Coast and Eastern Europe before moving back home to Minnesota to raise her family. She is deeply connected to her community’s past and cares just as deeply about its present and future. Paula has long been a volunteer in the community and also for local organizations focused on international citizen diplomacy and assistance, serving as chair and vice-chair of several. Her political and issue advocacy began with her participation in the Women’s March in Washington, DC in January 2017. In 2018 she volunteered for a congressional candidate in her district; after that she quickly expanded her volunteerism to include federal, state and local races. Paula has also been an advocate for local election reform, which helped bring ranked choice voting in Minnetonka. In 2022 she co-founded a Giving Circle that focuses on raising funds and volunteers for key state legislative candidates – those determined to be ‘majority makers.’

Paula lives in her childhood home, a little blue cottage in the Groveland neighborhood of Minnetonka. She is married and the proud mom of two adult children; a daughter who works in the wine industry in California and son who is a Computer Science major at the University of Minnesota.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Rebecca Schack
Minnetonka City Council- Ward 2
Rebecca Schack
Minnetonka City Council- Ward 2

Rebecca has served as the Ward 2 city councilmember in Minnetonka since 2018. During her time on council Rebecca has worked diligently on behalf of her constituents in advocating for new affordable housing options, sustainability initiatives, development of new parks and trails, and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. During the day, Rebecca practices family law and sees her training and background in the profession as an asset to her role on the council, enabling her deal with highly controversial issues and consider all perspectives before getting too intrenched in a position. It is critical to Rebecca that Minnetonka continues to be a place where zoning, licensure standards, and community development ordinances and policies allow for open access to all reproductive healthcare. Rebecca honors the non-partisan nature of the city council position, while remaining ardent in her support of abortion rights for all.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Patsy Foster-Bolton
Minnetonka City Council- Ward 1
Patsy Foster-Bolton
Minnetonka City Council- Ward 1

Patsy Foster-Bolton is a mother, wife, community organizer and neighbor of 30 years. “I’m running because I love this city,” Foster-Bolton said. “I’ll work to make it an affordable place so that the people who work here can live here: the teachers, laborers, nurses, healthcare professionals and young families starting out.” Foster-Bolton has been organizing in Minnetonka for over 7 years, working on issues of affordable housing, clean air, and, most importantly to her, a multi-racial democracy with a caring economy for all. Foster-Bolton is proud to say she lives in Minnetonka, “not only because it’s beautiful, and neighbors look out for one another, but also because it is a place where kids from all backgrounds and religions feel equally welcome.”

Foster-Bolton believes Minnetonka is moving in a direction, as a city, that offers a home to everyone, clean air to raise children and a safe place to live and work.  She wants to help the city continue in this direction and provide to others what it gave her and her family.

Patsy Foster-Bolton is an escort for the women who choose a Health care clinic that provides abortions.  She donates monthly to “Our Justice” an organization that funds abortions for women who cannot afford one. She founded the West Metro branch of  ProChoice MN.  Called RFAN; Reproductive Freedom Action Network. They have been active in the campaigns of women who are Reproductive Champions in the House and Senate of MInnesota. Her group wrote letters of gratitude to all the women in the House and Senate that made this session so successful for women’s reproductive rights.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Nelly Korman
Bloomington School Board- At-Large
Nelly Korman
Bloomington School Board- At-Large

Nelly Korman is a first generation Colombian immigrant who has served as a state leader over the past eleven years. She was first elected in 2011, becoming the first Latina to be elected to the Bloomington School Board. She is running for a fourth term in a district wide race. Nelly has been a strong advocate for high quality public education for children of all socioeconomic backgrounds, and has worked intensively to bring attention to the challenges and strengths of BIPOC students and their families. She is committed to ensuring that all students have access to equal opportunities. Nelly has been a part of the Bloomington community for almost two decades and has two children who graduated from Bloomington Public Schools and one child currently in High School.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Mia Olson
Bloomington School Board- At-Large
Mia Olson
Bloomington School Board- At-Large

Mia Olson is a 4 year Incumbent on the Bloomington School Board. She has been a substitute teacher for almost 30 years, giving her the unique opportunity for direct classroom experience throughout the district. Mia has degrees in Child Psychology, Early Childhood Development, and Elementary Education. She is a champion for children, and values equity in education – ensuring that every student has what they need to feel safe, secure and successful. An all inclusive, comprehensive sex education course is one of the many ways in which Mia believes we can achieve this goal.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Heather Starks
Bloomington School Board- At-Large
Heather Starks
Bloomington School Board- At-Large

Heather Starks is a life-long Bloomington resident, serving her first term on the Bloomington School Board. She is the mother of three children – two in college and one in high school. She is proud to serve on the School Board of the same district she, her husband, and her mother graduated from, making her children third generation Bloomington Public School graduates. Heather is a former public school teacher, a current non-profit development specialist, and a strong supporter of protecting and promoting public schools.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Stephanie Williams
Duluth School Board- At-Large
Stephanie Williams
Duluth School Board- At-Large

Stephanie Williams has a multifaceted history with Duluth Public Schools as a student, parent and district employee. Stephanie graduated from Duluth Denfeld in 2000 before earning her Bachelor’s degree from UW-Superior, where she began her career journey focused on equity and social justice. Stephanie’s passion for social justice led her to work in the American Indian Education Department for the Duluth Public Schools.

Stephanie is a single mom. Her only son attended Lester Park Elementary. Stephanie has said that her experiences in these different capacities will stay with her for the rest of life. Her desire is to help the district become the best it can be for ALL students, families, and staff. Stephanie is proudly DFL endorsed and counts on the support of so many community members!

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Sarah Mikesell
Duluth School Board- District 2
Sarah Mikesell
Duluth School Board- District 2

Sarah Mikesell is running for Duluth School Board because she believes public schools are the heart of our community. As an involved parent of two children who attend Duluth Public Schools, she has a vested interested in the success of the school district. Sarah is a nurse with 24 years of experience in a variety of settings. She has advanced training in evidenced-based practice projects and quality improvement, and understands that best outcomes occur when all stakeholders are at the decision making table. As a dedicated advocate for safety, Sarah knows that when our schools are strong and well supported, our entire community thrives.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Shannon Andreson
Hopkins School Board- At-Large
Shannon Andreson
Hopkins School Board- At-Large

Shannon Andreson currently serves on the Hopkins School Board, and is focused on removing barriers to public education for all. Her work focuses on policy and practice that disrupts and transforms the systems that have delivered predictable outcomes based on race, gender, ability and socio-economic lines. Her life-long commitment to bodily autonomy and reproductive justice informs and guides her community advocacy within the district as well as at the state legislature.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Brooke Roper
Hopkins School Board- At-Large
Brooke Roper
Hopkins School Board- At-Large

Brooke Roper is a growing social entrepreneur celebrated for her positive attitude, strategic mindset, and ability to drive change through innovative solutions and collaborative efforts. With a decade of experience spanning executive administration, entrepreneurship, community engagement, and youth leadership across diverse sectors, she blends a worldwide perspective with local initiatives, aspiring to become a global philanthropist.

Guided by a strong purpose and a belief in the transformative power of faith, her dedication to continuous learning solidifies her role as a prominent grassroots change-maker, including her advocacy to ensure the inclusion of women’s voices in important decision-making roles and shaping policies that centers their holistic well-being.

With a strong connection to her community, Brooke’s potential to contribute to the Hopkins district is substantial. As a candidate for the School Board, she pledges to infuse a collaborative spirit, promote educational equity, and uphold social responsibility. Her vision centers on empowering children to evolve into compassionate and educated leaders, ultimately creating a more promising future for all.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Anna Williams
Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board- At-Large
Anna Williams
Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board- At-Large

Anna works for a small consulting firm that helps organizations and leaders identify and build diversity, equity, and inclusion capacity for themselves, in the marketplace and within their teams. Anna has experience in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) advising, training, strategy development and communications. A former corporate communications professional, Anna’s diverse experience includes small business management, communications and business administration.

Anna has a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion, social justice and education. She enjoys channeling that passion into group facilitation and is a licensed substitute teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, holds her DEI certification from the same institution, and is certified in change management.

Outside of work, Anna is the cofounder of Equity in Education Community Coalition, a grass-roots organization made up of diverse and underrepresented community members advocating for a diverse, equitable and inclusive education experience for all students in Independent School District 196. Anna lives in Eagan with her husband of 23 years and their two teenage children.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Chauntyll Allen
St. Paul School Board- At-Large
Chauntyll Allen
St. Paul School Board- At-Large

Born and raised in Rondo, Chauntyll Allen is a longtime community organizer, educator, and youth activist. She leads Black Lives Matter Twin Cities, founded Love First Community Engagement, and works as the Director of Criminal Justice and Activism at the Wayfinder Foundation. She joined the Saint Paul School Board in January 2020, but her journey with the St. Paul school district began as a graduate of Central High School, and continued through the years as program coordinator with Community Education, basketball coach for middle and high school, Teaching Assistant, Discovery Club teacher, and Educational Assistant (EBD level 4-6). In her first term, Director Allen was a leader in ensuring SPPS was among the first districts to distribute food by bus to families immediately at the start of the pandemic, raising the pay for paras to a living wage, and divesting district investments in private prisons and fossil fuels. In 2020, Director Allen was entered into the Library of Congress for being the first LGBTQIA person on the St. Paul School Board. She lives with her wife, Satara Strong-Allen, in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Erica Valliant
St. Paul School Board- At-Large
Erica Valliant
St. Paul School Board- At-Large

Erica Valliant is an advocate, organizer, and parent. Even after experiencing homelessness with her family, Erica continues advocating for access to quality education and housing for children and families, working with other parents, coalitions, and statewide stakeholders around systems change through policy and legislation such as Homework Starts with Home and The Community Solutions Fund.

Erica works full-time at People Serving People-the largest and most comprehensive emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness in Minnesota and a dedicated leader in homelessness prevention, where she manages the Whole Family Systems Initiative in a learning process and partnership, exploring the problem of family homelessness that overwhelmingly impacts African American and Native American families. In the community she sits on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, Victoria Theater, and Chairs the Summit University Planning Council. She is also a member of the Saint Paul Charter Commission and was a finalist in 2022 for the recently filled Interim Ward 1 City Council vacancy.

She is an alumni of multiple leadership programs including Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s Neighborhood Leadership Program, Community Equity Program, and the Nexus Community Partners (Nexus) Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI). In 2018, Ms. Valliant received an Unsung Hero award presented by Minnesota Communities Caring for Children and was an Upswell 2018 Bush fellow. Her professional background includes financial services and insurance, telecommunications, access & equity, community engagement and systems change. Erica is featured as a REbuilder in the book Taking Charge of Change: How Rebuilders Solve Hard Problems by Paul Shoemaker.

Erica and her family live in the Rondo area of Summit-University. Erica currently has 4 sons enrolled in, as well a son who is 2020 graduate of Saint Paul Public Schools. A love of children, community, and the pursuit of positive change drive her in her work.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

2022 Endorsed Candidates

Angie Craig
US House- MN 2
Angie Craig
US House- MN 2

Growing up in a mobile home park, Angie didn’t expect to end up as an executive at a Fortune 500 company, or to be serving in Congress, but her life experience taught her that hard work and a good education could lead to a better life. One of three kids raised by a single mom who worked while going to school to earn her college degree, Angie worked two jobs to keep up with the cost of her education, and graduated from a state college. She began her career as a newspaper reporter then worked her way up in business over fifteen years to eventually lead a workforce of 16,000 employees for a major Minnesota manufacturer. In Congress, Angie is working to make sure that all families have a path to create a success story like her family achieved. A path to success means having access to high quality public education, affordable college and meaningful, good paying jobs. She is a member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, Agriculture Committee and Small Business Committee, and a co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Betty McCollum
US House- MN 4
Betty McCollum
US House- MN 4

Betty McCollum is the dean of the Minnesota congressional delegation and a trailblazer when in 2000 she was the second woman elected to Congress in Minnesota’s history.

McCollum is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and serves as chair of the Defense Subcommittee with responsibility for providing more than $700 billion in annual funding for the Department of Defense and the U.S. intelligence community. McCollum is also the vice-chair of the Interior-Environment Subcommittee where she has championed funding for environmental justice, protecting public lands, climate resilience, clean air and water, and Native American health care and education.

A tireless champion for women’s reproductive freedom, McCollum is a fierce advocate for abortion rights, comprehensive family planning, and unrestricted access to sexual health services. Internationally, McCollum has advanced legislation to end child marriage, promote the U.S. commitment to family planning, increase funding for maternal and child health for the world’s poorest women.

Throughout her congressional career McCollum has worked to advocate for human rights for all. McCollum knows all too well that women do not possess full equal rights and continues to work for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. McCollum’s record supporting civil rights for all communities, LGBTQ+ rights, and workers’ rights has always put her at the forefront of the struggle for equality and justice.

Betty McCollum is a leader in Congress for Minnesota and an example of effective and determined leadership that reflects the values of equality that Minnesota and all Americans deserve.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Ilhan Omar
US House- MN 5
Ilhan Omar
US House- MN 5

Rep. Ilhan Omar represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs. An experienced Twin Cities policy analyst, organizer, public speaker and advocate, Rep. Omar was sworn into office in January 2019, making her the first African refugee to become a Member of Congress, the first woman of color to represent Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress. As a legislator, Rep. Omar is committed to fighting for the shared values of the 5th District, values that put people at the center of our democracy. She plans to focus on tackling many of the issues that she hears about most from her constituents, like protecting reproductive rights and the right to bodily autonomy; investing in education and freeing students from the shackles of debt; ensuring a fair wage for a hard day’s work; creating a just immigration system and tackling the existential threat of climate change. Rep. Omar has been a cosponsor and vocal advocate for reproductive rights legislation like the Women’s Health Protection Act which codifies Roe v. Wade into law, as well as the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act which protects women and pregnant people from being prosecuted for crossing state lines to obtain abortions legally. Rep. Omar was arrested in front of the Supreme Court with her colleagues in the Democratic Women’s Caucus during a civil disobedience action after the Roe v. Wade was overturned. Rep. Omar has been a leader on reproductive justice and abortion rights since coming to Congress in 2019 and before that in the MN House of Representatives. She will continue that being a champion and fighting for reproductive justice should she be re-elected to Congress.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Jen Schultz
US House- MN 8
Jen Schultz
US House- MN 8
Jen grew up in a small town with her older sister and a single mother. Jen’s financial struggles, strength, compassion, and perseverance shaped the woman she is today – hard-working, fair, dedicated, respectful, and grounded in her values and the belief that we can all do better when we help one another. She earned a degree in economics and paid for her education using student loans, scholarships, and by working multiple jobs that paid less than a minimum wage. Today she lives in Duluth with her husband and two sons, is a professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and is a former Minnesota state legislator who served four successful. She was known for her ability to find common ground to help improve the lives of her constituents and all Minnesotans. Through her own personal and public servant experiences, Jen knows firsthand the everyday concerns of the people in Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District and understands the reality of working full time while still struggling to put food on the table. The injustice and unnecessary burdens put on working-class families are what motivated her to focus her education and career on health care and economics. Now, Jen wants to use her experiences and education to help improve the lives of her fellow Minnesotans. She is deeply committed to safeguarding a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body and will advocate for policies that recognize the importance of reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right.
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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Peggy Flanagan
Lieutenant Governor
Peggy Flanagan
Lieutenant Governor

Peggy Flanagan is a qualified and effective leader. She is Minnesota’s 50th Lieutenant Governor and a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. She is the first Native American elected statewide in Minnesota and the highest-ranking Native woman elected to executive office in the country. At the center of all her work is advocating and making progress for children, working families, communities of color and Indigenous communities, and Minnesotans who have historically been underserved and underrepresented. She served on the Minneapolis Board of Education before becoming one of the original trainers of Wellstone Action’s signature program Camp Wellstone, where she trained thousands of progressive activists, community organizers, elected officials, and candidates – including Governor Walz. In 2015, Peggy was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, serving her own community of St. Louis Park, as well as Golden Valley, Plymouth, and Medicine Lake. Peggy brings her experiences of building coalitions and advocating for children and families to the Lieutenant Governor’s Office as she works in close partnership with Governor Tim Walz to build One Minnesota. Peggy lives in her beloved community of St. Louis Park with her husband, Tom, her daughter, Siobhan, and their dog, Reuben.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Julie Blaha
State Auditor
Julie Blaha
State Auditor

State Auditor Julie Blaha is serving her first term and is Minnesota’s 19th State Auditor.  As State Auditor, she oversees nearly $40 billion in local government finances to ensure transparent, accountable and effective government. Under her leadership, the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is seeing the largest rebuilding in 18 years, while taking on the additional oversight of CARES Act and ARPA funds.

State Auditor Julie Blaha is a former math teacher who knows firsthand how to help people understand data.

As a labor leader, Auditor Blaha fought for policies that lift all working people. She worked to protect the freedom for working Minnesotans to negotiate a fair return on their work and to pass the 2017 historic, bipartisan pension bill as a member of the Public Employee Pension Coalition.

As chief financial officer of the Minnesota AFL-CIO — the state federation of labor representing more than 1,000 local unions with over 300,000 members — she analyzed budgets and audits to ensure their resources were matched with their goals and values.

And as president of Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota, Auditor Blaha worked alongside parents, neighbors, and students to help build the schools Minnesota students deserve, from advancing statewide anti-bullying legislation to protect LGBTQ students to ensuring our schools had effective funding.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Jen McEwen
State Senate- District 8
Jen McEwen
State Senate- District 8

In her first term as Duluth’s State Senator, Jen McEwen has advocated for the needs of working people statewide and for her Duluth community, including supporting essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and advancing the cause of universal health care in Minnesota. Senator McEwen has fought to defend and expand reproductive freedom as a Co-Chair of the legislature’s new Reproductive Freedom Caucus, and has also fought for the legislature to meet the moment by taking meaningful action on the climate crisis. McEwen’s roots as a Duluthian run deep. Before their retirements, her mother was a nurse at St. Mary’s and her father was a teacher in the Duluth Public Schools. As a parent of two children in Duluth public schools, Senator McEwen is looking to the future, with an understanding that the choices we make now will not only determine how we come through these times, but will also chart the path for the kind of future we want for ourselves, our children, and the generations to come.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Liz Boldon
State Senate- District 25
Liz Boldon
State Senate- District 25

Liz is a mom of three, a Registered Nurse of 20 years and has spent her life ensuring people are cared for. She views her work in the legislature as another way to do just that. In her first term in the Minnesota House, she has emerged as a champion for childcare, democracy and healthcare. She’s committed to building a just and inclusive Minnesota, where everyone has what they need to be cared for, safe and thrive. She knows that the path to reaching this vision requires flipping the Minnesota Senate, which is why she’s stepped up to run for Senate District 25. Liz is a tireless champion for women’s rights and will be a strong leader in the Senate.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Heather Gustafson
State Senate- District 36
Heather Gustafson
State Senate- District 36

Heather is a teacher and community organizer running for Minnesota State Senate to represent Senate District 36. Having worked hard for change in Vadnais Heights, Heather is now driven to bring her voice, and the people’s voice, back to the state Capitol, fighting for a better Minnesota. Having worked as a teacher for over a decade, Heather knows what families have gone through over the past two years. “Families have been left behind, especially those with young children. We need a voice in the legislature focused on raising up our community, our families, and our schools. One that will work to bring good jobs to this district and fight for our community’s needs. The current representation of our area has failed to do that, focusing on issues that do not matter to us, do not keep our kids in school, do not support teachers, do not bring us jobs, and do not keep us safe. It’s time for a change.” Heather is married with four children. She grew up in central Minnesota to become a well-known DJ for K102 until giving up that career to give back and become a teacher. From rural to suburban, Heather understands how important it is to listen and lift the community. She plans to focus on healing what divides us while fighting hard for education, jobs, and our community.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Susan Pha
State Senate- District 38
Susan Pha
State Senate- District 38

Susan Pha is the SD38 DFL candidate for State Senate. She currently serves as the Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Brooklyn Park. She was elected to the City Council in 2016 and re-elected in 2020. She is a Commissioner of the Economic and Development Authority and a Board Member of the Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth. For almost 20 years Susan has organized and built community power to uplift women and girls through mentorship, addressing gender inequities, and creating economic opportunities. Susan is known as a leader and champion for youth programs, education and economic opportunities, livable wages, and affordable housing. She is a passionate advocate for access to mental health services, and affordable healthcare. Susan is ready to work and fight hard for policies that improve the lives of the people in her district and across Minnesota.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Mary Kunesh
State Senate- District 39
Mary Kunesh
State Senate- District 39

First elected to the MN House of Representatives in 2016, Mary Kunesh represented District 41B, a first ring suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul. In her first term, she was a founding member of the first Native American and the POCI (People of Color Indigenous) Caucus in the Minnesota House of Representatives. In 2019, she authored and passed legislation to initiate a Missing and Murdered Task Force in MN. She also authored and passed components of the Increase TOCAI (Teachers of Color and American Indian Act), the ERA amendment, the “buttocks” bill, equity funding for our BIE schools, and the first increase in MFIP grants in over 30 years, among others.

Mary was elected to the Minnesota Senate in November 2020 and serves as the Assistant Minority Leader for the DFL Caucus. Senator Kunesh sits on the Education Finance and Policy Committee, the Mining and Forestry Policy Committee, and the Redistricting Committee.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Judy Seeberger
State Senate- District 41
Judy Seeberger
State Senate- District 41

Judy is running for senate in the newly created District 41 which includes the cities of Lake Elmo, Afton, Lakeland, Lake St. Croix Beach, St. Mary’s Point, Lakeland Shores, Cottage Grove, and Hastings, and the townships of Grant, Denmark, and Nininger. She has spent her life dedicated to service and helping others. She is a public school teacher, a paramedic, a member of her local fire department, a lawyer, the wife of a Navy Captain, and a mom. She is also a former city council member and school board member. She understands the dedication and sacrifice which comes with public service. Judy believes strongly in the value of our public schools and will work to ensure Minnesota remains a leader in education. She supports paid family leave and accessible, affordable healthcare. She is a fierce advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and believes everyone should be treated with dignity and respect.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Bonnie Westlin
State Senate- District 42
Bonnie Westlin
State Senate- District 42

Bonnie Westlin is a family law attorney and mediator running for the Minnesota Senate in SD42. She will bring her advocacy and negotiation skills to the legislature to support our public education system, create and affordable health care system for all Minnesotans, and pass urgently needed legislation to address the climate crisis. She is a mom and a grandmother, devoted to working for a world where all kids are valued, loved and provided the tools they need for a happy, successful life.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Ann Rest
State Senate- District 43
Ann Rest
State Senate- District 43

Ann Rest represents Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope, Plymouth, and Robbinsdale in the Minnesota Senate. She served 16 years in the Minnesota House including four years as Tax Committee Chair. She has been in the Senate since 2001 serving as Assistant Majority Leader (2003-2007) and as President Pro Tem (2013-2017). She is the Lead Democrat on the Senate Taxes Committee and serves on the Housing and Rules Committee. She is a member of the Legislative Audit Commission and the Great Lakes Commission and is a founding member of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus. Ann serves on NCSL’s Task Force on State and Local Government and is the immediate past chair of the Streamline Sales Tax Governing Board. Her legislative interests include tax policy, election law, education funding, transit policy and housing policy. She graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and has graduate degrees from the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and the University of Minnesota. She taught English at Armstrong High School from 1970 to 1979. She is a retired Certified Public Accountant. In 2016, she authored the Presidential Nomination Primary legislation supported by a broad bipartisan majority of the Legislature. She lives in New Hope and is a long- time member of the League of Women Voters and Rotary. Ann is the lay leader of Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Dr. Alice Mann
State Senate- District 50
Dr. Alice Mann
State Senate- District 50

Dr. Alice Mann is a family medicine physician, immigrant, mother, and former state Representative running to be the new State Senator in SD50. She moved to the US, from Brazil, when she was 8 years old and dreamed of becoming a doctor. She did her medical training at the Mayo Clinic program in LaCrosse, WI and received her Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. After years of trying to provide medical care in a system that continuously prioritizes profits over patient care, Dr. Mann decided to run for office and unseated a 2-term Republican opponent. She believes that open and honest communication from leaders, leads to trust and community building. She, her husband, and three sons live in Edina, MN.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Melissa Halvorson Wiklund
State Senate- District 51
Melissa Halvorson Wiklund
State Senate- District 51

Senator Melissa H. Wiklund is running for a fourth term in the Minnesota State Senate representing the new Senate District 51, which includes Bloomington, Richfield and Minneapolis. Sen. Wiklund brings her past career experience as an electrical engineer, manager and director in the field of Internet services and telecommunications to her work in the Senate which is an asset in working on information technology and cybersecurity issues as well as providing a sound analytical skillset to evaluate budget and policy proposals. Sen. Wiklund serves on the Health and Human Services Policy and Finance Committee where she is the DFL Senate Lead, the Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee and the Technology Reform Policy Committee. She spent 6 years on the E-12 Education Finance and Policy Committee. Her priorities include improving our early childhood and mental health systems, strengthening our state cybersecurity infrastructure and addressing the needs of our E-12 public education system in Minnesota. Sen. Wiklund is seeking re-election to continue work on budget and policy priorities that improve the lives of young children and families across Minnesota. Sen. Wiklund is a member of the Reproductive Freedom Caucus and has been a strong supporter of protecting and improving women’s access to all forms of reproductive health and abortion care for all her years in the Minnesota Senate.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Lindsey Port
State Senate- District 55
Lindsey Port
State Senate- District 55

Senator Lindsay Port was first elected in 2020 to represent Senate District 56 in the State Senate, representing Burnsville, Lakeville, and Savage. Port is a non-profit executive who has spent the last 8 years working to advance progressive values through volunteer work. She is the co-founder and senior advisor of Blueprint Campaigns, which works to increase leadership in politics by underrepresented communities. In the Senate, Senator Port serves on the Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee, Housing Finance and Policy Committee, and Technology and Reform Policy Committee.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Erin Maye Quade
State Senate- District 56
Erin Maye Quade
State Senate- District 56

Erin Maye Quade is a former Minnesota State Representative who was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016. There, she quickly established herself as a candid and fierce advocate for Minnesotans championing paid family leave; expanding access to affordable child care; ending childhood hunger; eliminating gun violence; and investing in treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues. She currently serves as the Advocacy Director at Gender Justice, where she work to advance gender justice through public education, strategic partnerships and coalition-building.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kari Dziedzic
State Senate- District 60
Kari Dziedzic
State Senate- District 60

Senator Kari Dziedzic was first elected in a special election. Her district includes NE & SE Minneapolis, Cedar Riverside, the Minneapolis Campus of the Univ of MN, and the Augsburg University Campus area. Senator Dziedzic worked as a legal assistant at several law firms while studying engineering at the Univ of MN. She then went on to work as Executive Assistant to Sen Paul Wellstone in DC. She has also worked in the private sector for communications companies and was a Senior Policy Aid for the Hennepin County Board prior to her election to the Senate. As minority lead on the Housing Committee, Sen Dziedzic has fought to increase affordable housing options across MN, close the homeownership disparity gap, and improve tenant rights. As a member of the Tax Committee, she has advocated for a fair tax system that lifts up those still struggling to recover from the pandemic. Senator Dziedzic is working to ensure all Minnesotans have the opportunity to succeed regardless of where they live or what they look like.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Zaynab Mohamed
State Senate- District 63
Zaynab Mohamed
State Senate- District 63

Zaynab is a working class immigrant and policy advocate, running to represent South Minneapolis in the Minnesota Senate. Through her experiences supporting her family and navigating government services, Zaynab is acutely aware of the government’s ability to impact lives. As a policy aide for the City of Minneapolis and as the Community Advocacy Director at the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), Zaynab has advocated for stronger protections for renters, public safety and police accountability, and support for small businesses.

As Zaynab Mohamed runs to be the first black woman elected to the Minnesota Senate, she is focused on eliminating the educational achievement gap, expanding health care, and doing everything we can to combat climate change. She is a strong advocate for the most vulnerable in the community and will push everyday to have a government that works for us all.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Erin Murphy
State Senate- District 64
Erin Murphy
State Senate- District 64

Erin Murphy is a Registered Nurse and the former executive director of the Minnesota Nurses Association. She was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2006 where she served as the Majority Leader in 2013-2014. In 2018, Murphy ran for governor, earning the support of Women Winning and the DFL endorsement. Murphy was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2020, representing Senate District 64, which covers the westernmost neighborhoods of Saint Paul. Murphy attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, graduating with her B.S. in nursing and later earned an M.A. in organizational leadership in health care at the College of St. Catherine, where she currently teaches. Erin is married to Joe Faust. They have twin daughters. She believes deeply in a politics to improve the lives of people. She loves her work.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Sandy Pappas
State Senate- District 65
Sandy Pappas
State Senate- District 65
Pappas was first elected to the MN House of Representatives in 1984 and to the MN Senate in 1990. She served as Senate President from 2013-2016. Currently she is the Democratic Lead on the Capitol Investment Committee. Throughout her legislative career, Pappas has been a fervent advocate for Human Rights. She has passed legislation to prohibit sex trafficking and provide services to victims; to provide emergency contraception for sexual assault victims, to eliminate the statute of limitations for charging sexual assault and passed the Women’s Economic Security Act. Her deep interest in international women’s rights led her to co-found Forward Global Women, which trains women leaders from the Middle East-North Africa region to be stronger peacemakers. She is now their part-time Executive Director. Pappas has a Mid-Career MPA degree from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.
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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Clare Oumou Verbeten
State Senate- District 66
Clare Oumou Verbeten
State Senate- District 66

Clare Oumou Verbeten is an organizer, a public servant, and a fighter for justice. Clare is running to represent District 66 – Saint Paul, Roseville, Falcon Heights, and Lauderdale – in the Minnesota Senate. Clare is the proud daughter of Rama and Hans, a Senegalese immigrant and a 2nd generation Dutch American. Clare grew up in Roseville, graduated from Roseville Area Public Schools and currently serves as the Chair of the Roseville Area Schools Foundation. She works for the City of Saint Paul and lives in the beautiful Como neighborhood with her husband, Garrison, and their Goldendoodle, Honey. Clare is running to build a community that is safe for all. She will bring bold leadership in the Minnesota Senate that puts the fight for racial justice and human dignity at the center of everything we do.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Laurie Halverson
Dakota County Commissioner- District 3
Laurie Halverson
Dakota County Commissioner- District 3

Laurie Halverson is currently serving as Dakota County Commissioner from District 3 representing the communities of Eagan, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Sunfish Lake and Lilydale. She serves as the chair of the Community Services Committee of county board, and represents Dakota County on numbers regional and statewide boards including—the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Minnesota Inter-County Association, MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Association) Board of Trustees, and the Metropolitan Mosquito Control Commission. Prior to being elected to the Dakota County Board of Commissioners, she served 4 terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives. As a legislator, she was recognized as a leader on critical legislation to support working families and healthy communities. Laurie also worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota in public affairs, advancing public health policy initiatives. She is an active community volunteer who has served as chair of the Eagan Parks Commission and secretary of the Eagan Foundation Board of Directors. She continues to volunteer throughout the community at local schools, the Open Door food pantry and local arts organizations. Laurie graduated with a degree in Political Science from St. Catherine University and attended the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She lives in Eagan with her husband, teenaged son and two dogs.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Irene Fernando
Hennepin County Commissioner- District 2
Irene Fernando
Hennepin County Commissioner- District 2

Irene currently serves as Hennepin County Commissioner for District 2, which includes Golden Valley, Medicine Lake, southeast Plymouth, St. Anthony, North Minneapolis, Northeast Minneapolis, and the North Loop neighborhood in Minneapolis. Irene was elected to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners in November of 2018. Together, she and Commissioner Angela Conley (District 4) were the first people of color elected to the County Board in Hennepin’s 169-year history. She is the youngest woman to serve in this position, and she is the first Filipino-American elected in the state of Minnesota. Before joining the County Board, Irene worked in not-for-profit and corporate settings, and she instructed college courses. Her expertise is in youth development, social entrepreneurship, shared leadership models, talent development, and systems change. Irene studied at the University of Minnesota, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership, and she is also currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Human Resource Development. Irene lives in the Harrison neighborhood of Minneapolis with her partner Kent. She loves this community and can often be found out on her front porch chatting with her neighbors or cheering on the Minnesota Lynx!

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Marion Greene
Hennepin County Commissioner- District 3
Marion Greene
Hennepin County Commissioner- District 3

Commissioner Marion Greene represents District 3 (all of St. Louis Park, SW Minneapolis west of 35W, and most of downtown Minneapolis) on the Hennepin County Board. She currently serves as Chair of the Board, chosen by her colleagues for the last four years. Marion’s recent accomplishments include chairing the board during a global pandemic and time of significant civil unrest and change, guiding the county to develop its first ever Climate Action Plan, building consensus around the allocation of $500 million in federal relief funding, participating in negotiations to secure $1 billion in federal funds to support regional transit, and championing myriad programs to successfully expand our regional supply of deeply affordable housing. Before serving on the board Marion was in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Marion’s career before elected office spanned the non-profit and private sectors. She was a leader in health policy and economics for med tech giants Boston Scientific and Abbott, and previous to that worked in brand management at General Mills. Before graduate school she worked for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and the Clinton-Gore ‘96 campaign. In her free time Marion enjoys travel, the great outdoors, and weeding in her new garden. She is married to Bart Cannon, a retired public school teacher, and is adoring stepmom to two brilliant and beautiful stepdaughters.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Angela Conley
Hennepin County Commissioner- District 4
Angela Conley
Hennepin County Commissioner- District 4

Angela Conley is a proven leader who has a track record of crafting policies that improve the well-being of our most marginalized residents. From declaring racism as a public health crisis, infusing new funds into maternal and infant health, or prioritizing the voices of those most impacted in the journey towards climate justice in our communities, Angela Conley has accomplished these things and more in just one term. Over the next four years Commissioner Conley will focus on achieving greater outcomes in home ownership for BIPOC residents and continue to lead on maternal and infant health outcomes and impacts. Commissioner Conley is a mom of four and understands the complexities of policy-making while parenting while supporting all efforts in Minnesota that protect our right to choose.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Trista Martinson
Ramsey County Commissioner- District 3
Trista Martinson
Ramsey County Commissioner- District 3

Trista Martinson is a mother, a wife, a veteran, and a vocal and effective advocate. Over her career, she has tirelessly spoken out for important issues like affordable housing, homelessness, mental health, disability services, autism research, urban agriculture and veterans services. Trista joined the United States Navy at 17, and served on active duty for 16 years. She is one a only a handful who have served in three branches of the service, both as an enlisted person and as an officer the Navy-Marine Corps and the Army National Guard. Trista often served as the only or first woman in each of her duty assignments and was the first woman to serve as Commander of the 34th Military Police Company. After her military service, Trista became a community organizer and policy leader for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, where she developed government relationships as an advocate for affordable housing. During this time she helped found the Homes for ALL Coalition, working to increase funding for the entire housing continuum. She has served on the Ramsey County Board since 2019, and was elected Chair in 2022.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Rena Moran
Ramsey County Commissioner- District 4
Rena Moran
Ramsey County Commissioner- District 4

Candidate Rena Moran for Ramsey County Commissioner of District 4 is the current Chair of the Committee on Ways and Means in the Minnesota House of Representatives. In 2010, Rena Moran became the first African American to represent District 65A.   As a legislator, she has focused on protecting children in the child welfare system, strengthening schools, reducing educational disparities, and fighting for affordable housing, economic opportunity for all, and women’s rights.    Rep. Moran formerly served as Chair of the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee, House Deputy Minority Leader, and was the founding Chair of the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus and the United Black Legislative Caucus (UBLC). She currently serves on the Governor’s Executive Council for Young Women Initiative and the Governor’s Council on Justice Reinvestment. She holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Southern Illinois University and was recently the Director of Prevention Initiatives and Parent Leadership at Prevent Child Abuse MN dba Minnesota Communities Caring for Children.

In 2020 Rep. Moran was recognized for her leadership by receiving several awards including:

  •  Twin Cities Business, Top 100 People to Know in 2021
  • MN Physician, top 100 influential Health Care Leaders
  • NAMI Minnesota, Legislator of the Year Award
  • Nancy Latimer 2020 Legislative Champion Award – Early Childhood Education Award
  • St. Paul YWCA Changemaker Honoree

Rena Moran is a proud mother of seven children.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Karla Bigham
Washington County Commissioner- District 4
Karla Bigham
Washington County Commissioner- District 4

Karla Bigham was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in February of 2018 in a Special Election and re-elected in 2020. She currently serves on the Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee and the Local Government Committee. Additionally, Sen. Bigham is the ranking minority lead on Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee. She previously served on the Environment Finance, Human Service Policy and Finance Reform, and the Veterans Affairs Committees. Bigham served on the Washington County Board of Commissioners from 2015 until being elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2018. Bigham served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2007 until 2011. She was the Vice Chair of the Public Safety and Civil Justice Committee, and served on the Public Safety Finance, State Government Finance, and Veteran Affairs Committees. From 2005 until 2007, Karla served on the Cottage Grove City Council. Prior to serving on the city council, she chaired the Cottage Grove Public Safety, Health, and Welfare Commission. Additionally, Karla was chair of the Cottage Grove Charter Commission and was a member of the Cottage Grove Environmental Commission. Karla obtained a Master of Public Affairs Degree from the University of Minnesota. She received her Bachelor’s Degree as a paralegal, with minors in sociology and political science from Winona State University in 2001. She is a proud graduate of Park High School in Cottage Grove. Karla currently works as a paralegal in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in the Child Protection Division. Senator Bigham and her husband, John, are residents of Cottage Grove.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

April Graves
Mayor- Brooklyn Center
April Graves
Mayor- Brooklyn Center

April Graves was born and grew up in St. Paul’s historic Rondo neighborhood. She is the third born of a family of five siblings. April became a mother as a teen but was resilient, continued in school and became the first in her family to graduate and go on to college to obtain a degree. She graduated from Metropolitan State University and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Social Science in 2010. She also received the Outstanding Student Award from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Recognition of Excellence Award from the Metropolitan State University Foundation and gave the keynote speech at graduation. April Graves has been serving as a City Councilmember in Brooklyn Center, MN since January 2015, when she became the first woman of color ever elected to the council. April Graves has worked in youth outreach and engagement in Minneapolis, academic tutoring and mentorship through AmeriCorps, and currently as Public Health Specialist focusing on Youth and Community Violence Prevention at the Minneapolis Health Department’s Office of Violence Prevention. She teaches donation-based yoga classes in her community, is a certified reiki healer, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) trainer, racial equity workshop facilitator and is the mother of four children. April’s work has focused on economic and racial equity, creating safe and healthy communities, and ensuring marginalized voices are part of the decision-making process. She prides herself on being the builder of bridges across differences and the spreader of hope and positivity in the face of adversity.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Amáda Márquez Simula
Mayor- Columbia Heights
Amáda Márquez Simula
Mayor- Columbia Heights

Amáda Márquez Simula is running for re-election as Mayor of Columbia Heights, MN, a first-ring suburb of Minneapolis. Amáda will continue to represent our diverse communities by connecting across generations and cultures. Meeting people where they’re at and listening, supporting, and working with people as their needs arise. She centers her Mayoral work on health, safety, and 21st-century strategies to bring services to the community. In addition, Amáda brings a positive outlook to local government, welcoming families, individuals, and the public to council meetings and to Mayoral Town Hall Zoom meetings so that everyone knows they are welcome and important to the city of Columbia Heights, MN.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Mary Supple
Mayor- Richfield
Mary Supple
Mayor- Richfield

Richfield At-Large Council Member Mary Supple is running for Mayor of Richfield. Supple is an active local leader and was a teacher in Richfield Public Schools for 33 years. She currently serves on the City Council and is chair of the Richfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Council Member Supple was active as a local union leader in Education Richfield serving as local president as well as lead contract negotiator. She was also a member of the Education Minnesota Governing Board, a member of the National Education Association Board of Directors, and a trustee of the Minnesota Teacher Retirement Association. Supple is excited about the future of Richfield and wants to work together with residents to dream about and build the future of our thriving community.

2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Emily Rousseau
Arden Hills City Council- At-Large
Emily Rousseau
Arden Hills City Council- At-Large

Emily currently works as the Data Privacy Manager for a publicly-traded corporation. She believes all of us have a right to privacy and to have our personal information protected. Emily analyzes state and federal privacy laws and develops policies to protect our clients’ personal data. She also values government openness. Previously, Emily was the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Data Practices Compliance Officer, responsible for ensuring its employees faithfully complied with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. Emily’s MBA is from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Nichole Klonowski
Brooklyn Park City Council- Ward C
Nichole Klonowski
Brooklyn Park City Council- Ward C

I am not a politician, I am someone who loves people and a believer in public service. Brooklyn Park is a one-of-a kind city, a wonderful place to live, and is growing. I’m running for City Council to use my skills and experience to ensure we work together in building our future. I believe that women need to be represented in all levels of government and need to be at the table where decisions are made. As a mother and grandmother, and with years in social service work I have a unique perspective on what impacts our community and in how to build consensus.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Rachel James
Columbia Heights City Council- At-Large
Rachel James
Columbia Heights City Council- At-Large

Rachel grew up in rural Minnesota on a small dairy farm with a big family. She moved to Columbia Heights in 2010 with her husband Leo and their 2 children. She immediately fell in love with this small town in the big city! Columbia Heights has all the opportunities for connection and community service as her hometown, along with the diversity and opportunities of an urban center. Rachel has worked at First Lutheran Church of Columbia Heights for 8 years as the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. You can find her most days walking around Silverwood Park with her family or visiting the Columbia Heights Library for a good science fiction book.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Therese Kiser
Crystal City Council- Ward 1
Therese Kiser
Crystal City Council- Ward 1

Therese Kiser is running for re-election to Crystal City Council, Ward I. She was first elected in 2018 and wants to continue the work during a second term. Therese is a long time Crystal resident and has been involved in her community in many ways. She has volunteered for many organizations. Currently, she serves on the Community Board of the New Hope YMCA and is Vice-president of the Crystal Historical Society. Therese and her husband, Randy, have been married for 35 years, they have two grown sons and love to travel.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kristy Janigo
Maple Grove City Council- At-Large
Kristy Janigo
Maple Grove City Council- At-Large

Kristy has developed a vibrant, strong family of supporters through years of service to her community. She is your neighbor who answers the call to service and works hard for you in many capacities. Whether serving as treasurer on her home owner’s association board, as church council VP, as a leader in the American Legion and Rotary, she has deep ties to the community. Her Ph.D. in design and sustainability give her an evidence-based approach to policy making, which she has used in her day job at Hennepin County. She is ready to hit the ground running as a new city council member in Maple Grove.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Carly Johnson
Oak Park Heights City Council- At-Large
Carly Johnson
Oak Park Heights City Council- At-Large

Carly Johnson was elected to the Oak Park Heights City Council in 2018 and while in office, she has had an active role as the Parks Commission Liaison, helping start the City’s first community garden, community events, and trail expansion efforts. Outside of the City Council, Carly is an attorney at Maslon LLP and graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2021.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Mia Parisian
Robbinsdale City Council- Ward 3
Mia Parisian
Robbinsdale City Council- Ward 3

Mia Z Parisian has spent most of her life in Robbinsdale. Mia’s mom raised her and her siblings in a little blue house with a red door in Ward 3. Mia attended Robbinsdale schools, and her first job was with the Parks and Recreation Department. She graduated from St. Olaf College and moved abroad to teach at a University in Southeast Asia. Upon returning home to Robbinsdale, she now works as an Instructional Designer and lives with her husband in that very same blue house with the red door in Ward 3. She is passionate about inclusion, the environment, and representation. Mia serves as the Chair of Robbinsdale’s Planning Commission. Robbinsdale has never had more than one woman serve on its City Council at one time. Mia is now the only woman on the Robbinsdale City Council ballot and looks forward to serving her community in a new and impactful way.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Wendy Berry
West St. Paul City Council- Ward 3
Wendy Berry
West St. Paul City Council- Ward 3

Wendy Berry was first elected to the West St. Paul City Council to represent Ward 3 of the city in 2018, where she became the first openly queer person and only the six non-male to serve in the city’s history giving her the opportunity to her voice for people that have been historically underrepresented. She has spent the last four years working diligently on building a strong and resilient community where people are proud to live. Outside of their city council time, Wendy serves as the Director of HR for a non-profit focused on equitable health care access for people running into barriers due to their identity as gender, sexual, and/or racial minorities or their health status. They also serve as a member of the League of Minnesota Cities’ Board of Directors, on the South Metro Fire Board, as the council liaison to the city’s Park & Recreation Advisory Committee, and several other committees that have continued to make positive changes in West St. Paul and the surrounding areas. They genuinely believe West St. Paul is a vibrant and thriving community and is committed to making sure it stays that way for everyone.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Alicia “Liish” Kozlowski
State House- District 8B
Alicia “Liish” Kozlowski
State House- District 8B

Alicia “Liish” Kozlowski is running for re-election in District 8B in the Minnesota House of Representatives, the community Liish was born and raised in by a single-mother and grandmother. Liish is a first-generation college graduate who then earned an MBA and immediately went to work building, creating, and amplifying community. As a proud descendant of an Indigenous-Ojibwe mother and Mexican father, Liish believes we are all better when we show up in the fullness of who we are, with hearts forward and head high. As an endurance runner, former business developer, grassroots organizer, and current Community Relations Officer with the City of Duluth, Liish has the experience, stamina and vision to be effective for Duluth as someone who is already leading in alignment with community to improve health and well-being, rebuilding generational wealth, advancing an inclusive economy, and cultivating the community we all deserve.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Tina Liebling
State House- District 24B
Tina Liebling
State House- District 24B

Tina Liebling was born and raised in Minneapolis. She received her BA from the University of Minnesota, then moved to Massachusetts where she earned an M.S. in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and her J.D. cum laude at Boston University School of Law. She practiced law in the Boston area and then with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender in Chicago. She moved back to Minnesota in 1994 and started a solo law practice concentrating on criminal law. In 2004, Tina was elected to the Minnesota House and has been re-elected every two years since. Many of Tina’s House committee assignments have been in the health and human services area, where she has always been a staunch and vocal advocate for reproductive and LGBTQ rights. She now chairs the House Health Finance and Policy Committee, where she worked to ensure passage of the PRO Act and other reproductive freedom bills. She was chief author of the bill that repealed restrictive and unconstitutional abortion laws and made sure that these laws were removed from Minnesota’s statute books.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kim Hicks
State House- District 25A
Kim Hicks
State House- District 25A

Kim Hicks is a current MN House Representative proudly representing Rochester MN. She is product of Rochester public schools and a graduate of Winona State University. She works in the human services field, currently working with children with autism and their families. She is a breast cancer survivor. Kim and her husband LaMar have eight kids (ages 9 to 22).

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Melissa Hortman
State House- District 34B
Melissa Hortman
State House- District 34B

Melissa Hortman serves as the Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Rep. Hortman was elected in 2004 and represents communities in the northwest suburbs, where she and her husband raised their two children. As a legislator, Rep. Hortman has focused her work on energy and the environment. She authored Minnesota’s solar energy standard and community solar law.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Brion Curran
State House- District 36B
Brion Curran
State House- District 36B

Brion Curran (they/she) was born and raised in Minnesota, is a 20-year veteran of the disability services field and former police offer. Brion was a strong supporter of passing gender and reproductive rights protections in Minnesota during the 2023 legislative session. Brion serves as the Vice Chair of Minnesota’s first official Queer Legislative Caucus, which works to advance policies to surrounding 2SLGBTQIA+ rights and healthcare access.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kristin Bahner
State House- District 37B
Kristin Bahner
State House- District 37B

A lifelong Minnesotan, Kristin flipped her seat after 36 years to help win back the majority in 2018 in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Now in her third term, she is a vocal champion for Women’s Issues and Women’s Rights at the legislature. She was one of the original organizers of Women’s March MN that brought 110K women to the Capitol in the largest single-day rally in MN history and served on the Board as Legislative Chair before joining the MN House. Representative Bahner is passionate about providing affordable, accessible healthcare and prescription drugs. She passed four bi-partisan, common sense, bills on prescription drugs that place patients back in the driver’s seat and put money back in people’s pockets As the current Vice Chair of Human Services Finance and member of the Health Finance Committee, Kristin is a tireless advocate for children, working families and seniors. A vocal champion and former Vice Chair for the Elections Committee and current member of the State Government and Elections Committee, she is a tireless advocate for issues like automatic voter registration and elections communication transparency. Kristin is an IT Consultant and team leader outside of the legislature, where she works every day to overcome obstacles and work as a team to get the job done. Her current work highlights critical bills on IT infrastructure and cyber security, as well as the future of technology work in state government.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Samantha Vang
State House- District 38B
Samantha Vang
State House- District 38B

Samantha Vang is a lifelong Minnesota native, a proud daughter of refugees, a Democrat, and a longtime Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park resident. As a legislator Samantha passed critical legislation on addressing a broad variety of issues facing Minnesotans. Her priorities center on providing tax relief for everyday Minnesotans, addressing the mental health workforce shortage, improving public safety, tackling climate change and spurring economic development. In 2021, Samantha was awarded a Legislator of Distinction by the League of Minnesota Cities. Samantha is a first-generation college graduate from Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A in Political Science and Communications. She currently works as a Tenant Advocate educating renters on their rights. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. As an advocate and leader, Samantha will continue to keep communities and families thriving.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Erin Koegel
State House- District 39A
Erin Koegel
State House- District 39A

Erin grew up in Osseo and graduated from Osseo High School. She went to college at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She graduated with a bachelor’s in Psychology and went on to gain a Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership also at UMD. Erin has spent her career working toward social justice. She has spent time advocating for public policies that would help working families including an increase in the minimum wage, assistance for families facing home foreclosures, a stop to predatory lending practices, paid sick time, and health care for all Minnesotans. Erin and her husband, Steve, had their first child in December of 2018. Erin was able to bring her daughter, Clara with her to the Capitol during the 2019 session. This has made her even more dedicated to ensuring all families have time to bond with a new child through paid family leave. Erin lives in Spring Lake Park with her husband, Steve, their daughter, Clara, and their black lab, Spud. She is currently serving her third term as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Sandra Feist
State House- District 39B
Sandra Feist
State House- District 39B

Sandra Feist was first elected in 2020 to the Minnesota House of Representatives. Since her election, she has been an advocate for women’s reproductive freedom. She is a member of the House Reproductive Freedom Caucus and enthusiastic co-author of the House legislation that expanded protections for access to abortion. She was the chief House author of the K-12 and Higher Education Menstrual Equity bills, expanding access to free period products for students across Minnesota in an effort to address period poverty in schools. In the 2023-24 term, she served as Vice Chair of the House Public Safety Committee and championed innovative legislation expanding youth restorative justice to support struggling children and families. In her private life, she is an immigration attorney and advocate, serving in national leadership roles advocating for immigration reform.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kelly Moller
State House- District 40A
Kelly Moller
State House- District 40A

Kelly Moller is currently serving her third term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. As a career prosecutor who advocates for victims of crime, she has been a leader at the Capitol for survivors of sexual assault, Minnesotans with disabilities, student mental health, and gun violence prevention. She serves as Chair of the House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee and the Ethics Committee, and serves on the Rules and Legislative Administration, Ways and Means, and Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committees. Moller is a member of the Reproductive Freedom Caucus. She is a 20+ year resident of Shoreview, where she resides with her husband as well as two sons who have attended Mounds View School District schools.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Ginny Klevorn
State House- District 42B
Ginny Klevorn
State House- District 42B

Rep. Ginny Klevorn has been a champion for women’s rights. As a co-author of the 2023 PRO Act, Rep. Klevorn has worked to ensure that women have access to quality reproductive healthcare and autonomy to make their own healthcare decisions. As a professional mediator, Ginny knows that when women are empowered to make their own decisions and have a seat at the table, outcomes are more equitable for women, our families, our communities and our state.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Patty Acomb
State House- District 45B
Patty Acomb
State House- District 45B

Erin grew up in Osseo and graduated from Osseo High School. She went to college at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She graduated with a bachelor’s in Psychology and went on to gain a Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership also at UMD. Erin has spent her career working toward social justice. She has spent time advocating for public policies that would help working families including an increase in the minimum wage, assistance for families facing home foreclosures, a stop to predatory lending practices, paid sick time, and health care for all Minnesotans. Erin and her husband, Steve, had their first child in December of 2018. Erin was able to bring her daughter, Clara with her to the Capitol during the 2019 session. This has made her even more dedicated to ensuring all families have time to bond with a new child through paid family leave. Erin lives in Spring Lake Park with her husband, Steve, their daughter, Clara, and their black lab, Spud. She is currently serving her third term as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Cheryl Youakim
State House- District 46B
Cheryl Youakim
State House- District 46B

Representative Cheryl Youakim was first elected to the Minnesota House in 2014 after spending nine years on the Hopkins City Council. Before that, she was an advocate for early childhood and family education as well as a parent advocate for investing in our K-12 public schools. Cheryl has always believed in the value of public service and has been honored to be elected to represent the communities of Hopkins, St. Louis Park, and Edina in a variety of ways. At the Capitol as the House Education Policy Chair, she worked on legislation for comprehensive sex education in our schools. As the Property Tax Chair, she fought for an economy that works for everyone. And as the Education Finance Chair last session, she and her colleagues passed the largest investment in public education that Minnesota has seen. Rep. Youakim will continue to fight for the values our communities care about: quality education, access to affordable childcare, a dependable transportation system, and to protect our environment as well as our rights. Cheryl Youakim will always stand for our rights to love who we love, worship how we choose, and to equal protection under the law no matter who we are, what we look like, or where we live.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger
State House- District 47A
Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger
State House- District 47A

Amanda’s unique blend of education and experience in laboratory science and policy allows her to evaluate any policies fully and comprehensively before voting to implement them. She is a values-driven, passionate person who listens to understand. Amanda believes in bringing people together, gathering as much information and perspectives as possible, and leading with community input to make the best policy decision together. In her first year in the Minnesota House of Representatives, Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger hit the ground running with ambitious goals to advocate for women, children, and families. She voted in support of codifying a women’s right to access all forms of reproductive health care, take action to make child care more affordable, and increase access to other forms of women’s healthcare. Amanda’s expertise in genetics proved valuable in evaluating and discussing issues before the Children and Families and Health committees. Amanda knows that the work is not done. She will continue to advocate for the people of south Maplewood and Woodbury, utilizing her scientific and policy background. Through collaboration with other Legislators and actively listening to community, Amanda works to break down systemic barriers to reproductive justice.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Lucy Rehm
State House- District 48B
Lucy Rehm
State House- District 48B

Rep. Lucy Rehm is running to be re-elected as state representative for house district 48B, which includes Chanhassen and the eastern side of Chaska. She is a proud fourth-generation Minnesotan who has called Chanhassen home for more than 25 years. She served on the Chanhassen city council, taught English overseas, and has been a lifelong advocate for healthy living, families and the environment. She is also a mother to three great kids. It is her strong belief that women’s and girls’ rights are human rights. She believes that it is a human right to be able to make deeply personal healthcare decisions about one’s reproductive health without interference from politicians.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn
State House- District 49B
Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn
State House- District 49B

Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn grew up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and attended the University of St. Thomas, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in entrepreneurship. Kotyza-Witthuhn was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2018 and has been reelected every two years since. Kotyza-Witthuhn has served as vice chair of the Commerce Finance and Policy Committee since 2021. She also sits on the Children and Families Finance and Policy, Economic Development Finance and Policy, and Human Services Finance Committees. Carlie is was a founding member of the Reproductive Freedom Caucus, and in 2023 she authored the Minnesota House’s H.F. 1, also known as the Protect Reproductive Options Act, or PRO Act. The bill added a “fundamental right” to “continue the pregnancy and give birth, or obtain an abortion” in state law. It also protects rights to contraception, sterilization, family planning and counseling. The bill passed the House on January 19 and was signed by Governor Tim Walz on January 31, 2023.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Liz Reyer
State House- District 52A
Liz Reyer
State House- District 52A

Representative Liz Reyer (DFL-52A) is the DFL-endorsed candidate for House District 52A, representing parts of Burnsville and Eagan. Liz is a business leader, social activist, mother of four, and a long-time Eagan resident. She has been active in local politics and has a long history of involvement in Eagan schools, youth athletics, and other civic matters. Since 2020, Liz has used her platform to address structural racism and fight for quality and affordable health care, reproductive rights, equal justice under the law, a stable climate and clean environment, and a world-class education. She is Vice-Chair of the Capital Investment Committee and also serves on the Health, Workforce, and Economic Development committees. Liz is a proud member of the Reproductive Freedom Caucus, Queer Caucus, and co-leads the Climate Action Caucus.

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In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Mary Frances Clardy
State House- District 53A
Mary Frances Clardy
State House- District 53A

Rep. Mary Frances Clardy is an outspoken and relentless advocate for reproductive rights. Her voting record reflects her determination that she will always vote to preserve and expand reproductive rights in Minnesota. Whenever human rights are on the line you can count on her to stand up! Mary Frances is an effective legislator. In her first year in office 19 bills she authored were passed and became law in the first 19 weeks of her tenure. Mary Frances is a veteran educator with a 28-year track record with the St. Paul School Schools. Rep. Clardy has a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Before joining the legislature, she was a member of the Inver Grove Heights School Board, ISD 199, a gubernatorial appointee to the Minnesota Board of School Administrators, and a former member of the Minnesota Board of Teaching, and served as a Minneapolis Civil Rights Commissioner.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Jess Hanson
State House- District 55A
Jess Hanson
State House- District 55A

Jess Hanson grew up in a trailer park in Lakeville, and saw every day how working families like hers struggled to make ends meet. Jess worked two jobs while renting an apartment in Burnsville where she raised her first daughter with the help of family and the community. Jess went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college, and earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from St. Kate’s in 2018. Jess believes in a future for Minnesota in which everyone has the opportunity to innovate, succeed, and prosper. Jess is running for the Minnesota House again because she cares about the community and believes that economic opportunities should be abundant, education should be equitable, and government should be responsible.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kaela Berg
State House- District 55B
Kaela Berg
State House- District 55B

Kaela Berg is a mom of two fantastic boys, both in their twenties, a 20 year union flight attendant and a long time Labor leader. She ran for office as a working mom who knows the struggles of working families, to ensure we make investments in our education systems, and to fight for racial, gender, economic and environmental justice. As a member of the Reproductive freedom Caucus, she helped pass legislation that protects a person’s right to bodily autonomy, the Trans Refuge bill, access to free menstrual products for all students, and requiring more mental health staff in every school in the state to help address the trauma our children carry with them each day to name a few. In the upcoming session she will author a bill to remove the “abstinence only” curriculum for sex education classes from Minnesota statute. She is dedicated to upholding the values of Women Winning and to continuing to lead with integrity.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kristi Pursell
State House- District 58A
Kristi Pursell
State House- District 58A

Born and raised in Southern Minnesota, Kristi has a proven track record of being a champion for clean water, education, working families, and human rights. A member of the Reproductive Justice Caucus (a bicameral group of legislators in both the Minnesota House and Senate) her first term she was able to support wins for bodily autonomy, choice, and justice- especially for those with marginalized bodies in Minnesota (trans folks, women, people of color and indigenous people). Kristi believes in democracy, a healthy world for future generations, and the basic decency of human beings.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Esther Agbaje
State House- District 59B
Esther Agbaje
State House- District 59B

Esther Agbaje is running for re-election to continue representing District 59B in the MN House of Representatives. The district covers essentially a microcosm of Minnesota from the very wealthy to those struggling everyday to survive. Rep. Agbaje is a lawyer who advocates for tobacco control policies and climate justice policies in public housing. In her previous practice she helped secure Hepatitis C medication for Minnesota prisoners. In the legislature she championed laws to even the playing field for tenants, secured reproductive protections for patients and doctors in Minnesota, and passed the CROWN Act so that all people can show up as their full selves at work and at school. In her third term, she will continue to fight for more housing, better public transportation, and jobs that pay a living wage.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Sydney Jordan
State House- District 60A
Sydney Jordan
State House- District 60A

Sydney Jordan has been unapologetically pro-abortion in every election she’s run in. A founding member of both the Reproductive Freedom Caucus and the Queer Caucus, Sydney has been the chief author of Universal School Meals, Comprehensive Sex Education, and the Minnesota ban on PFAS. Recognized nationally for her work, Sydney is known in Minnesota for her love of Northeast Minneapolis and Southeast Como, these bills and countless others that empower people of all genders to live their lives with dignity and respect.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Aisha Gomez
State House- District 62A
Aisha Gomez
State House- District 62A

Aisha Gomez is a Southsider, an organizer, an environmentalist, a public servant, and a mom. She was first elected State Representative in 2018. She served as Chair of the Preventing Homelessness division during the 2021-2022 session and is honored to currently serve as the House Tax Chair.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Samantha Sencer-Mura
State House- District 63A
Samantha Sencer-Mura
State House- District 63A

Samantha Sencer-Mura is an educator, a working mom, a local community leader, a fourth generation Japanese American, and the State Representative for district 63A in South Minneapolis. She attended Minneapolis public schools, where she witnessed deep disparities in the education system. Ever since, Samantha has been fighting for educational justice for students of color, including working as an educator. From 2017 to 2022, she was the Executive Director at educational non-profit, 826 MSP. During her time there, the organization served thousands of Twin Cities students through free in-school and out-of-school writing, publishing, and leadership programs. Samantha was elected to the Minnesota State House in 2022 as part of the DFL trifecta which passed sweeping reproductive justice policies. During her time in office, she was the lead author for the Ethnic Studies for all bill which ensures that students across Minnesota will have access to culturally relevant curriculum. She is running for office in 2024 to continue to be a champion for reproductive justice policies such as expanding healthcare access, funding abortion care, and ensuring students across the state have access to comprehensive sexual education.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Emma Greenman
State House- District 63B
Emma Greenman
State House- District 63B

Emma Greenman is running for re-election to the Minnesota State House representing the South Minneapolis District 63B. As a state representative, and throughout her career, Emma is working to build a democracy and an economy that centers the needs of kids, families, communities and those too often left at the margins. Emma is a national voting rights lawyer and has worked around the country on the front lines of the fight to defend our embattled democracy and ensure that people, not big corporations or wealthy interests, are the ones calling the shots. She believes that to make progress on critical issues — education, reproductive justice, climate change, economic justice, racial equity, healthcare — people and communities need power and agency in their lives and our democracy. As a state representative, Emma is leading the fight to expand the power of Minnesotans in our democracy and our economy. In 2023, she co-founded the nation’s first Inclusive Democracy Caucus in the Minnesota Legislature and authored the Democracy for the People Act, a landmark bill that protects the freedom to vote, gets big money out of politics, and strengthens inclusive, multi-racial gender-inclusive democracy in Minnesota. She passed legislation expanding the economic security and workplace safety for Minnesota workers, protecting access to contraception in Minnesota, and creating the Minnesota Climate Innovation Finance Authority to drive state investments in rapidly expanding an equitable transition to a clean energy future. When re-elected, she will continue to build the power of us – in South Minneapolis and across the state – to build a Minnesota where everyone thrives, no exceptions.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Kaohly Her
State House- District 64A
Kaohly Her
State House- District 64A

I am an unapologetically pro-choice woman. I was born in a global south country where women have little to no rights. Patriarchy and misogyny meant women’s bodies did not belong to them. They had no freedom to choose for themselves what they wanted for that body. My family fought in a secret war to defend American democracy and freedom so that I could choose a life that no woman before me from my culture could have ever imagined. They made incredible sacrifices so that I could obtain an education, decide who I wanted to marry, determine how many kids I wanted and pursue a profession that I was passionate about. I have two daughters, and I am invested in protecting democracy and freedom for them and the future generations of women and people who have uteruses. As the House Chair of the Reproductive Freedom Caucus and Chief author of the Equal Rights Amendment, I will work to ensure bodily autonomy is protected in Minnesota’s constitution.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

María Isa Pérez-Vega
State House- District 65B
María Isa Pérez-Vega
State House- District 65B

Representative María Isa Pérez-Vega is a lifelong Minnesotan, raised on the West Side of Saint Paul, the community she now represents. Representative Perez-Vega is a cultural community organizer, international recording artist, and youth worker running for the Minnesota House of Representatives District 65B. María Isa served as Director of the mentorship program for the Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project which empowers young people through music and a cultural curriculum. She also serves on the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board Public Engagement Advisory Task Force, working to ensure the Capitol is a welcoming space for community. A Type 1 diabetic and insulin organizer, she has been a prominent leader in the fight for affordable health care in Minnesota. In April 2020, she played an integral role in advocating for the passage of the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, and she continues her leadership within the Minnesota #Insulin4all Chapter. She is an alumni of the prestigious Wilder Foundation Community Equity Program, which brings together Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to advance their knowledge and skills to build community power and solidarity at the Capitol. For her outstanding work with Youthrive Live!, educating incarcerated youth throughout the state of Minnesota, She received the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s “Rising Latina Star” award.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Leigh Finke
State House- District 66A
Leigh Finke
State House- District 66A

Representative Leigh Finke proudly represents District 66A (Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Roseville). She grew up in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Bethel College and a Master of Arts in Lit. from DePaul University. From 2018 to 2021, Finke was the senior producer at 1517 Media. She joined ACLU of Minnesota in 2021 as Multimedia Storyteller. In 2021 and 2022, Finke worked as Multimedia Storyteller for the ACLU of Minnesota, where she was a strong advocate for reproductive justice and trans and queer rights. In 2022, Finke was elected for the first time, becoming the first out trans legislator elected to the Minnesota Legislature, where she continued to champion abortion and gender affirming care, successfully leading the fight to make Minnesota a Trans Refuge state.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Athena Hollins
State House- District 66B
Athena Hollins
State House- District 66B

Minnesota State Representative Athena Hollins represents District 66B in Saint Paul and served as the Majority Whip of the House DFL party and Vice Chair of the Rules and Legislative Administration Committee. In her tenure at the legislature, she has been a champion for climate and energy justice, affordable housing, education for all Minnesotan children, criminal justice reform, and investing in our BIPOC communities. As a founding co-leader of the MN Reproductive Freedom caucus Athena is dedicated to protecting and enhancing reproductive rights for all Minnesotans. As a member of the Queer Caucus and a founding member of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, Athena knows that sexual health and reproductive issues have tremendous intersectionality that must be purposefully and thoughtfully addressed. Athena believes that effective, inclusive lawmaking can make Minnesota better for all of us.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

Liz Lee
State House- District 67B
Liz Lee
State House- District 67B

Kaozouapa “Liz” Lee was the first woman to ever represent Minnesota House District 67A. This is a distinction that she does not take lightly. In her first term, she helped enact legislation to protect an individual’s right to an abortion. Liz spent a decade advocating for policies that benefit working families in Minnesota and across the country like affordable housing, education equity, health equity, and increased access to public transit. She is running for re-election to continue protecting every Minnesotan’s right to decide on their own when and how they want to start their family.

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2023 Election Report Card

In the 2023 election, Minnesotans sent a clear message about their values and about who they trust to govern at a local level. We are proud to announce a fantastic breadth of pro-choice victories across Minnesota!

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