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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Michelle Boyechko is a small farmer in Northern Minnesota raising Dexter Cattle, KuneKune Pigs and two teenagers. She felt obliged to rub after the Roe decision was leaked, followed by the Buffalo, NY and Uvalde, TX shootings. The thought that she may never see her kids after hugging them good-bye the morning after Uvalde was too much. Michelle is a strong proponent for abortion rights, common sense gun legislation and rebuilding rural areas by supporting small to medium farms.
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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.
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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:
Rena Moran is a proud mother of seven children.
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Elizabeth Lamin is an accomplished prosecutor with over sixteen years of experience, handling thousands of criminal cases and trying complex homicides, shootings, and other serious felonies. After working with battered women’s organizations helping survivors of domestic violence to navigate the legal system, she decided to go to law school. Now she is running for Dakota County Attorney to bring justice, compassion, and innovation to our criminal justice system. She lives in Eagan with her partner and two teenage children. She was born in the former Soviet Union and came to Minnesota as a child as a political refugee due to the persecution her family experienced. From the beginning, she grew to appreciate the importance of having a fair and just system for all individuals. In addition, she worked with community partners to create a restorative justice circle to help victims and their families heal. Most recently, she was appointed as the Director of Violence Intervention and Community Partnerships. She is working on a strategy of focused deterrence for addressing youth auto thefts by initiating a partnership in Ramsey County to bring together police, youth outreach workers, and community to proactively reduce auto theft recidivism. She is also working to reduce carjackings by collaborating with various criminal justice partners to ensure that individuals involved in carjacking are caught and successfully prosecuted. Her frontline experience, combined with her experience advocating alongside community leaders, make her the most qualified candidate for Dakota County Attorney.
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Lori Saroya is a proud resident of Blaine and a candidate for Blaine City Council, Ward 1. Lori and her husband have lived in Blaine for 17 years ago and are raising their three children, ages 11, 6, and 2. She has spent the past seven years serving on the Blaine Charter Commission. Lori is the daughter of immigrants who came to the United States in the late 1960s. Her family settled in rural Iowa and she moved to Minnesota to attend St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Lori earned her Juris Doctor from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Lori is committed to service and community. In addition to being a Blaine Charter Commissioner, she served on the Minnesota Judicial Branch Committee for Equality and Justice, St. Paul Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Board of Directors, and the Alumni Board of Mitchell Hamline School of Law. As a nonprofit leader, Lori has spent her entire career empowering communities to learn, grow and succeed together. She is committed to building a safe and inclusive Blaine where everyone is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.
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Trista MatasCastillo 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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Julie Strahan (she/her/hers) is a first term City Councilmember in Roseville. A member of the League of Women Voters and a former board member for ERA MN, Julie is a progressive champion of the human rights of those who identify as women. While in office, Julie supported a conversion therapy ban, and passage of a resolution in support of women’s equality as a legislative priority for the state of Minnesota. She is passionate about protecting the rights of all people, of all gender identities, especially with regard to healthcare access and reproductive rights. Ms. Strahan is endorsed by the Roseville DFL, Stonewall DFL, Senior Caucus DFL, the North Central States Carpenter’s union, Local 322 Carpenter’s, and the OPEIU Local 12.
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Seema Maddali and her husband have been residents of Eagan for nearly 20 years and have come to love the city and enjoy the facilities in Dakota County. She works as an emergency room physician at the VA hospital in Minneapolis and has 35 years of clinical experience with board certifications in Internal Medicine & Hospice and Palliative Care. She has also had the opportunity to mentor the next generation of physicians as an Assistant Professor of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, she has obtained a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota. Throughout her career as a healthcare professional, she has served in leadership roles in major healthcare organizations in the Twin Cities with a focus on building patient-centered programs to improve community health. Outside of healthcare, she has worked alongside her neighbors in the PTA, nonprofit fundraisers, sports organizations, and by volunteering at local homeless shelters, Habitat for Humanity, and The Open-Door Pantry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, visiting new places, gardening, and being “grandma” to her daughter’s pug, Peter.
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