I am writing to announce my candidacy for re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 61A. It is my honor to serve the neighborhoods of Southwest Minneapolis and parts of Downtown, and I seek your support for my 2018 re-election campaign.
Our state and nation face unprecedented political challenges. Republicans control the Minnesota state legislature, and two branches of the federal government. Our hard fought gains in civil and human rights, environmental protection, health care, economic equity, and fundamental decency are under attack. Yet, during these challenging times, our community's grassroots activism and passion for change inspire me. As your legislator, I have worked, marched, and organized alongside you, fighting for policies that advance the common good and challenge the destructive Republican political agenda. We cannot stop fighting now!
Your donation will help build our most vigorous grassroots campaign to date. We will have a particular focus on registering new voters and collaborating with young leaders to engage their peers to increase participation in the electoral process.
Our area had the highest DFL voter turnout in the state last year. It is imperative that we build on that success and do even better in 2018, as there is so much at stake in this coming election. The work we do here and across the region is vital to keeping DFL control of the governor's seat, and taking back the House DFL majority.
Your contribution to my campaign could be refunded by the state of Minnesota — up to $50 for an individual and $100 per couple. We will rush a receipt to you, and then you file online. It's as simple as that.
October 25 marks the 15th anniversary of Paul and Sheila Wellstone's tragic deaths. Paul's eloquent vision of public service inspired my initial run for office in 2002. During his first U.S. Senate campaign Paul often said that “politics can be about the improvement of people's lives, about lessening human suffering in our world and bringing about more peace and more justice.”
Election Day is November 6, 2018 — just over one year from now. We can honor Paul's memory, and all champions of social justice by working hard in the next 365 days to move our state and nation toward the more perfect union envisioned in our country's constitution.
The time to act is now. I appreciate your support and look forward to greeting you on the campaign trail.
Please feel free to contact me with your ideas.
State Representative, 61A