DFL Environmental Caucus 

2020  Endorsements

The Environmental Caucus has active members from every portion of our state, and many have been involved in the endorsement process.  We seek to understand the positions and the candidate's processes for reaching those positions, as well as their ability to campaign effectively.  Our endorsement process involved several steps, including the evaluation of candidate environmental positions on transportation, climate change, water, agriculture, mining, pipelines, legislation and local issues.   

To be considered for endorsement by the DFL Environmental Caucus fill out the following Google form.  You will be contacted by the caucus. https://forms.gle/C4qJmELnKu19jsWR8 

MINNESOTA SENATE

Reed Perkins SD1

Jennifer McEwen SD7

Michele Anderson SD8

Jon Olson SD20

Ralph Kaehler SD21

Sara Flick  SD25

Aleta Borrud  SD26

Bonnie Westlin SD34

Josiah Hill  SD39

Rep Mary Kunesh-Podein SD41

Ann Johnson Stewart SD44

Senator Steve Cwodzinski SD48

Senator Melissa Lopez Franzen SD49

Senator Jim Carlson SD51

Lindsey Port SD56

Senator Greg Clausen  SD57

Senator Kari Dziedzic SD60 

Senator Scott Dibble  SD61

Omar Fateh SD62

Senator Patricia Torres Ray SD 63 

Erin Murphy  SD64

Senator Sandy Pappas  SD65

Senator John Marty  SD66

MINNESOTA HOUSE 

Rep Jennifer Schultz 7A

Rep Liz Olson 7B

Ben Schirmers  12B

Rep Todd Lippert  20B

Matt Bruns 21A

Elise Diesslin 21B

Rep Tina Liebling  26A

Rep Kelly Morrison 33B

Rep Kristin Bahner 34B

Ann Mozey  39A

Rep Shelly Christensen  39B

Rep Connie Bernardy  41A

Rep Jamie Becker-Finn HD42B

Rep Ginny Klevorn 44A

Rep Patty Acomb  44B

Rep Sandra Masin  51A

Liz Reyer 51B

Rep Rick Hansen  52A

Rep Ann Claflin  54A

Kelsey Waits  54B

Jessica Hanson 56A

Kaela Berg 56B

Rep Robert Bierman  57A

Rep John Huot  57B

Erin Preese  58A

Esther Agbaje 59B

Rep Sydney Jordan  60A

Rep Frank Hornstein 61A

Rep Jamie Long 61B

Rep Jim Davnie 63A

Emma Greenman 63B

Rep Alice Hausman 66A

Athena Hollins  66B

John Thompson 67B

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The DFL Environmental Caucus has endorsed Dan Feehan for Congress in Minnesota’s First District. “We believe Dan Feehan will be a strong, clear voice for the environment and the communities of the First District ,” said caucus chair, Veda Kanitz. “We therefore wholeheartedly endorse him as the DFL candidate for First District Congressman.” The district includes much of southern Minnesota. Kanitz highlighted Feehan’s positions on climate change and agriculture as important factors in the caucus decision. 

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Congresswoman

Angie Craig

CD 2

The facts are clear: climate change is happening. Here in Minnesota, we can feel the effects in increasing temperatures and increased flooding, which threatens our infrastructure, costs taxpayer dollars, and hurts farmers’ ability to harvest their crops.

I believe we can find bipartisan solutions to make progress for our environment, our economy and for future generations. Common sense initiatives like instituting a fee and dividend program to reduce our nation’s reliance on fossil fuels and other market-based solutions like the new E-15 rule are opportunities for us to adapt and harness economic growth while also combatting climate change.

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Congressman

Dean Phillips

CD 3

Dean Phillips has represented the western Twin Cities suburbs since 2019, after he unseated Republican Erik Paulsen by an 11% margin. He previously worked as president of Phillips Distilling. In Congress, Phillips has had reasonably strong positions on clean energy, carbon taxation, clean water protection, and environmental regulations. In 2018, he was endorsed by the DFL Environmental Caucus, Clean Water Action Alliance of Minnesota, Environment America, League of Conservation Voters, and the Sierra Club.
 

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Congresswoman

Betty McCollum

CD 4

The DFL Environmental Caucus has endorsed Fourth District Congresswoman Bettty McCollum reelection.“Betty McCollum is a strong, clear voice for the environment and the people of Minnesota,” said caucus chair, Veda Kanitz. “We therefore wholeheartedly endorse her reelection to Congress.” Kanitz highlighted McCollum’s role as a national leader on environmental issues. “She sets the gold standard for environmental leadership in this nation,” Kanitz said. 

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Congresswoman

Ilhan Omar

CD 5

It is unacceptable for fossil fuel and energy companies to dictate how we treat our planet. We need bold action, and a transformation of our political and economic systems to combat climate change. Those who have been and will be most impacted by climate change must be centered in our policies: communities of color and Indigenous populations, along with workers who would be out of employment from a divestment from the fossil fuel industry.

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Tawnja Zahradka is a former television host who is running against GOP Representative Tom Emmer in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. Tawnja's views on environmental issues are
superior to those of the incumbent in virtually every way, and we especially appreciate her strong stance against sulfide mining in northern Minnesota watersheds and her commitment to
clean agriculture. We recommend her endorsement as a strong progressive alternative to Tom Emmer.

Living on Forest Lake, one of Minnesota's most beautiful lakes for the past eight years, I wake everyday in awe of mother nature. 

The endangered creatures that call our planet their home take my breath away. I believe our environment should be protected with all of our might. I believe the boundary waters should be left in it's pristine condition to be enjoyed for generations to follow. 

I believe spraying our food supply with known carcinogens and liftng safe water rgulations is unforgivable. The choice is simple, take care of our precious planet, protect it's natural beauty and animals, or continue facing mother nature's wrath. I choose, and I am betting you do as well, to protect and stop disrespecting mother nature.

 

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Quinn is running in a district with one of the most important, and most water-rich environment in Minnesota to protect. The DFL Environmental Caucus applauds that she cannot support either the PolyMet or Twin Metals projects until the companies first prove that this type of mining can be done safely in a water rich environment like Northeastern Minnesota, and that these companies have not done so.  Quinn is the person who will be a bridge between groups working on many environmental and public health issues in Northeastern Minnesota and she possesses a great ability to find our common ground.  She will take a thoughtful approach to all legislation as, she stated, “we are one earth” and “we need to protect the national treasures” in the 8th Congressional District. 

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Living on Forest Lake, one of Minnesota's most beautiful lakes for the past eight years, I wake everyday in awe of mother nature. 

The endangered creatures that call our planet their home take my breath away. I believe our environment should be protected with all of our might. I believe the boundary waters should be left in it's pristine condition to be enjoyed for generations to follow. 

I believe spraying our food supply with known carcinogens and liftng safe water regulations is unforgivable. The choice is simple, take care of our precious planet, protect it's natural beauty and animals, or continue facing mother nature's wrath. 

I choose, and I am betting you do as well, to protect and stop disrespecting mother nature.

 

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Jen is the candidate who will tackle our climate emergency head-on and fight to ensure that people of all backgrounds will benefit from transitioning to a clean energy economy. She has the vision, the experience in fighting for both social justice and the environment, and the integrity to see it through. By electing leaders like Jen we are investing in our future.   Visit Jen's website here : https://www.votemcewen.com/

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Michele Anderson is running unopposed for the DFL nomination in SD 8. The incumbent in that district is GOP Sen. Bill Inglebretsen of recent LCCMR infamy. Michele hails from Ottertail County, which has the most lakes per square mile in the state of Minnesota, and water quality and the health of the state’s lakes are a major priority for her. She comes from a non-profit and community organizing background. Her major goal when it comes to the environment is to help people “connect the dots” and understand that a healthy economy and a healthy environment do not have to be mutually exclusive goals. She feels an urgency to move towards renewable energy in all sectors of the economy, well before 2050, and will support legislation that attains that goal more quickly. 

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Jon Olson

SD 20

We’re Minnesotans. We deserve the best. We deserve a healthy environment where not only humans, but also our native wildlife, can flourish in natural harmony. And our many generations of children to come deserve an even better wilderness and wildlife heritage than we grew up with back when we were young. As your senator, I will work toward this goal.

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Kaehler is a fourth-generation farmer near St. Charles who also ownsa solar development company.  In his questionnaire and interview he clearly showed an understanding of agricultural issues and climate change.  He understands and can articulate (and has demonstrated on his own farm) how farming practices can be modified to positively impact water quality.  While he did not demonstrate a broad knowledge of environmental justice or mining issues, he is a moderate in a red district who can communicate well with residents of rural Minnesota.  In a district like this, we noted, the DFL needs “a farmer who can talk to farmers.”

 

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The DFL Environmental Caucus has endorsed Sara Flick for Minnesota State Senate in District 25. “We believe Sara Flick will be a strong, clear voice for the environment and the communities of District 25,” said caucus chair, Veda Kanitz. “Ms Flick's positions on transportation, climate change, water, agriculture, mining, pipelines, legislation and local issues are science based and reasonable and we are proud to endorse her." Kanitz highlighted Flick’s positions on climate change and transportation as important factors in the caucus decision.

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The DFL Environmental Caucus has endorsed Aleta Borrud for Minnesota State Senate in District 26. “Aleta Borrud will be a wonderful senator for her district and for the environment.” said caucus chair, Veda Kanitz. “We happily endorse her as the DFL candidate for State Senate in District 26.” The district is in the Rochester area. Kanitz highlighted Burrud’s positions on water quality and agriculture as important factors in the caucus decision. 

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Bonnie Westlin is a family law attorney and resident of Maple Grove, running to represent Maple Grove, Osseo, Dayton and Rogers in Senate District 34. She currently works as a family  law attorney and mediator. Westlin is firmly committed to renewable energy, energy efficiency, air and water quality, environmental justice, and clean transportation, and will use her negotiation skills to bring about progress on our key issues and the values of the DFL. 

 

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Josiah Hill

SD 39

The DFL Environmental Caucus has endorsed Josiah Hill for Minnesota State Senate in District 39. “We believe Josiah Hill will be a strong, clear voice for the environment and the communities of District 39,” said caucus chair, Veda Kanitz. “The DFL Environmental Caucus proudly endorses him as the DFL candidate for State Senate in District 39.” The district includes Stillwater and Forest Lake. Kanitz highlighted Hill’s positions on climate change and water quality as important factors in the caucus decision. 

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Representative

Mary Kunesh-Podein

SD 41

Mary Kunesh-Podein is an incumbent legislator who has represented House District 41B in the area of New Brighton and Columbia heights since 2017. She is an educator and library media specialist and was a founding member of the House Native American Caucus and the People of Color & Indigenous Caucus. Kunesh-Podein has a strong background in grassroots environmental activism and has been a strong supporter of positive environmental legislation, especially on clean energy issues. She is a member of the House Climate Action Caucus and was endorsed by the Sierra Club in 2018.

"Climate change is a global threat with real consequences for our shared future. The stakes are clear and the moment demands clear, decisive action to advance solutions at the scale of our problem and advances a just transition to a clean energy future. Minnesota can and must be a leader on this front by achieving 100% Clean Energy by 2050, building a clean energy economy with high-quality jobs, safeguard pollinators, and protect our natural environment." Mary opposes building Line 3 because it is unnecessary and more pipelines do not move us closer to the clean energy future we must achieve. Mary also opposes PolyMet and the proposed Twin Metals mine."

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Ann Johnson Stewart is a resident of Plymouth, and is running to represent Plymouth, Minnetonka and Woodland in Senate District 44. She is a civil engineer, with an expertise in infrastructure and transportation, and is also a business owner and an educator/teacher. Recently, she installed solar panels on her home. Johnson Stewart is firmly committed to clean and renewable energy, climate change, air and water quality, and clean transportation and infrastructure issues. She will use her technical expertise and experience as an engineer and educator to bring about progress on our key issues and the values of the DFL. 

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Senator

Steve Cwodzinski

SD 48

Steve Cwodzinski has represented the Eden Prairie area in the Senate since 2017, after he defeated the Republican incumbent, Senate Minority Leader David Hann. He is a retired teacher and serves on the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Committee. Cwodzinski has been a strong supporter of environmental progress, including on clean energy, clean transportation, and water protection issues. He has previously been endorsed by Clean Water Action, the Sierra Club, and Conservation Minnesota.

"Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, and a natural beauty that we all can enjoy. But, our natural resources are under real threat. Climate change is real; it is caused by human behavior. We need to take immediate action to protect our global and local environment. The answers aren’t always easy, but future generations are depending on us."

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Senator

Melisa Lopez Franzen

SD 49

Melisa Franzen has represented Edina since 2013, after she defeated Republican Representative Keith Downey in the election for a newly-drawn district. She is an attorney and serves on the Transportation Finance and Policy Committee. She has been a strong advocate of safe, clean, and public transportation for Minnesotans. She has previously been endorsed by Clean Water Action, the Sierra Club, and Conservation Minnesota.

 "Our environment is one of the most crucial things to protect, and climate change is an existential threat to our state, country, and the world. The health of our planet and our people depends on our impact on the climate. I believe in passing progressive legislation that will reduce emissions, grow clean energy solutions, and mitigate our impact on climate by improving the ways we live and operate in our everyday lives. What we do now -- whether it’s direct action or long-term planning -- is more important than ever. I’m proud to be on the front lines of the fight at the State Capitol to protect our environment, and improve the health and wellness of our communities."

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Senator

Jim Carlson

SD 51 

Jim Carlson has represented Burnsville and Eagan in the Minnesota Senate, beginning with his election in 2006. While he believes that great work has been done both in our community and our state, he knows we need to do more, which is why he is running for re-election in 2020. Jim is committed to making sure all Minnesotans have a bright, clean energy future and a healthy climate. He wants to put Minnesota on the path to meet or exceed our state’s clean energy and climate change goals. His committee assignments include Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance, State Government Finance and Policy and Elections (ranking minority member), and Transportation Finance and Policy.

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LIndsey Port

SD 56

"A healthy environment is essential to sustain life on earth. It is imperative that we reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. We must also repair systemic injustices caused by economic inequality and racial discrimination, this includes honoring indigenous people, their sovereignty, and land rights."

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Senator

Greg Clausen

SD 57

Senator Gregory D. “Greg” Clausen represents Senate District 57, which includes Apple Valley, Rosemount, Coates, and portions of northeast Lakeville. He was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2012 and was reelected in 2016.

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Senator

Kari Dziedzic

SD 60

Kari Dzeidzic is an incumbent legislator who has represented Northeast Minneapolis in Senate District 60 since 2012. She has previously worked as a policy and communications staffer for politicians including Senator Paul Wellstone. Dzeidzic has been a legislative champion on environmental issues including clean water, environmental standard enforcement, and climate action. She serves as the Ranking DFL member on the Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Finance Committee. Dziedzic has previously been endorsed by the Sierra Club.   

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Senator

Scott Dibble

SD 61

D. Scott Dibble has represented southwest Minneapolis in the Senate since 2003, before which he was a Representative for one term and a community activist. He serves as the Ranking DFL Member of the Transportation Finance and Policy Committee and also serves on the Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee and the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Committee. He has been one of the Senate’s strongest champions of renewable energy, clean transportation, and natural resources protections.
 

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Omar Fateh

SD 62

Omar Fateh is running to represent south Minneapolis, including the Whittier, Lyndale and Kingfield neighborhoods in Senate District 62. He is a business analyst, consumer advocate, and has worked as an organizer in different communities. Omar is firmly committed to climate change, renewable energy, water quality, clean transportation, and environmental justice. He has been endorsed by MN350. Omar will clearly use his skills in organizing, community activism, and commitment to environmental issues to bring about progress on our key issues.

"Climate change is the global humanitarian crisis of our time. It's time for action at all levels of government to mitigate the damage. When bad environmental policy is passed and disaster strikes, we know which communities feel the impact most: impoverished communities, indigenous communities, and communities of color. The state legislature has a responsibility to act as steward of our environment and to protect our natural resources."

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Senator

Patricia Torres Ray

SD 63

Senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-Minneapolis) represents Minnesota's Senate District 63, which includes parts of southeastern Minneapolis and Richfield. Patricia is a champion for progressive values and justice. She is a member of the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus (POCI) of the Minnesota Legislature, which developed proposed legislation for action in response to the killing of George Floyd. Patricia has been a long standing champion for clean water, environmental protection, and battling climate change. She serves on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance, E-12 Finance and Policy, and Local Government, where she is the ranking minority member.

 

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Erin Murphy

SD 64

"Climate change is a fundamental threat to Minnesotans. We must ensure a transition to 100% clean energy, end pollution, protect our air and water, and create a future that is sustainable for all Minnesotans no matter where they live.

Indigenous communities and communities of color are disproportionately affected by pollution and environmental degradation — we must take corrective action immediately. This means respecting Indigenous sovereignty and divesting from pipelines that only fortify dirty fossil fuel infrastructure.

I oppose the building of Line 3. I don't believe it is needed and I hope we never build another pipeline. The climate crisis we are facing demands a clear, serious, bold, urgent, and committed response. We won't get there if we keep building fossil fuel infrastructure.

For years I have said that projects like PolyMet should be held to very high standards and judged through a fair process. It's clear that hasn't happened, and we cannot allow PolyMet to proceed. I have always opposed the proposed Twin Metals mine. The threat to the BWCA is too great and not worth the risk.

We also need to invest more to protect and restore the health of our water, our soil, and our land. This includes investing in the development of perennial crops to help farmers grow crops that have a market, and working towards saving the habitats of bees and pollinators."

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Senator

Sandy Pappas

SD 65

Senator Sandra Pappas represents District 65 in St. Paul. First elected in 1985 to represent District 65B in the House of Representatives, Pappas was later elected in 1990 to the Senate, where she has served since. A champion for families, women, workers, students, consumers, and the environment.

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Senator

John Marty

SD 66

Senator Marty has been the Senate leader in fighting climate change. Because it is the biggest single threat to the future of society, He continues pushing for legislation to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions, to strengthen our renewable energy standards and to keep fossil fuels in the ground, including opposition to the unneeded pipeline expansion for the dirtiest tar sands oil. John has worked tirelessly to show the sense of urgency that is needed on the issue, and to push the political system to act boldly.

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Representative

Jennifer Schultz 

HD 7A

Jennifer Schultz is the DFL incumbent for House District 7A. She is a member of the House DFL Environmental Caucus. In addition to her role as the representative for 7A, she is a Commissioner on the Great Lakes Commission where she is involved with creating resolutions for the eight states and two Canadian provinces that border a Great Lake or the St. Lawrence Seaway. Her priority is to adopt resolutions that protect the watersheds and lakes from pollution and invasive species. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of State Government’s Great Lakes Legislative Caucus. She has been supportive of legislation to cut emissions in half by 2030, and to zero by 2050, and was an author of HF 2294, which would require divestment from fossil fuel investments by the State Board of Investment. 

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Representative

Liz Olson

HD 7B

Liz Olson is the DFL incumbent for House District 7B. She is currently the House Majority Whip. She was an author of HF 2294 which would require divestment from fossil fuel investments by the State Board of Investment. She sees water quality and other environmental factors having a significant impact on public health and life expectancy in her district, and places a great deal of focus when she makes her decisions on strengthening our communities’ health. She sees herself as a legislator who could help set the stage for “really bold change”, and would like to be a part of introducing a legislative package that would move Minnesota towards 100% renewable energy. 

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Ben Schirmers

HD 12B

The DFL Environmental Caucus has endorsed Ben Shermers for House 12 B. Ben is a fantastic candidate for the Mn House of Representatives, and the caucus is excited to be able to endorse him.  Please support Ben, his knowledge and understanding of the issues facing his community and our planet are going to play an important role in moving forward.   

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The transition to clean energy is already resulting in good jobs. Responding to climate change creates new jobs that are opportunities for small communities and rural areas.

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Representative

Tina Liebling

HD 26A

"We need not choose between jobs and protecting our environment. Minnesota cannot let corporate greed steal our children’s inheritance. Before we allow corporations to exploit our natural resources, we must make sure the environment is protected and that sufficient financial guarantees are in place to pay for any cleanup. After the fact, we must hold them accountable for any harm they caused. Too often, polluters have made their money and left the cleanup to the taxpayer. We Minnesotans love our natural resources and will have to stay vigilant to make sure we keep them.

Climate change has advanced rapidly in recent years. Reducing greenhouse gases to reduce climate change must be an urgent priority. In 2007, Minnesota passed a renewable energy standard of 25% by 2025. Many utilities are close to achieving the goal, but we can and must do even better. I support the current proposal for 50% of our energy to come from renewables by 2030. This is not only better for our environment and Minnesotans’ wallets, it creates good paying jobs. Clean energy jobs grew 78 percent from 2000 to 2014, compared to total 11 percent for total employment in the state.

Our children deserve to grow up in a healthy environment, whether they live in the city, the country, or somewhere in between. Clean water, clean food, and clean air should be their birthright. "

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Representative

Kelly Morrison

HD 33B

The DFL Environmental Caucus has endorsed Rep Kelly Morrison for House 33 B. Kelly Morrison has represented the Lake Minnetonka-area suburbs since 2019, after she unseated Republican Cindy Pugh by slightly more than 200 votes. Morrison is a physician and serves on the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Division and the Water Division in the House. Representative Morrison has been a legislative champion on various environmental issues including sulfide mining and climate action. In 2018, her endorsements included the Sierra Club and Conservation Minnesota. She is a member of the Climate Action Caucus.  

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Representative

Kristin Bahner

HD 34B

The DFL Environmental Caucus today announced its decision to endorse Kristin Bahner, for has represented most of the city of Maple Grove since 2019, after she unseated Republican Dennis Smith by more than 1000 votes. Bahner is an IT consultant and does not serve on any environment-focused committees, but she has sponsored positive environmental bills including strong clean energy legislation and the Minnesota Green New Deal bill. In 2018, she was endorsed by Conservation Minnesota and the DFL Environmental Caucus. She is a member of the Climate Action Caucus.

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Ann Mozey

HD 39A

“Ann Mozey will be a terrific, clear thinking and compelling voice for District 39A, as well as our planet.” said caucus chair, Veda Kanitz. “We proudly endorse her as the DFL candidate in House District 39A.” The district includes the Stillwater and Forest Lake areas. Kanitz highlighted Mozey’s positions on climate change and water resources as important factors in the caucus decision.

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Representative

Shelly Christensen

HD 39B

Minnesota has a tradition of environmental stewardship. We are proud of being “The Land of Sky Blue Waters”. The 2017 legislature voted to dismantle and defund well established programs that provide common sense policy to protect Minnesota’s natural resources. For example, Kathy Lohmer voted to weaken water quality standards, undo buffer rules designed to protect waters from runoff and to allow corporations to prepare their own environmental impact statements without transparency. 

Shelly is a director on and endorsed by the DFL Environmental Caucus. As your state representative she will promote policy that will protect our natural resources and influence investment in renewable resources. Shelly believes clean air, water and land is a right for all people.  She trusts evidence-based science and she supports a carbon tax/dividend initiative. Shelly also believes the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Citizen Board should be restored. Shelly and her family appreciate the unique beauty of Minnesota and vow to preserve and improve its natural beauty for the future.

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Representative

Connie Bernardy

HD 41A

Connie Bernardy has represented two different districts in the New Brighton-Fridley area since 2001. She has worked for Ramsey County Public Works and serves on the Transportation Finance and Policy Division. She has been an environmental champion on issues including clean transportation, sulfide mining, pollinators, and other issues. She is a member of the Climate Action Caucus.

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.Jamie was Chief author of the No Child Left Inside grant program to schools and community organizations. She supports:

  • Enforcing our environmental protection laws and holding polluters accountable. The costs of clean-up shouldn’t fall on tax payers.

  • Working proactively to address threats like aquatic invasive species and chronic wasting disease. These threats affect our Minnesota traditions and impact our billion dollar outdoors economy.

  • Accepting the realities of climate change and promoting transitions to renewable energy, including bringing more renewable energy jobs to Minnesota.

  • Protecting our public land and resources. These resources belong to all of us and Jamie collaborates with hunters, anglers, hikers, bikers, and campers to make sure our great outdoors are accessible to all Minnesotans.

  • Chief author of the No Child Left Inside grant program to schools and community organizations to provide meaningful outdoor experiences for kids.

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Representative

Ginny Klevorn 

HD 44A

Ginny Klevorn has represented most of Plymouth since 2019, after she unseated Republican Sarah Anderson by more than 1800 votes. She is a professional mediator and serves on the Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division. She has been an environmental champion on issues including clean energy and clean agriculture, including the Forever Green Initiative. In 2018, she was endorsed by Conservation Minnesota and MN350 Action. She is a member of the Climate Action Caucus.
 

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Representative

Patty Acomb

HD 44B

Patty Acomb has represented parts of Minnetonka and Plymouth since 2019, succeeding DFLer Jon Applebaum. She has served in various natural resources agencies and advisory boards and now serves on the Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division and on the Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee. She has been an environmental champion, especially on climate issues and pollinator protection. In 2018, she was endorsed by the Sierra Club, Conservation Minnesota, and Clean Water Action. She is the founding Chair of the Climate Action Caucus.

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Representative

Sandra Masin

HD 51A

The wonders of this Earth are amazing. Unfortunately, the destruction of our natural treasures is happening before our very eyes, due to the land use choices we make and the effect of air pollutants on climate change. I want my grandchildren to inherit a world better than the one I came into, and that means fighting for a better environment with measures that also make sense economically. 
Everybody deserves to breathe fresh air and drink clean water, and I promise to continue to work for both, if re-elected. Ethanol is a start, but I believe we need to move from corn-based to cellulosic ethanol, that is ethanol made from native prairie and other fiber-rich plants. I will continue to work to ensure new technologies are discovered here in Minnesota, bringing jobs and prosperity to the region along with cleaner air, purer water, and decreased dependence on fossil fuels.

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Liz Reyer 

HD 51B

Liz Reyer, the DFL-endorsed candidate for 51B, is a business leader, social activist, mother of four, and long-time Eagan resident. She’s served Eagan for decades, volunteering in the schools, for youth athletic programs, and advocating for civic issues, as well as helping local candidates run for office. 
Liz believes that people, businesses and governments at all levels must work together to fight the climate crisis while acknowledging that environmental injustices hit low-income and communities of color the hardest. 
She believes we must help workers in high polluting industries move to secure, sustainable jobs, eliminate emissions of greenhouse gases in the electric energy sector, and move in that direction within the transportation sector. And Liz argues these strides must be taken in a way that benefits all Minnesotans, regardless of race or economic status.

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Representative

Rick Hansen

HD 52A

Rick was named Legislator of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts in 2008. Rick also received an award from the Sierra Club in 2011, special recognition from Minnesota Association of Professional Soil Scientists in 2012, and the 2013 Merit Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. In 2017 he received the Willard Munger Award for Distinguised Environmental Stewardship from the Minnesota DFL, and the River Heights Chamber of Commerce Forrest Glewwe Visions of Excellence Award in 2018. Most recently, he was the 2019 recipient of the Public Service Award from the Recycling Association of Minnesota.

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Repersentative

Ann Claflin

HD 54A

Protecting clean, safe drinking water and a healthy environment is my highest priority. As an environmental scientist, I will ensure cleaning up our water happens now and happens right. I will act to protect our waters; hold those responsible accountable; and make sure this never happens again. We have a right to a healthy environment - clean water to drink, clean air to breathe, natural areas for people and wildlife. A clean environment supports Minnesota’s vibrant economy and helps create good jobs that can’t be sent overseas: jobs in clean energy and our great natural heritage - hunting, fishing, and the outdoors industry.

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Kelsey Waits

HD 54B

“Kelsey Waits will be an intelligent and wise voice for the environment and the communities of District 54B,” said caucus chair, Veda Kanitz. “The DFL Environmental Caucus is thrilled to support her candidacy for House District 54B.” The district includes the Hastings area. Kanitz highlighted Waits’ positions on climate change and groundwater issues as important factors in the caucus decision. 

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Hi, I’m Jess Hanson, and I am running to represent the residents of MN House District 56A, which includes all of Savage and the Northwest part of Burnsville, in the Minnesota House of Representatives! I believe in responsible government that works for everyone in our community. I am looking forward to listening to you about the issues you care about, and working together to build a better Minnesota.

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Kaela Berg

HD 56B

Protecting our environment from pollution

Preservation of our state’s natural treasures, including the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil we rely on for healthy food for generations to come is one of my top priorities. We have a responsibility to future generations of Minnesotans to protect our environmental areas from harm.

Transportation options and an energy-independent future

Move away from fossil fuels, and transition to a modern energy infrastructure that relies increasingly on renewable energy to power our state. We will work together to grow Minnesota’s energy independence, reduce inefficiencies in current energy use, and expand public transit/transportation options for our community.

Clean energy jobs to grow our economy

Create good jobs with fair wages in the clean energy economy that focus on reducing waste while powering the needs of our community. As the growth of our state economy begins to slow down, we can continue to create jobs in the clean energy sector to provide for the needs of our families and our state.

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Representative

Robert Bierman

HD 57A

Climate change presents major challenges to both us and our environment. However, there are simple things we can do to make a difference. Since 2014 the research group Project Drawdown has been compiling a list of the most effective ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and some are more effective than you’d think. 

#1 Reduce Food Waste

#2 Rooftop Solar Panels

#3 Electric Vehicles

#4 Household Recycling

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Representativae

John Huot

HD 57B

John Huot is proud to represent the communities of Rosemount, Apple Valley and Coates in the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 57B. 

Now, more than ever, the Minnesota legislature must step up to protect our natural resources and waterways in the wake of efforts to weaken environmental protections nationally. It will be up to the legislature to ensure that every citizen has clean water, clean air, and safe food. We need to encourage reasonable, sustainable sources of renewable energy and embrace efforts to conserve water quality, reduce usage, and protect natural sources of water. To move Minnesota forward, we need to continue to cut down on carbon emissions and look towards cleaner sources of energy. We must also find safer ways to transport oil and gas. As a member of the Community Advisory Council to Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery, I represented our shared interests in protecting the environment and increasing safety. This experience of working with energy producers to promote cleaner production has informed many of my votes at the Capitol.

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Erin Preese is an elementary school teacher in Lakeville who has been active on gun violence issues.  She speaks clearly on climate issues and their importance to young people.  She understands transportation-related energy issues and displays a grasp of the impacts of agriculture.

 

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Esther Agbaje

HD 59B

Esther Agbaje is the DFL-endorsed candidate for Minnesota House District 59B in downtown and North Minneapolis. She is an attorney, a former Foreign Service Officer, and a graduate of Harvard Law 
School and the University of Pennsylvania. Esther has also volunteered in groups working for renewable energy, including TakeAction. Her website and her interview with the Environmental Caucus demonstrate her strong commitment to climate justice, including action to bring accessible and reliable public transit Esther brings a nuanced and compassionate policy lens to environmental work and would be a strong advocate for our policy interests in the Legislature.

"Climate change is real.  I will work to ensure that Minnesota moves towards 100% renewable energy and meets and maintains high standards to conserve our environmental assets, including the Mississippi River. I will be a voice to ensure that environmental protection changes are made in partnership with low-income communities and communities of color. Such communities have traditionally borne the brunt of the impact of environmental waste. Any solutions our legislature develops must ensure that these communities have a voice and that their needs are met. 
Where people live should not make them sick. My goal for our district is to create healthy and sustainable environments in which residents live in hazard-free, non-toxic zones and students are educated in environmentally safe buildings."

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Sydney Jordan will be a strong, clear voice for the
environment and her community.  Sydney's ideas, experience and
knowledge position her to be a strong advocate for the people of
Northeast Minneapolis and for environmental progress at the State
Capitol.  She is fully committed to bold climate action to protect
Minnesota's communities and our natural resources for future
generations.

 

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Representative

Frank Hornstein

HD 61A

Frank Hornstein has represented western Minneapolis in the House since 2019. He is an educator with a background in environmental policy and chairs the Transportation, Finance and Policy Division, and serves on the Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division. Hornstein has been a strong champion of climate and environmental progress, and is the sponsor of the Minnesota Green New Deal bill.

"Addressing the climate crisis by promoting safe, clean renewable energy, and lessening our reliance on fossil fuels are high priority in my legislative service. I am a strong proponent of the Green New Deal, which I developed in consultation with Minnesota climate justice advocates including many students. I have authored legislation to increase the state's renewable energy standard, and incentivize the use of electric and hybrid vehicles. I will continue to support Minnesota's moratorium on building additional nuclear power plants. I support efforts to promote clean water by reducing agricultural runoff through buffer strips, and reducing the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides. I support efforts to protect pollinators. I oppose the Line 3 dirty oil pipeline and copper-nickel mining."

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Representative

Jamie Long

HD 61B

Jamie Long has represented southwestern Minneapolis in the House since 2019. He is an attorney and serves as Vice Chair of the Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division. Long has been one of the strongest climate action champions in the Legislature since taking office, having been the chief author of numerous clean electricity, clean transportation, and efficiency bills. He has previously been endorsed by the DFL Environmental Caucus, Conservation Minnesota, and the Sierra Club.

"We must move beyond dirty energy and tackle the serious threat of climate change. Minnesota can achieve 85% renewable energy by 2035. We need to expand the use of electric cars, promote walking and biking with complete streets, and invest in transit. We should oppose projects like the Line 3 tar sands pipeline, which will disproportionately impact indigenous communities in Minnesota.  We must protect special places like the Boundary Waters from damaging mining practices."

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Representavie

Jim Davnie

HD 63A

Jim Davnie has represented much of southeastern Minneapolis in the House since 2001. He is a nonprofit leader and educator and serves on the Ways and Means Committee. Davnie has been an environmental champion on issues including climate action, sulfide mining, pollinator protection, and outdoor recreation. He has previously been endorsed by the Sierra Club and is a member of the House Climate Action Caucus.  

"Minnesota’s natural resources are what make living here unique and are a major contributor to our quality of life. Respecting and preserving those resources, while assuring Minnesotans access to them, needs to be a priority in the state.

  • Stop politicizing the Legislative Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources while also holding it to the highest standards of ethics and transparency.

  • Provide funding for both state and metropolitan regional parks equal with their use by Minnesotans assuring access and preservation.

  • Balance economic development with the needs to protect fragile natural resources.

  • Continue to monitor and act aggressively against the new generation of invasive species.

  • Utilize bonding to build wastewater treatment plants, secure easements on and around fragile lands and waters, and other efforts to preserve and improve the quality of Minnesota waters."

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Emma Greenman

HD 63B

Emma Greenman is a civil rights attorney and resident of south Minneapolis running to represent that area in House District 63B. Emma currently works as a voting rights attorney and advocate at the Center for Popular Democracy, and has previously worked as a community organizer and a public defender. Emma is firmly committed to environmental justice in her district, building a clean energy economy, and protecting Minnesota ecosystems. Her commitment to protecting voting rights, expanding voter turnout, and making government responsive to residents' needs is a welcome signal to the Environmental Caucus that she will effectively work to bring about progress on our key issues and the values of the DFL.

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Representative

Alice Hausman

HD 66A

The DFL Environmental Caucus has endorsed Representative Alice Hausman for reelection to Minnesota House of Representatives in District 66A. “Representative Hausman is a brilliant, leading voice for the environment and the communities of District 66A,” said caucus chair, Veda Kanitz. “The DFL Environmental Caucus proudly and gratefully endorses her reelection effort.” Kanitz highlighted Hausman’s role as a major environmental leader in the Minnesota Legislature as an important factor in the caucus decision. 

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Immediate action must be taken against the existential threat of climate change, which disproportionately impacts the economically disadvantaged and communities of color. When I represent you, I will fight for bold policy initiatives:

 

  • A statewide commitment to 100% clean energy.

  • A green economy founded on good, accessible union jobs.

  • Electric school buses and public transportation.

  • Collaboration with communities of color to end the cycle of our neighbors being disproportionately burdened by the effects of climate change.

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I support the Green New Deal. What should be achieved on a Federal level, could first be demonstrated on a State level. Like the Green New Deal, in Minnesota I believe we could achieve: net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers; create good high-wage jobs to ensure prosperity and economic security for all people in Minnesota; invest in infrastructure and industry in the state of Minnesota to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st Century (HRES 109). More importantly, we would address the injustice that comes with climate change, which disproportionately impacts communities of color. As your State Representative, I would create legislation where new technology and education would bring a fair, just, and healthy future to the people of District 67A.

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