DFL SD43

Senate District 43 DFL Convention

Saturday, April 9, 2022
9 a.m. Registration, 10 a.m. Call to Order

Cooper High School
8230 47th Avenue North
New Hope, MN 55428
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✅ FINAL: Resolutions Forwarded to the State Convention

✅ FINAL: Endorsed Candidates

✅ FINAL: Officers, Directors, and State Central Committee members

✅ FINAL: Constitution & Bylaws


➡️ Call for Nominations (Archival)

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, OUTREACH, AND INCLUSION STATEMENT
The DFL seeks to end discrimination and bigotry in all its forms and to inspire broad participation in our party. As part of our commitment to outreach and inclusion, we will take affirmative steps to increase the participation of members of all underrepresented communities. When you vote today [on April 9], remember this commitment includes electing members of underrepresented communities to positions both within the DFL party and in public office.

➡️ Platform Resolutions (Corrected 4/8/22)

PLATFORM STATEMENT
The State DFL Ongoing Platform embodies the principles of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. The State DFL Action Agenda is a set of recommended public policy positions which the party supports and will promote during the next two years. The State DFL Legislative Priorities will be drawn from these two documents.

➡️ Convention-Day Food Information

⬇️ Candidate Questionnaires

➡️ Proposed Agenda & Rules (Updated 4/4/22)

➡️ DFL State Party Documents


Welcome to the New SD43!

Minnesota Senate District 43 now includes Crystal, Robbinsdale, New Hope, Golden Valley, and a portion of Plymouth. Prior to redistricting this was mostly SD45, with a few precincts formerly in SD46.

SD43 Map

Convention Co-Conveners:
Frank Neubecker, Crystal, he/him/his
Dave Lee, Golden Valley, he/him/his

Contact Us!

SD43 Officers, Directors, and State Central Committee members (4/9/22)

Officers 
ChairDave Lee
Vice ChairClaudia Daml
Outreach & Inclusion OfficerEric Margolis
SecretaryKyle Scott
TreasurerPaul Schulte
Directors 
FundraisingJohn LaPointe
Young DFLAaron Wagner
Communications & Social MediaMelissa Caulfield
Web DirectorJenn Strater
DatabaseHeather Hegi
Senior Caucus DFLCyndi Bennett Lee
Social Events & FacilitiesAmy Leininger
Campaign LiaisonAndrew Wold
At LargeJonas Courneya
At LargeKeith George
At LargeHelen Joyce Bassett
State Central Committee Delegates 
Cyndi Bennett Lee 
Loretta Arradondo 
Cheryl Scott 
Frank Neubecker 
Paul Schulte 
Travis Thompson 
State Central Committee Alternates 
1-Eric Margolis 
2-Mark Caulfield 
3-Craig Steven Schulz 

Become an Officer or Director of SD43!

This process is complete. The page is being left for archival purposes with application links removed. To get involved, please contact us using the webform on the front page.

Get in on the ground level as new DFL Senate District 43 takes shape!

We will elect an all-new roster of officers and directors at our convention on April 9. These are the people who keep the senate district operating along DFL guidelines. We are reaching out to find people who are interested in being involved in grassroots politics. You don’t need experience – only a willingness to learn and a passion for the DFL.

Positions we’re recruiting volunteers are as follows. Please let us know if you or someone you know has talents in these areas, interest in advancing the local DFL or questions about these positions.

  • Chair: Promotes, maintains and optimizes the Party’s organization – achieving maximum voting power in the district to attain the Party’s stated objectives. Promotes precinct-level organization through the SD Executive Committee and area DFL organizations. Serves on State and Congressional District Central Committees.

  • Vice chair: Assists chair to ensure Party growth and effectiveness. Assumes duties of chair if chair is absent. Works with precinct officers to promote development of a cohesive, efficient working unit in each precinct. Serves on State and Congressional District Central Committees.

  • Secretary: Oversees files and records of the Party and preparation of necessary documents.

  • Treasurer: Has custody of SD funds and renders written accounts of receipts and disbursements to each meeting of the Central and Executive committees.

  • Outreach & inclusion officer: Prepares Outreach & Inclusion action plan. Chairs committee that sees that the SD follows Affirmative Action guidelines, aiming to ensure representation from older and younger people, racial minorities, people with physical disabilities and members of the LGBTQI communities.

  • Communications and social media director: Works with webmaster to edit and publish SD newsletters and establish and maintain social media channels.

  • Fundraising director: Plans and coordinates efforts to raise funds and increase contributions to SD43. Serves on Finance Committee.

  • Web director (Webmaster): Works in collaboration with other officers and directors to publish newsletters and announcements via the SD website, social media and other communications distributed via the internet. Maintains the SD website.

  • Campaign liaison director: Contacts DFL-endorsed district candidates to offer Central Committee assistance. Provides liaison with DFL-endorsed candidates from outside the district. Recruits volunteers to phone bank, get out the vote, etc.

  • Social events and facilities director: To coordinate, schedule, and register for Parades, Festivals, and other Events that the Senate District may wish to be involved in.

  • Database director: Maintains a District database of active Party members and serves as a resource to the District and to candidates regarding software, hardware and database concerns.

  • Young DFL director: Works to encourage involvement of young adults in DFL activities.

  • Senior caucus director: Works to encourage involvement of older adults in DFL activities.

  • At-Large Directors (3): Serve on the Executive Committee and standing committees. Take on other responsibilities based on individual skills and needs within SD43.

  • State Central Committee Delegates (6) & Alternates (8): Attend SD43 meetings and represent the district at meetings of the DFL State Central Committee, Congressional District Central Committee and at other levels of the DFL.

If you’re interested in applying, return the completed nomination form before April 5, 2022. We’ll contact you for a Zoom interview based on the date preferences you list (interview dates are listed on the nomination form).

The SD43 Nominations Committee will consider all applicants and recommend one for each position to advance and be voted on at the SD43 Convention on Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Robbinsdale Cooper High School.

Anyone can attend the SD43 Convention, but only delegates chosen from caucuses can vote.

With redistricting, we start as a new senate district with new officers and directors elected from the cities we comprise. Now’s your chance to get involved, try something new, see what SD43 is all about, network with other DFLers and learn how you can make a difference in Minnesota politics.

Even if you don’t want to be an SD43 officer or director, you’re welcome to participate by attending our monthly meetings either via Zoom or in person. We hope to see you soon!

For the Nominations Committee
Mark Caulfield

This process is complete. The page is being left for archival purposes with application links removed. To get involved, please contact us using the webform on the front page.

Ann Rest for State Senate, SD43

State Senator Ann Rest
3515 Hillsboro Ave N
New Hope MN 55427
annhrest@gmail.com
612-750-5425
www.annrest4mn.com

SD 43 Candidate Questionnaire Responses for Convention Delegates

1. Will you abide by the DFL Endorsement?
Yes

2. Briefly describe your education, work experience, volunteer experience, and public service, and discuss how those experiences have prepared you for service in the legislature.
I invite delegates to visit my website www.annrest4mn.com to learn of my education, community service and activities current and over the years. I am the DFL lead on the Senate Tax Committee and serve on Housing, Rules and Administration Committees. I am a member of the following: Great Lakes Commission; Capitol Preservation Commission, Legislative Audit Commission; Tax Expenditure Commission. I am the immediate past chair of the Streamline Sales Tax Governing Board; a member of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators; Friends of the Boundary Waters; Great Lakes Legislative Caucus (former chair and founding member), the Minnesota Health Plan Caucus. My education, experience in community and legislative activities have informed my values and policy perspectives and actions as a legislator.

3. What leadership have you taken on DFL platform issues?
I have led on advocating for a progressive tax system, for property tax relief and education funding, opposing vouchers for private schools, advocating and authoring ERA legislation, passing election reforms including the successful Presidential Primary law; protecting our communities from oil trains; opposing the marriage amendment and the voter ID amendment; passing legislation limiting ballast water discharges in the Great Lakes.

4. If elected, are there specific issues or policy priorities on which you would like to focus? What do you consider to be the legislative priorities for the state in the next two years? The next ten years?
I will continue my work on fair and tax laws and policies; for affordable housing, transit, especially BRT and LRT, women’s reproductive health. The Legislature will need to continue work on public and personal safety legislation including gun safety initiatives. Climate change initiatives and progress toward universal health care coverage remain priorities.

5. How have you supported other MN DFLers in their campaigns or the DFL in general?
I have worked on campaigns for other DFLers since I was first elected. In 2016, I chaired the Senate DFL Campaign Committee and am on the Member/Candidate Support Committee for 2022.

6. What are your legislative priorities for addressing systemic racism and the many disparities affecting BIPOC in SD43 and in Minnesota?
Government officials including legislators need to work with local governments, school districts, community organizations, businesses, and non-profits to insist on diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of our lives together as Minnesotans and in our local communities

Sam Sant for State Senate, SD43

SD43 2022 Candidate Questionnaire

1. Will you abide by the DFL Endorsement?
Yes, I will abide by the DFL endorsement.

2. Briefly describe your education, work experience, volunteer experience, and public service, and discuss how those experiences have prepared you for service in the legislature.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in economics. I have worked for the Minnesota Department of Revenue for almost 16 years as a corporate tax auditor. I am also a proud member of the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE). I served on four negotiations committees and held various leadership positions in Local 401. From 2012-2014 I served as the Affirmative Action Officer of the SD45 Executive Committee. From 2016-2018 I served on the Robbinsdale School District's Financial Advisory Committee where we advised the school district on financial matters. Currently I serve on the Robbinsdale 281 School Board as vice-chair and on our Intermediate District 287's board.

I have been a public servant for my entire career. I have also volunteered, campaigned, and ran for public office over the last ten years. These experiences, along with listening to what constituents want their senator to fight for, are what have prepared me for service in the Minnesota legislature.

3. What leadership have you taken on DFL platform issues?
As the Affirmative Action Office of SD45, I led the effort to defeat the constitutional amendment on voter I.D. I have spoken with legislators, written letters, and attended rallies to push the Democratic agenda forward.

4. If elected, are there specific issues or policy priorities on which you would like to focus? What do you consider to be the legislative priorities for the state in the next two years? The next ten years?
If elected, my specific issues will be K-12 education, healthcare, climate change, and public safety. The legislative priorities for the state over the next two years are K-12 education, public safety, climate change, housing, racial equity, and infrastructure. Over the next ten years K-12 education, climate change, gun reform, light-rail expansion, healthcare, increasing the minimum wage, and taxes.

5. How have you supported other MN DFLers in their campaigns or the DFL in general?
I have always supported MN DFL candidates. I door knocked for Representatives Mike Freiberg, John Applebaum, Bill Morgan, and Barb Yurusso. I have also done phone banking for senate candidate Bonnie Westlin and general DFL support.

6. What are your legislative priorities for addressing systemic racism and the many disparities affecting BIPOC in SD43 and in Minnesota?
Because racism is systemic, it is embedded in all aspects of our lives. That is why I would bring an equity analysis tool similar to what we use at the Intermediate District 287 School District. This process brings race front and center to a conversation. It will make bills transparent as to how they affect people of color in our community.

7. What else would you like to share with voters and delegates of SD43?
I would like the delegates to know that I will continue to serve as a public servant to them, as their senator, to the best of my ability. I will have open communication, dedication, and will keep constituents informed.

Cedrick Frazier for State House, 43A

SD43 2022 Candidate Questionnaire

1. Will you abide by the DFL Endorsement?
Yes.

2. Briefly describe your education, work experience, volunteer experience, and public service, and discuss how those experiences have prepared you for service in the legislature?
I attended the University of Minnesota-Morris where I studied Psychology, played football, and ran track. After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree, I received a scholarship to earn my Master’s from MSU Mankato in Urban Studies and later, I earned a Juris Doctorate in Law from the William Mitchell College of Law. After law school, I continued my advocacy work as an attorney in the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office. As a public defender, I witnessed the systemic inequities of a justice system that favored the rich over the poor, and disproportionately punished folks of color. In 2008, I served as Director of Equity & Diversity for the Minneapolis Public School District and later as the district’s Legal Counsel. After nearly a decade working in public education, I joined Education Minnesota’s legal team, the state’s largest labor union, to protect the rights of our local educators and students. In 2018 I was appointed to serve on the New Hope City Council. While a council member, I encouraged engagement and dialogue between the Human Rights Commission and Police Department on policing practices, and proposed ordinances to protect tenants of affordable housing units in the city. After the retirement of our longtime State Representative Lyndon Carlson in 2020, I decided to step up and run to serve our district in the legislature. I set out to draw from my experiences and amplify the voices of my neighbors in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

As a first-term legislator, I served as the Vice-Chair of the Public Safety Committee and continued to be a bold voice for much-needed innovation and accountability in our criminal justice system. I also had the opportunity to serve on the Education Policy Committee where we passed bills to help close our educational attainment gaps and teacher shortages while working to increase the diversity in faculty ranks.

One of my proudest accomplishments during my first term was authoring HF 2900 which aims to reward the many frontline workers that kept our state running during this pandemic. Frontline workers are the reason our state has a multibillion-dollar budget surplus and I am pleased that the bill passed out of the House so that we can give our frontline workers much-needed recognition.

3. What leadership have you taken on DFL platform issues?
I am the lead author of the Minnesota Health Plan (MN version of universal healthcare), that would allow for every Minnesotan to have access to quality healthcare. I am also the lead author on the voter restoration bill that will give those that are no longer incarcerated the ability to vote. These are our neighbors that are back in the community, working, providing for their families and being productive, but are unable to help decide who represents them in the legislature, I have also co-authored bills to address affordable housing as well as Paid Family and Medical leave. In addition, I have co-authored bills addressing educational funding, protection and strengthening of worker rights, environmental protections, gender equity and protections for the LGBTQ+ community.

4. If elected, are there specific issues or policy priorities on which you would like to focus? What do you consider to be the legislative priorities for the state in the next two years? The next ten years?
Over the next two years, as we learn to adapt and adjust from the impact of COVID-19, we need to focus on ensuring that all Minnesotans benefit from our recovery. We also need to make sure that our policies reflect the lessons we have learned from COVID-19. The many disparities that were highlighted by the pandemic, such as the disparities in our healthcare system and lack of social safety nets that we have in a state and country that has considerable resources. Over the next ten years, I believe we need to lean into rediscovering what made our state great in prior decades, such as investing in education in a way that allows for our state to produce the best and brightest which lead to the creation of some the top businesses in the country. Which in turn attracts talented workers from around the world. We also need to ensure that we maintain strong worker protections and provide for policies that allow for workers to retire with dignity and provides workers with the ability to have time to care for themselves and their family members when necessary. I will also continue the work that have started on creating a better public safety system that ensures that all Minnesotans feel safe in every community in our state.

5. How have you supported other MN DFLers in their campaigns or the DFL in general?
Yes.

6. What are your legislative priorities for addressing systemic racism and the many disparities affecting BIPOC in SD43 and in Minnesota?
Unfortunately, despite the abundance of resources and opportunities that we have in our state, we have explicit deep disparities that fall along racial lines. It is imperative that we address these disparities to ensure that the future leaders of our state have the opportunities they need to have the best possible outcomes for their future and the future of our state.

I have become very active in the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus as well as the United Black Legislative Caucus (UBLC). Through my work with these caucuses I have pushed for legislation that addresses the myriad of disparities that impact people of color in our state. Our efforts, have sought to address housing, criminal justice reform, education, environmental protections and more.

7. What else would you like to share with voters and delegates of SD43?
Our state continues to be in the spot light on the world stage when it comes to public safety, police accountability and criminal justice reform. As the Vice Chair of the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform and Finance Committee I have been a vocal advocate for creating a comprehensive public safety framework that provides resources that will provide tools for our communities to keep Minnesotans safe. Specifically, I am carrying a bill that will provide the following:

Local Community Innovation Grants
This proposal provides funding to help local officials, police chiefs, prosecutors, and community organizations working on the ground team up to immediately address the increase in violence seen across Minnesota, targeted to the 20 municipalities and 20 counties with the highest crime rates.

Transparency and Accountability
When police officers commit bad acts, they need to be held accountable. This proposal provides funding to help the POST Board hire investigators to perform compliance reviews and investigate alleged code-of-conduct violations among peace officers. It provides a body camera for every police and peace officer in the state who doesn’t have one, and puts guardrails in place to prohibit altering, erasing, or destroying any recording. Civilian oversight councils would be allowed to recommend disciplinary actions in response to complaints made against officers.

Crime Prevention
This proposal provides funding to recruit police officers, build trust between officers and communities, add non-law enforcement personnel to free up peace officers for increased patrols or service calls, add investigators, and more. It also beefs up partnerships between law enforcement and social workers, mobile crisis teams, and violence interrupters.

Alternative Licensure
This proposal creates a new POST Board task force to recruit new peace officers, increase diversity and professional backgrounds, promote education and training in the community policing model, and maintain high standards of education and training required for licensure.

Training
This proposal provides funding to ensure officers have proper training in the use of force, duty to intercede, and conflict de-escalation.

Opiate Epidemic Response Grants
Criminals looking to take advantage of Minnesotans suffering from opioid addiction are not welcome in our communities. That’s why this proposal provides funding to address opioid overdoses and prevent addiction.

Mike Freiberg for State House, 43B

SD43 2022 Candidate Questionnaire

1. Will you abide by the DFL Endorsement?
Yes, I intend to.

2. Briefly describe your education, work experience, volunteer experience, and public service, and discuss how those experiences have prepared you for service in the legislature.
I have served in the legislature for over nine years, holding a variety of leadership positions and successfully championing legislation on a variety of topics including climate change, election transparency, public health, and funding for projects in the district I represent. Prior to serving in the legislature, I served on the Golden Valley City Council for nine years. I have worked as a legislative staff person at the state and federal level, and work as an attorney for a nonprofit organization focused on public health. All of this experience makes me a strong candidate for the legislature.

3. What leadership have you taken on DFL platform issues?
I have taken considerable leadership on these issues. There are many issues on the DFL platform, so I will select a few.

The DFL opposes “Discrimination against any person on the basis of … sex, sexual or affectional orientation, HIV status, gender identity or expression…” I have used the role of committee chair to advance equity and oppose discrimination in these areas. As Chair of the Government Operations Committee during the 2019-2020 session, I held the first-ever House hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment. As Chair of the Preventive Health Policy Division during the current biennium, I held a hearing on a bill to ban harmful conversion therapy. My statement in committee on that bill is available here. In both cases, the bills passed.

The DFL supports “Nationally funded, community-based comprehensive and affordable health care for all.” I am a coauthor of Rep. Frazier’s bill to create a Minnesota Health Plan (HF 1774), and am a member of the Minnesota Health Plan Caucus. I will keep fighting to adopt this critical legislation.

The DFL supports “Reasonable firearm policies that promote public safety and crime prevention.” I am a consistent supporter and coauthor of legislation such as the universal background check bill and the “Red Flag” bill.

The DFL supports “Strong environmental programs with provisions for strong enforcement that provide for healthy surroundings for all citizens.” I successfully fought for legislation that created a revolving loan fund for energy conservation projects in state buildings.

4. If elected, are there specific issues or policy priorities on which you would like to focus? What do you consider to be the legislative priorities for the state in the next two years? The next ten years?
As a legislator, I enjoy working on a variety of issues, and have done so successfully. Making sure our schools are fully funded and that teachers and school support staff are respected as a profession is one of the top priorities of the next session, and moving forward. The fact that we have a massive surplus suggests that we have been underinvesting in our schools. The issue is no less critical in higher education, with tuition rising at rates that are not sustainable for students. With the right to vote under attack around the country, we need to make voting easy and not put artificial barriers in place. We also need to strengthen access to reproductive health care, including abortion care, with Roe v. Wade under direct attack from a reactionary U.S. Supreme Court.

5. How have you supported other MN DFLers in their campaigns or the DFL in general?
I never take my own election for granted, particularly now that I am running in a reconfigured district with new constituents. My first priority will be working on my own reelection and turning out Democrats in District 43B to support the statewide ticket. As time and resources allow, I will also work to elect Democrats in competitive State House and State Senate Districts. The Republican-controlled State Senate has been a barrier to progress on numerous issues, and it is critical to elect Democrats to legislative offices.

6. What are your legislative priorities for addressing systemic racism and the many disparities affecting BIPOC in SD43 and in Minnesota?
Although Minnesota has a history of progressive politics, it has some of the worst disparities in the nation. These disparities exist in every facet of our society, including the criminal justice system, health outcomes, education, transportation, housing, and climate. This is unacceptable. In 2020, the House passed a resolution declaring racism to be a public health crisis, and published a report on how to address this crisis. I support the conclusions of this report and will work to implement them.

7. What else would you like to share with voters and delegates of SD43?
It has been an honor to serve as a State Representative and I would be honored to have the DFL endorsement. If any delegates have questions, they can contact me at freiberg@gmail.com.

SD43 Convention Food Information

We will have two food trucks available for lunch on Saturday between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: D&D Goodies and Cafe Cairo! See menus below.

D&D will accept walk-ups (the menu with the green background) or pre-orders (the white D&D one). To preorder, text the number shown on Saturday morning.

Cafe Cairo is walkup only.

We will also have fruit, cookies, yogurt, pastries, and other items for sale.

SD43 Map
SD43 Map
SD43 Map