CD6 State House and Senate Candidates

Thank you to all of our State DFL endorsed candidates who ran in 2016!  If you are interested in running for Minnesota House in 2018 please contact your local party unit officer.

Senate District 13



Michael Willemsen for State Senate 13 |


Matthew Crouse for State Representative 13B |

Senate District 14


Dan Wolgamatt for State Senate 14

Phone: 320-766-9390

Wolgamatt is a realtor and high school football coach at Sauk Rapids-Rice. He said he is passionate about education and ensuring kids in Central Minnesota have the opportunity to succeed.

“The biggest reason I’m running is to fight for every child in our community,” Wolgamott said. “Now, more than ever, we need hard-working people who have a passion for our community to step up and serve and that’s what I will do.” | |


Aric Putnam for State Representative 14A


Zach Dorholt for State Representative 14B

Born and raised in Minnesota.

  • Graduate of St. Cloud State University
  • B.A. Community Development
  • M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Graduate Certifcate in Marriage & Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University.

Like many students today, Zachary worked his way through college in the retail and service industry. He held numerous leadership positions while a student at SCSU serving multiple elected officer roles in organizations such as Cinescope,TKE, Intra-Fraternity Council and the Community Development Organization. |

Senate District 15


Karla Scapanski for State Representative 15B

Karla Scapanski is an educator within the Early Childhood Education field and an instructor with Business and Industry Training Solutions through St. Cloud Technical College. She worked her way through college at St. Cloud State University majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Traffic Safety. Her career has been solution driven in the areas of corrections and education, including caring for young infants through in home childcare, supervising inmates at the maximum security prison covering residential treatment, and public school teaching. She has also been a dairy farmer’s wife for 20 years in a family owned establishment with the slogan “Hometown Values” while she and her husband raised their four children. |


Chilah Brown for State State Senate 15

Phone: 612-443-6992

Senate District 29


Janice Kittok for State Senate 29

Trusted and Respected Leader • Business Owner • Entrepreneur • Education expert as Policymaker, Administrator and Teacher • Family Farm Owner • Established Wright County Resident

My campaign slogan is “Growing Strong Together”.  I offer my time, talents and expertise to serve the people of Wright County and Minnesota by working collaboratively to make the visions we have for our communities a reality. | |

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Cortney Phillips for State Representative 29A

Phone: 651-269-3594

Cortney is a union board executive and home heath care aid. She serves on several local community committees for laborers, healthcare, and education. As a married mother of three she has coached elementary school baseball and is a district resource coordinator for girl scouts. A childhood survivor of cancer, she has supported and volunteered for the Cancer Relay for Life and Camp Mak-A-Dream. Fighting for the rights of working families and education are her passions.

“Breaking down barriers of isolation and invisibility” |

Steve Kilburn

Steve Kilburn for State Representative 29B

Steve has spent the majority of his work career in nonprofit organizations serving others and seeking to empower them. He was been a public school educator, Presbyterian minister, and retired from Director of Communications for a nonprofit health center. | | |

Senate District 30


Sarah Hamlin for State Representative 30A

* Lifelong resident of Minnesota.
* Sarah, her husband, and their children live in Elk River.
* B.S. in Social Work from St. Catherine University
* Licensed Social Worker with Main Street Family Services

Sarah’s choice to run for the House of Representatives focuses on supporting children and families. Being a small business owner, Sarah will also advocate for issues that will improve the small business climate in her district. Education is the greatest issue on her platform; equitable funding for Elk River and Big Lake schools is her number one mission! | |

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Margaret Fernandez for State Representative 30B

Phone: 763-221-4841

I believe in strong American values and real change happens at state and local level. I’m the working mother of two teenagers, I was a professional in financial services industry for 15 years. I am a small business entrepreneur and the wife of a retired army captain and fire fighter. It’s these experiences that compel me to run for this office because I believe that we have an opportunity to do better. | margaretforhouse@gmail

Senate District 31


Sarah Udvig for State Representative 31A


Sue Larson for 31B

Senate District 35


Wes V for 35B

Phone: 763-434-1551

Wes Volkenant, Andover, former SD 35 DFL Chair, is in his first legislative race, taking on incumbent Peggy Scott in House District 35B. Wes is a one-time public school Social Studies and Special Education teacher, who has been working for Hennepin County since 1990. A specialist in the SNAP (Food Stamps) program, Wes has been training new workers to process public assistance cases for over 20 years. He’s also been an active union member – first in the Jackson Education Association and later with AFSCME Local 34 in Hennepin County, where he’s served as a negotiator, trustee, newsletter editor, Membership Secretary and Vice President. He also represented County workers on the statewide AFSCME Council 5 Executive Board for three years. Wes is married to Cheryl, a Ramsey County employee and fellow AFSCME member. An Anoka High School graduate, Wes has lived in Andover since 2000.

“Because our legislative activity should focus on caring for all the people of Minnesota…” – Wes Volkenant | |


Andy Hillebregt for State Representative 35A

Senate District 37


Jerry Newton for State Senate 37

Phone: 763-755-2161
Jerry served in the Army for 23 years, directly out of high school. After returning from service he took over his family’s grocery business, the Blaine Dairy Store, eventually expanding to two locations. Over the years Jerry employed hundreds of people in our community, taking pride in giving many neighborhood children their first job responsibilities. He later served on both the Coon Rapids City Council and the Anoka Hennepin School Board. Jerry was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008. He is currently running for his first term of Minnesota Senate following the retirement of Senator Alice Johnson. |

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Erin Koegel for State Representative 37A

Senate District 38

Pat Davern

Pat Davern for State Senate 38

Phone: 651-784-3674
Pat Davern grew up in St. Paul in the Como Park area and attended Cretin High School in St. Paul. He attended the University of Minnesota and studied Journalism/Mass Communications. Pat joined the University of Minnesota in 1989 as an Electronic Arts Supervisor. From 1992 to 1995, he was self-employed as a Project Manager/Consultant, at which time he became Information Services Director and Production Manager for Graphics Unlimited. In 1998, he became Director of Networking Services at E&MC and then moved to Fingerhut Corporation where he was Project Manager and Catalog Support Manager. He became Director of Consulting Services for WELUNET Consulting. From 2003 to 2008 he joined the University of Minnesota Health Sciences as an Administrator. Pat currently works as a technology consultant and also works for Metro Transit.
Pat has over 30 years experience in management and information systems. His clients include a broad selection of both public and private businesses, K-12, higher education and education technology groups including the ECSU (Educational Cooperative Service Units) in outstate Minnesota.

Senate District 47


Darryl Scarborough for State Senate 47

Darryl Scarborough comes from a working class family and is the first and only member of his family to graduate college. Darryl knows first hand the struggle of balancing a budget and is no stranger to hard work. While attending college and playing collegiate sports, he also held a part-time job at a local furniture store.

Darryl has served his country and is a veteran of the Army National Guard. While on deployment in Kosovo he gained insight into policy making while working with the Kosovar population as a Government Specialist on the Liaison Monitoring Team in Kosovo. He saw the need for effective policy and assistance to guide citizens to a safe and prosperous society.

Upon his return home, Darryl decided he would rather become a policymaker than be an instrument of policy. He saw the need for a voice at all levels of government, a voice that speaks for the people and not at them. Darryl believes we need policymakers that work with others of all political loyalties and policies that work for all the people, not just for major contributors or their own interests. As a veteran, Darryl has experienced an establishing democracy in a new country in which he developed the experience and skill to lead through government gridlock and bring fresh ideas and innovation to the capitol.

When Darryl returned from deployment, he started working right away on becoming involved with his community. Darryl has been appointed by the state of Minnesota to serve on various council boards. The most recent was the Council on Minnesotans of African Heritage. Darryl has championed and taken issues to the capital, such as assisting foreign doctors to achieve medical residency.
Darryl is running for the State-Senate Seat in SD47, because he wants to bring the voices of the people and their interest to the capitol and help businesses thrive.

Darryl Scarborough works for the State of Minnesota as a Management Analyst. He has a Bachelor’s of Science from the Minnesota State University Moorhead. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Mary and is a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Darryl enjoys outdoor sports and resides with his wife Magen in Chaska. | @electdarryl | Facebook |