Carver County Democrats – SD47

NEW Caucus Locations for 2018


We are consolidating our caucus locations this year into just 2 locations and are dividing the county along the Congressional District Lines to make it easier for candidates to visit our caucuses. Doors will open at 6:30 for registration with the caucus convening at 7PM in both locations on the evening of Tuesday, February 6th.

All precincts and wards contained in Congressional District 3 will be caucusing in the Commons at Chanhassen High School, 2200 Lyman Blvd in Chanhassen. This includes the following:

Chanhassen 3rd, 4th and 5th precincts
All of Chaska’s 4 wards
All of Victoria’s 3 precincts
Laketown Township
and Dahlgren Township’s 2nd Precinct

All precincts and Wards contained in Congressional District 6 will be caucusing in the Lunchroom at Watertown High School, 1100 State Highway 25 in Watertown. This includes the following:

Waconia’s 1st and 2nd precincts
The Cities of:  Cologne
Norwood-Young America
New Germany
and the Townships of: Hancock
San Francisco
Young America
Dahlgren Township’s Precinct 1

At caucus, Carver County Democrats from SD47 will be electing precinct/ward chairs and delegates to the Senate District 47 Convention. We will be establishing convention committees and volunteers for other projects. Resolutions will be considered for adoption to pass along to the Senate District convention that may then be forwarded on to the Congressional District and State conventions for inclusion in the party platform or action agenda.

Democrats Win in Alabama

Great News Doug Jones the Democrat has won the Special Senate election in Alabama and has defeated Roy Moore an ultra-conservative Republican with a lot of baggage. Jones a very able candidate was the first Democrat elected to the Senate in Alabama in decades.  The question is this a turning point in Alabama for Democrats or simply an anomaly because of his poor opponent. I believe it is the latter, but either way Democrats should try to build on the situation.

As I listened to some of the interviews with potential voters prior to the election, I heard several things that were particularly disquieting. Several said they would rather vote for an accused pedophile and sexual predator than a Democrat. Another concern, was that many could not vote for someone who was pro-abortion. These are issues that we as Democrats must address not only in Alabama, but everywhere in our country.

We have allowed the Republicans to control the abortion issue with their definition of themselves as Pro-Life and calling us Pro-Abortion. First, we need to make it clear that Pro-Life for them means anti-abortion, but has nothing to do with being for life.  Alabama a Pro-Life state is 50th out 51 (50 states and the District of Columbia) for infant mortality being only ahead of Mississippi (Statista 2017 data). Alabama’s infant mortality is 44% higher than the national average and 67% higher than Minnesota. Alabama does little better in Life Expectancy where it ranks 49th out of 51. Alabama’s life expectancy is 75.4 years (Wikipedia – The Measure of America 2013 – 2014) while the national average is 78.9 years and Minnesota second in the nation is 81years. Obviously being anti-abortion does not mean you are Pro-Life. We need to convince people that being Anti-Abortion does not mean being Pro-Life.

It is just as important to convince people that being Pro-Choice does not mean Pro-Abortion. Our task is convincing all Americans that Pro-Choice means that women deserve the right to make decisions about their bodies, and not to be told what to do by the government. We hear so much about this being the land of the free and how government should not interfere, but for some reason this does not apply to women. We need to sell the point that the best way to reduce abortions and allow women choice is to: Provide good sex education, Provide good birth control, Provide good prenatal care.

Our job as Democrats is to convince voters that we are Pro-Life and Pro-Choice and not Pro-Abortion.

Saving our Children and Grandchildren

Call to Action – Contact your Carver County Commissioners and the Chaska City Council.

Saving our Children and Grandchildren

By: Mary Leizinger
Chair – Carver County Democrats – SD47

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns us that more than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking – cancer, lung diseases, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases the risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases and problems of the immune system including rheumatoid arthritis, and smoking is a known cause of erectile dysfunction in men. Smokers die an average of 10 years earlier then non-smokers according to the CDC. Every day in America, more than 3,200 children under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette and 2,100 youth and young adults who have been occasional smokers become daily cigarette smokers. The total economic cost of smoking in the US is more than $300 billion a year, including direct medical costs and lost productivity.

If we could do something about this, shouldn’t we? This issue will before the Carver County Commissioners and the City of Chaska early next year.

In addition to placing warning labels on tobacco products decades ago, restrictions on selling tobacco products from vending machines, no smoking regulations in restaurants and other public spaces, and restrictions on using e-cigarettes indoors, elected officials across the country are now enacting legislation to restrict the sale of tobacco products to those under the age of 21. In addition to the states of Hawaii and California, 220 localities in the US have raised the age to purchase tobacco to 21, including Kansas City, Chicago, Cleveland, New York City and Boston. In Minnesota, the communities of Edina, St. Louis Park, Bloomington and Plymouth have followed suit, with an aim to further protect our children from a lifetime of addiction to nicotine and the prospect of disease and early death.

In Minnesota, researchers tell us that nearly 40% of underage smokers report they get tobacco products from older friends in their social circle. Today, 18 year olds can legally purchase tobacco products, and most of them are still in high school. Raising the age from 18 to 21 removes legal purchasers of tobacco from the high school social setting, and removes a way for younger teens to get tobacco from older students. This is important, because the Surgeon General tells us that nearly all addicted smokers start smoking before the age of 21. Minnesota specific research found increasing the tobacco age statewide would prevent 30,000 Minnesota young people from becoming smokers over the next 15 years. The National Academy of Medicine reports that 25% fewer 15-17 year-olds will start smoking following an increase in the age to purchase to 21.

While all of the previously enacted regulations have resulted in a decline in overall smoking rates, more than 55,000 Minnesota junior high and high school students will use conventional tobacco products and nearly 40,000 are using e-cigarettes.

“But wait!”, opponents of raising the age cry out, “Won’t raising the age to purchase tobacco product hurt business for tobacco sellers?” 18-20 year olds make up only 2-4% of total tobacco sales and most tobacco retailers sell a myriad of non-tobacco related products such as gasoline, coffee, soda, grocery items, meals, alcoholic beverages, hunting and fishing supplies, snacks, magazines and newspapers. The projected decline in sales related to an increase in the legal age to purchase tobacco is negligible. However, a long-term decrease in health care costs is a potential benefit to taxpayer funded Medicare and Medicaid as well as private health insurers.

Others argue that if 18 year olds are old enough to join the military, they should be allowed to purchase tobacco. However, we want a military force that is physically ready, and tobacco use impairs that readiness. The Department of Defense (DoD) and each of the armed services has a stated goal of a tobacco-free military. The DoD spends more than $1.6 billion each and every year on tobacco-related medical care, increased hospitalization, and lost days of work.

The forces prevailing on our elected representatives to do nothing and to reject raising the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 are formidable, but not as formidable as an informed and engaged voting population, who can encourage their representatives to do the right thing. We believe the vast majority of Carver County voters support taking actions that will provide a healthier life for our children and grandchildren. The only question, is whether or not or representatives will listen to their constituents.

Pulled Pork and Politics

Pulled Pork & Politics is back and it’s bigger and better than ever for 2017!


Join us on Saturday, June 24th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Delicious Food, Cash Bar of Carver County wines and beers, Dessert Auction

Guest Speaker: Gubernatorial Candidate Erin Murphy
Updated Special Guests: 
MN Gubernatorial Candidates Erin Murphy, Tina Liebling & Rebecca Otto.
MN House Candidates David Snyder 47A & Jane Montemayor 47B

8751 Ridge Ponds Drive, Victoria.  $25 per person.

All proceeds will benefit the Carver County Democrats – SD47.

Tickets are available by clicking here

Contact: Mary Leizinger – Chair

Carver County Democrats


Call to Action – Trump’s Budget

CALL TO ACTION: Lots and lots to talk to your representative about in this budget!

Western Carver County: Tom Emmer (202) 225-2331
Eastern Carver County: Erik Paulson (202) 225-2871

The president’s plan would make deep cuts in most areas to pay for increased military spending.

Call To Action – Your Obamacare Story

CALL TO ACTION: The white house is soliciting (negative) stories about Obamacare. If you have a (good) Obamacare story to share, let the white house hear it!

Rebecca Otto Listening Session

On March 14, SD47 DFL leadership welcomed Rebecca Otto to her Carver County listening session at the Waconia City Hall. Rebecca listened as people expressed their concerns for Carver County and the governor’s race in 2018. We expect this to be the first of several sessions of this nature, as we gear up for the 2018 election.

SD47 DFL Officers and guests

L to R: Rebecca Wynia, Secretary; Nancy Pickering, Director; Tamara Polzin, Treasurer; Mary Leizinger, Chair; Rebecca Otto; Jane Montemayor, DFL candidate for House District 47B and Jim Weygand, Vice-Chair



February 3, 2017 (Waconia) – At the Waconia Chamber of Commerce annual meeting on January 26, Mayor Jim Sanborn promised that he would be inviting candidates for Governor from both parties to “come here and meet the people of Waconia.” At that meeting, Sanborn declared, “Whoever the next Governor turns out to be, they will know Waconia and the people who live here.”

State Auditor Rebecca Otto agrees with the Mayor’s perspective. She has declared her candidacy for Governor, and has said that she believes, “the best leadership starts with listening to people.”
So Mayor Sanborn offered to host Otto for a listening session with the residents of Waconia. “Even though I am not endorsing any candidate for Governor, I recognize that I serve as Mayor of all of the people of Waconia. Not just the ones that agree with me,” Sanborn said. “It is important to start the conversation and make sure your voice is heard.”

In cooperation with the Otto campaign and SD47 DFL party, a town hall-style “listening session” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 from 7-9pm in the City Council Chambers at Waconia City Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

“We appreciate this opportunity to meet with the good people of Waconia in March,” said Rosa Colman, spokesperson for the Otto campaign. She added that Rebecca Otto has attended nearly two dozen similar events from the Twin Cities to Rochester to Bemidji since announcing her candidacy in January.

Mary Leizinger, Chairperson of the SD47 DFL party in Carver County said, “We are pleased that the Mayor has taken the initiative to organize this event, and look forward to co-hosting this listening session with him.”

For more information, contact Mary Leizinger, Chair of SD47 DFL,

Women’s March – Minnesota

Yesterday was the Women’s March in St. Paul. It was inspiring! So many people out to show their support for each other and for honest representative government. This is the spirit that we need to maintain as we resist the lies and unfair treatment we’re receiving at the hands of our new president.

Get Rid of Fake News

Here are a couple more things that can be done.  Last night, Rachel Maddow spent the first segment of her show discussing the fake news stories about Hillary Clinton in the National Enquirer in the run up to the election.  Below is a U-Tube link to that segment of her show.     That this kind of &%*$%#* can be published and go unchallenged is shocking to me.

I think we have all learned a thing or two about how fake news stories and propaganda can shape public opinion from the Birther conspiracy stories peddled by the President-Elect, that to this day has significant numbers of Americans, and especially Republicans, believing that President Obama was not born in the US.  It’s time to ask our supermarkets and gas stations to stop selling and displaying fake news periodicals because they are damaging our democracy by confusing and misleading voters.  So next time you are in your grocery store or gas station and see a copy of the National Enquirer at the checkout lane, ask the cashier to ask their management to quit selling the National Enquirer.  In addition, write or call the following:

Supervalu Corporation Link to “Contact Us”  11840 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie MN 55344  (952) 828-4000

Lunds Food Holdings  4100 W 50th Street, Suite 2100, Edina MN 55424  (952) 548-1400

Mackenthun’s Link to “Contact Us”   Waconia Store  (952) 442-2512

Holiday Stationstores  PO Box 1224 Minneapolis MN 55440-9985  (952) 830-8700

Quick Trip Link to “Contact Us”


Mary Leizinger

Chair – SD47 Carver County Democrats

612-940-6225  or