About Us

We Are Democrats…We believe that anyone from any walk of life should have a fair shot in achieving their hopes and dreams…no matter their gender, faith, race, who they are or who they love.

MN Senate District 53 DFL is an Organizing Unit of the Minnesota DFL. We are a committed group of volunteers and activists in Woodbury, Maplewood, Oakdale, and Landfall, working to elect Democrats to all levels of public office, promote the party platform, advocate equality for all people and create healthy communities through service, education, and empowerment.


  • Chair, Cheryle R. Carter
  • Vice-Chair, Tom Miller
  • Secretary, Jodell Miller
  • Treasurer, Patricia Williamson
  • Outreach and Inclusion, Mariah Neuharth

District Boundaries

You can determine your polling place using the Secretary of State’s Pollfinder.

The following documents contain the official boundary definitions for offices in which this DFL Organizing Unit has endorsement authority:

Email Address:

Mailing Address:
DFL Senate District 53
PO Box 25893, Woodbury, MN 55125


Caucus/Convention Training

The precinct is the first level of the DFL Party structure.  The precinct caucuses are a foundational pillar to the DFL Party’s grassroots history because all Minnesota constituents have the ability to participate at this level.


Those in attendance have an opportunity to speak with candidates, participate in a preferential ballot, and compose resolutions that have the potential to be forwarded to their local unit conventions and the state convention for deliberation for acceptance to the official DFL Ongoing Platform and Action Agenda.


When you participate in the SD53 Caucus, you agree to the following DFL 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, remember this commitment includes electing members of underrepresented communities to positions both within the DFL party and in public office.”


2020-21 Official Call (Final)

2020 Caucus Agenda

SD53 Platform (Per 3/2018 Convention)

Tou Xiong
State Representative 53A
Steve Sandell
State Representative 53B
Susan Kent
Minnesota Senator
Betty McCollum
US Congresswoman
Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan
Governor and Lt. Governor
Keith Ellison
Minnesota Attorney General
Tina Smith
United States Senator
Amy Klobuchar
United States Senator
Steve Simon
Minnesota Secretary of State
Julie Blaha
Minnesota State Auditor

News & Media

Coffee and Conversation
Jim Vlcek, Facilitator
For location and time email sd53dfl@gmail.com.

Our Upcoming Events

SD53 Celebrates the Legacy of David Weinlick at 1st Annual Fundraiser Mixer

Woodbury, MN, September 3, 2019
—Senate District 53 is hosting its first annual David Weinlick Fundraiser Mixer on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 6:30 PM at Eagle Valley Golf Course, located at 2600 Double Eagle Lane in Woodbury.  The event is a fundraiser for the Senate District.  David Weinlick was a community activist, a resident of SD53 and Party Affairs Director for nine years for the Minnesota DFL.  Weinlick died in 2018 from colon cancer.  A portion of the proceeds will go towards a scholarship with his namesake.

 “Everyone knew David in one way or another,” said Cheryle Carter, SD53 Chair.  “He famously married his wife, Elizabeth, in a Bachelor-esque style.  He allowed his family and friends to choose his wife.  But, we, as Democrats, knew him as someone who we could count on for answers, who made all people feel welcomed especially those new to the DFL party, and he believed in fairness and grassroots politics.  He exemplified what we at SD53 are seeking to become for all members who choose to join us.  This event is to celebrate his legacy,” she continued.

Tickets are $75 per person or $150 per couple.

To purchase your ticket(s) now, click here.

Proceeds benefit Senate District 53

SD53 Calendar

Oct 24, 2019 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

David Weinlick Mixer & Fundraiser

Join us for a Mixer event, honoring David Weinlick’s legacy with the DFL. Tickets are $150/couple or $75 each.

Cocktails/social evening, mingling and open atmosphere, with drinks and enhanced hors d’oeuvres.
Proceeds from this fundraiser go to SD53 for our Caucus Night February 25, 2020 and Convention March 21, 2020, so we can continue to be the Big Tent party – welcoming, inclusive, diverse.

David Weinlick earned the Hubert H. Humphrey Award for Dedication and Leadership in the MN DFL. He served as MN DFL Party Affairs Director for 9 years, being the familiar face at the DFL making sure everyone knew how to get involved. He was helpful and fair, and believed deeply in the principles of democracy, so much that his friends and family voted for his wife. He focused on what was good and interesting about each person.

Humphrey award video (3 min)

Washington Post