About Us

Membership in this Party is open to all residents of Senate District 56 who support the principles of the DFL Party in Minnesota. No member of any other political party may vote within the DFL Party.

As a result of the 2012 re-districting, Senate District 56 was created. The Senate District is composed of three cities: Burnsville, Lakeville (northwestern corner) and Savage. The District is spread over two counties: Dakota and Scott. Within the three cities, we have twenty-three precincts. SD56 Central Committee Meetings are held the second Monday of every month starting at 6:30 PM.


Officers, Directors, and Standing Committees

Our Officers

CHAIR: Lawrence Sandoval, Savage
VICE CHAIR: Open
SECRETARY: Open
TREASURER: John Larva, Burnsville
OUTREACH AND INCLUSION OFFICER: Debra Ouellette, Savage
COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER: Leon Thurman, Burnsville

Directors

Kaela Berg, Burnsville
Steve Buck, Lakeville
Jon Buuck, Burnsville
Lucy Buckner, Burnsville
Jessica Hanson, Burnsville
Dawn Johnson, Burnsville
Terry Joyce, Burnsville
Barbara Mahowald, Savage
Paul McDowall, Burnsville
Derek Nagel, Savage
Donald Rideaux-Crenshaw, Burnsville
Sandra Sandoval, Savage
Phillip Sterner, Burnsville
Carolyn Thornton, Burnsville
Mary Ann Vande Vussee, Savage
Phillip Young, Savage

Standing Committees

Candidate ID and Recruitment
Chair: Kaela Berg

Caucus and Convention Planning
Chair: Mary Ann Vande Vusse

Finance and Budget Planning
Chair: Dawn Johnson

Fundraising
Chair: Barbara Mahowald

Outreach, Inclusion and Education
Co-Chair: Lucy Buckner
Co-Chair: Jessica Hanson

Public Relations and Special Events
Chair: Sandy Sandoval

Voter Communications
Co-Chair: Don Rideaux-Crenshaw
Co-Chair: Terry Joyce


News & Media

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