Welcome

Since 1980, Stonewall DFL (previously the Gay & Lesbian Caucus) has advocated for LGBTIQ issues within the MN DFL Party and the state legislature.

Our caucus has brought you great leaders such as Allan Spear, Karen Clark, Scott Dibble, Susan Allen, Erin Maye Quade, and many more. Throughout the years we have worked to change DFL hearts and minds one conversation at a time.

Help us continue that work by becoming a dues-paying member of the caucus!

2018 Membership Levels:

  • Patron: $250
  • Sponsor: $125
  • General: $35
  • New Member: $25
  • Student/Senior: $15 (if financially able please join at a higher level)
  • Additional contributions are appreciated as 100% of our membership dues go towards LGBTIQ outreach across the state and helping elect LGBTIQ and Allied candidates to all levels of office.

  • Stonewall DFL works for a safe and equitable Minnesota by electing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and allied Democrats to public office in Minnesota and to party office in the Minnesota DFL. Stonewall DFL offers endorsements for local, state and federal DFL candidates who support equality for all Minnesotans.The Stonewall Caucus supports endorsed candidates with financial support as well as volunteer support. The Stonewall Caucus is important to many in the GLBT and Allied communities who seek Stonewall’s advice in choosing fair-minded candidates to vote for. Stonewall DFL meets on a monthly basis.


    2018 Voter Guide
    Candidates endorsed or rated by Stonewall DFL will be added to the 2018 Voter Guide as they become available.
    (Last updated March 22, 2018)

    U.S. Senate
    Class I
    Amy Klobuchar ‡

    Class II
    Tina Smith ‡

    U.S. House of Representatives
    Congressional District 2
    Angie Craig ‡

    Congressional District 3
    Dean Phillips ‡

    Congressional District 4
    Betty McCollum ‡

    Congressional District 5
    Keith Ellison ‡

    Minnesota Constitutional Officers
    Secretary of State
    Steve Simon ‡

    State Auditor
    Julie Blaha ‡

    Minnesota House of Representatives
    House District 49A
    Heather Edelson ◊

    House District 52B
    Ruth Richardson ◊

    House District 56A
    Hunter Cantrell – Rating: A ◊
    Renita Fisher – Rating: A ◊

    House District 61B
    Meggie Wittorf ◊

    House District 62B
    Korina Barry ◊

    House District 63B
    Jean Wagenius ◊

    Local Offices
    Hennepin County Sheriff
    Dave Hutchinson ‡

    Hennepin County Commissioner, District 3
    Marion Greene ‡

    Ramsey County Commissioner, District 3
    Trista Matascastillo ‡

    Ramsey County Commissioner, District 6
    Jim McDonough ‡

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    * These candidates have withdrawn from the election they were endorsed for.
    ‡ These candidates were endorsed by the Stonewall DFL Membership at the 2018 Annual Meeting.
    ◊ These candidates were endorsed or rated by the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors through the Political Support Committee.

    Endorsements require 60% of those voting to pass; Ratings require greater than 50% of those voting to pass.


    About Us
    History of Stonewall
    Every summer since 1970, the LGBT community has celebrated Pride Fests in major and minor cities across this country. In Minnesota Pride is celebrated with Twin Cities Pride, Rochester, Mankato, Pine City, St. Cloud, and Duluth.

    Stonewall DFL participates in each pride-fest around Minnesota. You may have asked yourself where does the term Stonewall come from?

    The 1960s was a turbulent decade in U.S. history including the Civil Rights Movement, Counter-Culture and anti-war protests.

    The Stonewall Inn, located in the Greenwich Village area of New York City was the site of the Stonewall Riots. In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn and were resisted by Stonewall Patrons. For several nights the LGBT community resisted the police. These riots were the catalyst that sparked the modern day gay rights movement in the United States.

    Pride Fests are held each year towards the end of June to honor the Stonewall Riots.

    Candidate Training and Development
    Stonewall DFL works with prospective candidates, helping them outreach to GLBT communities with messaging that is inclusive and respectful.

    Support for Endorsed Candidates
    Following an intensive screening process, Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates seeking local, state, and federal offices. Endorsed candidates can receive financial and/or volunteer assistance with their campaigns. Stonewall DFL members often look to our endorsements for guidance in choosing candidates.

    Welcoming New LGBT Democratic Activists
    Stonewall DFL actively outreaches to the LGBT community seeking to recruit the political leaders of tomorrow to get engaged in the political process.

    Lobbying On Behalf Of Our Communities
    Stonewall DFL volunteers lobby and petition our Minnesota state & federal lawmakers to advocate legislation that will bring equality and justice for all LGBT people.


    Stonewall DFL Issues “A” Ratings for DFL Candidates Conley and McLaughlin in Hennepin County District 4
    Minneapolis, Minn., May 13, 2018 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced an “A” rating for Angela Conley and for Peter McLaughlin for Hennepin County District 4.

    “Hennepin County District 4 is at a crossroads. Having a choice between a stalwart elected champion of our community and a strong, qualified challenger whose life and work is rooted in justice and dignity for all is a great place to be,” said Stonewall DFL Caucus Chair Erica Mauter.

    “Stonewall DFL is proud to support Angela Conley for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 4. Angela has a strong history of bringing forward LGBTQ+ issues in her own intersectional advocacy,” said Mauter. “Her background of experiencing and influencing county service delivery gives her a critical perspective on how the county can best serve residents, especially as so many in the LGBTQ+ community turn to the county for help as we are disproportionately impacted in areas of health care, housing, criminal justice, and more.”

    Mauter said, “Stonewall DFL recognizes Commissioner McLaughlin’s very long history of courageously standing with us, even – and especially – when it wasn’t popular to do so. We’re confident that he can use his deep relationships to address the disparities that the LGBTQ+ community continues to face.”

    Hennepin County District 4 includes parts of east and downtown Minneapolis and Fort Snelling.

    Conley said, “I am deeply honored by the ‘A’ rating my campaign has received from Stonewall DFL. Service to community, for me, has always been rooted in justice. Justice is the foundation of the advocacy work the Stonewall DFL is committed to for those of us who identify as LGBTQ+. These shared values mean that, together, we will work to create new pathways to stability and wellness that uplifts our whole, authentic selves. Work that is inclusive, meaningful, and led by our LGBTQ+ friends, family, and neighbors.”

    McLaughlin said, “I have been a strong ally of the LGBTQ community since the first days of Stonewall, PRIDE and the Human Rights Campaign Fund (now just HRC). I am proud to have an ‘A’ rating from Stonewall DFL. I look forward to working with the entire community on inclusion and respect throughout Hennepin County and all of Minnesota.”

    “A” rated candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by a majority of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors. A full list of Stonewall DFL-rated and -endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at: https://www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2018-candidate-questionnaires/


    Stonewall DFL Endorses Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner District 2

    Minneapolis, Minn., May 11, 2018 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced its endorsement of Irene Fernando for Hennepin County Commissioner District 2.

    “Irene Fernando brings impressive leadership experience,” said Stonewall DFL Caucus Chair Erica Mauter. “Irene thinks about the county as both a policy-maker and an employer and demonstrated a keen understanding of how different constituents apply different frames to issues. We’re confident that Irene is well-informed of the unique ways our diverse LGBTQ+ community is impacted across many issues facing Hennepin County, and will creatively navigate diverse spaces to build the coalitions necessary to advance policy.”

    Hennepin County District 2 includes the cities of Golden Valley, Medicine Lake, southeast Plymouth, St. Anthony, and north and northeast Minneapolis, including the North Loop and Bryn Mawr neighborhoods. The incumbent, Linda Higgins (DFL), is retiring from the seat.

    “I’m excited to be endorsed by the Stonewall DFL Caucus,” said Fernando. “I’m impressed with Stonewall DFL’s strong community engagement approach statewide because it educates people on LGBTQ+ issues and activates communities to influence local government. I look forward to working closely with Stonewall DFL to fight for the rights of Hennepin County residents at every level.”

    Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors. A full list of Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at: https://www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2018-candidate-questionnaires/


    Stonewall DFL Endorses Mitra Jalali Nelson for Saint Paul City Council in Ward 4

    Minneapolis, Minn., April 16, 2018 – April 22, 2018 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced its endorsement of Mitra Jalali Nelson for Saint Paul City Council in Ward 4.

    “We’re proud to support Mitra Nelson to represent Ward 4 on the Saint Paul City Council,” said Stonewall DFL Caucus Chair Erica Mauter. “Stonewall DFL values elected officials who understand how the issues that many Minnesotans face have a disproportionate impact on our communities, who will advocate for marginalized voices, and who will work with us to build coalitions to address these issues. We’re confident that Mitra Nelson brings the professional and life experience to be that champion and partner.”

    Saint Paul’s Ward 4 includes all or part of five neighborhoods – Hamline-Midway, Merriam Park, Saint Anthony Park, and parts of Macalester-Groveland and Como. Ward 4 Council Member Russ Stark recently vacated the seat when he was appointed to serve as Saint Paul’s Chief Resilience Officer by Mayor Melvin Carter III. Former Stark legislative aide Samantha Henningson is serving as interim Council Member until the special election on August 14, 2018.

    “It’s an honor to receive the endorsement of Stonewall DFL,” said Nelson. “I’m running to elevate the leadership and issues of LGBTQ people in our community – from access to affordable housing and healthcare, to upholding the law and protections for us against employment or business discrimination, to confronting state violence against trans people and LGBTQ people of color. I’m so proud to have Stonewall DFL as a partner in creating the communities we deserve.”

    Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors. A full list of Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at: https://www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2018-candidate-questionnaires/


    Stonewall DFL Endorses Ruth Richardson for Minnesota House 52B

    Minneapolis, Minn., April 16, 2018 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced its endorsement of Ruth Richardson for Minnesota House 52B.

    “Ruth Richardson approached us as soon as she got in the race,” said Stonewall DFL Caucus Chair Erica Mauter. “We were deeply impressed by her leadership, the appointments she’s served, her professional and community experience advocating for legislation, and her commitment to serving all Minnesotans.”

    House District 52B includes Inver Grove Heights, Sunfish Lake, and parts of Mendota Heights and Eagan. The district flipped from DFL to Republican in 2016; Richardson aims to flip the seat back to DFL. Richardson easily earned the DFL endorsement at the SD52 convention on March 4, 2018.

    “I am grateful and honored to be recognized with the endorsement of Stonewall DFL,” said Richardson. “Stonewall is at the forefront working to create more equitable communities for all LGBT people. There is still so much work to be done. I am proud to stand as an ally with Stonewall DFL and I am committed to working to ensure that our communities are inclusive and equitable for all LGBT people.”

    Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors. A full list of Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at: https://www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2018-candidate-questionnaires/


    Stonewall DFL Endorses Heather Edelson for Minnesota House 49A

    Minneapolis, Minn., April 16, 2018 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced its endorsement of Heather Edelson for Minnesota House 49A.

    “Heather Edelson has demonstrated a strong understanding that the issues of the LGBTQ community are in many ways the same as all Minnesotans, but also present unique barriers and challenges,” said Stonewall DFL Caucus Chair Erica Mauter.

    House District 49A covers most of Edina. Edelson is running to unseat first-term Republican incumbent Dario Anselmo. Edelson earned the DFL endorsement at the SD49 convention on March 10, 2018.

    “I’m both proud and honored to have received Stonewall’s endorsement for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 49A / Edina,” said Edelson. “As a member of Edina’s Human Rights Commission, I am already working to ensure every community member feels welcome in our city, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender. With Stonewall’s help, I will continue that advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ communities. I look forward to making progress next year on our shared priorities of improving access to housing, making healthcare affordable, preventing discrimination, and taking new, proactive steps to both protect access to HIV treatment and reduce new infections.”

    Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors. A full list of Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at: https://www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2018-candidate-questionnaires/


    Stonewall DFL Endorses Representative Jean Wagenius for Minnesota House 63B

    Minneapolis, Minn., March 21, 2018 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced its endorsement of Representative Jean Wagenius for Minnesota House 63B.

    “Representative Wagenius has proven that, as one of the most progressive legislators in the House, when we ask, she shows up. We need stalwart, strategic legislators to tackle the issues that face our communities,” said Erica Mauter, Stonewall DFL Caucus Chair.

    House District 63B covers parts of southeast Minneapolis, northeast Richfield, and MSP airport. Rep. Wagenius has represented the district since 1987.

    Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors. A full list of Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at: https://www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2018-candidate-questionnaires/


    Stonewall DFL Issues “A” Ratings for DFL Candidates Fisher and Cantrell in Minnesota House 56A

    Minneapolis, Minn., March 21, 2018 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced an “A” rating for Renita Fisher and for Hunter Cantrell for Minnesota House 56A.

    “Stonewall DFL is thrilled to have two very strong candidates running in 56A, both of whom we believe offer needed perspective,” said Erica Mauter, Stonewall DFL Caucus Chair. “Renita Fisher demonstrated deep knowledge of issues and presented clear solutions. Her work with Better Angels having conversations across partisan differences will serve her well in the legislature.”

    “Hunter Cantrell’s work as a home health aide and with SEIU Healthcare give him an inside look at one of our most pressing issues today. We also appreciate his acknowledgment of a need for intersectional approaches,” said Mauter.

    House District 56A includes Savage and part of Burnsville.

    Fisher said, “I am deeply honored to have Stonewall DFL’s “A” rating and support as we continue to press forward for full inclusion. I will be fearless in my fight to secure and safeguard equality and the rights of LGBTQIA Minnesotans in our everyday lives. We are only truly free when all of us are equal.”

    Cantrell said, “As a queer candidate who began their political activism by fighting for the freedom to marry in the state of Minnesota, it is my honor to have earned an A rating from the Stonewall DFL Caucus. I look forward to working with all members of our intersectional community to build a more equitable, fair, and just Minnesota.”

    “A” rated candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by a majority of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors. A full list of Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at: https://www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2018-candidate-questionnaires/

    Stonewall DFL Endorses Meggie Wittorf for Minnesota House 61B

    Minneapolis, Minn., March 21, 2018 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced its endorsement of Meggie Wittorf for Minnesota House 61B.

    “Meggie Wittorf impressed Stonewall DFL with her deep understanding of and ability to advocate for LGBTQ and equity issues,” said Erica Mauter, Stonewall DFL Caucus Chair. “Meggie’s years of advocacy experience in our communities prepare her to hit the ground running at our Capitol. Stonewall DFL is proud and excited to partner with Meggie to be the next state representative in 61B.”

    House District 61B includes the southwest Minneapolis neighborhoods of East Calhoun, CARAG, East Harriet, Lynnhurst, Kenny, Armatage, Windom, and Page, as well as portions of Tangletown, Fulton, Diamond Lake, and Field. The incumbent, Rep. Paul Thissen, is retiring from the seat after a run for governor.

    “I am honored to have the support of Stonewall DFL. As a longtime DFLer and advocate for LGBTQ communities, I am ready to partner with Stonewall and get to work at the Capitol to create equity and opportunity for all Minnesotans. Together, we will tackle disparities in our healthcare, housing, and criminal justice systems,” said Meggie Wittorf.

    Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors. A full list of Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at: https://www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2018-candidate-questionnaires/


    Stonewall DFL Endorses Korina Barry for Minnesota House 62B.

    Minneapolis, Minn., March 6, 2018 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced its endorsement of Korina Barry for Minnesota House 62B.

    “As we head toward the Senate District 62 DFL convention this Saturday, Stonewall DFL is proud to endorse Korina Barry,” said Samuel Doten, Stonewall DFL Political Support Committee Co-Chair. “We are lucky to have so many exceptional candidates running for 62B. Korina stood out in particular with her deep understanding of issues affecting LGBTQ Minnesotans and the diverse communities LGBTQ people are a part of.”

    House District 62B incumbent, Rep. Susan Allen, announced last year she will not seek reelection. Allen was the first Native American elected to the Minnesota Legislature and is a member of the LGBTQ community. “Korina will bring a vital perspective to the Minnesota House and will continue the legacy of Rep. Allen’s work. She will serve our district and the entire state of Minnesota with distinction,” said Doten.

    “I am extremely honored to have earned the endorsement of Stonewall DFL. I deeply respect Stonewall’s work to ensure equality for all Minnesotans, and I look forward to working together and fighting for LGBTQ rights and protections at the legislature.” said Korina Barry.

    Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors. A full list of Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at: https://www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2018-candidate-questionnaires/


    About Stonewall DFL

    Stonewall DFL works for a safe and equitable Minnesota by electing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied Democrats to public office in Minnesota and to party office in the Minnesota DFL. The caucus offers endorsements for local, state and federal DFL candidates who support equality for all Minnesotans. Stonewall DFL provides endorsed candidates with both financial and volunteer support whenever possible. The Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis to carry out the business of the caucus and is open to the public. For information, visit dfl.org/stonewall, join its Facebook page or follow @StonewallDFL on Twitter.

    The Minnesota Stonewall DFL Caucus was first organized in August 1980 as the LGBTF Caucus. Its charter was recognized by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota in 1982 and was renamed Stonewall DFL in 1992. Today, Stonewall is the DFL’s oldest and most active community caucus and the oldest continuously-operating political advocacy organization whose mission is to promote LGBTQ equality across the state of Minnesota.