Stonewall DFL Community Caucus


Endorsement Schedule – April & May

Dear DFL candidates,

In the coming weeks, the Political Support Committee of Stonewall DFL will be screening candidates for various county, municipal, and school board races prior to their respective endorsing conventions.

We have two screening dates scheduled:

  1. Saturday, April 21
    Clare Housing, Central Ave NE, Minneapolis
    Screening candidates for:
    -Saint Paul Ward 4
    -Hennepin County District 2
    -Hennepin County District 4
    Submit questionnaires no later than 8pm on Thursday, April 19.
    Endorsement will be announced Monday, April 23.
  2. Sunday, April 29
    Clare Housing, Central Ave NE, Minneapolis
    Screening candidates for:
    -Ramsey County Sheriff
    -Minneapolis Board of Education At-Large
    Submit questionnaires no later than Wednesday, April 25.
    Endorsement will be announced Wednesday, May 2.

The Political Support Committee will reach out directly to candidates for the above-listed races to schedule a screening time. In addition, we invite candidates who have been endorsed by their respective DFL unit to apply for our endorsement.

Submit questionnaires at:

US Congress questionnaire
Minnesota Legislature & State Constitutional Officers questionnaire
City & County questionnaire
School Board questionnaire

Sincerely,

Samuel Doten
Political Support Committee Co-Chair
sdoten50@gmail.com

John Westerfield-Moses
Political Support Committee Co-Chair
johnjeff@westerfield.com

 


Stonewall DFL Endorses in Inver Grove Heights, Sunfish Lake, and Mendota Heights

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/

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.

Contact:
Erica Mauter
elmauter@gmail.com


Stonewall DFL Endorses in Edina

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/

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.

Contact:
Erica Mauter
elmauter@gmail.com


Stonewall DFL endorses in Minneapolis and Richfield

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/

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.

Contact:
Erica Mauter
elmauter@gmail.com


Stonewall Issues “A” Ratings for DFL Candidates in Burnsville and Savage

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/

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.

 

Contact:
Erica Mauter
elmauter@gmail.com


Stonewall DFL Endorses in Southwest Minneapolis

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/

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.

 

Contact:
Erica Mauter
elmauter@gmail.com


Stonewall Endorses Ahead of DFL Convention this Saturday

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.

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Contact:
Samuel Doten
sdoten50@gmail.com


Stonewall DFL Endorsement Questionnaire – Live Now

2/26/2018

Dear DFL candidates:

Stonewall DFL is now accepting applications for endorsement for the 2018 electoral cycle.

US Congress questionnaire
Minnesota Legislature & State Constitutional Officers questionnaire
City & County questionnaire
School Board questionnaire

Before you begin your questionnaire, you may preview all questions here.

We encourage you to submit your questionnaire as quickly as possible to facilitate timely action in your race. Endorsements will be decided and announced on a rolling basis, with priority given to contested DFL endorsements and those with conventions taking place sooner.

Please note that screening candidates does not mean Stonewall DFL will necessarily make an endorsement for that race. Details for screening times and locations will be sent directly to candidates as invited.

Refer to this post for further information on the endorsement process, including priority action deadlines for contested DFL endorsements.

Please share this post widely so as many candidates as possible are aware of this opportunity!

We acknowledge the hard work that you put into completing our questionnaire, and we pledge to consider your responses with the same care and effort you put into it. Thank you for taking on the challenge of public service, and thank you for your dedication to your community.

Sincerely,

John Westerfield-Moses
Political Support Committee Co-Chair
johnjeff@westerfield.com

Samuel Doten
Political Support Committee Co-Chair
sdoten50@gmail.com


2018 Endorsement Process – March

2/23/2018

Dear campaigns,

The Stonewall DFL Political Support Committee announces that questionnaires to apply for Stonewall DFL endorsement will go live Monday, February 26.

We encourage you to submit your questionnaire as quickly as possible to facilitate timely action in your race. Endorsements will be decided and announced on a rolling basis, with priority given to contested DFL endorsements and those with conventions taking place sooner.

There are two priority deadlines–

  • For candidates with conventions on/before March 11: Submit questionnaire no later than 5:00 pm, Thursday, March 1. You will be notified that night if you will be invited to screen between 12:30 to 4:30 on Saturday, March 3. You will be guaranteed a time slot if invited, but exact time is first come, first serve.
  • For candidates with conventions on/before March 25: Submit questionnaire no later than 11:59 pm, Monday, March 12. You will be notified March 14 if you will be invited to screen on Saturday, March 17. You will be guaranteed a time slot if invited, but exact time is first come, first serve.

The Political Support Committee will follow this schedule through the end of March:

February 26: Questionnaire goes live
March 3: Screen candidates – Roosevelt Library, Minneapolis
March 6: Announce first round of endorsements (if any)
March 17: Screen candidates – Clare Housing (Central Ave), Minneapolis
March 20: Announce second round of endorsements
March 25: Board meeting in Rochester; Screen candidates in southern MN
March 31: Screen candidates – Clare Housing (Central Ave), Minneapolis

Please note that screening candidates does not mean Stonewall DFL will necessarily make an endorsement for that race.

Details for screening times and locations will be sent directly to candidates as invited. Stonewall DFL members should contact John Westerfield-Moses to be included in Political Support Committee proceedings.

Thank you,

John Westerfield-Moses
Political Support Committee Co-Chair
johnjeff@westerfield.com

Samuel Doten
Political Support Committee Co-Chair
sdoten50@gmail.com


2018 Annual Membership Meeting Digital Info

Proposed Agenda

January 15, 2017 Annual Meeting Minutes

Proposed Rules

Proposed C&B Changes

Paper copies available at the meeting until they run out.