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Note that Minnesota has open primaries, which means you can vote in whichever party’s primary that you want and do not need to be registered in that party.
Below are candidates from our BKAS series that have progressive values. In general, the list contains candidates who have Bernie-like positions – Medicare-for-All, increased minimum wage, getting money out of politics, free college tuition, etc. However, not every candidate may support every position Bernie has. If you don’t know the candidate, check out their linked webpage. If you are not comfortable voting for any of these candidates, you can find others running in these races listed on the Green Papers or Ballotpedia for US Senate, Ballotpedia for US House or Ballotpedia for Governor. Also, here is the link to the BKAS post on Minnesota – Minnesota, but note that it was written way back in early-October of 2017 and candidates will have changed since then. Check the Green Papers or Ballotpedia links above for the most up-to-date list of candidates in your district. The list below includes candidates that have declared since those original Florida posts were made.
The current governor, Mark Dayton, is retiring at the end of his term. Erin Murphy is a strong progressive Berniecrat. Chris Wright, running on the Grassroots Party, also has a strong platform and supports single-payer healthcare.
There will be two Senate races in Minnesota this year. One regular election for Amy Klobuchar’s seat, who is coming to the end of her term and running for re-election, and one for former Senator Al Franken’s seat (currently held by Tina Smith, who was appointed by the Governor).
Amy Klobuchar is a pretty conservative Democrat and has not co-sponsored Medicare-for-All. But the other Dem candidates running against her don’t seem any better. There is a Green Party candidate, Paula Overby, with a good platform. There is also a candidate of the Legal Marijuana Now Party, Dennis Schuller, though his main issue is legalizing marijuana.
Franken’s former seat (currently held by Tina Smith):
Ali Chechem Ali or Nick Leonard (endorsed by Our Revolution). Richard Painter also says he supports Medicare-for-All and getting money out of politics, but note that he is a former Republican and a bit more conservative that some Democrats. He supports fiscal responsibility and balancing the federal budget. There is also a candidate of the Legal Marijuana Now Party, Sarah Wellington, though her main issue is legalizing marijuana.
MN-01: No recommendation
MN-02: Angie Craig says she wants to support the ACA and move toward universal healthcare. She also supports 2 years free college tuition and ending Citizens United.
MN-04: Susan Prendergast is running on the Legal Marijuana Now Party line. She supports legalizing marijuana, but there is nothing on her other positions. There is no other progressive in this race.
MN-06: Ian Todd
MN-07: No recommendation.
MN-08: Lots of good candidates here that all support Medicare-for-All. But their other positions vary somewhat, so read their websites to know who to support. Kirsten Kennedy or Michelle Lee or Jason Metsa or Joe Radinovich. Soren Sorenson may also support progressive policies, but his website is vague. There is also a Green Party candidate, Skip Sandman.
Secretary of State:
There is only one Democratic candidate, Steve Simon, who is the current Secretary of State in Minnesota. He supports “making it easier to vote for all eligible Minnesotans”. There is also a candidate of the Independence Party, William Denney, who “believes that elections should be administered by someone independent of the influence of the major political parties and that our voting structures need to be protected from hacking, including a paper trail”. Denney also wants to make it easier for third parties to get ballot and debate access. I think Denney’s platform is stronger on voter protections.
Attorney General: I think there are strong candidates all around on the Democratic side. Keith Ellison is very strong and endorsed by Our Revolution. But the other candidates, Debra Hilstrom, Matt Pelikan and Mike Rothman also seem like a strong candidates interested in protecting consumers from shady practices and being taken advantage of by predatory individuals and businesses. Noah Johnson is running under the Legalize Cannabis Party and his main issue is legalizing homegrown, recreational marijuana.
Also, here are Ballotpedia links for the Oklahoma State House and State Senate races. I haven’t had time to research these candidates, so you’ll have to do your own research on them.
Next election is not until 2020 for the Minnesota State Senate
Finally, I may have missed some candidates, so if anyone else knows of a good progressive I’ve left off this list, let me know.