Candidate Watch Minnesota

Candidate Watch Minnesota

MN-02: Angie Craig

Tipping point race: Savvy business leader Angie Craig takes on second most vulnerable GOP incumbent in MN

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angieAngie Craig has been a leader in the Minnesota business community, as well as a powerful advocate for marriage equality in the state. She and her wife are proud to have raised their four sons in Minnesota. She wants to take these values of family, community, and caring for each other to the Congress. If she wins election, she will be Minnesota’s first openly gay Member of Congress.

Craig is a former journalist and healthcare leader who was raised by a single mother in a mobile home park. Her family struggled to pay healthcare bills, and Angie worked two jobs to pay her way through college. She went on to lead a workforce of 16,000 employees at a major Minnesota manufacturer. She says: “I’ve been a soccer mom, a baseball mom, a football mom, a band mom, and more. I’ve also been a working mother.” She’s got the skills and she’s got the will!

Craig is running against Jason Lewis, a Republican extremist who won this swing seat against Craig in 2016 by less than two points. A former radio talk show host, Lewis is known as ‘MN’s Mini Trump,’ although he occasionally has come out against Trump. Lewis is considered the second most vulnerable Member of the Congress.

The Second District is south of the Twin Cities and is primarily suburban. It is a true purple district: it just barely went for Obama in 2012, and just barely for Trump in 2016. Inside Elections, Sabado, and Cook call it a Toss Up Race. This is a DCCC — Red to Blue Race. Go, Angie! To help her get over the tipping point, go to ActBlue to donate her campaign.

MN-03: Dean Phillips

Tipping Point Race: Dean Phillips aggressively takes on five-term Republican in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District

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phillipsFiveThirtyEight targets the 3rd Congressional District as one of 25 districts most likely to flip the House this November!

Democrat Dean Phillips, entrepreneur and civic leader from a sixth-generation Minnesota family, is challenging Republican Erik Paulsen, a five-term Congressman and member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. This is one of Minnesota’s most competitive races and probably the most expensive one in the state. It’s a Democratic party target to turn from “Red to Blue” and most pundits, as well as WNDC, see this race as a good bet to take back the House!

While receiving his MBA from the University of Minnesota, Phillips worked his way up to eventually lead the family business. Phillips and his business partners made Talenti Gelato one of America’s best-selling ice cream brands. His newest venture is Penny’s Coffee, a small business where the company voluntarily pays its employees $15 per hour. Phillips in his ‘coffee and conversations’ district tour says that he approaches public policy the same way he helped build businesses:

“by soliciting ideas from everybody, by being innovative, collaborative, and always finding ways to do more with less.”

Phillips refuses to take money from PAC’s, special interest groups, corporations, unions, and other politicians. Moreover, he opposes self-funding campaigns. To date, he has received 5,400 campaign donations. Phillips will make campaign finance reform a top priority. Republican Paulsen, on the other hand, raised over $3.7 million these past 18 months, mostly from insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

Phillips’ issues range from affordable healthcare, gun violence, women’s rights, the environment, and protecting seniors.

His endorsements include, among many: Citizens United, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and Giffords. His opponent, Paulsen, is primarily supported by big business and special interests. Paulsen’s voting record reflects that — he has voted 50+ times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, received an “A” rating from the NRA, and a 0% rating from Planned Parenthood.

Clearly, Dean Phillips is the right choice for voters. WNDC is on his side! Go to ActBlue to donate to his campaign.