House DFLers unveil winning team; file for office

May 22 2018

St. Paul, Minnesota — Dozens of House DFL legislators and candidates officially filed to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives today in St. Paul and across Minnesota.

House DFL Leader Melissa Hortman said she was confident that the impressive group of DFL candidates has what it takes to win a majority in the November election.

“The amount of DFL energy we’re seeing is unprecedented,” said House DFL Leader Melissa Hortman. “Smart, passionate, hard-working candidates have emerged across the state surrounded by energetic local supporters. People are frustrated by Republicans who have put corporations and the wealthy ahead of regular people, and they’re looking for a change.”

“I was motivated to run for office by the 2016 election, and the people I’ve met on the campaign trail have inspired me in ways I could have never imagined: gun violence survivors, children who aren’t getting the services they need in school, and people who can’t afford their medication,” said Kelly Moller, candidate in District 42A (Arden Hills, Mounds View, and Shoreview). “As a prosecutor and victim rights advocate, I’m used to fighting for justice every day. Now I’m ready to fight for everyday people at the Capitol.”

“I’m running because I care a lot about our state and our country and I have been very concerned about the state of political discourse,” said Kelly Morrison, candidate in District 33B (Chanhassen, Mound, Excelsior, and Deephaven). “I want to be part of problem solving at the State House, and advocate for a healthy, thriving Minnesota with affordable health care, great public schools, clean air and water, and safe communities.”

“My run for office is an extension of work I have being doing within our community for well over a decade to help our veterans, working people, our youth, and the vulnerable,” said Ruth Richardson, candidate in 52B (Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, Eagan, and Sunfish Lake). “I am a professional problem solver with an established track record of working in collaboration with various communities across the aisle to get things done. I’m excited for the campaign and hope to have the opportunity to serve the people in the Minnesota House.”

Leader Hortman said the election will come down to a contrast in values between the two parties and their candidates.

“Republicans keep using the same strategy of pitting Minnesotans against each other and waging divisive regional battles instead of focusing on the values Minnesotans broadly share,” added DFL Leader Hortman. “Divide and conquer doesn’t build a state that works better for all of us.”

There is strong evidence of Democratic momentum across the country. Democrats have flipped 41 state legislative seats from red to blue since President Trump’s inauguration.