Who's Running for MN DFL Office 2020

MN Senate District 41

Mary Kunesh

Minnesota State Representative
for 41B
2016 – present
Running for Senate

Elected to the MN House of Representatives in 2016, Mary Kunesh represents district 41B, Columbia Heights and Hilltop, parts of New Brighton and St. Anthony Village. As an educator for more than 25 years, Mary also continues her role as the Library Media Specialist at the Robbinsdale Middle School. 

Mary is an Assistant Majority Leader for the DFL Caucus,  is Vice Chair of the Education Policy committee and sits on the Education Finance committee as well as  Health and Human Services and the School Trust Lands committees. She is chair of the Missing and Murdered Indigineous Women’s Task force of which she is the author and passed with 100% bi-partisan support in both House and Senate.

As the daughter and granddaughter of members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Representative Kunesh is a founding member of the first Native American Caucus as well as the POCI (People of Color Indigineous) Caucus in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Within the 2019 legislative session Rep Kunesh passed a total of 10 pieces of legislation that includes components of the Increase TOCAI (Teachers of Color and American Indian), the Equal Rights Amendment /ERA amendment, the “buttocks” bill, equity funding for our BIE schools, and the first increase in MFIP grants in over 30 years, among others.

Mary is ready to take her skills and experience to be the next Senator of District 41.

Find out more here:

Twitter: @mkuneshpodein
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KuneshPodein/

MN House District 41 A

Connie Bernardy

Minnesota State Representative
for 41A
2001 – present

Representative Bernardy is currently the DFL lead on several committees including Transportation and Regional Governance Policy, Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance, and Transportation Finance.  She is running for re-election and is not facing a primary challenger.  Connie Bernardy grew up in the community she serves – Fridley, New Brighton, and Spring Lake Park. She is in her seventh term at the Minnesota House of Representatives and is the Higher Education Finance & Policy Chair. She believes, every Minnesotan deserves access to quality, affordable health care, a world-class education, and a state where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Growing up in Fridley, Connie gained a strong love and commitment to the people of her community. She attended Spring Lake Park Public Schools. She married Dan, her wonderful husband of over 30 years and their girls attended Fridley Public Schools. They currently live in New Brighton. Connie’s career has been bringing people together and creating community partnerships. In her free time, she enjoys walking her dog, ancestry research, and spending time at the lake with her family.

Where does the Representative stand on the issues?

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Twitter: @conniebernardy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepConnieBernardy/

MN House District 41 B

Sandra Feist

Running For 
Minnesota House 41B

Sandra is a mom, an immigration lawyer, an advocate for civil rights, and a homeowner in District 41B. She is running for office to make our state a more just and welcoming place.  As a parent, she is focused on fighting for the high-quality schools, universal healthcare, and environmental protections needed to provide a bright future for all of Minnesota’s children. As a defender of civil rights, she is passionate about achieving racial justice. And as an immigration lawyer, she wants to ensure that Minnesota is welcoming to people of all backgrounds and experiences, a place of opportunity for all.

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Columbia Heights Mayor

Amáda Márquez Simula

Running For 
Mayor of Columbia Heights

Amáda came to Columbia Heights when she married her husband. Together, they are musicians, neighborhood block captains, Lions, Rotarians, and community organizers. Amáda has worked for the Columbia Heights Public Works department, helping grow the city’s compost program. She enjoys her role as the Columbia Heights Community Education Program Manager, serves on its Advisory Board, and also holds a seat on the school district’s Finance Committee. Amáda was also the President of HeightsNEXT, a sustainable community movement, where she continues to organize and lead dozens of annual events for Columbia Heights, including street cleanups, environmental projects, cultural gatherings, community celebrations, and much more. She was named the 2017 Columbia Heights Humanitarian of the Year for her service to the city.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voteamada/

Columbia Heights City Council

Laura Dorle

Running For 
Columbia Heights City Council

I want to be your council member because I have a positive vision for the kind of place Columbia Heights can be when we get creative and innovate together to ensure that all our residents and local businesses are not just getting by, but thriving. I hope to earn your support in August and November.

Currently, I work for the Land Stewardship Project and the Land Stewardship Action Fund organizing primarily farmers and rural Minnesotans around agricultural issues. I’m a homeowner and live with my 12-year old Morkie, Buddy, and two orange tabby kittens, Pumpkin and Jorge.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DorleForHeights/

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