Why and How Liberty Minnesota Endorses
Liberty Minnesota works hard to not only hold our elected officials accountable for their actions (ie, Legislative Scorecard) but to support the candidacies of those with the expressed goal of minimized government. The effectiveness of the liberty movement in Minnesota is minimized if we don't get solid, hard-working candidates elected to office. That's why Liberty Minnesota wants to help those with the dedication to both the principles of limited government AND the hard work it takes to get elected.
Liberty Minnesota's Political Committee determines which candidates earn our endorsement prior the Primary and General elections. This committee takes a variety of factors into consideration during endorsement discussions most notably being the candidate's A) Commitment to the principles of a constitutionally-limited government and the presumption of individual liberty and B) Commitment, and ability to, mount a successful campaign. There are countless campaigns that have one of these two factors; we expect candidates to have both.
General Election Endorsements
Rep. Steve Drazkowski is the incumbent running for re-election against one opponent.
Why Liberty Minnesota Endorsed Steve:
To put it simply, Rep. Drazkowski is one of the best representatives of liberty in the Minnesota state legislature. "Draz" is a two-time Liberty Laurel award winner, given out annually to the highest scores on Liberty Minnesota's legislative scorecard. Not only that, but he had the highest score in either chamber in each of the past two years. We need more like him in Minnesota state government.
Rep. Jerry Hertaus is the incumbent running for re-election against one opponent.
Why Liberty Minnesota Endorsed Jerry:
Rep. Hertaus is another excellent advocate for liberty principles in St. Paul. He won a Liberty Laurel in 2013 and had a very good score of 93% in 2014. Rep. Hertaus works tirelessly to connect with grassroots activists around Minnesota. We applaud his hard work and, more importantly, his political consistency.
Mark Wegscheid is a Mound City Council member running against the incumbent for the Mayor's seat in Mound.
Why Liberty Minnesota Endorsed Mark:
Mark is a hard-working liberty activist from Mound, MN and a founding member of Liberty Minnesota. He's a first-term City Council member appointed after Sen. Dave Osmek won a seat in the Minnesota Senate. Mark also is an entrepenuer and recently created the Running of the Bays Half Marathon and 5k which partners with organizations around the Mound area.
Dan Gustafson - Mayor, Delano
Dan Gustafson is running against the incumbent for the Mayor's seat in Delano.
Why Liberty Minnesota Endorsed Dan:
Dan is a well-known activist who's always looking to spread the liberty message. He's a colorful character but he works hard, believes strongly in individual liberty and cares about his home city of Delano, MN. We applaud Dan's hard work and dedication in everything he does, including his involvement with the Delano city government.
Olga Parsons is running against incumbent John Budziszewski for the Section II seat.
Why Liberty Minnesota Endorsed Olga:
Olga has been a dedicated liberty activist in Crystal and throughout Minnesota for years. Her campaign is focused on government transparency and fiscal responsibility. In her response to Liberty Minnesota's candidate questionnaire, Olga stated she would like to see "public transportation privatized" and allow it to face free market competition. In addition, she advocates increasing local and/or private control over education and recreation.
Cara Schulz is running against three other candidates including incumbents Dan Kealy and Bill Coughlin. Two of the final four will earn seats on the Burnsville City Council.
Why Liberty Minnesota Endorsed Cara:
Like Olga, Cara is a dedicated liberty activists involved with a variety of causes in and around her city. Cara is an Air Force veteran who does a wonderful job covering a variety of policy topics on Youtube videos. Check these out:
That's what we think are practical, effective messages for citizens of any city.
According to Cara's responses on Liberty Minnesota's candidate questionnaire, Cara is focused on removing or replacing: Building codes, nuisance laws and blue laws in Burnsville.
David Nick is running against six other candidates for two spots on the Foley City Council.
Why Liberty Minnesota Endorsed David:
David is a libertarian activist who is running for office for the first time. His knowledge of the issues affecting Foley, MN and his passion for spreading the message of liberty were clear during his interview with Liberty Minnesota. We're excited to work with David this cycle and in the future.