Will Minnesota in 2018 be like Virginia in 2017?
Virginia made election history on Tuesday when the Democratic Party flipped 15 seats to change control of the House of Delegates from 66 to 35 for the Republicans to 49 to 47 for the Democrats with four districts needing recounts. All 15 seats that the Republicans lost were held by men and 11 of the winning Democrats were women.
Should these results encourage the DFL to think they can flip 11 seats in 2018 to take control of the MN House of Representatives? Should it strike fear into the Minnesota GOP?
Yes, especially since, like in Virginia, the Democrats have been overwhelmed with highly-qualified women stepping forward to run in 2018. A year away from the 2018 elections, numerous DFL women have already announced that they are running for endorsement in seats held Republicans. These women are competing in districts all over the state: Metro, Suburbs and Greater Minnesota. More are on the way. All I can say is “Thank you Donald Trump.”
Here is a partial list of the outstanding women who have committed to running for the Minnesota House in 2018. Many of these candidates made the decision to run for the first time after watching the 2016 election returns.
District Name Contact
8B Gail Kulp Facebook: @GailKulp8B
16B Mindy Kimmel @kimmelforhouse
23A Heather Klassen @klassenformn
25A Jamie Mahlberg @JamieForHouseMN
33A Norrie Thomas Facebook: @workshmarttogether
34B Kristin Bahner Facebook: @kristinbahnermn
35B Kathryn Eckhardt @KathrynforMN
38B Ami Wazlawik @amiwazlawik
39B Shelly Christensen @ShellyforHouse
42A Kelly Moller @kellyforUS
42A Liz Voltz Facebook: VoteLizVolt
44A Ginny Klevorn @GinnyKlevorn
46A Brittney Edwards @brittany4house
49A Carolyn Jackson @jacksonforedina
49A Heather Edelson @heather_edelson
49A Cheryl Barry @CherylBarryMN
56B Lindsey Port @lindsey_Port
58B Marla Vagts @marlaVagts
61B Meggie Wittorf @MeggieWittof
I can’t wait to see an image like this for Minnesota in 2018