Candidates Hall of Democrats
Endorsed by 60% of Delegates at City, Senate District, Congressional District, State Conventions
Our SD47 Delegates were elected on DFL Caucus Night (Feb. 1, 2022) at Woodbury High School. 
2022 General Election VOTE Early  Sept 23 - Mon Nov 8:

In Person or Drop off your by mail ballot. 8am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday
Some locations have extended hours on Monday Nov 7. See below.
By Mail - it's too late to mail your ballot back; you have to deliver it to your Vote Center.  

Washington County Vote Centers 8am - 4:30pm

Ramsey County Vote Centers (open Sept. 23 - Nov. 7)

Ramsey County Vote Center (open Nov. 1 - Nov. 7)

  • Nov. 1 - 4: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 5: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Saturday)
  • Nov. 7: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
DFL Endorsed Minnesota State-wide Candidates
at the May 20-21, 2022 Convention:

Tim Walz for Governor

Peggy Flanagan for Lt. Governor

Steve Simon for MN Secretary of State

Julie Blaha for MN Auditor

Keith Ellison for MN Attorney General
Local Candidates Forum 8/25/22:
Skip ahead to Video marker 19.09.02 to watch Candidates speak
(7:00pm - 7:10pm) Endorsing Process. Betty McCollum campaign update. Outreach & Inclusion Officer goals. 
(7:10pm-7:25pm) City of Woodbury
(7:25pm-7:40pm)  ISD622 North St. Paul Schools

Copy the Passcode: JB2?sKMk

On the Zoom cloud recording, skip ahead to 19.09.02

City of Woodbury, Mayor and City Council filed by 8/16/2022

Mayor: Ann Burt for mayor. Declined to attend.

Woodbury City Council
Molly Schaefer. 612-669-3365 Not available on 8/25/22
7:10pm Jen Santini
7:15pm Steve Morris
7:20pm Linda Ji

ISD622 School Board filed by 8/16/2022

7:25pm Dan Peltzman
7:30pm Michelle Yener
7:35 James Lipps

Candidates presentations on Sept. 1, 2022
Caleb Anderson YouTube video pending
Ben Jarman YouTube video pending

Candidates invited but no response from:
Thomas Willenbring
Kita Yang
Welcome by Jodell Miller/SD47 Chair Woodbury/S Maplewood with ISD622, ISD833 and ISD834 Schools.
Sam Rosemark/SD41 Chair participating for North St. Paul ISD622 - but not in attendance.
Pat Redig/SD33 Chair declined for Stillwater & ISD834 Schools
Eileen OKeefe-Weber/SD41 Chair declined for Hastings & ISD833 Schools

Carlo Montgomery/SD47 Endorsing Committee contacted all local candidates that filed for office by the Aug. 16, 2022 5pm deadline. Candidates were invited to ask for the DFL Endorsement, and/or speak for 5 minutes. Carlo Montgomery reported that no candidates are seeking a DFL Letter of Support or DFL Endorsement (access to the Voter database, help from volunteers or support from DFL party resources). About a week ago, the MN DFL State Central Committee updated rules around the endorsing process for the next cycle. 

Thanks for participating. Be an informed voter. Vote Sept 23 - Nov 8, 2022. 
DFL Endorsed at 5/23/22 City of Maplewood Convention:
Mary Lee Abrams/Mayor (holding Vote sign)
Chonburi Lee/Council (with supporters)
Bill Knutson/Council (at Sheet Metal Workers Hall) 
MN Rep 53A Tou Xiong endorsed in the new SD44 (speaking with the microphone) 
Angie Craig Endorsed for US Congress CD2
Congrats to US Rep. Angie Craig on her CD2 Endorsement on May 7, 2022. Woodbury Voters living south of Bailey Road in SD47 can vote for Angie Craig for US Congress.
Economy, Healthcare, and  Education are top issues on her campaign.
@AngieCraigMN on Twitter
Betty McCollum Endorsed for US Congress CD4
Congrats to US Rep. Betty McCollum on her CD4 Endorsement on May 15, 2022. In SD47, Woodbury voters living north of Bailey Road and in south Maplewood can vote for Betty McCollum for US Congress.
@VoteBetty on Twitter
Nicole Mitchell Endorsed for MN Senate SD47
@NicoleM_MN on Twitter

Nicole Mitchell

Mailing address:  P.O. Box 25824, Woodbury, MN 55125
Briefly describe your qualifications:
I grew up in the district, and have always been active in the community. I am a mother and foster parent who will support education, a meteorologist who understands climate change, a lawyer with experience drafting legislation, and a military Commander who supports veterans.

What are your positions on 3-5 important issues?
Education: public education needs to be well-funded and accessible to all. Environment: we need to work to mitigate climate change impacts and protect the environment, especially water resources. Economy: support the economy by supporting workers with paid sick leave, more affordable and accessible childcare, and livable wages.

If you lose the endorsement, what is the #1 issue you would like the endorsed candidate to carry forward on your behalf?
Climate and the environment. Climate change is an issue that transcends many of the other issues, for example, increasing drought periods impact our farmers and food resources, pollution impacts our water supplies, etc.

What else should we know about you?
(That) I plan to be very engaged both while I'm running for Senate AND while I would serve. Some candidates are accessible only when asking for a vote. I've also been a life-long volunteer, ranging from work with abused women and the homeless to a lot of work with abused/neglected children. I also helped build and teach a Diversity and Inclusion program within the military. I want to make sure I represent EVERYONE and respect different experiences.
Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger Endorsed MN House SD47A
@Amanda_MNHouse on Twitter

Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger
Mailing address:  583 Eagle Ridge Road, Woodbury, MN 55125

Briefly describe your qualifications:
  • Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 2016)
  • Master of Science in Genetics (Iowa State University, 2008)
  • Business/Management Analyst (the State of Minnesota, 2020-present)
  • Legislative Analyst (the State of Minnesota, 2020-2021)
  • Union Member and Leader (Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, 2011-present)
    • Paid Parental Leave Organizing Committee
    • Government Relations Committee/Political Council
    • Steward
    • Board of Directors
    • Department of Public Safety Meet and Confer Team
  • Metropolitan Council Transportation Advisory Board Alternate (2021-present)
  • MetroTransit Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit Community and Business Advisory Committee (2020-present)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong and passionate public speaker
  • Advocate for working families
  • Effective lobbying skills
  • Extensive analytical experience
What are your positions on 3-5 important issues?
  1. Advocating for Working FamiliesMinnesotans shouldn’t have to struggle to meet their basic needs.
  2.  Addressing Climate Change: It’s our responsibility to take care of the planet, and protect it for future generations.
  3.  Investing in Education: Education should be equitable and accessible to all.
  4.  Championing Healthcare:  All Minnesotans deserve access to affordable healthcare and paid time away from work to care for themselves and their families.
If you lose the endorsement, what is the #1 issue you would like the endorsed candidate to carry forward on your behalf?

As the endorsed candidate, my main policy position is to champion paid family and medical leave for all Minnesotans.

What else should we know about you?

I am a passionate person who listens to understand.  I believe in bringing people together, gathering as much information and perspectives as possible, and leading with community input to make the best policy decision together.
Ethan Cha Endorsed for MN House 47B
@EthanChaMnHouse on Twitter

Ethan Cha
Website Address:
Telephone: (651) 321.8388
Briefly, describe your qualifications:

I have a passion to serve my community.  I have served the democratic party for the last 12 years in the capacity of an organizer, appointed a democratic delegate to the state party, caucus democrat club president, volunteered, endorsed, elect, and advocate for democratic interests and goals. I currently continue to support, in my many roles, other DFL candidates in the 2022 election.
My lived experiences will make me a well-rounded legislator, one who listens to his community and Champions all.

What are your positions on 3-5 important issues? Explain:
An issue close to my heart, as a stay-at-home parent I understand the needs and struggles of young families trying to find child care solutions for their children. Child care is essential to healthy and prosperous families.
With climate change, we need to ensure that the children of tomorrow have a sustainable and safe world to live in. We need to protect our water, soil, and air from pollutants that harm not just the environment but also the people who rely on them. We must fight for legacy funds to continue preserving the natural habitat of this region, expand trails and bike paths, and create parks to make our city livable. It is necessary for us to have a resiliency plan and mitigation solutions for extreme changes in our climate that will be
borne by our residents.
Our children in k-12 deserve a well-rounded education that will equip them for the rigor and competitiveness of post-secondary education in the global economy that awaits them. We must fully fund education and close the achievement gap.
Women's rights and gender equality: 
I have raised 3 beautiful daughters and am married to a wonderful wife. Supporting women's rights and gender equality is a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable community.
Special needs and mental health: 
I have a deaf and blind family member, I know of the cries for help. We need to invest in families caring for those with special needs. This includes medical assistance, supplemental programming, and mental health support for caretakers.

What else should we know about you?

I appreciate all the work you do as volunteers. I started as a grassroots organizer 15 years ago, my family and I have volunteered hundreds of hours, and my daughters started phone banking and precinct walking when they were just 10 years old. They are in college now. I just want to say thank you to all of you.

State Candidates for Re-election

Secretary of State Steve Simon
Democratic ISSUES 

What is the DFL Party Platform? These ISSUES got 60% of the Convention vote. It's 6 pages long, grouped by the MN Legislature Committee that will hear the proposed law. The Headings are:

Agriculture, Business and Community Development, Civil, Human, and Constitutional Rights, Consumer Issues, Education, Energy, Government Accountability to the Public, Health and Human Services, Labor and Employment, National Security and International Policy, Natural Resources and the Environment, Public Safety and Crime Protection, Retirement Security, Tax and Budget Policy, Transportation, Veterans Affairs

When the MN Legislature is in session Jan - May, the Speaker of the House chooses 10 top MN Values, in an "Action Agenda" to prioritize which bills get heard and passed first. 
Top 10 reasons to vote for Nicole Mitchell (MN Senate District 47)

10 TRAVELER. Nicole has traveled to every continent – even Antarctica.
MILITARY SERVICE. Nicole served her country with 30 years of military duty. She is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard, served in Saudi Arabia, supported operations in Kosovo and Bosnia.
8 CLIMATE SCIENTIST. Nicole cares about climate change – she’s the only candidate who has been a weather scientist.
7 HURRICANE HUNTER. She has flown into dozens of hurricanes. She researched storms as a Hurricane Hunter with the Air Force Reserves.
6 METEOROLOGIST. Nicole was a meteorologist for KSTP/TV and Minnesota Public Radio. Before that, she worked at TV stations in New York City, Atlanta, Duluth, Tulsa, Rapid City, S.D., and South Bend, Ind.
5 LAW DEGREE. She knows how government works. She received a law degree at Georgia State University, and wrote legislation for the state Democratic Caucus.
4 CIVIC MINDED. Nicole doesn’t just talk about her values – she lives them. She volunteered with Big Sister, a homeless shelter, an abused women’s shelter and the Christian Cupboard Food Shelf in Oakdale.
3 WILLS FOR HEROES. Nicole cares about our first responders. She helped provide them with free wills and healthcare directives with the non-profit “Wills for Heroes.” 
LOVING MOM. Nicole lives in Woodbury with biological son and two foster sons, one of whom she is adopting. She has provided foster care for six children since 2018.
1 HEALTH & SAFETY. Nicole’s values are our values. She wants to make health care affordable, provide clean drinking water (especially in Woodbury) and promote education and safety for children.
Top 10 reasons to vote Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger, House District 47A

10  MOVIES. Firm believer that "Back to the Future" is the greatest movie of all time
DANCE. Former dance teacher and high school Dance Team Coach; still practices ballet with her daughters
REPRO RIGHTS RALLIES. Attended three rallies in support of Women’s Right to Choose
CLIMATE. Believes climate change is a critical local issue and impacts not only us but our children and future generations
SCIENCE. Professional experience in analyzing evidence as a forensic scientist (similar to the lab scientists on "CSI")
PRO-UNION.  Union member and leader with the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees
 AWESOME PARENTS. Her mom is a nursing professor, and father is a small business owner and retired DNR employee
PFML. Long-standing advocate for paid parental leave
2 HAPPY MOM. Mother of two beautiful children and "pet-mom" to three shelter animals - one cat and two guinea pigs
1 LOVES LIVING HERE. 14-year resident of Woodbury/Maplewood
HOW DO I...become a Candidate? 
One way is to JOB SHADOW a current candidate to learn what they do, by doing it. You can volunteer with any of the Candidates in our Candidates Hall.  Another way is to engage in Civics and take CLASSES; we have links to free online resources. A third way to to care about ISSUES and advocate with your elected officials. We encourage our local Democrats to contact their elected officials every month: city council, county commissioner, school boards, board of soil & water, regional Metropolitan Council, state Senator and state Representative, US Congress and US Senate, President and Cabinet of 24 Secretaries. 
HOW DO my Elected Officials? 

When you vote and elect a Candidate, you become their "Constituent". When you contact them, 
1 state your Name
2 voting Address
3 name the ISSUE and your Position (For or Against)
4 offer (a reason, fact or example) why you feel and think this way.

CONTACT federal, state, and local elected officials, here:
HOW DO I...get the DFL Endorsement? 

If you want to run for office in south Maplewood or Woodbury and get our Democrat-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Endorsement, email 
We have a process set up for a "Letter of Support" within our voting area (city of Woodbury), and we coordinate with other Senate Districts on "Endorsement" that span 2+ voting areas. (ex. City of Maplewood DFL/Karla Sand) (SD44 Sam Rosemark/Chair). We want to hear from you before the 2022 MN SOS Filing Dates (May 16-31) and (Aug 1-16) and we endorse right after the filing period closes.  
Early Voting in the 2022 General Election 

Sept 23 - Nov 6, 8am - 4:30pm
In Person or Drop off your by mail ballot.
Some locations have extended hours on Monday Nov 7. See below
By Mail - return by USPS by Oct 15; after that hand deliver it to your Vote Center  

Washington County Vote Centers 8am - 4:30pm

Ramsey County Vote Centers (open Sept. 23 - Nov. 7)

Ramsey County Vote Center (open Nov. 1 - Nov. 7)

  • Nov. 1 - 4: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 5: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Saturday)
  • Nov. 7: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
MN Senate District 47 DFL