Margaret Anderson Kelliher, candidate for Minnesota’s open 5th Congressional District seat, outlined a clear vision and leadership she will bring to Washington during today’s radio debate at WCCO.
“From the city to the suburbs, I am ready to get to work on day one to stand up for the needs of this district. I will to go to Congress for the people of the 5th District who need a leader to stand up to this Administration. I have stood up to Pawlenty. We can go to Washington together to fight this Administration’s cruel attempts to undermine access and affordability to education, healthcare, social security and Medicare,” said Anderson Kelliher.
Five Democrats are vying to earn the party's nomination in this district, which includes the entire city of Minneapolis and the suburban communities bordering it. The 5th is Minnesota’s blue stronghold — it prefers DFL candidates by an average of 26 points — so whoever wins the primary on August 14 is virtually guaranteed to be the district’s next member of Congress.
On the trail, Anderson Kelliher's playing up her experience as a policymaker. “People seem to really want someone who’s experienced, who’s able to go to Washington, D.C., and hit the ground running on their behalf,” she says.
Voters in Minneapolis and neighboring suburbs will elect a new member of Congress this year. The 5th Congressional District seat has been in Democratic hands since 1963, which means the August DFL primary will likely decide who goes to Washington.
Anderson Kelliher said she wants to challenge the roll back of the Affordable Care Act and push for universal health care for everyone in the U.S. Protecting entitlements like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. She said workforce development, particularly STEM education, is critical for economic growth, as is more federal investment in transportation and transit. She wants a path to citizenship for so-called "Dreamers" and DACA recipients.
Margaret Anderson Kelliher, a former state House speaker, was once among the state’s most powerful Democrats, battling former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty on health care, transportation and his efforts to cut state budgets.
Margaret has the unique capability of being somebody who’s a fighter and who can also get results — that was the hallmark of her time when she was in the Legislature, going up against the Pawlenty administration who wanted to take away health care and who wanted to slash the budget.
“They appreciated the service I did,” Anderson Kelliher says. “It was a really tough time, and it was the Great Recession. Tim Pawlenty is the governor. Standing up to him again and again — people remember that.”
Just one year after Charlottesville, white nationalists are planning to take their message of hatred to Washington, DC.
Today and every day, we must stand together against racism, anti-Black violence, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, bigotry, and xenophobia. We must commit to educating each other on the systemic issues that lead to violence.
Today we should also pause to remember Heather Heyer who lost her life in the counter-protest. It is important to recognize the important role counter protesters are playing in standing up to hate speech and white supremacy activists and organizations.
I stand in solidarity with any community who is under attack by hate groups and will work with racial justice organizations to work to eliminate discrimination and promote a more inclusive America.
When all people have full control over their own health and reproductive freedom, they gain the agency to live by their own choices. We should all have access to the health care we need, no matter what.
I strongly support efforts to provide better access to contraception and ensure that people are empowered to make their own decisions about when to start and when to grow their families. While in the Minnesota Legislature, I was the chief author of bills to provide emergency contraception in emergency rooms. However, family planning shouldn’t just be an emergency decision.
I stand with organizations like Planned Parenthood that provide affordable, quality care to communities across the nation. In my own family, I was a client of Planned Parenthood in rural Minnesota as a student, and proudly share this with others. My own niece’s life was saved by a Planned Parenthood visit in Mankato where she was diagnosed with cancer in her early 20s. She is a survivor today because of early care and treatment: first for a contraceptive visit, but ultimately for her health. I am appalled by Republicans’ repeated attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and will oppose any efforts to deprive anyone of access to the care and services they deserve.
I have always been a strong proponent of health care freedom, and I worked throughout my tenure in the Minnesota Legislature to protect women’s fundamental right to choose. I was the chief author of the Reproductive Privacy Act, which would codify Roe v. Wade in Minnesota and prevent the state from interfering in reproductive health decisions.
As Speaker of the House, I appointed pro-choice chairs to key health and budget committees, and I presided over narrow floor defeats of anti-choice amendments, breaking tie votes on legislation such as a proposed restriction to state-funded health programs. I also have been personally supportive of young doctors training to perform comprehensive reproductive services at the University of Minnesota.
Our health has been repeatedly attacked under this administration and Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Kavanagh could affect decisions for the next half-century. In Congress, I will work with our Senators to fight this and any other attempts to undermine reproductive rights.
Today, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, candidate for Minnesota’s open 5th Congressional District seat, received the endorsements of the Ironworkers Local 512, the Roofers and Waterproofers Local 96, and the Cement Masons Local 633.
"No one has fought more for our union values, equality in the workplace, apprenticeships and middle-class wages than Margaret. She has a proven track record of getting things done for Minnesota workers, and we at the Roofers and Waterproofers Local 96 are proud to support her."
Today, Margaret Anderson Kelliher received the endorsement of Minnesota Pipe Trades Association. The Minnesota Pipe Trades Association represent nine thousand Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinklerfitters, Gasfitters, HVAC and Service Technicians throughout the state of Minnesota. In addition to support from the labor community, Anderson Kelliher’s campaign for the 5th Congressional District has earned the broadest support from currently-serving District elected officials.
Donald Trump showed his true colors at his Helsinki press conference with Vladimir Putin. I am outraged to see the President violate his oath of office and side with Putin and the Russians over our own Intelligence community and national interests. I want to go to Washington to hold this Administration accountable. We need to make sure our election systems are free, fair and secure from Russian interference. Furthermore, it’s time for Congress to move House Resolution 621, Impeaching Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors forward and begin the proceedings of impeachment.
Last night, our community confronted the reoccurrence of a Minneapolis Police shooting. I first want to extend my condolences to the family of Thurman Blevins. We must do better to de-escalate police and civilian confrontations. That is why I am asking that Mayor Frey not rely only on the BCA investigation but conduct an independent investigation of Mr. Blevins death and the Minneapolis Police Department.