Margaret Anderson Kelliher Visits All 15 Cities in Minnesota’s 5th District

In whirlwind 71-day campaign, Anderson Kelliher Connected with Voters Across Entire District

(Minneapolis, MN – August 10, 2018) - Margaret Anderson Kelliher, candidate for Minnesota’s open 5th Congressional District seat, announced that she has visited every city in the district including: Brooklyn Center, Columbia Heights, Crystal, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hilltop, Hopkins, Minneapolis, New Hope, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Spring Lake Park, St. Anthony, and St. Louis Park.  During the short campaign of 71 days, Anderson Kelliher has also visited every ward in the city of Minneapolis. 

Anderson Kelliher has raised the most money and communicated with the most voters in the 5th District since filing on June 5. The only candidate to go on TV and the first be in the mailbox, and just one of two candidates to participate in 5 candidate forums, Anderson Kelliher has made it a priority to make sure voters across the entire district have the opportunity to make an informed choice on August 14. 

The campaign includes a robust field operation that includes door knocking, phone calls, texting and literature drops throughout the entire district.

“From day 1, we’ve made it a priority to reach as many of the 700,000 people of the 5th district. I’ve done meet and greets, marched in 5 parades, met with labor leaders, stood up in protests, and participated in five candidate forums - with one more to go. As I’ve heard from voters in Richfield to North Minneapolis, it’s clear that everyone is concerned about the daily attempts by the Trump Administration to dismantle this democracy. People want someone who will bring creative solutions and strong coalition-building skills to Congress in the face of these backward, cruel policies. When Governor Pawlenty threatened to cut health care, education, and transportation and transit, I fought back and won over $8 billion of investments for our state. I’m ready to bring this leadership to Congress so we can take on Trump and his Administration,” said Anderson Kelliher.

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Margaret Anderson Kelliher Responds to Charlottesville Anniversary

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.

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Margaret Anderson Kelliher Stands Up for Reproductive Health and Choice

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.

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Margaret Anderson Kelliher Announces Final Pre-Primary Campaign Events

GOTV Kickoff, Final Meet and Greet, Casting a Ballot and Election Night Party

(Minneapolis, MN – August 9, 2018) - Margaret Anderson Kelliher, candidate for Minnesota’s open 5th Congressional District seat, announced that the campaign’s Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Kickoff will take place at the Margaret for Congress Headquarters (5105 Minnetonka Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55416) on Saturday, August 11 at 1:30 p.m.

The final meet and greet is scheduled for Monday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Bryn Mawr (249 Sheridan Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405). The event is free and open to the public.

Anderson Kelliher will be voting with her family on August 14 at 9:00 AM at Bryn Mawr Elementary School (252 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405).

The election night party will be held at Elsie’s (729 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413). The party will take place on August 14, 2018 at 7 p.m. Polls close at 8:00 p.m. for the primary election. The event is free and open to the public.

WHAT: Margaret for Congress GOTV Kickoff

WHO: Margaret for Congress supporters & friends

WHERE: Margaret for Congress HQ, 5105 Minnetonka Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

WHEN: Saturday, August 11 at 1:30 p.m.


WHAT: Margaret for Congress Bryn Mawr Meet & Greet: Send our neighbor Margaret to Congress!

WHO: People of the 5th District

WHERE: 249 Sheridan Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405

WHEN: Monday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m.


WHAT: Margaret Anderson Kelliher Votes

WHO: Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Family

WHERE: Bryn Mawr Elementary School (252 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405)

WHEN: Tuesday, August 14 at 9:00 a.m.


WHAT: Margaret for Congress Election Night Party

WHO: Margaret for Congress supporters & friends

WHERE: Elsie’s (private event space), 729 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

WHEN: Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m.

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Margaret Anderson Kelliher Outlines Clear Vision and Leadership at WCCO Debate

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.

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MinnPost Profiles Candidates in 5th District Race

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.

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MPR News: Who's on the DFL primary ballot in the 5th? Meet the candidates

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.

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Margaret Anderson Kelliher Endorsed By Minnesota Pipe Trades Association

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.

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Margaret Supports the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

The 5th District is home to many wonderful farmers markets including the Government Center Farmers Market open on Tuesdays from 9 am - 3 pm. Unfortunately, the Administration and the GOP are targeting the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC. Our progress makes it possible for low-income women and families to use WIC at Farmers Markets and cuts to these programs are unacceptable.

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Margaret Supports Protection of the Arts, Humanities, and Libraries Funding

"Thank you to Ranking Member Congresswoman Betty McCollum for her leadership in helping preserve funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities by defeating the Grothman Amendment in the Interior Appropriations bill last week. I will work alongside Rep. McCollum in Congress to protect the arts and humanities from future attacks."

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Statement Regarding Trump-Putin Press Conference

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.

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Margaret Joins Senator Carolyn Laine in Columbia Heights for Community Meeting with Retirees

Today, I joined Senator Carolyn Laine in Columbia Heights. We heard from retirees in our community who are worried about increasing costs for health care. We made a promise to our seniors and I will fight against Republican efforts to privatize Social Security and cut Medicare benefits. We need to protect the retirement plans for millions of Americans who have paid into those programs with hard work in every paycheck.

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Star Tribune: 5th District DFL primary features experience, symbolism

By Maya Rao Star Tribune

JULY 1, 2018 — 11:01AM

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.

- Former Rep. Tony Sertich

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