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Welcome to the DFL Senate District 57

The Blue BBQ Sizzled

It's not too late to join the fun and make an impact!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the first, but definitely not the last Annual Blue BBQ. Angie Craig, Julie Blaha and Representative Robert Bierman from SD56 joined Veda Kanitz (57A) and Brian Cohn (57B) to  “meat” and inspire us. 

So you missed the Blue BBQ? It happens. Still make your presence felt by making a donation by clicking the button below. Just fork over some cash for a donation now and we will turn SD57 Blue on November 5th.

  • $25 Single Bone  Level 
  • $75 Double Bone Donor  (Most Popular*)
  • $150 Half Rack Benefactor 
  • $300 Full Rack Sponsor 

Contribute $75 and hog it all back with a $75 rebate! Attend the event for FREE!

*Minnesota taxpayers can receive a rebate up to $75 on political contributions once each year ($150 for married couples), making this the most popular ticket level.

2024 SD57 Endorsement Conference Wrap Up

This year’s endorsing convention was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and talents to make it run smoothly. The convention started with Veda Kanitz sharing the news that she would launch her campaign to represent district 57A in the state House of Representatives! We couldn’t ask for a more qualified candidate, so of course, delegates from 57A unanimously endorsed Veda as their candidate. 

We are equally fortunate with house district 57B. Delegates from 57B unanimously endorsed Brian Cohn as the candidate to represent them in the state House of Representatives. As you know, Brian launched his campaign several months ago and has proven to be an outstanding and motivated candidate

Several guest speakers stopped by our convention to talk with us. DFL Chairman Ken Martin and Representative Angie Craig underscored DFL successes both statewide and federally, which have improved the lives of Minnesotans and the infrastructure in our state. They also stressed the importance of showing up. This is a crucial election up and down the ballot, and we must show up for democracy!

Here is a summary of additional district convention results:

  • Delegates voted on the resolutions submitted at precinct caucuses. See the 30 resolutions that received the greatest number of “Yes” votes: SD57 2024 Resolutions
  • Delegates elected Susan Wolfe as our new Data and Technology Officer.
  • Delegates elected SD57 directors, state central committee members and state convention delegates. 

Veda Kanitz Announces Run For SD57A House Seat

Long time DFL and Environmental Caucus organizer, Veda Kanitz, announced that she will seek the State House seat in Senate district District 57A. 

Veda noted “I’m running for the Minnesota House because my district deserves better leadership. If elected, I will leverage the power of good government to make our lives better, protect our environment, and preserve our freedom and rights.” 

She joins SD57B candidate Brian Cohn in representing SD57 in this November’s election. Both were promptly endorsed at the SD57 Convention at the District Convention on March 9th.

SD57 is thrilled to have such qualified candidates in Veda Kanitz and Brian Cohn running to represent our districts in Lakeville. 

For more information about each candidate, visit their websites at and

Brian Cohn Dives Into the 2024 SD57B House Race

The Brian Cohn for Minnesota campaign has officially launched with an eye on turning the House District 57B Blue. At an event at Barley and Vine in Lakeville on November 11th, Brian introduced himself and outlined his priorities.

Brian Already has plans for getting together including his first Listening Session on Dec. 9 at Caribou Coffee (near Cedar and Dodd) at 9:00 on December 9 for a listening session. This is an opportunity to let Brian know what’s on your mind and what you’d like to see accomplished in the next legislative session.

Be sure to visit the Brian Cohn for Minnesota website and sign up to help and make a donation to get Brian elected in 2024.

Our Second Precinct Party Was Great

Thanks to the members of Precinct 7 for coming by for another of our Neighborhood Block Parties at Prairie Lake Park Pavilion Lakeville.

Look for our next event soon. 

About DFL Senate District 57

DFL 57 is one of about 100 organizing units that are part of the state Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) party.

  • There are 8 congressional districts in Minnesota. Senate District 57 is part of Congressional District 2 (CD2). 
  • CD2 is represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Democratic Congresswoman Angie Craig.


Find out more about SD57 here…

Is the Democratic Party right for you?

If you agree with even a couple of the following statements, the DFL might be a home for you. Come to caucus to help define our goals for 2022.

  • Masks and vaccines are small prices to pay to help move past the pandemic; all of us who can should do our part to help.
  • “The science” changes because we learn more all the time; we live in a world where we are curious, continue to learn and don’t demand absolutes.
  • America is strong enough to re-assess our history to understand where we came from and where we are going.
  • The evidence of climate change is all around us. Human activity is in large part to blame.
  • Our elections are largely open, fair and accurate – even when we don’t like the outcomes.
  • It’s wrong when people are treated differently because of the color of their skin, the god they worship, who they love or how they identify.
  • Schools should be safe places for our children – and free from politics and religion (except if those are the subject of a class).
  • Sen. Paul Wellstone was right when he said “We all do better when we all do better.”

DFL State Convention with SD57

SD57 Delegates headed to Duluth for the DFL State Convention. Saturday was a long day, recessing at 12:40am Sunday, but many perspectives were shared and important work was done. Cheers to all of our delegates. On to Chicago!!!

Celebrating Black History Month with Janeen Dednam-Wright

It’s not surprising that Janeen Dednam-Wright celebrates Black history 365 days a year. She’s the outreach and inclusion officer for DFL Senate District 57, and she knows there is much work to be done. Having spent the majority of her career in the healthcare and environmental sectors, issues such

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Issues Important to DFL57

DFL57 continues to be involved in issues that impact the voters in our district. Please check back often to find out more about the issues that impact you and your family, as well as what you can do to get involved.

Health Care Forum Highlights

SD57 welcomed Health Care For All Minnesota for Fixing How We Pay for Health Care, Now That We’ve Tried Everything Else presented by Anne C. Jones  MA, BSN, RN Vice-Chair of the Board of Health Care for All Minnesota.

What is the impact of our multi-payer system on health spending in the U.S. and in Minnesota, on overall health outcomes, on individuals, families, and businesses?  What’s the answer?  Are there steps we can take?  Haven’t we already tried?  What are some of the barriers to change?  What are the principles and features of a comprehensive, affordable, high quality health care system that would cover all Minnesotans?  How can you help us fix how we pay for health care in MN and in the U.S.?

Check out the slide deck above and download the handouts from the event here. 

HCAMN One-Page Summary
Commitment to Act HCAMN
Threats to Medicare
Fixing How We Pay for Health Care – SD 57 DFL – Wed., Sept 20, 2023 7pm Slide Deck