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(Photo, left to right). Greg Henningsen, House candidate for 57A; Jackie Craig, Senate Candidate for SD 57; and Erin Preese, house candidate for 57B.

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.”

Jackie Craig, Greg Henningsen and Erin Preese endorsed for the Minnesota State Legislature

DFL57 endorsed three candidates for the Minnesota State Legislature at its convention in Lakeville on April 9. They include:
Jackie Craig, who has worked in the non-profit sector and is an education advocate, is the endorsed candidate for the Minnesota State Senate for Senate District 57. Craig is running because a “safe, supported, and healthy community is one where people are engaged with their neighbors and where residents have access to the resources they need.” Craig previously ran for school board but this is her first race for the Minnesota Senate. Her website is at
Greg Henningsen, a Lakeville business owner since 2005, is running to help restore civility to the Minnesota State Legislature. He is active in groups seeking to reduce polarization in politics. He is a first time candidate and is running in House District 57A, which includes a large portion of Lakeville and the communities of Credit River, Elko New Market and Eureka township. His website is at
Erin Preese teaches at a Lakeville elementary and has served as a leader for the non-partisan gun violence prevention organization, Moms Demand Action, at the local and state level. Preese is the endorsed candidate for the newly-created open seat in House District 57B, which takes in a large section of northern Lakeville; she previously ran in 2020 but is now running for an open seat. Her website is at
In addition to endorsing candidates, DFL57 elected it’s 2022 leadership team, advanced 30 resolutions to the DFL State Convention, and elected delegates to the congressional and state conventions.
About us: DFL57 is the Minnesota Senate District 57 unit of the state DFL Party. SD57 is a new Senate District created by the redistricting which took place after the 2020 Census. It includes Lakeville, The city of Elko New Market, New Market Township, Eureka, and Credit River. It replaces the former district which included Farmington and much of rural Southern Dakota County.

Become an election judge

The City of Lakeville is beginning recruitment of election judges for the August 9, 2022 Primary Election and November 8, 2022 General Election.  Available shifts are an all day shift from 6 a.m. – approximately 10 p.m., 6 a.m. – 2 p.m., or 2 p.m. – approximately 10 p.m.  Preference will be given to those judges who can work an all-day shift.  Election judges are now paid $12/ hour and head judges will be paid $14/ hour.

If you are interested in being an election judge, please visit: for additional information, tentative timeline for the August Primary Election, as well as to complete a City of Lakeville election judge application if you have not already done so this year.   

After completing your application, please stay tuned for more information which will be emailed in late May/ early June.