Dean Phillips was named the Democratic Farmer-Labor’s candidate for the Third Congressional District earlier this month, and will face Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) in the midterm election this fall.
Phillips, a businessman with experience in the gelato and liquor industries, has been building his grassroots campaign for almost a year now, and now boasts 763 volunteers, 5,787 individual donors, about 100 students from 15 different high schools, and a number of other significant endorsements from local organizations and community leaders (including Edina Indivisible).
“Representation begins with listening, and I’ve spent the last year listening to the stories of thousands residents of the 3rd District who face great challenges, but remain hopeful in uncertain times,” said Phillips. “This district demands responsible, inclusive and independent-minded leadership, and in the great Minnesota tradition, I plan to bring that to Washington. I’m looking forward to the campaign ahead – and to hearing from more of those I hope to represent.”
Phillips said he wants to focus on education, health care, climate change, and gun violence, among other issues, and he’s criticized the impact of monied interests in politics. “That’s why I won’t accept money from PACs, federal lobbyists, member committees, or other special interests,” he pledged. “I will only be accountable to the interests of people I represent, not to special interests.”
Phillips’ position on campaign financing is in marked contrast to that of Paulsen, who gets most of his campaign funding from big donors, PACs, and corporations, with most of that money coming from outside his district.
The DFL also endorsed Angie Craig, who will face off against Jason Lewis (R) in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District.
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