Vote! Your vote matters. And now it is more important than ever to vote for candidates that support Youth Intervention programs. For this election, you will be voting for a state senator and a state representative. Learn where they stand for the youth you serve. This is your Youth Intervention voter guide.

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Our young people need legislators that support Youth Intervention! A major theme of this election is public safety and Youth Intervention falls under public safety at the Capitol. The candidates voted into office will be passing laws and making funding decisions that will affect our young people and your programs for the next two years. As state lawmakers grapple over how to reimagine public safety, it’s imperative they understand now, before election day, that Youth Intervention is hands down the best public safety strategy available to them.

Where do your candidates stand on Youth Intervention? If you’re not sure of your district or who your candidates are, click here to find out. We’ve sent a quick poll to all 420 candidates for the 201 state legislative seats and asked them just one basic question, “Do you see the financial and social benefits of community-based Youth Intervention as a means to improve public safety and save taxpayer money?”

We’ll post their replies to our questionnaire here as we receive them, right up until Election Day, November 3, 2020. You can also view the entire spreadsheet to get more information about the candidates, or if the table below does not render correctly on your device.

This election is so important and our young people need your help! If your candidates have not replied yet, call them or email them and ask them to complete the questionnaire.  Tell them you believe strongly in Youth Intervention and our young people and that you’ll be casting your vote in favor of candidates that do too!

Candidate District/Office Support Youth Intervention Email
Mark Johnson (R) 1 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Reed Perkins (DFL) 1 State Senator Yes, We’re all familiar with the expression ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ and Youth Intervention is exactly that. To give a personal example, my first child had a speech delay but she was diagnosed early thanks to our family’s government healthcare. She saw a specialist and now will talk your ear off about unicorns and mermaids. If that had gone untreated and then she would have had trouble when she started school which could have lead to years of learning difficulties. Because we had early intervention any number of lifelong troubles were stopped before they even had a chance to begin. Helping children through difficult times causes countless benefits and is cheaper than dealing with the numerous problems that can result from inaction. [email protected]
John Burkel (R)  1A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Connie Lindstrom (DFL)  1A State Representative No Reply Yet connielindstrom(DFL)@gmail.com
Debra (Deb) Kiel (R)  1B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Cindy Ansbacher (DFL)  1B State Representative Yes, I do. These programs provide support, hope, positive self-esteem and more. The more opportunites we provide to enable our youth to prosper, the stronger we are as a community.
Paul Utke (R) 2 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Leonard Alan Roy (DFL) 2 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Mathew J. Grossell (R)  2A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Jeremiah Liend (DFL)  2A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Steve Green (R)  2B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
David Suby (DFL)  2B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Christopher Hogan (R) 3 State Senator No Reply Yet
Thomas (Tom) Bakk (DFL) 3 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Thomas Manninen (R)  3A State Representative No Reply Yet
Rob Ecklund (DFL)  3A State Representative No Reply Yet
Andrew J Hjelle (R)  3B State Representative No Reply Yet
Mary Murphy (DFL)  3B State Representative No Reply Yet
Mark Larson (R) 4 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Kent Eken (DFL) 4 State Senator No Reply Yet
Edwin Hahn (R)  4A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Heather Keeler (DFL)  4A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Brian Anderson (R)  4B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Paul Marquart (DFL)  4B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Robyn Smith (LMN) 5 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Dennis Barsness (GLC) 5 State Senator No Reply Yet
Justin Eichorn (R) 5 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Rita Albrecht (DFL) 5 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Matt Bliss (R)  5A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
John Persell (DFL)  5A State Representative No Reply Yet
Spencer Igo (R)  5B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Joe Abeyta (DFL)  5B State Representative Yes, my wife works as a case manager for troubled teens and mental health. This is an area that I want to be involved with in legislation and personally. Our youth are our future. They deserve every opportunity we can give them to succeed. [email protected]
John J. Moren (R) 6 State Senator No Reply Yet
David J Tomassoni (DFL) 6 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Robert Farnsworth (R)  6A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Julie Sandstede (DFL)  6A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Julie Buria (R)  6B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
David Lislegard (DFL)  6B State Representative No Reply Yet
Donna Bergstrom (R) 7 State Senator Yes, I served on the Lutheran Social Service/MN Board of Directors; have worked with PAVSA, Ain Dah Yung Center, Boys and Girls Club of Northland, LifeHouse, and hold a masters of jurisprudence degree in Children’s Law and Policy. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your candidate survey. [email protected]
Jen McEwen (DFL) 7 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Tom Sullivan (R)  7A State Representative No Reply Yet
Jennifer Schultz (DFL)  7A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Art Johnston (R)  7B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Liz Olson (DFL)  7B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Bill Ingebrigtsen (R) 8 State Senator Yes, as a former sheriff, I have first had experience in dealing with youth in my community. I see the repeat (revolving door if you will), of children that have torn and dysfunctional parenting. With the ability of the community involvement and mentoring, these kids have a chance to develop into good citizens. without this help, they will become a financial burden to the taxpayers via courts, detention and a life that will lead to more of the same. YIPA is a great investment that will pay good dividends . [email protected]
Michele Anderson (DFL) 8 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Jordan Rasmusson (R)  8A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Brittney Johnson (DFL)  8A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Mary Franson (R)  8B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Carol Wenner (DFL)  8B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Paul Gazelka (R) 9 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
A. John Peters (DFL) 9 State Senator No Reply Yet
John M Poston (R)  9A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Alex Herring (DFL)  9A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Ron Kresha (R)  9B State Representative Yes, I have carried legislation for YIPA and continue to be a big advocate for this program and the kids served. [email protected]
Laura Wright (DFL)  9B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Carrie Ruud (R) 10 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Steve Samuelson (DFL) 10 State Senator No Reply Yet
Josh Heintzeman (R)  10A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Dale Menk (DFL)  10A State Representative No Reply Yet
Dale K. Lueck (R)  10B State Representative Yes, it’s an important step in helping our youth move forward into a happy and productive future. [email protected]
Gaylene Spolarich (DFL)  10B State Representative No Reply Yet
Jason Rarick (R) 11 State Senator Yes, my experience with Treehouse North, in Sandstone, have shown me how important programs for our youth can be. [email protected]
Michelle Lee (DFL) 11 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Jeff Dotseth (R)  11A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Mike Sundin (DFL)  11A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Nathan Nelson (R)  11B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Jack Frechette (DFL)  11B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Torrey Westrom (R) 12 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Jill Abahsain (DFL) 12 State Senator Yes, I have supported and with with county based intervention programs and am well aware there is a great benefit for youth/participants at the same time raising community awareness of social issues that can be worked through without invoking the justice system, Community helping community. [email protected]
Jeffery W Backer (R)  12A State Representative No Reply Yet
Murray Smart (DFL)  12A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Paul Anderson (R)  12B State Representative No Reply Yet
Ben Schirmers (DFL)  12B State Representative No Reply Yet
Jeff Howe (R) 13 State Senator No Reply Yet
Michael Willemsen (DFL) 13 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Lisa Demuth (R)  13A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Katy Westlund (DFL)  13A State Representative No Reply Yet
Tim O’Driscoll (R)  13B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Benjamin Carollo (DFL)  13B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Jaden Partlow (LMN) 14 State Senator No Reply Yet
Jerry Relph (R) 14 State Senator No Reply Yet
Aric Putnam (DFL) 14 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Tama Theis (R)  14A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Tamara ‘Tami’ Calhoun (DFL)  14A State Representative Yes, every dollar we invest at the beginning for children and youth pays more than tenfold in returns. [email protected]
Paul Brandmire (R)  14B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Dan Wolgamott (DFL)  14B State Representative No Reply Yet
Andrew Mathews (R) 15 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Brent Krist (DFL) 15 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Sondra Erickson (R)  15A State Representative Yes, our youth could be the driving force to bring about developing relationships with others in the community. They are the ones to stress how important an education is to the future and to instill in their peers the importance of participation in extra-curricular activities during their K-12 school years. Moreover, our youth should be the example to others about how important character development is while making education key in their lives. And, I want them to understand that the rule of law is essential to public safety as well as to their security. Law enforcement, first responders and fire fighters are on the front lines to ensure that a community is safe for all. When youth talk to one another in a respectful way, knowing that we are all created in the image of God, they build great communities. [email protected]
Cal Schmock (DFL)  15A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Shane Mekeland (R)  15B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Ron Thiessen (DFL)  15B State Representative No Reply Yet
Myron Arthur Wilson (VPM)  15B State Representative No Reply Yet
Steve “Stoney” Preslicka (LMN) 16 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Gary Dahms (R) 16 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Joshua Prine (IA) 16 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Chris Swedzinski (R)  16A State Representative No Reply Yet
Doria Drost (DFL)  16A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Paul Torkelson (R)  16B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Marinda “Mindy” Kimmel (DFL)  16B State Representative Yes, as a mental health professional I work with at risk youth as well as adults who would have benefited from these services. [email protected]
Andrew Lang (R) 17 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Fernando Alvarado (DFL) 17 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Ed Engelmann (LMN)  17A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Tim Miller (R)  17A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Ben Dolan (DFL)  17A State Representative No Reply Yet
Dave Baker (R)  17B State Representative No Reply Yet
Logan Kortgard (DFL)  17B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Scott Newman (R) 18 State Senator No Reply Yet
Chad R. Tschimperle (DFL) 18 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Dean Urdahl (R)  18A State Representative No Reply Yet
Glenn Gruenhagen (R)  18B State Representative No Reply Yet
Heather Bakke (DFL)  18B State Representative No Reply Yet
Elizabeth Bangert (R) 19 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Nick Frentz (DFL) 19 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Susan Akland (R)  19A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Jeff Brand (DFL)  19A State Representative Yes, In 2019 I authored HF 1632 to provide money for a local pilot project for a pilot project administered by Blue Earth County to increase mental health support for at-risk youth 11 to 18 years of age in Blue Earth County and Nicollet County, in partnership with Mankato area public schools, Mankato PD, and many other stakeholders. I remain committed to our youth in Minnesota to provide them with the resources that they need to achieve success. [email protected]
Jeremy Loger (R)  19B State Representative No Reply Yet
Luke Frederick (DFL)  19B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Jason Hoschette (GLC) 20 State Senator No Reply Yet
Rich Draheim (R) 20 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Jon Olson (DFL) 20 State Senator Yes, money invested in putting youth on a path to success in rarely wasted. [email protected]
Brian Pfarr (R)  20A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Erina Prom (DFL)  20A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Joe Moravchik (R)  20B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Todd Lippert (DFL)  20B State Representative No Reply Yet
Michael P. Goggin (R) 21 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Ralph Kaehler (DFL) 21 State Senator Yes, Community based programs tend to have better results and get more band for the dollar than a micro-managed program from the capitol. [email protected]
Barb Haley (R)  21A State Representative Yes, as a YMCA board member for years and an ED for a community education initiative I have seen the benefit of youth intervention programs and advocated for their enhancement. Our challenge, as always, will be funding as we face a growing state deficit. We will need the support of many partners and the education system that also wants funding. I believe there is great need for alternative programs that our outside of traditional schooling to attract and help students who have not seen success or feel a part of our school settings. Thank you for all you do. [email protected]
Matt Bruns (DFL)  21A State Representative Yes, as a special education teacher, especially one employed at an Alternative Learning Center for students aged 16-21, I see the benefits of community-based Youth Intervention everyday. The earlier we can identify strengths and growth areas the less services the student/child will require and it will lead to a higher quality of life. [email protected]
Steve Drazkowski (R)  21B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Elise Diesslin (DFL)  21B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Brian Abrahamson (GLC) 22 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Bill Weber (R) 22 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Shawna Marshall (DFL) 22 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Joe Schomacker (R)  22A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Chris Baumberger (DFL)  22A State Representative No Reply Yet
Rod Hamilton (R)  22B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Lynn Herrick (DFL)  22B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
David Pulkrabek (LMN) 23 State Senator Yes, the YIPA would directly benefit from cannabis legalization, a piece of the pie from tax revenue would be set aside for programs such as YIPA. [email protected]
Julie A. Rosen (R) 23 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Bjorn Olson (R)  23A State Representative No Reply Yet
Patricia Fahey Bacon (DFL)  23A State Representative Yes, I do see the benefits. Our youth are faced with overwhelming obstacles, which lead to poor outcomes, unless we promote social change, equality & social justice.
Jeremy Munson (R)  23B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Leroy McClelland (DFL)  23B State Representative Yes [email protected]
John R. Jasinski (R) 24 State Senator No Reply Yet
Roger Steinkamp (DFL) 24 State Senator No Reply Yet
John Petersburg (R)  24A State Representative No Reply Yet
Tom Shea (DFL)  24A State Representative No Reply Yet
Brian Daniels (R)  24B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Ashley Martinez-Perez (DFL)  24B State Representative No Reply Yet
David H. Senjem (R) 25 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Sara Flick (DFL) 25 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Duane Robert Quam (R)  25A State Representative No Reply Yet
Kim Hicks (DFL)  25A State Representative No Reply Yet
Kenneth L. Bush (R)  25B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Liz Boldon (DFL)  25B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Carla Nelson (R) 26 State Senator No Reply Yet
Aleta Borrud (DFL) 26 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Gary Melin (R)  26A State Representative Yes
Tina Liebling (DFL)  26A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Nels T. Pierson (R)  26B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Randy Brock (DFL)  26B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Tyler Becvar (LMN) 27 State Senator No Reply Yet
Gene Dornink (R) 27 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Dan Sparks (DFL) 27 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Peggy Bennett (R)  27A State Representative Yes, I absolutely believe in early intervention with youth. Much better than trying to change things and deal with issues as adults. [email protected]
Thomas Martinez (DFL)  27A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Patricia Mueller (R)  27B State Representative Yes, when the local community is invested in helping families and young people at risk, I believe it is a great benefit to society. [email protected]
Jeanne Poppe (DFL)  27B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Jeremy R. Miller (R) 28 State Senator Yes
Sarah Kruger (DFL) 28 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Gene P. Pelowski Jr. (DFL)  28A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Gregory M. Davids (R)  28B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Jordan Fontenello (DFL)  28B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Mary Murphy (GLC) 29 State Senator No Reply Yet
Bruce D. Anderson (R) 29 State Senator Yes, in my early years of life on the farm, my parents saw the benefits of having me and my brothers and sisters involved with Local Church sponsored youth groups, 4-H Clubs, Future Farmers of America where values, protocols, standards and disciplines were taught and put into action as we interacted with our peers and the adults that mentored us – a very critical element in a young person’s growing up years! [email protected]
Chris Brazelton (DFL) 29 State Senator Yes, absolutely. I have asked the Minnesota Social Service Association to make this a priority in their legislative agenda. They are also concerned that lack of funding will make this difficult. I agree that it is an important investment. [email protected]
Joe McDonald (R)  29A State Representative No Reply Yet
Renee Cardarelle (DFL)  29A State Representative Yes, I believe strongly in preventative interventions, which is why I changed careers in my twenties and worked for the Girl Scouts. When we invest in our youth we create strong thriving communities that help people reach their full potentials. Then we all benefit. [email protected]
Marion O’Neill (R)  29B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Joe Rosh (DFL)  29B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Mary Kiffmeyer (R) 30 State Senator No Reply Yet
Diane Nguyen (DFL) 30 State Senator Yes, any programs to help the youth is priceless [email protected]
Paul Novotny (R)  30A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Chad Hobot (DFL)  30A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Eric Lucero (R)  30B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Brad Kovach (DFL)  30B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Michelle R. Benson (R) 31 State Senator Yes, the earlier we help youth understand their potential and help them develop skills for success, the less likely they are to end up in corrections or in need of social supports. [email protected]
Kate Luthner (DFL) 31 State Senator No Reply Yet
Kurt Daudt (R)  31A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Brad Brown (DFL)  31A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Cal K. Bahr (R)  31B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Sue Larson (DFL)  31B State Representative Yes, we have to take care of the youth in their needs, they are our future. [email protected]
Mark Koran (R) 32 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Joshua Fike (DFL) 32 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Brian Johnson (R)  32A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Renae Berg (DFL)  32A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Anne Neu (R)  32B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Katie Malchow (DFL)  32B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
David Osmek (R) 33 State Senator No Reply Yet
Gretchen Piper (DFL) 33 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Jerry Hertaus (R)  33A State Representative Yes, keep up the good work! [email protected]
Caitlin Cahill (DFL)  33A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Andrew Myers (R)  33B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Kelly Morrison (DFL)  33B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Warren Limmer (R) 34 State Senator No Reply Yet
Bonnie Westlin (DFL) 34 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Kristin Robbins (R)  34A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Brian Raines (DFL)  34A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Dori Trossen (R)  34B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Kristin Bahner (DFL)  34B State Representative Yes, I have seen the benefits that early intervention can have on youth to not only survive but go on to thrive. [email protected]
Jim Abeler (R) 35 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
David L. Nelson (DFL) 35 State Senator No Reply Yet
John Heinrich (R)  35A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Mike Erickson (DFL)  35A State Representative Yes, I lost my son to suicide at the age of 19. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for the demographic of interest. The value lost from that premature cause of death alone is inestimable. The benefits of community based intervention vs. the cost should be an easy business case to make. [email protected]
Peggy Scott (R)  35B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Jason Ruffalo (DFL)  35B State Representative No Reply Yet
Karen Attia (R) 36 State Senator No Reply Yet
John Hoffman (DFL) 36 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Bill Maresh (R)  36A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Zack Stephenson (DFL)  36A State Representative No Reply Yet
Scott Simmons (R)  36B State Representative Yes, local and early youth intervention is a proven and cost-effective strategy. [email protected]
Melissa Hortman (DFL)  36B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Brad Sanford (R) 37 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Jerry Newton (DFL) 37 State Senator Yes, absolutely. I am more concerned with saving lives and futures of our youth than I am concerned about saving tex payer money. [email protected]
Ken Wendling (R)  37A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Erin Koegel (DFL)  37A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Nolan West (R)  37B State Representative No Reply Yet
Amir Joseph Malik (DFL)  37B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Roger Chamberlain (R) 38 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Justin Stofferahn (DFL) 38 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Donald Raleigh (R)  38A State Representative Yes, I called to speak with Paul Meunier, but so far, unsuccessfully. I look forward to connecting with you and learning more about YIPA. [email protected]
Kris Fredrick (DFL)  38A State Representative Yes, I am a strong supporter of youth-intervention programs. [email protected]
Elliott Engen (R)  38B State Representative No Reply Yet
Ami Wazlawik (DFL)  38B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Karin Housley (R) 39 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Josiah Hill (DFL) 39 State Senator Yes, Investment in these programs for our youth is crucial, strategic, productive, and (most importanty) the right thing to do.
Yes, Investment in these programs for our youth is crucial, strategic, productive, and (most importanty) the right thing to do.
[email protected]
Bob Dettmer (R)  39A State Representative Yes, my 34 years as a Teacher and Coach I have seen many youth benefit from our local community-based Youth Intervention.
Ann Mozey (DFL)  39A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Joe Garofalo (R)  39B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Shelly Christensen (DFL)  39B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Robert Marvin (R) 40 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Chris A. Eaton (DFL) 40 State Senator Yes [email protected]
David True (R)  40A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Michael V. Nelson (DFL)  40A State Representative No Reply Yet
Mary O’Connor (LMN)  40B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Charlotte Smith (R)  40B State Representative No Reply Yet
Samantha Vang (DFL)  40B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Lucia Marina Vogel (R) 41 State Senator No Reply Yet
Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL) 41 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Susan A. Erickson (R)  41A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Connie Bernardy (DFL)  41A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Ronald Ray Vogel (R)  41B State Representative Yes
Sandra Feist (DFL)  41B State Representative Yes, our youth are the future of Minnesota. Investing resources in services to ensure that our youth have every chance to succeed benefits society as a whole. When everyone fulfills their full potential, we all win. For this reason, targeted interventions to support at-risk youth are a wise investment. [email protected]
Ben Schwanke (R) 42 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Jason “Ike” Isaacson (DFL) 42 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Candy Sina (R)  42A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Kelly Moller (DFL)  42A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Sue Finney (R)  42B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Jamie Becker-Finn (DFL)  42B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Doug Daubenspeck (GLC) 43 State Senator No Reply Yet
Bob Zick (R) 43 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Charles “Chuck” Wiger (DFL) 43 State Senator Yes, research and feedback from participants clearly demonstrates the value and positive return on investment. [email protected]
Paul Babin (R)  43A State Representative No Reply Yet
Peter M Fischer (DFL)  43A State Representative No Reply Yet
Jordan Herzog (R)  43B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Leon M. Lillie (DFL)  43B State Representative No Reply Yet
Antonio Nerios (VPM)  43B State Representative No Reply Yet
Greg Pulles (R) 44 State Senator No Reply Yet
Ann Johnson Stewart (DFL) 44 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Perry Nouis (R)  44A State Representative Yes, as the former Owner/Administrator of Nouis Home Care in Little Falls, I have extensive experience working with young adults who, for whatever reason, were suffering with mental health issues, chemical dependency, and homelessness. I worked with social service agencies to provide a safe and supportive environment who were obviously traumatized during their youth. It was apparent to me that many of these young adults would have benefited from programs that would have given them some guidance, structure, and hope. [email protected]
Ginny Klevorn (DFL)  44A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Gary Porter (R)  44B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Patty Acomb (DFL)  44B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Andy Schuler (LMN) 45 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Roxana Bruins (R) 45 State Senator Yes, strengthening families and (re)building relationships has huge benefits across settings! [email protected]
Ann H. Rest (DFL) 45 State Senator Yes, A great program! [email protected]
Jesse Pfliger (R)  45A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Cedrick Rommel Frazier (DFL)  45A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Ken Fitzgerald (R)  45B State Representative Yes, absolutely! [email protected]
Mike Freiberg (DFL)  45B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Bryan P. Björnson (R) 46 State Senator No Reply Yet
Ron Latz (DFL) 46 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Anne Taylor (R)  46A State Representative No Reply Yet
Ryan Winkler (DFL)  46A State Representative No Reply Yet
Melissa Moore (R)  46B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Cheryl Youakim (DFL)  46B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Julia Coleman (R) 47 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Addie Miller (DFL) 47 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Jim Nash (R)  47A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Arlan Brinkmeier (DFL)  47A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Greg Boe (R)  47B State Representative Yes, our youth are our future! [email protected]
Dan Kessler (DFL)  47B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Jeff Jiang (R) 48 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Steve Cwodzinski (DFL) 48 State Senator Yes
Eric Wessels (R)  48A State Representative No Reply Yet
Laurie Pryor (DFL)  48A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Holly Link (R)  48B State Representative Yes, I think youth ENGAGEMENT in purposeful activities that benefit the youth and their community opens opportunities and fuels self worth. [email protected]
Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn (DFL)  48B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Julie Dupré (R) 49 State Senator No Reply Yet
Melisa Lopez Franzen (DFL) 49 State Senator Yes, I authored SF2499 which would have allowed for a refundable credit for donations to certain youth intervention organizations and have been the chief author of YIPA funding in the past. [email protected]
Heather Edelson (DFL)  49A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Joe Thalman (R)  49B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Steve Elkins (DFL)  49B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Dean Wm Mumbleau (R) 50 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Melissa Halvorson Wiklund (DFL) 50 State Senator Yes, I believe it is so important for us to focus on ways to build relationships and address basic needs so children can have real opportunities to learn. community-based Youth Intervention should be a part of the solutions we create. [email protected]
Tim Johnson (R)  50A State Representative No Reply Yet
Michael Howard (DFL)  50A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Gary Heyer (R)  50B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Andrew Carlson (DFL)  50B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Douglas D. Willetts (R) 51 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Jim Carlson (DFL) 51 State Senator Yes, absolutely! I have spoken at a graduation ceremony for young folks completing a restorative justice program in Minneapolis. I am working with high school robotics teams, with a high school program for vaping and cannabis education, and I am associated with groups promoting youthe civic engagement. [email protected]
Patrick J. Zurick (R)  51A State Representative No Reply Yet
Sandra Masin (DFL)  51A State Representative Yes, we know that many children are not living in safe environments, we have to do better. [email protected]
Fern A. Smith (R)  51B State Representative Yes, it will improve public safety and save taxpayer money because having commubity-based Youth Intervention is to help youth. That is what is most important helping youth so that they can have a better life. Having the help you need at a crucial time will save the youth pain and anguish. That eventually keeps them safer and the public safer. [email protected]
Liz Reyer (DFL)  51B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Tomas Settell (R) 52 State Senator No Reply Yet
Matt Klein (DFL) 52 State Senator No Reply Yet
Mariah de la Paz (R)  52A State Representative No Reply Yet
Rick Hansen (DFL)  52A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Cynthia Lonnquist (R)  52B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Ruth Richardson (DFL)  52B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Mary Giuliani Stephens (R) 53 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Susan Kent (DFL) 53 State Senator Yes [email protected]
William A Johnston (R)  53A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Tou Xiong (DFL)  53A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Kelly Jahner-Byrne (R)  53B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Steve Sandell (DFL)  53B State Representative Yes, I taught school for more than 25 years and the idea of “youth intervention” is at the foundation of my choice to run for office. The health, well-being, security, protection and loving encouragement of young people is basic to our society and the future of democracy. Should be re-elected, please be in touch. Thanks very much! Steve Sandell [email protected]
Leilani Holmstadt (R) 54 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Karla Bigham (DFL) 54 State Senator Yes, The data backs up fact youth intervention improves public safety. [email protected]
Keith Franke (R)  54A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Anne Claflin (DFL)  54A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Tony Jurgens (R)  54B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Kelsey Waits (DFL)  54B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Eric Pratt (R) 55 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Sahra Odowa (DFL) 55 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Ryan Martin (LMN)  55A State Representative No Reply Yet
Erik Mortensen (R)  55A State Representative No Reply Yet
Brad Tabke (DFL)  55A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Tony Albright (R)  55B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Andrea Nelsen (DFL)  55B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Dan Hall (R) 56 State Senator Yes DanHal(LMN)@gmail.com
Lindsey Port (DFL) 56 State Senator Yes. Youth intervention programs save taxpayer money by helping at-risk young people cope with and recover from stressors and traumas so they can become productive members of the community, rather than adults who pose risks to themselves or others and ultimately require expensive public services. Investments in youth programming, from early childhood through young adult, have been proven to be some of the most effective ways to build safe communities. [email protected]
Pam Myhra (R)  56A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Jessica Hanson (DFL)  56A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Roz Peterson (R)  56B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Kaela Berg (DFL)  56B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Jose W. Jimenez (R) 57 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Greg Clausen (DFL) 57 State Senator Yes, community-based youth intervention programs provide the connections, guidance and support needed to promote positive developmental stages in young people. Investments targeting at-risk youth result in diverting youth from costly state programs, preserve families and provide services that support education, employability and healthy productive lives. [email protected]
Megan Olson (R)  57A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Robert Bierman (DFL)  57A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Sandra A. Jimenez (R)  57B State Representative Yes [email protected]
John D. Huot (DFL)  57B State Representative No Reply Yet
Zach Duckworth (R) 58 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Matt Little (DFL) 58 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Jon Koznick (R)  58A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Erin Preese (DFL)  58A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Pat Garofalo (R)  58B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Sara Wolf (DFL)  58B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Paul Anderson (R) 59 State Senator No Reply Yet
Bobby Joe Champion (DFL) 59 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Marcus Harcus (GLC)  59A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Fue Lee (DFL)  59A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Alan Shilepsky (R)  59B State Representative Yes, When I was young I benefited from YMCA and Police Athletic League programs, and know the value of adult mentoring and wholesome, fun activities. I’ve tried to give back by tutoring (HC libraries and juvenile detention center) and cooking at St. Marks’ Monday night youth supper, and other opportuties as they arise. We shouldn’t let any kids fall through the cracks. [email protected]
Esther Agbaje (DFL)  59B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Lisa Neal-Delgado GP  59B State Representative Yes, given away at birth, I was adopted my an older loving couple. How, I grew up in North Minneapolis in one the poorest and racially isolated neighborhoods in the state. My saving grace was an organization call The Hospitality House. While I did have loving and nurturing parents, many of my peers did not. Our youth counselor was the greatest big sister/advisor that any of us could of had. She kept us occupied and safe, no doubt saving some of our lives. When I look at the lives of many of my peers who didn’t have that organization, you can tell that youth intervention is imperative to communities such as mine. Many of the more successful youth in the community came out of that program. I’m so sorry that I don’t have time to answer each and every request but youth issues are very important to me because of my background and experiences. Everything I do is centered around youth and improving their lives. Many youth don’t have the resources to overcome early obstacles in my community and I will always fight to bring that to them. [email protected]
Mary Holmberg (R) 60 State Senator No Reply Yet
Kari Dziedzic (DFL) 60 State Senator Yes, Youth programming and early intervention help youth focus, develop skills, and can set them on a path to a successful, productive future. [email protected]
John Holmberg (R)  60A State Representative No Reply Yet
Sydney Jordan (DFL)  60A State Representative No Reply Yet
Calvin Lee Carpenter (VPM)  60A State Representative No Reply Yet
Mohamud Noor (DFL)  60B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Jennifer Zielinski (R) 61 State Senator No Reply Yet
Scott Dibble (DFL) 61 State Senator Yes, all young people need to have adults in their lives who love and take an interest in them, have purpose and meaning in their lives, have the ability to envision a future for themselves. Youth intervention programs help provide those things, especially for young people who lack them. Investments in the work and programs of YIPA organizations pays substantial dividends. [email protected]
Kurtis Fechtmeyer (R)  61A State Representative Yes, an idle mind is the devil’s playground.
Frank Hornstein (DFL)  61A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Lisa Pohlman (R)  61B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Jamie Long (DFL)  61B State Representative No Reply Yet
Bruce Lundeen (R) 62 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Omar Fateh (DFL) 62 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Arjun Kataria (R)  62A State Representative No Reply Yet
Hodan Hassan (DFL)  62A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Ross Tenneson (R)  62B State Representative No Reply Yet
Aisha Gomez (DFL)  62B State Representative No Reply Yet
Chris Wright (GLC) 63 State Senator No Reply Yet
Diane Napper (R) 63 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Patricia Torres Ray (DFL) 63 State Senator Yes [email protected]
David Wiester (LMN)  63A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Penny Arcos (R)  63A State Representative No Reply Yet
Jim Davnie (DFL)  63A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Dennis Schuller (LMN)  63B State Representative Yes, I have seen youth intervention professionals making a difference on the limited funds they receive and as part of a focus on social justice we need to dedicate more attention to these efforts. There needs to be more focus on benefiting youth through counseling and guidance opportunities without brining judgment and blame on them for their situation. We need to do more to treat the root cause of bad behavior and self harm and less effort to persecute those who are exhibiting symptoms of a troubled situation. [email protected]
Frank Pafko (R)  63B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Emma Greenman (DFL)  63B State Representative Yes, investing in young people is critical for the success of our state. I see the benefits of community-based youth intervention to invest in youth and ensure they have the skills, knowledge and support they need to become thriving and healthy adults. I believe in early intervention, particularly youth development that helps young people realize their assets and resilience and connects them to community. Investing in our young people is a great investment for Minnesota’s future. [email protected]
Patricia Jirovec McArdell (LMN) 64 State Senator No Reply Yet
Sharon Anderson (R) 64 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Erin Murphy (DFL) 64 State Senator Yes
Sherry Schack (R)  64A State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Kaohly Her (DFL)  64A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Georgia Dietz (R)  64B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Dave Pinto (DFL)  64B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Paul Holmgren (R) 65 State Senator Yes [email protected]
Sandy Pappas (DFL) 65 State Senator Yes
Amy Anderson (R)  65A State Representative Yes, I have experience with programs like Youth Farm, Kinship, and various programs in the foster care system and have seen their value.
Rena Moran (DFL)  65A State Representative No Reply Yet
Margaret Mary Stokely (R)  65B State Representative No Reply Yet
Carlos Mariani (DFL)  65B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]
Greg Copeland (R) 66 State Senator Yes, as a former Community Action Agency Deputy Director, in the late 1970’s I wrote Youth Job Training and Euducation Programs got high school drop outs paychecks and diplomas! [email protected]
John Marty (DFL) 66 State Senator Yes, Youth Intervention Programs are a wise investment in public funds, and the programs save taxpayers far more than they cost. I am a big believer in community-based youth intervention and believe that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” I appreciate the good work of YIPA in running these important programs and your advocacy for young people. [email protected]
Brett Rose (R)  66A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Alice Hausman (DFL)  66A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Mikki Murray (R)  66B State Representative Yes, efforts to keep people out of the arms of the justice system are worth pursuing. I am very much in favor of fully funding law & order. The best way to reduce those costs is to reduce the need for them. Helping youth and adults be productive & contributing members of the community is one of the best investments we can make. [email protected]
Athena Hollins (DFL)  66B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Alexander Deputie (R) 67 State Senator No Reply Yet [email protected]
Foung Hawj (DFL) 67 State Senator No Reply Yet
John Stromenger (R)  67A State Representative Yes, I believe we need to work together as a community to prevent our youth from growing into adults with emotional and behavioral problems that could impact public safety, their own personal safety, and all other aspects that would prevent them to thrive in society. There are reasons people become homeless and those need to be addressed. We need to help find practical and loving solutions to sustainable and affordable housing. Any logical and practical solution to reducing housing inequities must address all the reasons people become homeless or experience poverty which leads to crime which increases housing inequity. We have thrown money at public schools without significant progress because our school boards are under-represented by educators. We need to hold school boards accountable for having educators and diverse youth leaders. We need to reach out to Community Elders from all Ethnic Communities, and ask them what each community and government sponsored organization should be held accountable for to help our youth to become thriving adults in our city. We also need to provide transportation assistance and encourage school districts to fund/organize transportation so that all parents and community elders/extended family have equal access to meetings and events that impact the education and STEAM opportunities of their child. I believe we are all responsible for public safety and we need police officers on our streets to deter crime. It takes both the community and our law enforcement agencies to work together to have a safe community. That being said, we need more training for peace officers and better collaboration with professionals in human services who can help officers to better respond to crisis calls with juveniles and adults. Especially in situations of domestic and sexual assault cases. Budget cuts to SPPD will lead to lack of training in de-escalation and non-violent restraint, multi-cultural community policing, crisis management, and mental health calls. We need to promote and partner with our community to enact criminal justice reform for all those impacted by the penal system and develop-support and partner with educational programs that help our youth and adults avoid incarceration. Have a centralized location and multi-faceted means of reaching our communities with the information about services as we partner with ethnic, cultural and diverse community leaders. Our youth are tomorrow’s future. Yes that sounds cliché but it’s true. We need to lift them up when they are feeling down or they feel their situation is hopeless.
John Thompson (DFL)  67A State Representative Yes [email protected]
Fred Turk (R)  67B State Representative Yes [email protected]
Jay Xiong (DFL)  67B State Representative No Reply Yet [email protected]