FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2017
Our campaign is humbled by the groundswell of support we received at last night’s precinct caucuses. The DFL caucuses saw participation more than double, with many residents caucusing for the first time. We are excited so many people chose to participate in neighborhood democracy—we hope the process continues to improve accessibility in future years.
We are grateful to the organizations, and candidate and issue campaigns which helped bring more people into the process including Neighbors Organizing for Change, Our Revolution, Take Action MN, Give A Shit Mpls.
We were especially proud to see student turnout was also up across the city. In student precincts, attendees credited candidate investments in youth organizing and campus engagement for bringing them into the process. Additionally, the Dehn campaign received recognition for an unprecedented showing across the city.
We far exceeded our goals—ensuring a strong presence at the Minneapolis City Convention. Last night proved Minneapolis residents are not satisfied with their current city leadership. We look forward to engaging delegates—and non-delegates alike—in a conversation about a shared vision for Minneapolis.
The 2017 city elections are becoming an opportunity for residents to vote for consensus on their values. We look forward to increasing turnout from 2013, bringing new voters into the process, and earning the support of delegates in July—and as their first choice in November.
Raymond Dehn, a fourth-generation Northsider and University of Minnesota graduate, is a three-term State Representative serving District 59B, which includes Wards 3, 5, 6, and 7. During his time in office, he has raised the minimum wage, championed bipartisan criminal justice reform, and expanded access to healthcare. Ray lives in the Jordan neighborhood of Minneapolis.