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Mourning FairVote Minnesota volunteer Chase Allen Passauer

We at FairVote Minnesota are heartsick at the tragic, senseless death of law clerk and Ranked Choice Voting supervolunteer Chase Allen Passauer of Minneapolis.

Passauer, 23, was fatally shot April 7 at the St. Paul legal firm where he worked. Authorities say the suspect, who was arrested Friday morning and is being charged with second-degree murder, was a disgruntled client of the firm.

During the 2013 municipal election cycle in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Passaeur who dreamed of becoming a lawyer gave hundreds of hours of his time to improve local democracy as an intern for FairVote Minnesota.

Former FairVote Minnesota Director of Campaigns Mike Griffin trained Passaeur and worked closely with him for months. Im absolutely devastated at the loss. Chase had an unbelievably positive attitude and a contagious smile, Griffin said.

I will miss our talks about making democracy stronger, and laughing with him over beers on campus. I will forever hold his memory in my heart. I pray for his family and close friends during this sad time.

All of us at FairVote Minnesota share Mikes grief and his loving thoughts for Passauers family, friends, and colleagues. If you wish, please join us in honoring Passauer with a contribution to an organization where another FairVote Minnesota alum, Josh Nussbaum, works as deputy national organizing director: Everytown for Gun Safety.

Rest in peace, Chase, and thank you for helping to make Minnesota a better place to live.

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