Jeff Peterson, Chair
"Ranked Choice Voting leads to better governance. Leaders with a true mandate are more accountable to voters. And more people turn out to vote when they believe their voice will be heard."
Mr. Peterson deeply understands the political process thanks to his many years spent as government relations director at Ecolab in St. Paul. Since retiring, this Minneapolis resident has lent his professional expertise to several outstanding non-profit organizations on both sides of the river including the History Theatre, Citizens League, Project 515, and Minnesotans United PAC.
"As a former elected official, I'm a strong advocate for Ranked Choice Voting because I believe that majority support promotes better governance and that it's also the answer to restoring civility in our elections. With RCV, we can have real dialogue about real issues!”
Ending homelessness is the focus of Gail Dorfman’s work and her professional passion. She’s executive director of St. Stephen’s Human Services and also serves on the Metropolitan Council. Dorfman served for 14 years as the Hennepin County Commissioner representing District 3. She led numerous initiatives aimed at ending homelessness, including creating the Hennepin County Affordable Housing Incentive Fund, leading the Heading Home Hennepin Collaborative, and launching Project Homeless Connect. Prior to serving on the Hennepin County Commission, Dorfman served the city of St. Louis Park as a city councilor and, later, as mayor. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Roann Cramer, Secretary
“Democracy works better when we all participate. Ranked Choice Voting enables majority winners giving everyone a voice in electing leadership."
Ms. Cramer puts her management and critical skills to work on behalf of Ameriprise Financial as a project manager and business analyst. She’s the former chair of Senate District DFL 61. Cramer also lent her expertise to the 2006 Minneapolis Better Ballot Campaign, as well as 2009 and 2013 voter education campaigns in volunteer capacities. She also has worked on several candidate and issue campaigns.
“Not only does RCV encourage more people to vote, it promotes more diverse representation as people of color become more viable candidates.”
This tireless business and civic leader is a public health physician, health care entrepreneur, and consultant. A Kenyan-born ethnic Somali, Dr. Adbullahi created the “Reflections of New Minnesotans” radio program on AM950. He serves on numerous nonprofit boards and brings a passion for expanding democracy to historically underrepresented communities in Minnesota. His expertise, his strong, diverse connections, and his understanding of Ranked Choice Voting’s potential to broaden political participation and improve government representation of new Americans makes Abdullahi a tremendous advocate for voting reform.
“True choice is lacking with a plurality system that promotes an ‘either/or’ voting mentality. Ranked Choice Voting is proven to change that dynamic, giving third and fourth parties an equal spot on ballots.”
This Minneapolis City Council aide is a former steering committee member for the Minneapolis/5th District Green Party.
Stephen Imholte is a native Minnesotan born in Staples and raised in Detroit Lakes. he grew up fishing the lakes of the area and the state all while learning the political trade from his father, Philip, who was active in Republican Party politics. A graduate of Minnesota State-Moorhead with a BA in Political Science, Stephan ran for State Senate in 1980, and did field and consulting work for the Republican Party and its legislative components. He directed Gov. Arne Carlson’s re-election efforts from 1991-1993. And in 2010 he became campaign manager for Tom Horner, who was running for Governor of Minnesota. Stephen has been active with several non-profits in Minnesota, as well as; a willing and able blood and platelet donor since 1986.
“Ranked Choice Voting is an excellent way to focus on the issues, reduce the toxic rhetoric, and give all of us a bigger voice. It’s very energizing for me to have the chance to serve on the FairVote Minnesota board and work on this really important matter."
With years of medical practice, nonprofit leadership, university governance and political experience, Maureen Reed brings valuable expertise and perspective to the FairVote Minnesota board. She also brings deep passion for making democracy work better through the use of Ranked Choice Voting.
A physician by training, Maureen previously served as medical director and vice president at HealthPartners, as a regent of the University of Minnesota, and as executive director of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Her interest in democracy has been punctuated by a run for statewide political office, participation on the Governor’s Health Care Transformation Task Force, and service as an election judge in Washington County. She currently teaches leadership at Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Minnesota Undergraduate Honors Program.
"It is not enough that every vote counts. Every vote must count for as much as possible. RCV helps achieve this worthy goal and has the added benefit of making our elections and our communities stronger in the process.”
Don’t try to put Jack Uldrich in a box. He’s a global futurist, speaker, bestselling author, and the former chair of the Independence Party of Minnesota. He’s served as an adviser to Fortune 500 companies and spoken to hundreds of businesses and organizations about emerging technologies and trends. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, the Futurist, the Star Tribune, and numerous other regional and national periodicals. Uldrich has also been a guest on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR
“I’m a big believer in more choice for voters. With Ranked Choice Voting, the spoiler issue is eliminated and third party candidates have an equal chance. This makes democracy stronger for everyone.”
Whether he’s inspiring young students to learn math or creating craft cider, Jim Watkins is determined to make a difference. Watkins is cofounder and managing director of development at Sociable Cider Werks, the Twin Cities’ first craft cidery. This magna cum laude graduate of Carleton College studied economics with concentrations in Spanish and political economy and then worked in Citibank’s sales and trading division in New York City. He later joined the 2009 teaching corps with Teach for America in Miami. In 2010 Watkins was nominated for Miami-Dade County Rookie Teacher of the Year. An avid outdoorsman, Watkins also is passionate about civic life and political engagement.