Here is the list of candidates running for legislature and other seats in 2020 who are identified as supporters of Ranked Choice Voting based on support for current legislation and/or a 2020 candidate survey. They support RCV for state elections and an option for local jurisdictions to use RCV if they wish, unless noted they support a local RCV option only at this time and are undecided about state elections). We will continue to add local races as we survey and identify supporters.
Those competing in a primary election are noted as such.
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1 Reed Perkins
"People should be able to vote with their hopes and not their fears. Ranked Choice Voting allows people to do that and we should implement it immediately."
4 Kent Eken
Primary Election (SD 7)
7 Erik Simonson
"I am a huge supporter of local choice - and our election processes should always be open for scrutiny and review to ensure broad participation and fair results. I look forward to Senate hearings on the topic next session!"
7 Jen McEwen
"I support RCV for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, it promotes electing officials who truly have the broadest base of support, while at the same time freeing voters up to vote their conscience as their first choice. Strategic voting over time, at the expense of our ideals, is a race to the bottom. RCV allows the true will of voters to come through much more effectively than in a plurality system. RCV also reduces negative campaigning, and increases participation. It's a win for democracy and community, and a win for voters."
8 Michele Anderson
11 Michelle Lee
"I support any effort that will increase voter participation, reduce negative campaigning and provide diversity among those who represent us. RCV is an important part of the equation."
12 Jill Abahsain
"Ranked Choice Voting will produce a truer, clearer majority vote. And our political system needs clarity now more than ever."
14 Aric Putnam
16 Joshua Prine
17 Fernando Alvarado
20 Jon Olson
I advocate for a deep look at how we run elections in Minnesota. My goal is to create a truly fair process that embraces all Minnesotans, giving them a voice in our government through elections. We should look closely at adopting all manner of campaign finance and electoral reform, and that includes Ranked Choice Voting.
21 Ralph Kaehler
"RCV is a great way to keep the value of each vote at the highest level and it encourages a better campaigning that will help to renew the focus on the positives."
22 Shawna Marshall
"Ranked choice voting captures the essence of modern democracy, because through it, all voices are equal."
22 Brian Abrahamson
25 Sara Flick
“Anything that makes our democratic process more indicative of the voices of all people I’m all for. Another reason I like RCV, is that the moment that we are in with our political discourse is so divisive, and RCV forces candidates to be more substantive in their debate. It forces them to not talk about each other, but to talk with voters and to be more representative of the people. What I love about RCV that if you are someone’s second choice, it matters. If I’m fortunate to be sent off to the capital – it’s one thing that I will champion.”
26 Aleta Borrud
“We need courage to meet the challenges we face in this country, whether it is climate change or the crushing inequities of opportunity. Our current system leads many to vote their fears. I believe that RCV frees us up to vote our hopes and dreams, to vote for the world we want to see.”
33 Gretchen Piper
"I support democratic reforms such as rank-choice voting to help combat partisan extremism. We need to allow voters’ preferences to be accurately reflected in our election outcomes."
34 Aarica Colemann
"I support Ranked Choice Voting. After the opportunity to understand how it works in a previous election, I believe it levels the opportunity for access for voters and candidates."
34 Bonnie Westlin
38 Justin Stofferahn
Primary Election (SD 39)
39 Josiah Hill
39 Nancy McLean
39 Sean Ryan
40 Chris Eaton (local option)
41 Mary Kunesh-Podein
42 Jason Isaacson
43 Chuck Wiger
"RCV further empowers people and strengthens our democracy."
44 Ann Johnson Stewart
"Ranked Choice Voting is good for all of us; we should work to make it a reality in Minnesota at all levels of elections."
45 Ann Rest
45 Andy Schuler
"RCV allows voters the choice to express more information on their ballots which will result in representation that is a truer reflection of the electorate."
46 Ron Latz
47 Addie Miller
"Local government units deserve the right to decide if RCV is right for them. I support enacting laws that make it easier for elections to be held by RCV if the voters so choose."
48 Steve Cwodzinski
"Yes, I believe RCV would add a little dose of civility to our campaigns, making mudslinging and name calling and general negativity a thing of the past."
49 Melisa Franzen
49 Jenny Rhoades
50 Melissa Wiklund (local option)
51 Jim Carlson
53 Marquita Stephens
"Too often in Minnesota diverse voters can't attend our caucus nights. Ranked choice voting will help us elect a legislature that better reflects who we are as Minnesotans."
54 Karla Bingham (local option)
55 Sahra Odawa
"Ranked choice voting promotes efficiency and provides a diverse perspective of voters who have the ability to vote and to be able to rank candidates in order of choice."
Primary Election (SD 56)
56 Lindsey Port
"I love RCV because it helps foster the same values that I live by in creating more space for candidates in underrepresented communities to run and win. People can take a a chance and vote their heart on their first choice, knowing their vote won't be split among like-minded candidates."
56 Tom Shae
"I am a strong advocate for ranked choice voting and if elected plan to introduce legislation as one of my first priorities."
56 Richard Tucker
57 Greg Clausen
"RCV certifies that the winning candidate has broad majority support of the voters, eliminates primaries, and provides greater options for voters."
60 Kari Dziedzic
61 Scott Dibble
"Ranked Choice Voting allows voters to vote for candidates that most closely match their values, allows for a more robust exchange of policy ideas, gives candidates an incentive to present a positive campaign, and gives the prevailing candidate a lot more information about their electoral mandate."
Primary Election (SD 62)
62 Jeff Hayden
"This session, I was a co-author of the Ranked Choice Voting Local Options bill (2020 SF 3380). Now is the time for Minnesota to implement the use of Rank Choice Voting statewide. This election, like all elections, is about ensuring as many people as possible can participate. I recognize that Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) drives greater engagement and turnout from voters who have become disillusioned with the current political system. I have watched the use of ranked-choice voting in Minneapolis and Saint Paul - it has been successful, efficient and effective. This is how we practice fair electoral reform."
62 Omar Fateh
"Ranked Choice Voting gives more power to the people and makes the political process more democratic. More and more Minnesotans are seeing the opportunity that RCV offers to make our democracy much more robust and functional for delivering on the change we want to see!"
63 Patricia Torres Ray
"Ranked Choice Voting expands opportunities for people in our electoral system. I support Ranked Choice Voting because it allows greater access to elections for people who are typically underrepresented, increasing diversity in our politics. It also gives greater voice to the people in voting, decreasing political divisiveness and polarization. I will continue to be an advocate for ranked choice voting and other pieces of legislation that allow the voices of all Minnesotans to be heard."
64 Erin Murphy (local option)
65 Sandra Pappas
66 John Marty
1a Connie Lindstrom
2a Jeremiah Liend
"RCV is a core plank of our campaign platform, intended as a means of fostering greater participation, diversity, and options within our political system. "
Primary Election (HD 4a)
4a Heather Keeler
"I believe it’s extremely important for our community members to have the opportunity to vote in the most efficient and effective way possible. Ranked Choice Voting provides one time voting to determine an outcome based on majority support and promotes a more reflective representation of the entire voting population. I am in full support of RCV."
4a Charles Hendrickson
5a John Persell
7b Liz Olson
13b Benjamin Carollo
"Plain and simple, Ranked Choice Voting would make our democracy far more democratic."
14a Tami Calhoun
14b Dan Wolgamott
"I am proud to support RCV!"
16a Doria Drost
"Ranked choice voting helps keep our election system focused on what it was created for: a fair and just democracy. This is why I fully support RCV as a candidate and will work towards expanding RCV options if elected."
16b Mindy Kimmel
17b Logan Kortgard
18b Ashley Latzke
20a Erin Prom
"Ranked Choice Voting enables voters the freedom to vote their conscience."
20b Todd Lippert
"Ranked choice voting allows candidates with the broadest support to emerge as the elected candidates and this is good for our democracy."
21a Matt Bruns
"Our democracy works when the people our empowered. The implementation of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) amplifies their voice and forces politicians to meet the needs of all those they will be elected to serve."
22a Chris Baumberger
"RCV would allow us to have an eventual winner with support of over half of voters. It's time for RCV."
23b Leroy McClelland
"I am in support of any program or legislation that helps strengthen our democracy."
25a Kim Hicks
"Ranked Choice Voting helps ensure every vote counts."
25b Liz Boldon
“I support RCV because it puts more power in the hands of voters; it grows our democracy, ensures no votes are wasted and expands representation for underrepresented communities. The candidates with the most broad support are those who should win elections; and RCV tends to increase voter turnout, which is always a good thing.”
26a Tina Liebling (local option)
26b Randy Brock
“I support all voters having a voice for the candidates they prefer. Ranked Choice Voting is a great way to ensure those voters are heard on election day.”
27a Thomas Martinez
"Ranked Choice Voting gives the voter the most discretion over how their vote is cast."
28b Jordan Fontanello
"In combination with removal of the Electoral College, implementing a Ranked Choice Voting system that ensures a Condorcet winner emerges will provide several advantages: Removal of the spoiler effect; allow voters to vote honestly; remove any need for primaries; make the overall election more fair and less prone to attack/negative campaigning; gives a larger voter turnout; and votes are happier with the overall system."
29a Renee Carderelle
"I believe that ranked choice voting is an excellent tool for democracy. It allows individuals the opportunity to vote their conscience while ensuring their vote counts towards what matters to them. Too often we feel we have to vote for the lesser of two evils, which steals from us the opportunity to vote for someone who reflects our beliefs. Ranked choice voting breaks down the dynamics of the two party system and allows us to engage in the political system in a more comprehensive and authentic manner."
32a Renae Berg
"I support ranked choice voting to eliminate primaries and ensures the winner of an election actually has the majority of support."
Primary Election (HD 33a)
33a Caitlin Cahill
34a Brian Raines
"Ranked Choice Voting just makes sense for Minnesota!"
33b Kelly Morrison
"RCV builds consensus. In these divided times, we have to remember that we have much more in common than we don’t. RCV ensures that candidates for office campaign and then govern in way that represents the majority."
34b Kristin Bahner
"Local options provide communities with a way to find more equitable and balanced outcomes and preserve the intent of voters."
36a Zach Stephenson
36b Melissa Hortman (local option)
37a Erin Koegel (local option)
37b Amanda Matchett
"I am fully in support of Ranked Choice Voting and hope we take this opportunity to recognize its benefits at all levels of elections."
38b Ami Wazlawik
39a Chuck Fitzer
39a Ann Mozey
"Ranked choice voting would eliminate the need for the electoral college if implemented nationally. How many times do we want to elect the losing candidate before we are willing to make this necessary change?"
39b Shelly Christensen
40b Samantha Vang
41a Connie Bernardy
"It is important we elect leaders who the majority of voters want to represent them."
41b Sandra Feist
"I support RCV as an inclusive and thoughtful method for elections. The potential benefits include greater engagement between candidates and voters, a less polarized and more civil debate, and a more representative system of voting that allows a greater number of voices to be reflected in the result. I support efforts for greater engagement with and trust in our democratic institutions."
42a Kelly Moller
42b Jamie Becker-Finn
43a Peter Fisher
"I feel Ranked Choice Voting would help take the negativity out of our elections."
43b Leon Lillie (local option)
44a Ginny Klevorn
44b Patty Acomb (local option)
Primary Election (HD 45a)
45a Cedrick Frazier
45a Daonna Depoister
45b Mike Freiberg
"I support RCV!"
46a Ryan Winkler
46b Cheryl Youakim (local option)
47b Daniel Kessler
"Everyone's vote should count!"
48a Laurie Pryor (local option)
49a Heather Edelson
49b Steve Elkins
"Ranked Choice Voting is one of the most important reforms that we could enact to engage new voters to become active in the election process."
50a Michael Howard
50b Andrew Carlson
“Ranked Choice Voting is a more democratic process. Do we really want our elected leaders to be decided by 5% turnout primaries? RCV ensures more people decide who their elected leaders are.”
51a Sandra Masin
51b Mike Maguire
51b Liz Reyer
"I would like to see Ranked Choice Voting adopted in all elections, at every level. This is the voting system that is the most fair to all candidates and voters. The outcome is more reflective of true democracy, ensuring that our leaders actually have the support of a majority of their constituents."
52b Ruth Richardson
53a Tou Xiong
53b Steve Sandell
"Worried or confused by Ranked Choice Voting? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3 -- first choice, second choice, third choice. Do you like two or three candidates, but one just a little better than the others? RCV lets you say so, and respects your opinion. Want to vote for only one candidate? That's fine, too. Let's give it a try."
54a Anne Claflin
54b Kelsey Waits
"I support Ranked Choice Voting because it gives voters the ability to vote their conscience rather than making strategic decisions because they feel that their vote won’t matter. RCV also discourages negative campaigning and ensures election outcomes are more representative of the majority of voters. I would love to be a champion of this issue in St. Paul."
55a Brad Tabke
56a Jess Hanson
55b Andrea Nelson
"I support RCV because it encourages voter participation and makes our elections more valid and fair."
56b Kaela Berg
"Voting is the very foundation of our democracy and one way that our voices are truly heard. RCV ensures that our votes are representative of the whole of our choices and is the best defense against the various entities committed to silencing us."
57a Robert Bierman
57b John Huot
58a Erin Preese
"I support Ranked Choice Voting as a way to make our elections more fair and to promote bipartisan solutions that appeal to a broader range of voters."
Primary Election (HD 59b)
59b Raymond Dehn
59b Esther Agbaje
"Ranked Choice Voting is a great method to ensure that the full voice of the total voting population is heard. Voters don't have to select only one candidate, but can rank candidates based on their varied preferences of who should govern."
59b Isaiah Whitmore
"I firmly believe that RCV allows for us to understand more fully what the political mindset of Americans everywhere truly is. The more information we can come by in specific regard to what sort of support is garnered by different kinds of candidates the better off in the long run our political systems will be. I am in full support of making sure that the voices of all people in the US through our electoral politics are heard more clearly and succinctly through the ballot."
60a Sydney Jordan
"Minnesota’s strong support of voting rights and its civic culture has produced one of the consistently highest voter turnout rates in the nation. But we can do better. I was happy to be a co-author of the Ranked-choice voting bill in the House in 2020 and would support similar measures."
61a Frank Hornstein
61b Jamie Long
62a Hodan Hassan
"MPLS and STP used a ranked choice system to good effect in 2017. I support RCV and would like to see more municipalities have the resources and ability to implement as they see fit. Civil campaigning as a result of RCV means a more civil dialogue around the issues that matter most."
62b Aisha Gomez
63a Jim Davnie
Primary Election (HD 63b)
63b Husniyah Dent Bradley
"Ranked Choice Voting should be used for elections across the state."
63b Jerome Evans
"63B is a community of good, hardworking people with well reasoned opinions... who don't always agree with each other. Ranked choice voting makes sense for us because it helps us select the candidate that appeals to the broadest majority of 63B delegates"
63b Emma Greenman
64a Kaohly Her
64b Dave Pinto
65a Rena Moran (local option)
65b Carlos Mariani
Primary Election (HD 66a)
66a Alice Hausman (local option)
"I support Ranked Choice voting as a valuable way to allow more choice for voters. It is beginning to be more clearly understood, but I am still hoping we will provide more education for voters.”
66b Athena Hollins
"I believe in Ranked Choice Voting because it makes each person's choice more meaningful, and it better engages all voters by ensuring that voters who want to vote for more long-shot candidates, not feel disenfranchised by the system."
Primary Election (HD 67a)
67a Hoang Murphy
"I am a supporter of Rank Choice Voting (RVC). For democracy to truly work we must ensure that every voice gets an equal say in the process. RVC allows for more voices to be heard in our elections and for voters to have more power at the polls. RVC along with provisions such as making voting day a holiday, automatic voter registration, and restoring the vote for felons will further our goal of having a more just and representatives democracy."
67a John Thompson
"I am a supporter of ranked choice voting, and we're super glad to see RCV be used for the conventions."
67b Jay Xiong
District 1 Yolanda Roth
District 3 Dario Anselmo
District 3 Chris LaTondresse