Minneapolis, Minn., June 22, 2018 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced its endorsement of Erin Murphy for Governor and Erin Maye Quade for Lieutenant Governor.
"Stonewall DFL is proud to endorse Erin Murphy for Governor and Erin Maye Quade for Lieutenant Governor. Our membership's support for Rep. Erin Murphy has grown throughout the year, mirroring the strength the Murphy campaign showed in earning the DFL endorsement,” said Erica Mauter, Stonewall DFL Caucus Chair. “We are equally proud and excited to support the historic nomination of Minnesota's first out LGBTQ major party candidate for statewide office in Rep. Erin Maye Quade. At a time when the LGBTQ+ community – especially queer youth and queer people of color – are struggling with access to affordable housing and health care, and all the disproportionate ways we are criminalized and targeted with violence, we desperately need leaders like Erin Murphy and Erin Maye Quade who will fight for us.”
The Governor is the chief executive of the state of Minnesota, leading the state's executive branch. The Governor sets the state’s policy agenda, appoints commissioners to lead the state’s departments, leads the National Guard, and makes judicial appointments. The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Minnesota is the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Minnesota.
“We are honored to receive the Stonewall DFL endorsement,” said Murphy. “I’m proud of our work together to pass marriage equality and anti-bullying legislation, but there is still more work to be done. No Minnesotan should feel unsafe or discriminated against because of who they love or how they identify. Rep. Maye Quade and I will stand with our LGBTQ community to make sure everyone feels welcome in our state."
“I am honored to earn this endorsement and I am proud to stand with Erin Murphy and our LGBTQ community in the important work ahead,” said Rep. Erin Maye Quade. “As a state representative and member of the LGBTQ community, I have fought against forces of division and discrimination against our community and been a proactive leader addressing the many challenges that remain. Together, with Erin Murphy, we will continue to lead with our values and fight for an equitable future for all.”
Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors.
About Stonewall DFL
Stonewall DFL works for a safe and equitable Minnesota by electing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied Democrats to public office in Minnesota and to party office in the Minnesota DFL. The caucus offers endorsements for local, state and federal DFL candidates who support equality for all Minnesotans. Stonewall DFL provides endorsed candidates with both financial and volunteer support whenever possible. The Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis to carry out the business of the caucus and is open to the public. For information, visit mnstonewalldfl.org, join its Facebook page or follow @StonewallDFL on Twitter.
The Minnesota Stonewall DFL Caucus was first organized in August 1980 as the LGBTF Caucus. Its charter was recognized by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota in 1982 and was renamed Stonewall DFL in 1992. Today, Stonewall is the DFL’s oldest and most active community caucus and the oldest continuously-operating political advocacy organization whose mission is to promote LGBTQ equality across the state of Minnesota.