Minneapolis, Minn., July 30, 2018 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced its endorsement of Rep. Ilhan Omar for Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District.
“Stonewall DFL couldn’t ask for a better member of Congress from the Fifth District than Ilhan Omar,” said Erica Mauter, Stonewall DFL Caucus Chair. “She brings critical lived experience, a breadth and depth of policy knowledge and organizing experience, demonstrated ability to engage and turn out diverse communities, and the fierceness needed to govern in the Trump era.”
The Fifth District is an urban and suburban district covering Minneapolis, St. Anthony, Columbia Heights, Hilltop, Fridley, Spring Lake Park, Brooklyn Center, New Hope, Crystal, Robbinsdale, Golden Valley, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Richfield, Fort Snelling, the northeast part of Edina, and a part of Minnetonka. Rep. Omar was first elected to represent District 60B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. She was the first Somali-American state legislator and would be the first Somali-American and the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. Incumbent Rep. Keith Ellison was first elected to represent the Fifth District in 2006, was the first Muslim elected to Congress, and is instead seeking election as Minnesota Attorney General.
“LGBTQ+ communities are specifically and disproportionately impacted by many of the major issues facing our country—access to healthcare, housing, gun violence, and workplace discrimination. I’m proud to be endorsed by Stonewall DFL, and am grateful for their work to continually push our party to do better. I look forward to working together with our LGBTQ+ community,” said Omar.
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.