Why I'm Running
Iam running because we need new energy at the capitol. We need leaders who can clearly see the challenges our communities are facing, who will inspire and engage the people in their districts, and are willing to act.
As your legislator, I will prioritize climate action and clean infrastructure, protecting and expanding women’s rights and gender equality for all, reducing gun violence, passing health care for all, and closing the opportunity gap in our education system.
My kids and their generation need a voice for them in the state house now. They need us to make the hard decisions to prepare our state and infrastructure for the massive environmental changes we are already seeing from climate change. They need us to preserve the Boundary Waters and Minnesota’s other natural resources for them and future generations.
They need to know that we did everything we could to keep them safe from gun violence, and they need us to fully fund education so that they will be prepared to jump in and lead when we need them to in the future. Our kids need us to fight for them and for equity for everyone so that they can grow up knowing they matter.
Read Cari’s statement on the DFL Endorsing Convention.
Get to know Cari
Cari was born and raised in a union household in Becker County, Minnesota, in the small town of Lake Park where her dad worked construction (IUOE Local 49) and her mom worked for the city at the municipal liquor store.
Service to the community was instilled in her from a very young age from helping grandma to cook in the church dining hall to serving on the executive board of the Lutheran Youth Organization where she helped plan youth gatherings and trips, as well as food drives and fundraising initiatives.
Cari has a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication with a minor in Political Science from St. Cloud State University.
Cari serves on the board of directors of YMCA Twin Cities Camp du Nord and has served her community on the St. Paul District 10 Community Council, the DFL Senate District 66 executive committee, and the board of directors of the Cedar Cultural Center.
Cari currently works as the Director of Field Operations for Charitable Adult Rides and Services, a company that processes vehicle donations for public radio and TV stations and other nonprofits throughout the U.S. She also does executive search and programming consultation for public radio and TV stations. She previously worked at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media.
She and her husband, Nathan, have lived in Como Park for 19 years. They have two kids that attend Saint Paul Public Schools and a tiny pitbull named Daisy May.
“I am proud to endorse Cari Ness because our communities need effective representatives at the Legislature who can work with their colleagues to bring back desperately needed funds and build progressive change. I know Cari will be that leader.”
Cari is a new voice in Minnesota politics
ready to fight for what’s right for Minnesota families; focused on environmental stewardship, women’s rights, and education.
Maximum contributions are $1000 per individual or $2000 per couple. Checks are also welcome, payable and mailed to: Neighbors for Cari Ness, 1512 Pascal St N, St Paul, MN 55108