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.

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.”

Trista MatasCastillo

County Commissioner, Ramsey County

Donate Today

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

Environmental Stewardship and the Climate Crisis

We need to invest in a clean economy that places the stewardship of our water and natural resources and the health of our residents over profits for fossil fuel interests and corporations. 

 

GUN VIOLENCE

Lack of action on gun violence is one of the most disgraceful failures of our time. 

We need to take action in Minnesota by passing universal background checks, red flag laws, and other measures to curb gun violence. 

Gender Equity

Minnesota needs to strengthen state protections for women and underrepresented communities by passing the Equal Rights Amendment, eliminating the many restrictions on the books for abortion and prenatal services, and solidifying a woman’s right to choose.

HEALTH CARE

It’s time to implement the Minnesota Health Plan so all Minnesotans have access to the health care they need. It’s clear that the private health care system has failed to create affordable solutions that work for Minnesotans. 

Join Us and Get Involved

Let’s do this! It takes a lot of people power to create change. With my candidacy, our district will have a real choice as to how it is represented at the capitol for the first time in decades. Your voice is important we want you to join our team. 

We promise opportunities that suit your specific talents and needs such as chatting on the phone, getting out in the community at events, door knocking, helping shape campaign strategy, or quietly writing notes with a cup of tea.

To volunteer, fill out the form below and let us know if you know what you want to do. All are welcome here!

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Minnesotans! Take the Minnesota Values Project  survey 👇

Minnesotans! Take the Minnesota Values Project survey 👇In 2017, the Minnesota House DFL started the Minnesota Values Project (MVP) -- a partnership between Minnesotans, elected officials and organizations to create a shared vision for the future of our state. Working together, we can strengthen our communities by improving education opportunities, making affordable health care a reality, and increasing economic prosperity for all Minnesotans.

Through MVP, we have facilitated hundreds of meaningful conversations with people across all Minnesota about their priorities. We’re continuing this work and want to engage with as many Minnesotans as possible.

Please share your thoughts and vision for the state of Minnesota: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mnValues2019

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