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.”

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. I am running to be the DFL Candidate for State House in District 66A so 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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1 month ago
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It's that time of year when campaigns are starting to gear up all across the state, and lots of folks have been calling, texting, and asking if I will run again in 2022.

I ran in 2020 because climate change is the single biggest existential threat to our state and the pandemic is but one symptom. The last 18 months have laid bare brutal inequities in our society between the rich and poor - from low wages, inaccessible child care, and a severely overburdened health and mental healthcare system, to rent instability and the stark injustice in our school systems - made more obvious and drastic through a year of virtual learning (or virtually no learning).

We are not doing enough.

At the same time, our district lines must be re-drawn to ensure fair representation in the state legislature. Due to the unprecedented delays in the census, however, redistricting has also been delayed and we may not know where the lines will fall until late March 2022.

That said, if the lines fall where we hope, I will be looking to you for support as I would be honored to represent you and our unique district in the Minnesota House in 2022.

Stay tuned and take care,
Cari
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2 years ago
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Dear Friends,
 
The results are in from the online balloting for the DFL endorsement and sadly are not what we’d hoped. Congratulations to the incumbent, Alice Hausman, on being endorsed for a 17th term. I will abide and end my campaign.
 
I want to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who supported me, voted for me, and endorsed me - most of all my husband who was THE BEST partner all the way. This was an incredible experience. Our volunteer team engaged with hundreds of people and pushed for a more progressive and inclusive politics in our state. We raised nearly $20,000 and will donate the remaining funds in our campaign account to help flip seats in swing districts. I am very proud of the campaign that we ran. We stayed positive and focused on our shared values and we will be watching and pushing our Reps to be the best possible stewards of our state.

I want to give special thanks to my campaign manager, Faisa A Ahmed, who’s consistency and drive to make me the best candidate I could be never wavered, even when she and her family were struck with Covid-19 themselves. 
 
I am ruminating on the lyric from the Semisonic song, “Closing Time” today that says “every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.” While this may be the end of this campaign, I am looking forward to what the next beginning will be. I’ll keep you posted. 

In this incredibly difficult year for so many, I wish you all love, comfort, and good health.
 
With sincere gratitude,
Cari

Dear Friends,

The results are in from the online balloting for the DFL endorsement and sadly are not what we’d hoped. Congratulations to the incumbent, Alice Hausman, on being endorsed for a 17th term. I will abide and end my campaign.

I want to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who supported me, voted for me, and endorsed me - most of all my husband who was THE BEST partner all the way. This was an incredible experience. Our volunteer team engaged with hundreds of people and pushed for a more progressive and inclusive politics in our state. We raised nearly $20,000 and will donate the remaining funds in our campaign account to help flip seats in swing districts. I am very proud of the campaign that we ran. We stayed positive and focused on our shared values and we will be watching and pushing our Reps to be the best possible stewards of our state.

I want to give special thanks to my campaign manager, Faisa A Ahmed, who’s consistency and drive to make me the best candidate I could be never wavered, even when she and her family were struck with Covid-19 themselves.

I am ruminating on the lyric from the Semisonic song, “Closing Time” today that says “every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.” While this may be the end of this campaign, I am looking forward to what the next beginning will be. I’ll keep you posted.

In this incredibly difficult year for so many, I wish you all love, comfort, and good health.

With sincere gratitude,
Cari
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I think you ran an excellent campaign. I hope you will stay engaged and involved as the future unfolds.

This makes me undeniably sad... Please please don't let this be your last time going for this seat.. We NEED you.

Thank you for answering the call to get involved in representative government, it's the only way we affect change. I enjoyed seeing you experience this process and was very hopeful you would be elected.We need strong people to run our institutions, you no doubt will be one of those people.

I am genuinely bummed about that result, and yet so very glad that you ran and also proud of the effort of you and your staff towards doing better for the world. Thank you!!

I am SO PROUD of you. You ran such a great campaign and did all the things right!

I am so sorry. I was ready to see you lead.

It was a great effort and you should be proud. Better luck next time!

I’m sorry to hear about this Cari. I know that this is not the last. Chin up!! All of your friends are very proud of the campaign!! ❤️😘😷

Thank you for running, Cari! And please run again. Sending hugs today.

Thank you Cari for stepping forward! We loved meeting you and wish you the best in the future 🙂

Congratulations and kudos to YoU as you ran a terrific campaign! I hope this won't be your last...❤

I thoroughly enjoyed following your campaign and am very proud of your efforts.

I hope you'll try again in two years! Just let me know and I'll do whatever I can to help 😁

Wherever your path leads you, you will do great things.

Don't think this is over either. Try again. Please.

You my friend are Awesome 💗

I am sad about losing the progressive policies that would have been. Like everyone said, you ran a great campaign. COVID made it impossible to do the face to face campaigning that I believe would have made a difference. Please run again!

I am so impressed with all of your drive and passion. You are a rising voice in the political arena and this is not an end at all.

Thanks for stepping up! did they ever give you the numbers on the endorsement?

Sorry to hear my dear! What ever you choose to do we are here to support you!!

You'll only get better and better. Great first effort!

Well done! Still a future for you in this. Hope you run again.

And way to go, Faisa!! Thank you for helping Cari!

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2 years ago
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The DFL online balloting period ends tonight at midnight. If you haven’t yet submitted your ballot, get in there soon! To everyone who did vote, thank you so much for sticking with this new process despite a few hiccups along the way. No matter the final outcome, I want to give a very heartfelt thank you to all of you who took the time to attend caucuses and work through the process of being a delegate.  And I especially want to thank the DFL volunteers and staff who worked incredibly hard to ensure this was a fair process. You are the unsung heroes of our democracy.

The DFL online balloting period ends tonight at midnight. If you haven’t yet submitted your ballot, get in there soon! To everyone who did vote, thank you so much for sticking with this new process despite a few hiccups along the way. No matter the final outcome, I want to give a very heartfelt thank you to all of you who took the time to attend caucuses and work through the process of being a delegate. And I especially want to thank the DFL volunteers and staff who worked incredibly hard to ensure this was a fair process. You are the unsung heroes of our democracy. ... See MoreSee Less

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Good luck!

Rooting for you!!!!

2 years ago
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“Cari is the bright new energy we need down at the Capital. Her breadth of knowledge and ability to bring people in is the new kind of politics needed in this different day.” Amy Allen Gooder, St. Paul

“Cari is the bright new energy we need down at the Capital. Her breadth of knowledge and ability to bring people in is the new kind of politics needed in this different day.” Amy Allen Gooder, St. Paul ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago
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I support the Governor and his administration and know the decisions to keep Minnesotans safe are firmly rooted in science. Stay safe, friends! #stayhomeMN

I support the Governor and his administration and know the decisions to keep Minnesotans safe are firmly rooted in science. Stay safe, friends! #stayhomeMNToday Governor Tim Walz announced the extension of the Stay at Home Order until May 18. We know this is hard – but it’s working. In the last few weeks, we have made a testing breakthrough, built out hospital capacity, and slowed the spread. You made this possible. Thank you.

Minnesotans look out for each other - and we need you to continue protecting your neighbors. We must continue to stay home other than essential trips, social distance, and wear cloth masks while in public so we can carefully turn the dial toward reopening society.
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