Cari Ness Announces Run for Minnesota Legislature

Hi Neighbors! 

Today I am announcing my campaign for the DFL endorsement for Minnesota State Representative of District 66A, which includes parts of St. Anthony Park and Como Park in Saint Paul, parts of Roseville, and all of Falcon Heights and Lauderdale. Our district caucuses will begin the endorsement process on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. 

I have lived in the NW corner of Como Park for 19 years. My husband and I fell in love with this area, its parks and its people, and made the decision to stay and raise our family here. For many years I have been highly engaged with solving the issues concerning our district by serving on the community council, its environment committee, and on the executive committee of the DFL in Senate District 66. I have worked closely with our current elected officials and their mentorship has meant a lot to me. I have great respect for the work they have accomplished.

But, Minnesota is facing serious and immediate challenges that will require new energy, perspective and leadership at the capitol. The next generation needs us to act now.

In listening to my neighbors, I have heard your concerns about the climate crisis as well as unsustainable health care costs, the constant attacks on women, lack of education funding, the need for equity and inclusion for all, gun violence, and the desperate need for more affordable housing and transit. These need to be the priorities at the capitol. And I want to hear more. I value our community’s wisdom and I will be the conduit for our community’s voice in the legislature. 

I am not in this race for me. I am in it for our childrens’ future, for my sisters, and ALL of my neighbors including my neighbors of color, of different faiths, and my LGBTQ+ neighbors. Our future is dependent on the intersectionality and equity of our policies. 

My life has always been firmly rooted in service. As I embark on this next step down that path, I look forward to connecting with you, hearing your story, and representing you at the state capitol. 

Let’s do this together, 

Cari 

Learn more about Cari’s story and how you can join the team at CariNess.org.

Cari Ness for Minnesota House

Cari Ness is a new voice in Minnesota politics ready to fight for what’s right for Minnesota.

As a candidate she is focused on the climate crisis, gender equality, and ending gun violence.

Cari is running for the Minnesota House in District 66A.

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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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