Needed: a Congress member who shows up.

CD2 Deserves Representation– Someone who meets with constituents, who listens and responds to concerns, who has the courage to stand up against policies that don’t benefit us. They should have a strong, clear voice on progressive ideals including raising wages, providing quality, affordable healthcare, protecting our environment, and ensuring that all of us, regardless of race, country of origin, gender, sexual orientation or economic status- that we are treated with respect, equity and equal opportunity.

Two quality candidates are vying for the DFL nomination for 2018. One is Angie Craig (website) , who narrowly lost her first bid in 2016, and the other is first-time candidate Jeff Erdmann (website).

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First CD2 Forum (video and text by

Published Dec. 20, 2017 – DFL candidates for Congress- Angie Craig and Jeff Erdmann held their first ever candidates forum in Apple Valley on Monday. They are both seeking the DFL endorsement to run against Republican Congressman Jason Lewis to represent Minnesota’s second district.

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Second CD2 Forum (video and text by

Published January 18 –Jeff Erdmann and Angie Craig made their best pitches to DFLers this week, hoping to win their votes in an endorsement battle that begins with the precinct caucuses on February 6. On Monday in Northfield,the two candidates for congress in Minnesota’s 2nd district answered questions for about 90 minutes on hot-button issues from immigration to health care. They agreed on many issues, perhaps making it a difficult choice for DFL activists. Both have agreed not to run in a primary if the other candidate gets the endorsement.

Erdmann is a political newcomer. In his first forum, the teacher/football coach from Rosemount read prepared answers to questions. This time he did not. Craig is a veteran of one political campaign. In 2016, the former journalist/health care executive lost against Republican Jason Lewis by less than two percentage points in a three-way race.

Craig aimed many of her comments at people who were not in the room — Lewis and President Donald Trump. “The President’s comments this weekend were indefensible and they were racist,” said Craig about Trump’s reported “shithole countries” remark that was aimed at immigrants from African nations. “And I called that out and I will continue to call that out when I see it and I think we all should.” On immigration she says the system is broken and people will go around the system. Dreamers — children of parents who brought them to this country illegally — “they deserve a path to citizenship,” said Craig.

Erdmann agreed with Craig on immigration policy and said our economy needs immigrants because infrastructure projects and clean energy industries will be creating jobs faster than U.S. citizens can fill them. “We are at 4% unemployment right now. We’re going to need to bring people in to create, to go after and fill those jobs. So I think we need to absolutely expand our work visa program so that we are prepared to make sure we can accommodate those jobs.”

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