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They’re all good: OutFront Action withholds endorsement in Senate 59


The seat being vacated by former Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller will likely be filled by a strong proponent of LGBT equality, a survey released by OutFront Action, the political action committee of OutFront Minnesota.

The district, which encompasses Northeast Minneapolis, the University, and Cedar Riverside, is a strongly DFL one, and five members of the district are vying for the DFL nomination in the Dec. 6 primary. Those candidates are Kari Dziedzic, Jacob Frey, Mohamud Noor, Paul Ostrow and Peter Wagenius.

OutFront Action polled those candidates on their stances on LGBT issues, and all five agreed with OutFront’s positions on those issues.

All support marriage equality, anti-bullying legislation, protections for transgender Minnesotans, and strong HIV prevention and care programs.

For that reason, OutFront is withholding it’s endorsement and instead releasing the results of its candidate survey.

“Each candidate has different strengths—but none of them clearly stood above the rest enough to meet our threshold,” OutFront’s Chris Stinson wrote in an email on Wednesday. “Since LGBT Minnesotans in the district are supporting so many of the candidates, we wanted to give you the same information the they provided us to help you make your decision.”

Here’s the full survey:

Senate District 59 Special Election Candidate Endorsement Questionnaire Responses

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Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.