Dear Minnesota Neighbor:
I’m Bonnie Westlin. In 2016, I stepped up to run as the DFL-endorsed candidate for Senate District 34. As a first-time candidate, I received 40% of the vote. Since then, I’ve been working hard and preparing for this fall’s rematch. My next step is the SD34 endorsing convention on March 21st, where I am unopposed for the DFL endorsement. I’m ready to flip SD34 BLUE. And I’m ready to go to work for you.
I am already endorsed by the following organizations this year, and am working hard to continue building a broad coalition.
I am asking for your vote, and I am ready to go to work for you!
- I’ll work to make health care accessible and affordable for all Minnesotans.
- I’ll work to pass legislation that reduces prescription drug costs, including the emergency insulin bill.
- I’ll work to fully fund Minnesota’s public education system.
- I’ll work to enact common-sense legislation to reduce gun deaths in Minnesota.
My opponent and the Senate GOP have been blocking important legislation. Last session, the House passed Expanded Background Check and Extreme Risk Protection (Red Flag) bills. My opponent blocked those bills from even getting a hearing in the Senate, and is likely to block them again this year. He’s become Minnesota’s Mitch McConnell. And it’s time for him to go.
In order to #RetireLimmer, I need your vote on November 3rd. And I’d also love your help.
You can volunteer by phonebanking, doorknocking, hosting a house party, placing a lawn sign in your yard, writing letters to the editor or adding your name to our public endorsement list.
And, of course, we need to raise a lot of money to fund all of this. You can go to our website at BonnieWestlinforMNSenate.com or use the enclosed envelope, to volunteer and make a contribution. Remember, you can receive a refund annually on the first $50 ($100 for married couples) of your political contributions to state candidates through the Political Contribution Refund (PCR).
Let’s turn Senate District 34 BLUE and put me to work for our community and our state!
Thank you for your support!
Mass Shooting In Odessa, Texas
And yet another mass shooting that has thus far resulted in the deaths of 7 people. One remains in life-threatening condition. This is the 280th mass shooting this year, defined as 4 or more people wounded or killed.
Our kids are going back to school where they will practice what to do in an active shooter situation. We will ask our teachers to be prepared to put their lives on the line in such a situation to save our kids. Politicians will talk about “hardening” our schools, making them more like detention facilities than institutions of learning, providing a false sense of safety for parents while at the same time inflicting trauma and anxiety on our kids.
We will go about our lives each day feeling just a bit more vulnerable in public spaces—and for many, in their own homes where there is abuse happening. The death toll from suicide by gun will continue to rise and families will suffer their grief quietly, without the media attention that accompanies the catastrophic mass shooting events that happen somewhere in this country almost daily. 78% of gun deaths in Minnesota are suicide. That includes my best friend who died in 1991, may his memory be a blessing.
We are not impotent on this issue. There are things we can do to lower the risk, and therefore the frequency, of gun deaths and gun injuries that are an epidemic in this country. We do not lack the ability to do something. But our leaders lack the will. It is all political calculation, not political courage.
But the truth is that doing something about gun violence in this country does not require an act of political courage. Not when 90% of people support expanded background checks and other measures. It simply requires acting.
It’s time to #VoteThemOut.
Saturday, October 29, 2016 2:26 PM
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 7:12 PM
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 10:43 PM
Candidate forum, Senate District 34
Monday, October 17, 2016 5:14 PM
Candidate statements for Senate District 34, printed in the Press News, serving Maple Grove, Osseo, Dayton and Champlin.
Sunday, September 25, 2016 9:56 AM
Listen to my interview with Betty Folliard on AM 950, A Woman's Place
Friday, August 26, 2016 7:46 PM
MN AFL-CIO Endorsement
I am pleased to announce my endorsement by the Minnesota AFL-CIO.
The MN AFL-CIO represents over 300,000 members and retirees including firefighters, nurses, teachers, the building trades, industrial workers, agricultural workers, and service and public employees.
I am proud to support the work of the AFL-CIO to "improve the lives of working people-to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and nation."
Monday, August 15, 2016 12:00 AM
Interview with TCJewfolk.
Saturday, July 16, 2016 4:44 PM
SEIU MN State Council Endorsement
I am pleased to announce that I have been endorsed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) State Council.
SEIU represents 53,000 workers, and is the fastest growing labor union in Minnesota. Their members include hospital, clinic, nursing home and in home support workers ( SEIU Healthcare MN); public school and early childhood workers and university faculty (SEIU Local 284); commercial and public building maintenance employees and security officers (SEIU Local 26; and hospitality, commercial laundry, manufacturing and distribution workers (Workers United).
Thank you again, SEIU MN State Council, for your support.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 8:34 PM
What's your number?
We are getting close. I need only 4 more $50 contributions to meet the requirements to receive the public subsidy. Of course, over the course of this campaign, we'll need much more to get our message out.
So what does this election mean to you? How much are you willing to contribute to elect a candidate who supports your values?
About 188,000-roughly 15%-of Minnesota's children live in poverty. Is fighting poverty important to you?
Consider a donation of $188 to a candidate you know is committed to our greatest resource-our children-and to helping lift families up and out of poverty.
While graduation rates for students of color has improved slightly, there continues to be a significant opportunity gap between white students and students of color. Our state set a goal for every district to have a 90% graduation rate, with no student group falling below an 85% graduation rate. We have a lot of work to do to get there and our children, our schools and our teachers need support from the Legislature-and from you.
Why not donate $90 to a candidate who believes all children, regardless of their zip code, should receive a world-class education that will provide them the foundation for a successful life and help them become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.
Do you support sensible gun legislation, such as universal background checks? So do 82% of Minnesotans, 74% of gun owners and 71% of Republicans polled.
Consider a donation of $82 to let me know you, like the overwhelming majority of other Minnesotans, support common sense measures to address the epidemic of gun violence.
Do you have a different number in mind? Make a contribution today for an amount that represents something special to you, and tell me why that number is important.
And remember the most important numbers are 11/8. Vote.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 5:15 PM
Today, the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) met and voted to endorse my candidacy for State Senate. I am deeply grateful for their support.
I stand with the Allina nurses as they seek to retain their health benefits, improve patient safety through proper staffing and ask that workplace violence be addressed. For more information about the issues and the current strike, go the the MNA website.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 8:24 PM
Today I received the endorsement of womenwinning, a non-partisan organization with over 10,000 members, dedicated to recruiting and electing women to public office.
I am proud and honored to receive their endorsement.
Thursday, June 16, 2016 5:10 PM
AFSCME Council 5 Endorsement
I am honored to announce that I have been endorsed by AFSCME Council 5.
AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) has over 40,000 members in Minnesota, who provide vital public services to us all. They include health care workers, EMTs and nurses, corrections officers, IT professionals, dietitians, just to name a few.
I am proud to stand with our public employees.
Monday, June 13, 2016 8:36 PM
Statement Regarding Orlando
I woke up yesterday morning in Orlando, on a short vacation with my son, to hear of the horrific, murderous rampage at Pulse night club-yet one more mass shooting in this country. My heart is breaking for the family and friends of those killed and wounded.
This is an act of hate. The killer targeted this club and the people who were there because of who they were: primarily members of the LGBTQ community. Whether the killer was motivated by some connection to a terrorist group, such as ISIS, or because of his own deep homophobic feelings, he was inspired by hate to commit this act of violence.
The antidote to hate is not more hate. As Patty Sheehan, City Commissioner in Orlando said today: "Love will overcome hatred every single time."
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 6:00 AM
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 6:15 AM
Thursday, May 19, 2016 2:53 PM
I am the DFL endorsed candidate for State Senate in District 34 here in Rogers, Dayton, Maple Grove, and Osseo. I will need your help to take this seat in 2016 and am asking you to contribute to my campaign today. I will also need a solid grassroots organization to get our message out to the entire district.
I’m running this year because citizens of our state have so much in common, and divisive politics have separated us from one another and the values that we share. When we are divided, we do a disservice to the promise of our state and to the future of our children, who will bear the brunt of ineffective leadership on both the state and federal level. I work with families every day, and hear first-hand about the difficulties faced by our struggling middle class. We need to have an economy that works for everybody, not just the 1%. While Minnesota fared better during the Great Recession than much of the country, we need to do more to ensure we have well trained workers to expand our economy and keep us innovative and competitive.
With your help, I will work to strengthen our schools and communities. This includes providing increased funding for our schools so that ALL of Minnesota’s children will have access to the world-class education they will need to be competitive here, around the country and globally. I also support all Minnesotans having the benefit of policies like paid family and sick leave, not just those already well-off.
I started my own family law practice in 2004 to help clients and their children through the difficult transitions they face during divorce. With my experience as an attorney and mediator, as well as a small business owner, I will provide leadership and the effective problem-solving, coalition building skills needed to move beyond partisan divides so that our state government works for the people of Minnesota.
This year presents a unique opportunity to change the poisonous political conversation and take this district by running a campaign on shared Minnesota values. The history of Minnesota is rich with stories of people working to help one another create a better environment in which to live and work while improving the region for future generations. If you would like to join us, click on the DONATE and VOLUNTEER links. We’re determined to make this a campaign one for our entire district, and we would be honored to have you join us for the road ahead.
Thank you and now, let's get to work!
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 5:06 PM
On May 17, 2016, Bonnie Westlin filed an Affidavit of Candidacy for the Minnesota Senate in the 2016 election, contesting the seat currently held by Sen. Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove). Westlin’s background as a long-time family lawyer and community leader makes her a clear choice to represent the district.
“I work with families every day, and know that the economy needs to work for everybody, especially the middle class,” said Westlin. “Our greatest resources will always be the citizens of our state. We are stronger than much of the country because we invest in and support each other.”
Minnesota’s workplaces need to work for our families. As the state rapidly approaches a workforce shortage, businesses and workplaces will need to adapt. As a mother of two and a small business owner, Westlin supports policies that help our employers educate, recruit, attract, and retain the workforce we need to fill these jobs so our economy can continue to thrive. This includes a sensible paid family leave policy that works for both businesses and families.
Providing all Minnesota students with access to a great education will ensure our workforce is prepared for better jobs, make our state a place of innovation, while building an economy that increases opportunity for all Minnesotans later in life. Westlin continued, “We have a responsibility to improve incomes for all Minnesotans, so everyone has the opportunity to earn a good living, support their family, and retire securely.”
“The opportunity to succeed in life is built on education, and I am committed to investing in students from early childhood through college. I support increasing funding for our children's education so that ALL of Minnesota's students are prepared to out-innovate the competition and succeed in a modern economy.”
Minnesota students should be able to work hard and earn an advanced degree without graduating with a mountain of student debt. We must address the issue of restructuring or alleviating the burden of debt thrust onto graduating college students today. This debt is hampering economic growth and the state has an obligation to deal with this issue. Access to a great education will ensure our workforce is prepared for better jobs, make our state a place of innovation, and build an economy that increases opportunity for all Minnesotans. In order to accomplish that, we cannot impair students with a mountain of debt.
Westlin, a Minnesota native and graduate of Hamline University (B.A./J.D.), has lived in Maple Grove since 2004, the same year she established her solo family law and mediation practice. She is a member of Shir Tikvah synagogue, where she sits on the Board of Trustees and chairs the Caring Community committee.