Lindsey Port is a volunteer turned activist turned candidate, and has worked to bring progressive politics to suburban Minnesota. She entered politics as a volunteer on the marriage equality campaign, Minnesotans United for All Families, where she learned to have values based conversations and fell in love with voter contact and door knocking. She worked tirelessly on the marriage equality campaigns, and on her state representative's 2014 reelection campaign. Her work on those campaigns brought her face to face with ordinary Minnesotans who didn't feel represented by their elected leaders. When her state representative's seat opened up for 2016, Lindsey decided to run. Even in the face of over a million dollars in outside spending, she still came within 5 points of her opponent by knocking on more doors than any other candidate.
Lindsey knows first hand how difficult it is to run for office, and also knows we need new voices at the table. Her focus is on working directly with candidates to help raise money, build a strong community-centered base, and create robust values-based voter contact programs. She lives in Burnsville, MN, with her husband Steve, and daughters Evelyn and Charlotte. She is running for the Minnesota State House in 2018.
Meredith Stacey is a community organizer who has dedicated the last six years to helping further the progressive infrastructure in Minnesota. She has worked on candidate and issue campaigns of all shapes and sizes, including both iterations of Minnesotans United for All Families, which legalized same-sex marriage in Minnesota, and Senator Al Franken’s 2014 successful re-election campaign. Meredith’s specialty is in training development and facilitation, and in providing hands-on professional development support to campaign staff and volunteers. She believes that our work is strongest when we are working in collaboration with one another, and seeks to support candidates in building community-focused, volunteer-driven campaigns.
Most recently, Meredith served as the Training Director for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s 2016 Coordinated Campaign, and as a Project Lead for Grassroots Solutions, a national consulting firm based in Minneapolis. She lives in South Minneapolis with her partner and their English Bulldog, Jan.
Jon Tollefson entered politics after interning on several Minnesota campaigns and then through his work at the U.S. State Department, where he was a Foreign Service Officer in Nigeria, Mexico, and Washington, DC. He was president of the State Department's LGBT staff association, advocating for equal rights and protections for LGBT people both domestically and abroad. He has been a staffer and candidate, and is the founder of Millennial PAC, an organization he started to invest in the engagement of young people in the progressive movement. He is also a lobbyist with the Minnesota Nurses Association, where he has worked extensively with the legislature and seen first hand how badly we need new ideas and perspectives, especially in the healthcare debate.
Jon is currently running for Minnesota State Auditor and lives in North Minneapolis with his fiancé, Josh, and their dog Jujubee.