Category Archives: Campaign Update

Letter to Caucus Attendees 2016

Dear fellow DFLer:

Thank you for your participation in the 2016 precinct caucuses!

Two years ago, I was honored to receive the endorsement of our party for election as state representative. I’m proud of my first term, which included selection as a “Legislator of Distinction” by the League of Minnesota Cities — the only urban House member to be so recognized. I am seeking reelection and would be honored to have your DFL endorsement again.

As we enter the 2016 campaign, the challenges that we face seem ever-deeper and more complex, with the goals ever-farther away: racial and gender equity; a fair tax burden on all; clean water and air; safety from gun violence; robust, broadly shared prosperity; and more.

I am working toward change in each of these areas, and others too. But my chief focus has remained consistent: ensuring that every child gets off to a great start in life. Given time, every other problem that we face can be solved if we get this one right. As it turns out, the best way to help kids to thrive is to help their families & communities do so — through policies like paid leave, more affordable housing, a healthy environment, and living-wage jobs.

This kind of progressive change is out of reach until we have a DFL majority in the House. In this year’s campaign, I will work hard to maintain your support and the support of our neighbors in Highland and Mac-Groveland and along West Seventh (check out our events page). I will work hard to reach out to apartment dwellers, new Minnesotans, and other less-likely voters, to boost our turnout, both in 2016 and for years to come. And I am already working hard — knocking on doors, making calls, and raising funds — to help elect that DFL legislative majority. Please consider supporting this work by making a contribution or by signing up to volunteer.

I would love to hear your ideas, questions, or concerns. Please contact me anytime. It has been an honor to serve you at the Capitol. Thank you again for your commitment to our democracy.



Dave Pinto
State Representative — District 64B


Final Outreach – Time to Vote!

OCTOBER 31, 2014 — Happy Halloween! In these final days, we’re going strong — reaching out to EVERY voter, supporting Dave’s colleagues throughout the state, and pushing for collaborative solutions to policy challenges. Remember to vote on Tuesday, November 4 — or even vote early!

Counting Every Voice

From seniors at Graham Place to students at St. Kate’s, Macalester, and St. Thomas, we’re reaching out to every voter. That particularly includes district residents who are historically less likely to vote — new Americans, lower-income families, and communities of color. We’re knocking on doors, coordinating rides for early voting, and we’re distributing flyers encouraging voting — and early in-person voting! — in languages spoken by area residents, including Spanish, Somali, and Oromo.

If you can, please join us tomorrow — Saturday, November 1 — anytime between 10:00am and 2:30pm in the Sibley Plaza area. At our “Rally & Rides for Votes,” held in cooperation with the Franken campaign, we’ll get the word out throughout the neighborhood, rally with local leaders, and provide rides for early voting. More details here.

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Strong Endorsement for 64B Leadership

Star Tribune

The Star Tribune has endorsed Dave’s campaign! The paper’s editorial board describes him as a “worthy choice” for the district, saying that he is “well-positioned to continue” the work of retiring Representative Michael Paymar. The editorial even gave a tip of the hat to our Community Conversations! Please click here to read it yourself and share with others.

Climate Change Conversation Calls for More Action

On October 14, Dave hosted the latest in our series of Community Conversations, this one on climate change. Thanks to legislative action over the last five years, Minnesota is on track to significantly lower carbon emissions by increasing the use of renewable energy — and to grow opportunity through clean energy jobs. With nearly 40 attendees, the Community Conversation made clear that Minnesota can and must do more. And the science of climate change means that action is needed now.

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Keep Up the Pressure — Keep the Majority

Dave has continued to join with Pinto volunteers and the Senate District 64 DFL Flying Squad to help support progressive candidates to the Minnesota House. We’ve shown up in Twin Cities suburbs and Greater Minnesota alike to knock on doors on behalf of great candidates and assure that when Dave joins the House in January, he and his DFL colleagues are in position to move forward on a progressive agenda for the state.

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The Time is Now

Election Day is this coming Tuesday, only a few days away! This year, for the first time, residents can vote early without the need for an excuse. Ramsey County offers extended hours this weekend and on Monday — please click here for more information. Please spread the word to others about early voting! And make your own plan for voting too.

Then join us on Tuesday night at Seventh Street Social, 2176 Seventh St. W. in St. Paul to celebrate a night of wins for a progressive Minnesota.

Thank you so much for your support,
The Pinto Campaign Team

Connecting the Whole Community

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 — Our campaign is reaching out to connect all parts of St. Paul’s Mac-Groveland, Highland Park and West 7th communities. The community is changing in great ways, as is the entire state of Minnesota. But one thing connects the new residents with the old — a commitment to ensuring that Minnesota is a state in which everyone can thrive, especially our kids.

Reaching out to the Whole District

Our community is becoming more diverse, and Dave has been working hard to reach every voter in the district. We knock doors in apartment buildings every weekend. We host coffees and voter registration drives in senior homes virtually every week. And we’re planning on an October event in a part of the West 7th neighborhood that is a home to many new Americans. We’ll continue to reach out, right up to Election Day and well beyond. Dave’s eager to hear these voters’ ideas and to get them involved.

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Helping Kids to Thrive

On September 23, we hosted the next in our series of Community Conversations, this one about building communities where children thrive. This is a big issue. Kids in the St. Paul schools experience disproportionately high rates of mental health, nutritional, and other challenges. Dave listened closely. He’s more committed than ever to be a champion for “Zero to Three” school readiness supports to assure kids are healthy and ready to learn when they start school.

Come join us for our next Community Conversation, on climate change, on October 14. Check out our Events page for details.

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Support that Runs Deep

Just one day before the Community Conversation, community leaders — and long-time District 64B residents — Marcia Avner, Wy Spano, Mary Pat Lee, former St. Paul Mayor Jim Scheibel, Kathy Stack, former State Representatives Kathleen Vellenga and Howard Orenstein, and many others hosted a fundraiser for Dave that featured an introduction by our current state representative, Michael Paymar. It was a great celebration and helped us inch closer to raising the funds we need to help Dave win and increase turnout in this important DFL stronghold.

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Helping Progressive Allies Around the State

Dave’s success next year at the Capitol depends on re-electing Minnesota’s House DFL majority. So he and our team have been hard at work helping his colleagues all around the state, including Rep. John Ward (in a photo taken by Dave while they were out knocking in Brainerd), Laurie Halverson, Joe Radinovich, and Barb Yarusso (with help from Majority Leader Erin Murphy and Rep. Mike Freiberg).

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No-Excuse Absentee Voting

Absentee voting has begun. This year anyone can vote absentee, for any reason. In other words, no excuse is necessary! We want your help, and so does the entire progressive slate of candidates. Absentee voting is easy: to get your ballot, click here.

Many thanks for your support,
The Pinto Campaign Team

A Summer of Great Introductions

SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 — Happy Labor Day! As we pause to express our gratitude for workers’ rights — and to regroup to continue to expand them — we look back on a summer full of introductions and new connections, one conversation at a time.

Walking the Talk

After launching with the Grand Old Day parade in June, the Pinto campaign took to the streets. Block by block, we’ve been talking with district residents at doorsteps and through impromptu sidewalk conversations on these beautiful summer evenings. It’s been a great chance to connect, introduce Dave, hear concerns and share ideas. One point that has come through loud and clear is how high a standard retiring State Representative Michael Paymar has set. 64B voters want their next representative in the Minnesota House to be another champion for progressive values.

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Working as a Team

Throughout the summer, Dave and our team have been working closely with the entire DFL ticket — knocking on apartment doors and helping to boost turnout among less-likely voters. The next step in that collaboration occurs tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept 2) at 5:30pm, as we hold a joint door knock with Congresswoman Betty McCollum and House Majority Leader Erin Murphy. Click here for more details.

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Growing Signs of Making Connections

They just sprung up one weekend in the middle of August: 200 brilliant orange and blue yard signs introducing 64B voters to Dave Pinto as their newly-endorsed, DFL choice for state rep. But, more of these late-summer bloomers will be going out during the coming weeks as we continue to introduce Dave to the district’s 70,000 voters.

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Conversations that Matter

Stable housing means a stable life. That was the message when local housing expert Lyn Burton and district residents joined Dave in August at our Community Conversation on Affordable Housing. It was a chance to get the conversation going about what Minnesota could be doing to improve access to housing for all Minnesotans. Governor Dayton and Minnesota’s DFL-led legislature have made a big investment in low-income housing. But it was apparent from our conversation that more is needed.

The Community Conversations series will continue in coming months. Expected topics include the creation of communities where kids thrive, and climate change.

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In Our Thoughts

On July 26, our campaign co-chair Marlene Kayser and her husband Tom were both seriously injured in a car accident. They’re getting better steadily but still face a challenging recovery. Marlene and Tom are two of the most generous and caring people that we have ever met. Please join us in praying for both of them and their family during this very difficult time.

Many thanks for your support,
The Pinto Campaign Team