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WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today announced its slate of endorsements in Minnesota’s county and state races. The endorsements are part of People’s Action’s movement politics strategy to elect progressive champions who will co-govern with our working-class members. The candidates are running movement politics, people-powered campaigns and will work to advance the People’s Action People’s Platform once elected. These candidates are also endorsed by our member organization, TakeAction Minnesota. Earlier this year, People’s Action endorsed Ilhan Omar in her re-election to Congress.

“We’re proud to back candidates in Minnesota who are building a movement instead of just building their candidacy,” People’s Action Director of Movement Politics Brooke Adams said. “They come from the multiracial working class and will fight for us at the statehouse, not greedy elites. Everyone in Minnesota will be better off once they are elected.”

Endorsements include:

  • Alicia Kozlowski for Minnesota State Representative District 8B
  • María Isa Pérez-Hedges for Minnesota State Representative District 65B
  • Mary Moriarty for Hennepin County Attorney

Alicia Kozlowski

Alicia Kozlowski (Yellow Cloud Woman) is a resilient and fierce Two-Spirit and Latinx leader running for the Minnesota Legislature. Alicia has lived through many of the challenges families in Duluth face. Core to their cultural identities, lived experience, and their work is the belief that when we take care of each other, we all succeed in leading healthier and more meaningful lives. Alicia has a deep history of advocating for community-led change in the halls of power to ensure underrepresented voices are present and heard. Alicia knows the answers to our collective challenges can be found within the strengths of our own communities, and they will continue fighting for an equitable and strong Duluth at the Minnesota State Capitol. 

María Isa Pérez-Hedges 

María Isa Pérez-Hedges is a lifelong Minnesotan, raised on the West Side of Saint Paul. She is a cultural community organizer, international recording artist, and youth worker running for the Minnesota House of Representatives District 65B. María Isa currently directs the mentorship program for the Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project, and also serves on the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board Public Engagement Advisory Task Force. A Type 1 diabetic and insulin organizer, she has been a prominent leader in the fight for affordable health care in Minnesota.

Mary Moriarty

Mary Moriarty is the Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsed candidate running to be Hennepin County Attorney in Minnesota. Mary has spent most of  her entire career as a public defender, and served as the Hennepin County Chief Public Defender from 2014-2020. She was also a legal commentator on MSNBC and the BBC during the Derek Chauvin murder trial.  

People’s Action’s Movement Politics program recruits, runs, and elects progressives into local and statewide offices across the country. Since 2016, People’s Action has helped elect over 380 movement politics candidates. The program focuses on electing women, people of color, and low-income people who are grounded in progressive movement building with our member organizations.

Contact: Johanna Kichton, press@peoplesaction.org, 202.660.0605

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People’s Action builds the power of poor and working people in urban, rural, and suburban areas to win change through issue fights and elections. We are a national network of 38 state and local grassroots power-building organizations in 28 states–united in the work of building a bigger “we.”

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Press Contact
Johanna Kichton

(202) 660-0605

About People’s Action

People’s Action is a national network of 38 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. Our organization recently released a vision for a national Homes Guarantee that has already prompted major legislation from champions including U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib. We operate the largest progressive rural organizing project in the country. Prior to endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, we completed a national forum series that The Nation called “the most in-depth, people-powered forum” of the 2020 cycle.”