Candidate Questionnaire 2020

No matter what part of Minnesota you’re from, having a safe, stable place to come home to is the foundation for our wellbeing. But Minnesota is facing a housing crisis that is making it harder for people — many struggling to make ends meet — find and afford a safe place of their own. It’s time to take care of all of us; together we can ensure everyone, regardless of zip code, has a place to live our lives and care for our families. 

MHP, with support from our Homes for All MN coalition partners, invited candidates for the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate to complete our 2020 Candidate Questionnaire on Housing Issues. All candidates, regardless of party affiliation, were invited to complete the questionnaire. The purpose of the questionnaire is to educate and inform residents on how candidates are tackling housing issues that directly impact them. This questionnaire is not meant to serve as an endorsement of or for any candidate or political party.

Collected responses are posted below. Candidates were asked to limit their responses to each question to 300 words or fewer. 

Read MHP’s summary of candidate engagement work in 2020 here.

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2020 Candidate Questionnaire on Housing Issues

Download a PDF of the questionnaire here. For candidates, the questionnaire must be filled out online above.

  1. national poll in May 2020 found that 78% of the public believes our elected leaders are not putting enough attention on people’s need for help to pay for their housing during the coronavirus outbreak. What do you believe is the role of government in ensuring everyone has access to housing? 
  2. In Minnesota, 80 of 87 counties do not have the capacity to provide sufficient shelter or temporary housing to those who are homeless. Nationally, a study of US cities found that 25 percent of all requests for emergency shelter went unmet. What will you do to end homelessness? 
  3. According to the Census Bureau’s July 22 Household Pulse Survey for Minnesota, and Stout’s analysis of this data, there are 132,000 potential eviction filings over the next 4 months in Minnesota. Over 90% of evictions in Minnesota are for non-payment of rent. What will you do to prevent evictions?
  4. Being denied where to live because of race, family status, or disability is discrimination. In Minnesota, 53% more whites are homeowners than Black residents, a statistic that is abysmal compared to the national racial homeownership gap of 30%. What meaningful steps will you take to address the root problems of racial disparities in housing?
  5. Our housing crisis includes a lack of safe, stable homes in Minnesota. The 2018 Minnesota Task Force on Housing identified a need for 300,000 new ownership and rental homes over the next decade. While there are 180,000 Minnesota renters with incomes at 30% area median income, only 100 units affordable to these families are produced each year. What steps will you take to support Minnesotans’ access to homes, especially for under resourced households?
  6. More than ever, the public understands the connection between housing and health, as well as education, transportation, and more. What housing-based strategy would you use to improve health outcomes for Minnesotans?
  7. Over 188,000 Minnesota renter households between the ages of 25 and 44 are income-qualified to purchase a home but continue to rent, including 64,000 households of color. What steps will you take to increase opportunities for renters to purchase homes, condos, or cooperative ownership models, if they choose?  
  8. Including community recommendations when developing policies and programs is a best practice for effective and lasting solutionsHow will you include those impacted by housing needs in developing and implementing housing solutions? 

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View candidate responses by district below. Candidate responses are posted without modifications at regular intervals after receipt. Please note that responses are still being collected. 

Candidates for Minnesota House of Representatives 

4B

Paul Marquart

7A

Jennifer Schultz

7B

Liz Olson

9A

Alex Hering

13A

Katy Westlund

14A

Tamara Calhoun

Tama Theis

16A

Doria Drost

16B

Mindy Kimmel

17A

Benjamin Dolan 

20A

Erina Prom

25A

Duane Quam

25B

Liz Boldon

Kenneth Bush

26B

Randy Brock

27B

Jeanne Poppe

28B

Jordan Fontenello

29A

Renee Cardarelle

29B

Joe Rosh

30B

Brad Kovach

31A

Brad Brown

31B

Sue Larson

35A

Mike Erickson

41A

Connie Bernardy

41B

Sandra Feist

44B

Gary Porter

46B

Cheryl Youakin

48A

Laurie Pryor 

49B

Steve Elkins 

50A

Michael Howard

52A

Rick Hansen

56A

Jessica Hanson

56B

Roz Peterson

57A

Robert Bierman 

59B

Esther Agbaje

60A

Sydney Jordan

61A

Frank Hornstein

61B

Jamie Long

63A

David Wiester 

Jim Davnie

63B

Emma Greenman

64B

Dave Pinto

66A

Alice Hausman 

Bret Rose 

66B

Athena Hollins

67B

Jay Xiong

Candidates for Minnesota State Senate  

SD1

Reed Perkins 

SD5

Rita Albrecht 

Robyn Smith 

SD7

Donna Bergstrom 

Jen McEwen

SD8

Michele Anderson

SD20

Jon Olson

SD25

Sara Flick

SD29

Chris Brazelton 

SD30

Diane Nguyen

SD38

Justin Stofferahn

SD40

Chris Eaton

SD43

Charles Wiger 

SD45

Andrew Schuler 

SD47

Addie Miller

SD56

Lindsey Port 

SD57

Greg Clausen 

SD60

Kari Dziedzic

SD61

Scott Dibble

SD63

Patricia Torres Ray 

SD64

Sharon Anderson 

SD65

Sandy Pappas

SD66

John Marty

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Candidate Engagement Webinar: Housing Votes 2020 (Sept 9, 2020)

A webinar on the importance of candidate engagement during the 2020 election, with a focus on housing. Learn about the 2020 Candidate Questionnaire on Housing Issues, tips for non-profits engaging with candidates, and virtual and social media engagement. You can find presentation slides (PDF) here, video recording here, and the meeting chat (PDF) here