MN Forward Announces Support for Bipartisan Group of State Legislative Candidates

Coalition of job providers backing 3 DFLers, 3 Republicans who support key issues

Minneapolis, MN August 5, 2010 — MN Forward today announced the first group of state legislative candidates the organization is supporting in the 2010 elections.  Direct mail pieces backing the three DFLers and three Republicans will arrive at homes in six legislative districts around Minnesota over the next few days.


  • Senator Terri Bonoff (DFL-Minnetonka) – Senator Bonoff was chief author of Senate File 2757, a key piece of education reform that would have allowed Minnesota to offer alternative  programs like Teach For America and allow mid-career professionals a pathway into the teaching profession for school districts and students struggling to close the achievement gap.
  • Rep. Doug Magnus (R-Slayton) – Rep. Magnus is seeking the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Jim Vickerman.  Rep. Magnus has served as the ranking member on the House Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance Division and has been a strong voice for spending reform.
  • Senator Jim Metzen (DFL-South St. Paul) – As chair of the Senate Business, Industry and Jobs Committee, Senator Metzen regularly seeks the input of the business community on issues that would impact job providers.  Senator Metzen also serves as President of the Minnesota Senate.


  • Rep. Gene Pelowski (DFL-Winona) – Rep. Pelowski broke ranks with his party and voted against a $1 billion tax increase in 2009 and against a veto override attempt on the same bill.  That year he had the highest ranking on the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce scorecard of any DFL House member.
  • Rep. Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove) – Rep. Zellers has been a consistent supporter of job providers.  He received a 100 on the Minnesota Chamber scorecard in 2010 and a 92 in 2009.  He has also been an outspoken supporter of key education reforms like alternative licensure.
  • Doug Wardlow (R-Eagan) – Doug Wardlow is an attorney with the Minneapolis firm Parker Rosen.  He was valedictorian of his Eagan High School class and received a B.A. and J.D. from Georgetown University.  His campaign has focused on improving Minnesota’s job climate.

“From day one, MN Forward has made it clear we would support both Republicans and Democrats who support reforms that strengthen our workforce and improve our ability to create jobs and economic opportunity,” said Brian McClung, director of MN Forward.  “This group of candidates has varied backgrounds and positions on many issues, but they all have been focused on making Minnesota a better place to grow jobs.”

To view the direct mail pieces being sent to voters in support of these candidates, go online to

MN Forward is a new organization established to ensure that private-sector job creation and economic growth are at the top of the agenda during the 2010 campaign. The organization is working with a broad coalition of Minnesota job creators to elect candidates from both parties who support policies that enhance job growth in Minnesota.

MN Forward is supported by a growing list of Minnesota-based job providers and business trade associations including the Minnesota Trucking Association, the Insurance Federation of Minnesota, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and the Minnesota Business Partnership.

More information is online at or via MN Forward’s Twitter account @MNForward.

Posted on August 5, 2010


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