Insight News endorses Erin Murphy and Erin Maye-Quade for governor and lieutenant governor in Tuesday’s (Aug. 14) DFL primary.
Minnesota DFL’s endorsed candidates, Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-64A) and Rep. Erin Maye-Quade (DFL-57A), are poised to make history if they can prevail in Tuesday’s (Aug. 14) primary election and again in November’s General Election.
While Minnesota is rare in the fact it has two women senators and a woman lieutenant governor, Minnesota has never elected a woman to lead the state as governor. And while Maye-Quade would be the ninth consecutive woman to serve as lieutenant governor, she would hold the distinction as the first African-American – man or woman – to serve in this capacity.
But Murphy and Maye-Quade are not out just to make history, they have their sights set on transforming the state that has long been thought of as “progressive” but narrowly escaped going the way of Donald Trump in the November 2016 presidential election.
Murphy and Maye-Quade are progressive proud of it. Within their platform they openly profess a desire to legalize marijuana for recreational use, but it is not a stance to curry favor with the party crowd. Their progressive stance is to bring about racial justice. As stated on their campaign website, criminal laws dealing with marijuana “… unnecessarily create criminal penalties for non-violent offenders, too often People of Color.” Murphy went further to say, “I support recreational marijuana legalization that includes record expungement, a process for releasing non-violent offenders, and support for them as they transition out of the criminal justice system. I believe it’s important that we do that piece at the same time we legalize.”
Recognizing how people of color – in particular, African-Americans – are criminalized for activities that are not being criminalized among whites and African-Americans are far more likely to have negative contact with the judicial system, Murphy and Maye-Quade support restorative voting rights for those who have served but are no longer serving felony time.
“It is critical to our democracy that we restore the vote for Minnesotans who have served their time for felony convictions,” reads the platform for racial equity on the Murphy/Maye-Quade website. “Voting is a sacred right and it is a powerful tool in building strong, powerful communities.”
Taking progressive stands on affordable housing (calling for $100 million annual funding to ensure affordable housing throughout the state), education (advocating for a more diverse teacher population and calling for free college for families making $150,000 or less a year) and raising the state minimum wage to $15, Murphy and Maye-Quade are best-suited to keep Minnesota on the path to prosperity for all.