Senate District 49 Democrats

Bloomington - Eden Prairie - Edina - Minnetonka

Office: 7001 Cahill Road, Suite 21, Edina [Map]
Mail: PO Box 24073, Edina, MN 55424

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Heather and Steve in the League of Women Voters Legislative Forums

On September 6 Heather Edelson and Steve Elkins appeared with their Republican opponents at the legislative forums sponsored by the Edina League of Women Voters. Kudos to the Edina LWV for sponsoring these forums!

Through their thoughtful answers to the many questions posed, both Heather and Steve showed why they should be our next members of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Here are links that you can use to view videos of the forums.

Heather Edelson  Click here.

Steve Elkins  Click here.

In addition the Bloomington League of Women Voters has recorded testimonial statements by Steve and his Republican opponent, which you can view here.  The Bloomington LWV forum for legislative candidates is set for October 2. 

 

Heather and Steve on Democratic Visions

Heather Edelson and Steve Elkins are featured on the current edition of Democratic Visions!

In Edina, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie, Democratic Visions airs on Comcast Channel 15, Sundays at 9pm, Mondays at 10 pm, Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, and Saturdays at 2 pm. 

In Bloomington, Democratic Visions airs on Comcast Cable channel 16 and CenturyLink channels 8216 (SD) and 8716 (HD), Tuesdays at 10 pm, Fridays at 9:30 pm, and Saturdays at 7:30 am and 2:30 pm.

The last air date will be Saturday, September 23, at 2 pm.

Heather and Steve can also be seen at any time on YouTube:

Heather Edelson  Click here.

Steve Elkins  Click here.

About Us

  

Welcome!

 

Thanks for visiting our website!   Here is some information about our district and the Senate District 49 Democrats.

 

Our district

 

Minnesota is divided into 67 Senate districts, each of which contains 2 House of Representatives districts (134 in all).  Each Senate district elects one state senator, and each House district elects one state representative.

Senate District 49 (SD49) comprises the western part of Bloomington, the northeast corner of Eden Prairie, all of Edina, and the southeast corner of Minnetonka.  House District 49A (HD49A) includes roughly the northern two-thirds of Edina, while House District 49B (HD49B) includes the rest of SD49.  To view official maps of SD49, HD49A, and HD49B, click on Maps in the drop-down menu above.

 

A historic achievement

 

We are very proud of the great progress that we have made in recent years.

 

Our area was a Republican fortress for generations.  However, in 2012 our years of effort paid off, and SD49 elected three Democrats to the Minnesota Legislature:  Senator Melisa Franzen (SD49), Representative Ron Erhardt (HD49A), and Representative Paul Rosenthal (HD49B).  Tragically Ron lost narrowly in 2016.  You can find links to the Franzen and Rosenthal websites on the Our Legislators page.

 

Replacing Republican legislators with Democrats in a district like ours was a historic achievement.  Now we have to recover HD49A!

 

What we do

 

We work hard to elect Democrats--and we have fun doing it!

 

We have three big social events during the year.  In May, shortly after the end of the legislative session, we have our famous Spring Fling.  This fundraiser always features a celebrity or public official.  It's a great way to enjoy an evening with your Democratic friends and neighbors--and to get ready for summer.  In July we have our annual picnic.  This is a family-oriented get-together with everything from hot dogs to live music to public officials.  In the fall we have our Fall Fest.  This fundraiser also features a celebrity or public official.  It's a great way to enjoy an evening with your Democratic friends and neighbors--and to get ready for the Minnesota winter!

 

We do our work exclusively with volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please get in touch!  Click on the Contact Us button.

 

Individuals in our communities contribute almost all of our funding.  If you would like to contribute, we have made it easy for you!  Click on the Contribute button.

 

We care deeply about our communities, our state, and our nation.  For a list of principles that illustrate some of our concerns, click here.

 

Our office

 

We maintain a permanent office.  We use it year-round, but it is only open every day during the campaign season.  The address and a map can be found at the top of the Home page.

 

We have had a permanent office since 2006, but we only moved into our current office at the end of 2016.  You can see photos of our old office here.

 

We allow other groups to use our office, provided that certain conditions are met.  To read the policy governing use of the office, click here.

 

Get in touch!

 

The best way to get in touch with us is to click on the Contact Us button.  We'd like to hear from you!

 

Official structure

 

The SD49 Democrats group is officially a unit of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, or DFL for short.  (We call our group SD49 Democrats rather than SD49 DFL, because lots of folks don't recognize the DFL initials.)

 

The DFL has a large number of local party units corresponding to a wide variety of election districts.  Some, like the SD49 Democrats, correspond to senate districts.  In addition there are, or have been in the past, party units for congressional districts, counties, house districts, and even a few precincts.

 

You can view our Constitution here.  Our official responsibilities include:

  • Recruiting and endorsing candidates for the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives from our district.
  • Holding caucuses and a convention in even-numbered years to endorse candidates.
  • Holding a convention in odd-numbered years to select officers and directors of the SD49 Democrats.