Why Rebecca

The path to victory in 2018 is with Rebecca Otto. Here are 10 reasons why.

Reason 1: Voters elect Governors like Rebecca Otto Tweet This


Reason 2: Rebecca Otto outperforms others across Greater Minnesota and the Metro Tweet This

Counties where Otto outperformed Dayton


Reason 3: Rebecca Otto wins Northern Minnesota by large margins  


Rebecca outperformed in the 8th CD

Rebecca Otto outperformed Congressman Nolan in every county in Northern Minnesota.



Reason 4: Rebecca Otto's main opponent Tim Walz is very weak in rural areas, and lost them in his own district, CD 1 Tweet This

In the last election, the blue areas below are the only precincts Tim Walz won: 

Precincts where Tim Walz won in 2016 



Reason 5: Rebecca Otto overwhelmingly wins among the Metro DFL base - which is critical to statewide victory Tweet This   

Rebecca Otto outperforms in the Metro too 

Popular congress members Keith Ellison and Betty McCollum do very well in the Metro. 
Rebecca Otto does even better.


Reason 6: Rebecca Otto unites the State

Rebecca Otto saddling upRebecca Otto saddling up

Early every morning, Rebecca grabs a mug of coffee and heads out to the barn to feed the animals and shovel manure. She says it's where she does some of her best thinking. She lives on the outer edge of the Metro area in May Township, and Minnesota Farm Fest is held on her husband's aunt Ann Gilfillan's farm. She is the bridge between urban and rural. 

On the way back she checks the wind generator and solar panels, then heads in to work at the capitol.

At the office she digs in, defending the constitution, overseeing tens of billions of our tax dollars, and bringing differing people together to solve complex problems. Then she heads out to campaign.

America, she tells people, is in an epic battle against the politics of greed. It's a battle she's fought Tweet This her whole career - the fight for a government of the people, by the people, for the people - a fight for the common good, instead of the good of the few - even if it means corporate and political attacks. It's one reason she wins historic victories.


Reason 7: Rebecca Otto walks the talk
She is a science teacher, a small business woman, an environmentalist, a builder, a community organizer, a mom, a small farmer, a justice advocate, a former union member, and an elected leader.

Rebecca Otto A highly experienced statewide executive who does what's right, not what's politically expedient.
A cofounder and president of a 50-employee business. A teacher with a master's of education. A leader in Ag finance and affordable housing.
The Ottos hand-built their house Rebecca Otto walks the talk. The Ottos hand-built their solar home on a farm in rural May township. Tweet This

" Rebecca Otto is a shining example of the kind of integrity and leadership we hope for in our elected leaders Tweet This but too rarely see: someone who puts their money where their mouth is."
—World-renown climate scientist Michael Mann




After spending summers in the Boundary Waters as a teenager, Rebecca adopted Minnesota as her home state and studied science at Macalester College, where she met her husband Shawn. 

The couple founded and built a successful 50-employee business which Rebecca ran and the couple later sold.

Rebecca wanted to give back, so she earned a Masters of Education from the U of M and taught public school science for five years, then left to be home with their son. 

In 1994-5, concerned about what the scientific evidence was showing about climate change, the couple designed and built a renewable energy home with their own hands in rural May Township. It has since been toured by more than ten thousand people.

After their son entered public school, Rebecca turned her focus back to community service. She served on a school district finance committee, then chaired a successful $52 million school levy campaign and was elected to school board in the conservative Forest Lake area. 

Rebecca was then elected a DFL state representative in the same year Michele Bachmann took office as the conservative district’s Republican senator. Rebecca was named "new legislator of the year."

In 2004, Rebecca hosted a famous "One Minnesota" get-together on her farm, bringing Arne Carlson and Walter Mondale together for the first time.

That same year, she was the first person to bring DFL and Republican state finance leaders together for an honest discussion about the state budget.

In 2005 former Republican Governor and State Auditor Arne Carlson asked Rebecca to run for State Auditor Tweet This , telling her it was the best job he ever had and it had prepared him to be Governor.

In 2006 she was elected State Auditor after unseating a Republican incumbent in the largest upset in 112 years.




Reason 8:  Rebecca Otto has an inspiring record of the kind of courageous leadership voters long for Tweet This

"Rebecca Otto has the courage, integrity and leadership to overcome political and public pressures." 
—American Center for Government Auditing





"Otto’s capable job ensuring that billions of taxpayer dollars are appropriately and prudently spent has been recognized nationally. She was elected president of the National State Auditors Association in 2013. In 2014 she was named one of the 15 most-influential professionals in government auditing in America."
—Minneapolis Star Tribune

Rebecca Otto is a deeply knowledgeable, nationally respected leader who looks at the evidence and stands up for what’s right—not for what's politically expedient. 


Reason 9: Rebecca Otto has the strongest electoral history of any candidate for Governor Tweet This


A self-financed challenger outspent Rebecca Otto 4:1; she defeated him 4:1. Tweet This

In the must-win 2018 election, we need a candidate who has won tough statewide races and has a proven base of popular support.


Reason 10: Rebecca Otto is a proven statewide winner


Rebecca Otto Iron Range MarginRebecca Otto Statewide Margin

If you want to win in 2018, join Team Otto today!


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