The path to victory in 2018 is with Rebecca Otto. Here are 10 reasons why.
Reason 1: Voters elect Governors like Rebecca Otto
- Indicators show that voters want change.
- In 2018 the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements indicate voters' extremely strong preference for women leaders.
To win the governor’s race, the DFL needs a candidate who embodies change
and can capture the public's imagination with a new direction and an inspiring new agenda:
- Who understands the economic situation in Minnesota and has new ideas on how to improve it.
- Who is credible on state finances.
- Who has experience as a statewide executive.
- Who earns Republican votes and respect without compromising DFL values.
- Who is known for standing up for what's right based on the evidence and not bowing to political pressure.
- Who can turn out not only Greater Minnesota but—just as critically—the large DFL base, even after Republican attacks.
- The only candidate who fits all the criteria and has a mathematical path to victory in 2018 is State Auditor Rebecca Otto.
- Like State Auditors Mark Dayton and Arne Carlson before her, Rebecca has been well-prepared to become the state's chief executive.
- 2018 will be a watershed election. Rebecca Otto is the most proven, toughest competitor in the race.
women win. Since 2002, every Democratic woman who has run her own race in the state general election has won.
Reason 2: Rebecca Otto outperforms others across Greater Minnesota and the Metro
- In 2014, Governor Dayton won 34 of 87 counties. Rebecca Otto won 47.
- In 2006, Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty won 55 of the 87 counties. Rebecca Otto won 56.
- That year, Rebecca unseated a Republican incumbent by the largest margin in 112 years, for an office that had been Republican for over 90% of its history.
- In 2014,
Rebecca Otto outperformed Governor Dayton’s margin in 73 of 87 counties.
- Here are the counties Rebecca Otto won that year that Mark Dayton lost:
Anoka • Chisago • Dakota • Goodhue • Kanabec • Kandiyohi • Le Sueur • Lincoln • Meeker • Mille Lacs • Renville • Waseca • Washington • Yellow Medicine
Reason 3: Rebecca Otto wins Northern Minnesota by large margins
- In 2014,
Rebecca Otto outperformed Congressman Nolan’s margin in the 8th congressional district by 11%.
- On the Iron Range Otto outperformed Nolan by 12%—and this was after her 2013 vote asking for better financial assurances from foreign corporations before copper-nickel mining occurs near the BWCA and Lake Superior, and the subsequent industry-aligned attack campaign.
- Rebecca Otto outperformed Governor Dayton in the 8th by 4%.
Rebecca Otto outperformed Congressman Nolan in every county in Northern Minnesota.
Rebecca Otto's main opponent Tim Walz is very weak in rural areas, and lost them in his own district, CD 1
In the last election, the blue areas below are the only precincts Tim Walz won:
- Walz lost badly across the almost all rural areas of his own district. He barely won re-election thanks only to the college towns of Mankato and Winona, along with Rochester, which is 30% larger (and far more diverse) than Duluth.
- Based on this,
the argument that Walz will perform well in rural areas across Minnesota appears to be completely unfounded
,since he lost so badly in the rural areas of his district.
- Walz has no electoral experience in the rest of Minnesota, so there is no way to predict how he will do based on evidence. It is a guess. But this map is not reassuring.
Rebecca Otto overwhelmingly wins among the Metro DFL base - which is critical to statewide victory
- Popular Congressmembers
Keith Ellison and Betty McCollum do very well with the DFL base. By some measures Rebecca Otto does even better
- Rebecca exceeded the margins of these popular Congressmembers in 14 of 20 house districts in CD5 and 13 of 21 house districts in CD4.
- Rebecca delivers both the DFL base and Greater Minnesota DFLers while standing up for DFL values. Voters know, trust, and respect her, and they vote for her in striking numbers.
- Tim Walz's lack of support for single-payer health care, and his pattern of Republican light, pro-NRA, pro-pipeline, pro-mining, anti-refugee, anti-climate voting will not inspire the Metro or 8th CD liberal DFL base, which are critical to winning statewide.
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 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
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.
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.
Rebecca Otto walks the talk. The Ottos hand-built their solar home on a farm in rural May township.
Rebecca Otto is a shining example of the kind of integrity and leadership we hope for in our elected leaders
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
, 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.
Rebecca Otto has an inspiring record of the kind of courageous leadership voters long for
"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.
- Elected president of the National State Auditors Association.
- A strong supporter of unions and collective bargaining. Rebecca grew up in a union household and was a proud card-carrying member of Education Minnesota.
- A leader with a big heart, who is willing to take on difficult issues and will go to the mat to protect equality of opportunity for all Minnesotans.
- An executive who deals with billions of dollars and is known for doing her work without fear or favor.
- A sought-after advisor who teaches visiting leaders from other countries how to prevent corruption.
Reason 9: Rebecca Otto has the strongest electoral history of any candidate for Governor
REBECCA OTTO HAS CARRIED MINNESOTA THREE TIMES. SHE'LL DO IT AGAIN IN 2018.
A self-financed challenger outspent Rebecca Otto 4:1; she defeated him 4:1.
In the must-win 2018 election, we need a candidate who has won tough statewide races and has a proven base of popular support.
- Rebecca is the only Democrat ever to be re-elected State Auditor, after surviving fierce Republican party attacks.
- Rebecca is able to turn out the DFL base in large numbers. She easily defeated a self-financed challenger in the 2014 primary by 81% to 19%, even though he outspent her 4 to 1. The person who can best turn out the base will win the election.
- The State Auditor’s Office is a strong platform for winning the Governor’s Office.
In the recent past, two State Auditors have become Governor: Arne Carlson and Mark Dayton
, a much higher ratio than any other office.
- Rebecca appeals statewide because she bridges metro and rural Minnesota. She lives on a farm in a township on the edge of the metro. Minnesota Farmfest is held on her husband’s great aunt and uncle’s farm.
Reason 10: Rebecca Otto is a proven statewide winner
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, REBECCA OTTO GETS THE BASE GOING.
- Though warned it would cost her re-election, Rebecca Otto took a strong stand to protect taxpayers from copper mining cleanup costs.
- She exceeded Congressman Nolan’s margin of victory in every county on the Iron Range and across the eighth congressional district by 11 points.
Rebecca Otto exceeded Governor Mark Dayton’s margin of victory in every congressional district in Minnesota.
Rebecca Otto outperformed the margins of every governor candidate she’s been on the ballot with, DFL or Republican
, outperforming in urban, suburban, and rural areas.
If you want to win in 2018, join Team Otto today!