August 6, 2018


To Our Community,

As community members we need to recognize the power and impact our community should have on the outcome of this primary election. We have a responsibility to elect leaders who fully understand the challenges and opportunities facing our communities. We are tired of the lip-service and the political rhetoric we hear from candidates who make promises while they campaign, but who are quick to forget their promises once they are elected.  We deserve better. We need leaders who have a track record of bold, principled, dedicated service to our people.

We believe that State Senator Patricia Torres Ray is that candidate.

Patricia has a 30-year history of working with and for our communities, including 12 years of service in the Minnesota Senate. She has consistently championed initiatives and policies aimed at improving outcomes and expanding opportunities for people of color. Patricia found early mentors in the African American and Native American women at the forefront of fighting against the separation of our children from their families in the child welfare system. The influence of those mentors is present still today. As the nation raises its ire against the separation of immigrant families at the border, Patricia was among the first and most vocal to declare that African Americans and Native Americans have suffered similar injustices for centuries.

Patricia’s commitment and connection to the African American community is deep and evident in her record as a policymaker. She has authored bills to correct the persistent disparities that exist in education, economic development, health and human services, housing, criminal justice, and more. Senator Torres Ray stands with our community activists to fight politically perilous battles. She consistently stands in solidarity with our community and now we need to stand with her.

Patricia Torres Ray is the best candidate for the Fifth Congressional seat vacated by Keith Ellison, and we proudly and decisively support her election to United States Congress.

We ask that you review Patricia’s record. We feel confident that after you learn about her work and dedication to our community, you too will be convinced that she is the right leader to represent us in Congress. It is imperative that our community show up in force for this primary election and demonstrate our electoral power. The person elected to this seat may represent our community for many years to come, and we can’t afford to be left out of this process. 

We must vote. Join us in voting for Patricia now through August 14.

In Solidarity,

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Dr. Josie Johnson

Bill English

Ezell Jones

Brenda Johnson

Ravi Norman

Richard Copeland

LaDonna Redmond

Titilayo Bediako

Jettie Ann Hill

Reva Chamblis

Mona Langston

Lutunji Abram

Kim Ellison

Sharon Sayles Belton

Lea Hargett

Tim Baylor

Pastor Brian Herron

Rev. Dr. Nekima Levy Armstrong

Dr. Sheila Ards

LaJune Thomas Lange