The Minnesota state election is fast approaching, and it will be one of the most significant in many years. Our state association gets involved in the electoral process through MPSPAC, our political action committee. MPSPAC is a registered state political fund and provides financial support to candidates for state offices and the state legislature. Today, we are asking for your financial support. Please consider a contribution to MPSPAC.
This November Minnesotans will select a new governor and elect 134 members to the MN House of Representatives. The state Senate is not up for reelection this year. Our balance of political power will be determined by this election.
A real battle is shaping up to see who will control the MN House which is now controlled by Republicans. The Democrats need to pick up 11 seats to take over control.
We will have a new governor, replacing retiring governor Dayton. Both Democrats and Republicans will select their candidate through a primary next month.
Minnesota has had a divided government between the two parties in 23 of the last 25 years. Minnesota seems comfortable with the checks and balances of political ideology that comes with divided government. There is a very real possibility that the House remains Republican and we elect a new Republican governor, giving the Republican party total control of state government for the first time in modern memory.
MPSPAC is focusing our efforts and our finances on the race for the House of Representatives. Traditionally, we support members of the legislature that have worked closely with MPS and mental health advocates. This includes legislators who have sponsored legislation on behalf of the MN Mental Health Legislative Network and members of key committees who work with us on these issues. We are seeking your contributions to MPSPAC so we can award campaign donations directly to these candidates who have been sympathetic to our concerns.
A good deal of Minnesota media attention will be devoted to the two US Senate races with Democrats hoping to keep their two seats and other elections will give them a 2-seat pick-up to take control of the Senate. Of our 8 US House races, 4 are considered competitive and will have an impact upon the Democrats efforts to ride anti-Trump sentiment into control of the US House. But what happens in the State will have a more direct impact upon your patients and your profession.
No doubt about it, elections have consequences. In order to assure the voice of psychiatry is heard in our state, we need to be politically active. Your support of MPSPAC is your way to become involved in our state election. Please consider a contribution to MPSPAC today.
From MPS PAC Chair Chinmoy Gulrajani, MD, DFAPA:
The Minnesota Psychiatric Society Political Action Committee contributes to those candidates who support MPS advocacy initiatives, and to those who will help forward the mission and interests of MPS and its members.