Mandy Benz received the Republican endorsement for Minnesota House District 37A on the first ballot at the local convention in March. Benz has previously garnered several endorsements from issue advocacy groups including Minnesota Chamber, National Federation of Independent Businesses, National Rifle Association, Minnesota Concerned Citizens for Life and Voices of Conservative Women.
Benz will vie for the seat held by Rep. Jerry Newton (DFL-Coon Rapids) in the Nov. 4 election. Benz also received the endorsement from local Republicans in 2012, when she also ran against Newton in 37A, which was created as a result of redistricting. This district includes parts of Coon Rapids, Blaine and Spring Lake Park.
“At a time when hardworking taxpayers are losing faith in politicians, I am proud to unite such diverse groups of individuals behind the positive vision of my campaign, and putting families first over government,” Benz said.
Benz is married and is raising a young son. Prior to starting her home business she worked in the legislature assisting the majority whip. Benz served on the Safety Commission for the city of Coon Rapids, and is currently a home school teacher.
“I know what it’s like to raise a family, run a business responsibly and fairly balance a budget,” she said. “My previous experience in the legislature makes me uniquely qualified to represent the values of my future constituents. If elected I will proudly serve my community by drawing from my conservative principles and strong moral compass.”