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Rep. Angie Craig

Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) has received key endorsements from prominent local law enforcement leaders, most notably former Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer and Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie.

In his endorsement on Friday, Schafer commended Craig for her willingness to work across the aisle and for taking hardline approaches to issues that Hastings has faced during her time in office. 

“Angie Craig has stood by the residents of Hastings since she was elected, and her common sense, bipartisan approach has translated into results for our community. Angie was there for us when east Hastings faced flooding from the Mississippi River, when we grieved losses in our community from fentanyl poisonings, and when we needed an advocate for law enforcement at the federal level. Angie Craig has made a difference and I’m proud to endorse her for re-election to the Second District today,” Schafer said.

Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie endorsed Craig earlier this week after choosing not to endorse either candidate in the 2020 election.

Craig has represented Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District since 2019 and is running for re-election. She has put together a substantial track record of support for law enforcement. 

She was the first member of the Minnesota delegation to publicly oppose the Minneapolis ballot initiative that would have eliminated the Minneapolis Police Department. Craig is a co-sponsor of several pro-police bills, including the Invest to Protect Act and the Pathways to Policing Act, that were designed to increase funding and support for police departments. 

She was one of the pioneers for the Public Safety Officer Support Act, which grants officers dealing with PTSD from a stressful incident on duty death and disability rights. The bill was passed in the House earlier this year by over 400 votes between the Democrats and Republicans.

These endorsements come amid what is setting up to be a pivotal election cycle in Dakota County and the 2nd District. According to Politico, the district voted 56 percent Democrat in the last presidential election, and they are predicting another tight race in the county. Republican Tyler Kistner is her opponent on the November ballot for the 2nd Congressional District.

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