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Meet Jackie

 

Hi neighbors, I’m Jackie Craig. Many know me as a volunteer, a board member, a nonprofit leader, and an education advocate. I am connected with many of our wonderful community members and I look forward to the opportunity to meet many more of my neighbors. It brings me joy to introduce my family to you. My husband is a marketer and business executive whose passion is growing businesses, developing people, and serving other businesses with products and services that enable them to succeed. Our two children are enrolled in Lakeville Area Public Schools and our nephews joined our household after their parents' lives were taken in an automobile accident in 2019. Like you, our family chose this community to raise our family and we love our community. 

Our oldest will be graduating from Lakeville North High School this spring and our youngest will be heading there from Century Middle School in the fall. In addition, one of our nephews is gainfully employed after graduating from Carleton College last year and our other nephew will be graduating from University of Northwestern this fall. Our family is appreciative of opportunities we have received living in our community and recognize that when we work together we can do even better. That is why we are engaging neighbors to create a welcoming campaign centered on residents collaborating to build a safe, supported, and healthy community. 

 

A safe, supported, and healthy community is one where people are engaged with their neighbors and where residents have access to the resources they need. For example, we met a lot of other families when we entered Lakeville Area Public Schools through Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) programming. Both the adults and children in our family benefitted from the engagement of ECFE, Small Wonders Preschool, and grade school. Both of our teenagers continue their learning journeys as they attend middle and high school, which we hope will lead to continued education and prosperous careers. It's not surprising to anyone that our schools can be leveraged to provide our community with many of the tools needed to thrive. That is why I support funding our public schools at the state level instead of deferring that responsibility inequitably to property taxes. 

I am running to represent Senate District 57 at the Minnesota Legislature because I believe in the strength of our community. The strength of us. Together, we can build a safe, supported, and healthy community where people are engaged with their neighbors and where residents have access to the resources needed to support their families and continue to grow our thriving community. We invite you to join us. 

Education

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Corrections

Bachelor of Science in Psychology 

Western Illinois University

Masters of Science in Education - Counselor Education, Magna Cum Laude

Volunteerism

  • Minnesota Employment Counselor Association

    • 1998-2000 Chair

  • Minnesota Help Desk Association

    • 2000-01 Board ​

  • Early Childhood Family Education Advisory Council

    • 2007-08 Marketing​

    • 2008-10 Vice Chair

    • 2010-11 Chair

  • Leadership Lakeville

    • Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Oak Hills Elementary Parent Teacher Organization

    • 2012-13 Co-president

  • Women's March Minnesota​​​​

    • 2018 Communications​

    • 2019-20 Board​ Member

  • Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party

    • 2016-17 Chair Senate District 56

    • 2016-17 Communications Congressional District 2

    • 2020 Statewide Delegate for Joe Biden

    • 2020-22 Chair Senate District 58 

  • Dakota Child and Family Clinic

    • 2021-Present Board Member

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CAMPAIGN BUZZ

February 18, 2022

Jackie Craig Announces Minnesota Senate Campaign

 

LAKEVILLE MN — Jackie Craig released the following statement to announce her candidacy for the Minnesota Senate in the newly formed Senate District 57.

“I am excited to announce that I will seek election in the newly-drawn Senate District 57, which encompasses all of Lakeville, Eureka Township, Credit River Township, Elko New Market, and New Market Township. I appreciate the nonpartisan work on the redistricting panel and the transparent process that engaged Minnesotans.

I am running to represent Senate District 57 at the Minnesota Legislature because I believe in the strength of our community. The strength of us. 

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February 24, 2022

News from SUN Thisweek Jackie Craig seeks Senate District 57 seat

 

Jackie Craig said last week that she would be seeking a seat in the Minnesota Senate in the newly formed Senate District 57.

 

“I am excited to announce that I will seek election in the newly-drawn Senate District 57, which encompasses all of Lakeville, Eureka Township, Credit River, Elko New Market, and New Market Township. I appreciate the nonpartisan work on the redistricting panel and the transparent process that engaged Minnesotans.

 

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February 19, 2022

Jackie Craig's First Interview as Senate Candidate on The Matt McNeil Show

Matt McNeil interviewed Jackie about her candidacy to represent the residents of Senate District 57. She shared her belief in the strength of our community - the strength of us. Together we can build safe, supported, and healthy communities where people are engaged with their neighbors...

 

Listen to the interview

March 3, 2022

Jackie Craig Encourages Blood and Platelet Donations

 

LAKEVILLE MN — Jackie Craig released the following statement encouraging neighbors to be a hero and roll up a sleeve to donate blood and platelets as we experience a dire blood shortage. 

“During my appointment donating blood platelets today, it was shared with me that blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments. I encourage anyone eligible to donate to be a hero and roll up a sleeve to donate blood and platelets. Please visit www.RedCrossBlood.org to learn more about scheduling an appointment today.” 

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March 14, 2022

Jackie Craig Announces Veterans Caucus Endorsement

 

LAKEVILLE MN — Jackie Craig released the following statement to announce an additional endorsement of her candidacy for the Minnesota Senate in the newly formed Senate District 57.

“I am proud to share that the DFL Veterans Caucus has endorsed my campaign to represent the residents of Senate District 57 at the Minnesota Legislature. I appreciate their thoughtful consideration of the shared values we fight for and look forward to representing their members at the Minnesota Senate.”

From the DFL Veterans Caucus, “As the daughter and granddaughter of service members as well as close friend to a female veteran, we believe you will advocate for our issues at the capitol. You shared your personal experience growing up with a parent who had PTSD from military service, how that affected you, and your desire to ensure children in military families have the support they need. We agree that trauma informed mental health care is necessary to prevent veterans from experiencing a crisis serious enough to put them at risk of death by suicide. This is one of our biggest concerns, and we need everyone’s help to address it.”

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March 30, 2022

Women Winning Endorsement and Recognition as FairVote Minnesota's RCV Democracy Champion

 

I am proud to announce that Women Winning has endorsed my campaign to serve the people of Senate District 57. In addition, I have be recognized as a FairVote Minnesota Democracy Champion. I look forward to supporting our common goals at the Minnesota Legislature. 

FairVote Minnesota believes in a democracy that is inclusive, representative, participatory, civil, and responsive to the demands of the majorities of voters. "Ranked Choice Voting is simple, powerful, and non-partisan. It is the best first step we can take to address the polarization and gridlock that has gripped our political system and to create a more inclusive, representative, and responsive democracy," Jeanne Massey, Executive Director of FairVote Minnesota.

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April 13, 2022

Campaign Kick-Off and Earth Day Events Announced with Stonewall DFL Endorsement

 

I am honored to have earned the endorsement of Stonewall DFL. I follow the lead of those impacted by injustices in our community who are impacted by harms perpetrated by our policies as well as individuals in our community. You can count on me to show up, speak up, and create space for intersectional LGBTQ voices.

You are cordially invited to our Campaign Kick-Off

 

Sunday, May 15 from 2:00 - 4:30 PM

 

Join us outside on the patio!

 

The Chart House, 11287 Klamath Trail, Lakeville MN 55044.

 

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March 7, 2022

Jackie Craig Announces Two Endorsements

 

LAKEVILLE MN — Jackie Craig released the following statement to announce endorsements of her candidacy for the Minnesota Senate in the newly formed Senate District 57.

“I am proud to announce that the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE) PAC and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Environmental Caucus (DFL EC) have endorsed my campaign to serve the people of Senate District 57. Earning the support of these organizations is a great honor and I am committed to supporting our common goals.”

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March 25, 2022

Surprise Endorsement Nominator

 

Proud Mom alert. I am excited to share that my daughter, Katie - a delegate to the April 9th Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Senate District 57 Convention, will be nominating me as the candidate to represent our community at the Minnesota Senate. Yes, I will be certain to wear waterproof makeup.

Katie is a senior at Lakeville North High School. Like you, she believes that together, we can build a safe, supported, and healthy community where people are engaged with their neighbors and where residents have access to the resources needed to support their families and continue to grow our thriving community.

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April 11, 2022

Jackie is Officially DFL Endorsed!

 

I am proud to announce that the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party has endorsed my campaign to serve the people of Senate District 57. This campaign is part of an important movement in our community to make certain that anyone choosing to raise their family here feels safe and welcome. It’s about our community. It’s about us. 

This campaign is about our collective movement to bring our community together around shared values. It’s about making sure basic needs are met and ensuring our public schools and social safety net programs are fully funded. It’s about making sure no person is stuck choosing between going to work or caring for a sick relative and that seniors can afford to retire with dignity and security. It’s about creating a community where we are all able to live, work, play, and go to school without fear. A community where each of us feels safe and welcome.

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May 9, 2022

Kick-Off Update and a Little Endorsement

 

Thank you to Matt Little, former Lakeville Mayor, recent Minnesota Senator, and current candidate for Dakota County Attorney, for endorsing our campaign to represent our community at the Minnesota Senate.

Join Our Campaign Kick-Off This Weekend

Sunday, May 15 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Outside on the patio at The Chart House in Lakeville

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May 20, 2022

Campaign Kick-Off Thank You and Photos

Thank you to everyone that was able to attend our campaign kick-off last Sunday. The weather was fabulous and the people were amazing!

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June 13, 2022

Jackie Craig for Minnesota Senate has been endorsed by National Organization for Women (NOW)

 

I am honored to have earned the endorsement of National Organization for Women (NOW) as an “A” rated candidate - recognizing my leadership on feminist issues!.

We will be door knocking and marching in parades. You are invited to join us and pitch in to the campaign however you are comfortable.

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Katie Craig Nominating Jackie Craig
Jackie Craig for Minnesota Senate

Katie Craig Nominating Jackie Craig

June 24, 2022

Jackie Issue SCOTUS Statement

Like many Minnesotans, I am outraged and saddened that the Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade’s 50-year precedent. This is a devastating and extreme position against privacy and reproductive autonomy. When you elect me, I will do everything in my power to preserve our right to privacy and the freedom to make our own health care decisions. 

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