Many potential candidates in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District are working to thread the needle on the divisive issue of proposed copper nickel mining in the northern half of the 8th Congressional District.  I want to be upfront with you on this issue that is threatening to pull our party apart at its seams.

If a candidate tells you they support copper-nickel mining and promise they will fight to protect our environment they are playing to emotions and nobody wins.

It is essential that we separate iron ore mining from copper-nickel mining.

For more than 30 years I have had a front row seat as the 8th District fought many battles of economic survival. Many of those battles have been fueled by the boom or bust economy of iron mining. 

I have seen the uncertainly and fear in the eyes of a young miner standing in line at union headquarters, holding the hand of his little boy.  Another young miner I met lost his job during a shutdown. He shared with me how opportunities at the Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College gave him new tools to seek a new career and remain in the 8th District.

I will not attempt to thread the needle on the question of copper-nickel mining.

Based on scientific evidence and the history of similar mines I am not convinced this new-to-Minnesota mining can be done safely without threatening our fresh water, which is our most important strategic reserve.  I cannot support a process that could saddle future generations and taxpayers with the burdens tied to a bad bet.  

I do support efforts to maintain and grow our iron ore mining and taconite industry.

I am a strong supporter of unions. My son and daughter-in-law are union members.  My 92 year old mother owes her health and security to a 49'ers pension.  

I am willing to talk about hard truths and work to unite our friends and neighbors on the important issues we face throughout the 8th District, the least of which is the graying of our population and the flight of our young people.

Together we must work to create good paying, sustainable jobs on the range and across the District. We do that by supporting small businesses to help them grow into large, sustainable businesses.  

Single-payer health care and and a strong rural health care system are also among my top priorities.  

The 8th District of Minnesota is a complex battleground, targeted by both major political parties and special interests. But, I believe my experience in public life has demonstrated I'm someone you can trust to tell you the truth..and someone who will speak truth to power.

I know you believe we need to solve our problems together, not through divisive politics where someone has to lose so others can win.

Forward Together. Focused on our future.

I hope I can count on your support.


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  • Douglas Kirk Stevens endorsed

    “Because she will stand up for the working class! She believes in helping with the basic needs of all families!”

  • Fred and Anna Kovanen endorsed

    “We support Michelle because we believe she is the only candidate in the race who has what it takes to unite the 8th district and lead the DFL forward in Minnesota.”

  • LaVerne & Mari Wagner endorsed

    “Michelle has been a trusted voice in the Northland for many years. She understands our issues and knows the people of the Northland. All of us feel a kinship to her, because we trust her and she’s earned that trust. Trust and integrity in Washington is exactly what we need. I urge all my friends to support this incredible woman, Michelle Lee.”

  • Anna M. Yliniemi endorsed

    “I support Michelle Lee because I admire her courage to openly oppose copper nickel sulfide mining in MN. My hope is that she will distinguish her self as a Water Protector. Water is life. Drink more Water. Now.”

  • Dushan Skorich endorsed

    “I've known Michelle for 25 years, first as a dedicated journalist interested in telling the stories that mattered most in people's lives, and then as an advocate for causes and issues directly related to improving the lives of everyone. I have no doubt she will be an effective, powerful voice and leader for the residents of the 8th District.”

  • Rosemary Rocco endorsed

    “I am supporting Michelle because she will listen to all the voices that care deeply about all the communities in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District and work sincerely to unite people for the good of the 8th.”

February 11, 2018

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  • Sarah Woods endorsed

  • Douglas Kirk Stevens endorsed

    “Because she will stand up for the working class! She believes in helping with the basic needs of all families!”

  • Fred and Anna Kovanen endorsed

    “We support Michelle because we believe she is the only candidate in the race who has what it takes to unite the 8th district and lead the DFL forward in Minnesota.”

  • Lynn Gevik endorsed

  • LaVerne & Mari Wagner endorsed

    “Michelle has been a trusted voice in the Northland for many years. She understands our issues and knows the people of the Northland. All of us feel a kinship to her, because we trust her and she’s earned that trust. Trust and integrity in Washington is exactly what we need. I urge all my friends to support this incredible woman, Michelle Lee.”

  • Anna M. Yliniemi endorsed

    “I support Michelle Lee because I admire her courage to openly oppose copper nickel sulfide mining in MN. My hope is that she will distinguish her self as a Water Protector. Water is life. Drink more Water. Now.”

  • Nancy Raak Drews endorsed

  • Dushan Skorich endorsed

    “I've known Michelle for 25 years, first as a dedicated journalist interested in telling the stories that mattered most in people's lives, and then as an advocate for causes and issues directly related to improving the lives of everyone. I have no doubt she will be an effective, powerful voice and leader for the residents of the 8th District.”

  • Rosemary Rocco endorsed

    “I am supporting Michelle because she will listen to all the voices that care deeply about all the communities in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District and work sincerely to unite people for the good of the 8th.”

  • Michael Jackson endorsed