All candidates for Minnesota State Senate District 47 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Minnesota State Senate District 47 — Nicole Mitchell (D) and Dwight Dorau (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls the Senate in Minnesota’s state legislature. Minnesota is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            


  • “I support our teachers and our public schools. As a mother and foster parent to a special needs child, I believe every student deserves a world–class education.”
  • “I will protect our environment and work to mitigate the impacts of climate change, impacts which I am uniquely aware of as a meteorologist.”
  • “I will work to protect the health and safety of Minnesotans. This means ensuring affordable and accessible healthcare, making sure that women retain the freedom to make their own reproductive decisions, and helping to keep our communities safe from gun violence.”


  • “I will vote for tougher criminal sentencing and I will fully fund our law enforcement agencies. I oppose de-funding police efforts.”
  • “I will vote for across-the-board tax cuts for Minnesota families and businesses. The inflation we have witnessed in the past two years has forced over 60 percent of Americans to live paycheck to paycheck, with many taking on added credit card debt to make ends meet.”
  • “I understand the crucial importance of public education in Minnesota–it’s our greatest legacy.”

Click on the candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.

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