MN 49A

Minnesota house district 49A includes the city of Edina. Republican incumbent Dario Anselmo is being challenged by Democrat Heather Edelson. CM Voter Center researched voting records and candidate websites for issues related to conservation. Here is what we found:


Dario Anselmo’s Conservation Voting History

Voted to protect public drinking water. [1]

His vote was intended to allow the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to take decisive action to ensure every Minnesotan has safe drinking water.

Nitrate pollution in public and private wells has been increasing in many parts of the state. Testing found that 537 public wells across Minnesota had elevated levels of nitrate. This has left communities across our state looking for ways to protect drinking water for their schools, businesses, and residents.

[1] The bill, H.F. 2887, can be found here:

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Voted to protect clean energy job growth and to provide opportunities for the public to participate in significant energy and pollution decisions. [2]

Minnesota has a long history of innovation and citizen engagement. However, during the 2017 legislative session, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted on a bill that would have limited citizen’s involvement in state energy and pollution decisions and could have slowed clean energy job growth across the state. [2]

The bill proposed to:

  • Exempt petroleum pipelines from the public comment and environmental review process at the Public Utilities Commission

  • Politicize the appointment of commissioners to the Public Utilities Commission

  • Prevent local communities from addressing plastic bag litter and pollution

  • Repeal the Made in Minnesota solar program, which created local clean energy job

[2] The Journal of the House reports the vote here (page 4306):

[3] See HF2209/SF1937 as amended, described by House Session Daily here:


dario Anselmo’s conservation platform

Representative Anselmo has made the following statements on issues related to conservation:

“Protecting the environment remains a top priority, and I know that just pumping funds into bloated government bureaucracies is not the answer. I’m working toward practical solutions to protect our state’s natural resources. This past session, I led with a bill to protect our lakes and rivers by decreasing the amount of salt used on Minnesota roads. The bill (HF3577) passed the House, and I look forward to advancing it in 2019.” [3]



heather edelson’s conservation platform

Democratic candidate Heather Edelson has made the following statements on issues related to conservation:

“At the State Capitol Heather will:

  • Support legislation that promotes the use of renewable energy.

  • Advocate for infrastructure that can protect Minnesota’s natural resources, like more efficient water treatment facilities, along with transportation and energy infrastructure that supports alternative fuels and electric vehicles.

  • Ensure that Minnesota’s tax policy encourages investment in businesses with a carbon neutral footprint or that embrace renewable energy.” [4]


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