MN 54A

Minnesota house district 54A includes South St. Paul, Newport, St. Paul Park, and Cottage Grove. Republican incumbent Keith Franke is being challenged by Democrat Anne Claflin. CM Voter Center researched voting records and candidate websites for issues related to conservation. Here is what we found:


Keith Franke’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 preserve the wild rice sulfate standard. [2]

On April 23, 2018, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted to eliminate an important water quality standard designed to protect wild rice from sulfate pollution. As the state’s first ever copper-nickel mine enters the final stages of permitting, eliminating the wild rice sulfate standard could have meant fewer safeguards against water pollution for the Polymet project and future mining proposals near the Boundary Waters.

[2] See House Session Daily Story entitled, “House votes to nullify long-standing wild rice water standard“ at


anne claflin’s conservation platform

Democratic candidate Anne Claflin has made the following statements on issues related to conservation:

“Protecting clean, safe drinking water and a healthy environment is my highest priority. As an environmental scientist, I will ensure cleaning up our water happens now and happens right. I will act to protect our waters; hold those responsible accountable; and make sure this never happens again. We have a right to a healthy environment - clean water to drink, clean air to breathe, natural areas for people and wildlife. A clean environment supports Minnesota’s vibrant economy and helps create good jobs that can’t be sent overseas: jobs in clean energy and our great natural heritage - hunting, fishing, and the outdoors industry.” [4]


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