My name is Heather Keeler, and I am asking you to vote for me in the August 11 primary election for Minnesota State House District 4A. I would like to tell you who I am, what I believe, and why I am the best candidate to represent all the residents of this district.
I am not a politician. I have been an advocate and an activist in the tri-state region for two decades, working tirelessly to improve community healthcare, education, and public welfare. My decision to enter the political arena is motivated by the same passion that drives my activism.
When I see injustice, unfairness, and exclusion, I have to take action. I can’t sit back when there is so much unnecessary and avoidable suffering all around me.
I am a mother of two boys. I know what it means to care for others because that’s how I live my life. My values come from my experiences, and are rooted in my identity and my sense of desire to be a voice that strives to fight for and be an example for the next generation. I am part of the Native American community as well as the LGBTQ+ community. I think it is critical that we have more people like me among our elected representatives--people who understand what it feels like to be marginalized and excluded.
My most recent community initiative was spearheading the movement for Moorhead to officially recognize and celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday of each October. I serve on the Fargo Native American Commission so I can advocate for equitable and inclusive decision making and city-wide collaboration. For the same reason, I also work as Vice Chair of the Moorhead Human Rights Commission. I worked for six years as a Native American Liaison in the Moorhead Area Public Schools. I am currently the assistant director of Multicultural Recruitment at NDSU.
Over the years, I have built relationships with people in our community who come from all sorts of different backgrounds. Since I stand for inclusion, I cannot practice any form of exclusion myself. My supporters are people from all different backgrounds.
While I am proud of my own identity and my own roots, I am solidly committed to working for the welfare of everyone in our district. As a candidate to represent Moorhead and Oakport Township, I am deeply conscious of my responsibility to represent our entire population, and not just the interests of any of its sub-groups.
I am doing this work because I care about the wellbeing of people in our community--all of us. I am kind, but don’t let that fool you into assuming that I am weak or timid. As a member of the Minnesota state legislature, I intend to bring the same intensity of strength and determination to politics as I have to the fight for equitable, inclusive, and compassionate policies for all.