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Minnesotans United Announces Plans to Open Rochester Office

Monday, April 9, 2012

Contact: Kate Brickman, Press Secretary
Phone Number: 651-330-6852, 815-343-9299

April 9, 2012 – St. Paul, MN – Minnesotans United for All Families, the campaign working to defeat the proposed limitation on the freedom to marry, is expanding its efforts into Rochester. A Minnesotans United office will be opening in Rochester later this month, including a dedicated regional organizer, as well as staff members and local volunteers.

Details on the location of the office are still being finalized, but the office plans to open within the next two weeks. A release will be sent out about an office-opening event once plans are squared away. This is the second office location outside the Twin Cities – Minnesotans United opened a Duluth office earlier this year – but the first office in southern Minnesota. Ryan Greenwood, a native southern Minnesotan (born and raised in Owatonna), and Deputy Campaign Manager and Director of Minnesotans Talking with Minnesotans, said Rochester is a key area in the efforts to mobilize opposition in greater Minnesota.

“We’ve seen an incredible amount of organizing to defeat the amendment happening at the grassroots level in Rochester already,” said Greenwood. “Just as we’ve seen in many areas across the state, Minnesotans are standing up to say no to the government excluding certain groups of Minnesotans from the rights and responsibilities of marriage. We’re excited to join with so many people from Rochester and the surrounding community who are organizing to defeat the amendment.”

The new Minnesotans United office will provide a location to help with those efforts, providing a space for meetings, phone banking, and additional staff over the months leading up to the November vote. The campaign will also be working with a number of local bipartisan leaders from Rochester and greater Olmsted County.

“We have a lot of people from all walks of life organizing against the amendment in Rochester,” said Greenwood. “It’s one of the reasons a Rochester office was one of our most important locations to get up and running. People who grew up in southern Minnesota – like I did – don’t want to limit the freedoms of their friends and neighbors. But there are a lot of people we still need to have conversations with in Olmstead County. This new office helps us take another step forward in our efforts to talk with Minnesotans about why marriage is important, why the freedom to marry is important, and why they should vote no on this amendment.”

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