My name is Margarita Ortega. I am an American Indian and Latina grassroots organizer. Over the years, I have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with State Representative Karen Clark to craft environmental justice policies from the bottom-up to protect our Phillips community. I am thankful for the many years of service that Karen has given our residents and I have seen first hand the importance of electing a woman who can fight for our families at the State Capitol. That is why I am running for Minnesota House District 62A. I am honored to be endorsed by Karen Clark and I intend to carry on her legacy. I love South Minneapolis, it is home to my two daughters, my partner, my mother, and myself. As the district with the highest concentration of American Indian families living in the urban core in the entire nation and one of the most diverse and dense communities in our region, I am the grounded and strong advocate that our neighborhoods needs to win at the legislature.
Born and raised in South Minneapolis, I have experienced and overcome the struggles of poverty and homelessness. As a descendant of the Redlake Nation, I have also overcome historical and generational trauma to stand up for our communities. Overcoming these challenges have made me a tested leader and a resilient voice for change. Stories of struggles like mine are far too common in our district. I believe we need a representative in the legislature who truly understands what it is to face hardship and to come through on the other side. I am an advocate who understands first-hand the needs of our neighbors and who will fight tirelessly to meet the demands of our families.
I am that representative and I will fight tirelessly to meet the demands of our communities.
I currently serve as a consultant for the City of Minneapolis appointed by lead the mayor's Opioid Task Force. I previously worked as a Policy Aide for City Council Member Alondra Cano, where I was able to help secure a city-wide $15 an hour minimum wage and help to establish Green Zones for the most low-income, high-pollution areas of our city. I am also a volunteer with Natives Against Heroin and spend many nights ensuring we return trafficked youth to their rightful homes and support my Little Earth neighbors to combat opioid abuse. I have served as Vice Chair of the East Phillips Improvement Coalition and have been a part of local neighborhood actions for change that informs my policy making.
I am proud to be endorsed by Rep. Karen Clark-62A, Rep. Raymond Dehn-59B, Stonewall DFL, Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein-41B, Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn-42B, Alondra Cano-Minneapolis City Councilwoman, MyDFL—Young People’s Caucus of the DFL, DFL Latinx Caucus, Red Lake Band of Chippewa, VJ Smith-Community Leader, Carol Pass-East Phillips Community Leader, Ira Jourdain-Minneapolis School Board Member, and the American Indian Movement, (501C4)