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Rebecca Otto’s Strong DFL Straw Poll Numbers Shock Pundits and Pollsters
News Release | Feb 07, 2018
Rebecca Otto’s Strong DFL Straw Poll Numbers Shock Pundits and Pollsters Otto establishes herself as leading progressive and leading woman candidate in DFL race

Otto blasts PolyMet permits
Don David | Duluth News Tribune | Feb 06, 2018
“The draft PolyMet permit to mine does not protect the public interest, puts people downstream at risk, and leaves taxpayers unprotected," Otto said in a statement. “As drafted, the PolyMet permit to mine doesn’t protect Minnesotans and should be rejected by the Minnesota DNR."

RADIO: DFL candidates for governor differ on Vikings stadium, mining
Mike Mulcahy | MPR News | Feb 05, 2018
The DFL candidates for governor debated inside of the Kling Public Media Center in St. Paul on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018

Sanders National Delegates and Organizers Announce Support for Rebecca Otto
News Release | Feb 02, 2018
Bernie Sanders national delegate Chris Meyer (Minneapolis, Congressional District 5) was joined in the announcement by Minnesota Sanders national delegates Gabe Aderhold (Edina, CD 5), Jake Mazurek (Mound, CD 3) and Josie Myers-Kuykindall (Waconia, CD 6). Prominent Minnesota Sanders ’16 organizers Mike Kuitu (Duluth, CD 8), Kristen Larsen (Ely, CD 8) and Shawn Olson (Alexandria, CD 7) also joined in the announcement.

The common good: Why I will caucus for Rebecca Otto on Tuesday
Greg Laden | Greg Laden's Blog | Feb 01, 2018
Rebecca Otto has the best policies, and the best chance of winning. I intend to vote for State Auditor Rebecca Otto in the straw poll, and to join with others to represent my precinct in support of her candidacy for Governor.

Climate SOTU: Activists Urge Politicians to Reject Money from Dirty Energy
Sharmini Peries | The Real News Network | Jan 31, 2018
Over 100 candidates, and politicians thus far, have actually signed the pledge, including people like Keith Ellison from Minnesota, Ben Jealous, and Rebecca Otto. And there are many more to come.

FEATURED PODCAST: Every Day Is Earth Day: Planning a Future of Sustainable Energy with Dr Michael Mann & Rebecca Otto
Lisa Cypers Kamen | Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio | Jan 29, 2018
In this week’s episode you will learn about: The Minnesota Powered Plan; Climate change basics; How local and state government can positively affect environmental change; Future of sustainable energy

Brittany Shoot | Dame Magazine | Jan 26, 2018
After a dozen years of overseeing the state budget, Otto has earned a large following that may just propel her into the governor’s mansion.

Rebecca Otto endorsed by Our Revolution MN
News Release | Jan 15, 2018
Rebecca Otto is the top vote-getter in the Our Revolution endorsement with 53% of the vote of Our Revolution MN members

Health care: Minnesota can and must do better
Rebecca Otto | MinnPost | Jan 10, 2018
I asked my governor campaign’s policy team to research how we can create a health care system that guarantees care to every Minnesotan, delivers a comprehensive standard benefit set, lowers costs, and encourages continuous quality improvement in health outcomes. Here’s what we found.

DFL Environmental Caucus Endorses Rebecca Otto for Governor
News Release | Jan 02, 2018
“Rebecca Otto is a powerful voice for the environment and for a better Minnesota economy,” said caucus chair Veda Kanitz. “We wholeheartedly endorse her candidacy for Governor of Minnesota.”

DFL Environmental Caucus endorses Otto for Minnesota governor
John Myers | Duluth News Tribune | Jan 02, 2018
"Rebecca Otto is a powerful voice for the environment and for a better Minnesota economy," said Veda Kanitz, chairwoman of the DFL Environmental Caucus. "We wholeheartedly endorse her candidacy for governor of Minnesota."

In run for governor, Township candidate details strategies
Suzanne Lindgren | Country Messenger | Dec 10, 2017
Minnesota gubernatorial candidate and May Township resident Rebecca Otto has unveiled three pieces of her five-part “RenewMN” campaign.

Rebecca Otto hires Brooke Wallington as Finance Director
NEWS RELEASE | Nov 28, 2017
Hire of leading fundraiser enhances Otto’s already strong financial position

Local View: Urge the momentum that's building for carbon pricing
Eric Enberg | Duluth News Tribune | Nov 21, 2017
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, who is running for governor, is campaigning for a state version of carbon fee and dividend. With 75 percent given back to the people of Minnesota and 25 percent spent on renewable-energy development and energy conservation, this proposal promises to correct our current market failure, by which it is free to pollute and taxpayers pay for hurricane damage.

AM 950 | Nov 14, 2017
Matt is joined with Rebecca Otto for the whole show.

Otto calls for two years free public college
Marshall Helmberger | Timberjay | Nov 09, 2017
More than one political observer has noticed the similarities between Otto’s vision, which includes a major commitment to the advancement of clean energy, universal single-payer health care coverage, and free public college for up to two years, and the proposals offered by Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Minnesota DFL Gov. Candidate Otto Proposes Two Years of Free Tuition, $15 Minimum Wage
Cory Allen Heidelberger | Dakota Free Press | Nov 03, 2017
If Speaker Mickelson gets his tobacco tax, he might still have trouble competing with Minnesota, if our neighbors elect DFL candidate Rebecca Otto governor. Otto is advocating a $229-million plan to make the first two years of vo-tech and college free for every student in Minnesota

MN governor candidate proposing a statewide $15 minimum wage
Declan Desmond | GO MN | Nov 03, 2017
Her plan also calls for two years of free college

Candidate for governor Rebecca Otto proposes $15 minimum wage
Bill Werner | Minnesota News Network | Nov 02, 2017
Otto says, “I was in Redwood County and there’s people working [for] eight bucks an hour, two, three jobs. They don’t have time to be home with their kids. They can’t support their kids’ homework. It’s creating real issues in our families.”

DFLer Otto unveils plan for $15 minimum wage in 5 years
Associated Press | Nov 02, 2017
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto says she'll push to increase the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Rebecca Otto announces nation-leading ‘15-5-2 Plan’: $15 minimum wage phased in over 5 years and 2 years free college
NEWS RELEASE | Nov 02, 2017
Visionary plan will shift Minnesota to a high-wage, 21st Century economy, renewing communities across the state and opening the doors of opportunity to every Minnesotan

Editorial: Conversing with governor candidates: Today, Rebecca Otto
Editorial Board | Pioneer Press | Oct 25, 2017
Among the dozen candidates, State Auditor Rebecca Otto — a Democrat from May Township in the east metro — has done some legwork that contributes to the challenging health care conversation. Otto's Healthy Minnesota Plan should serve as a conversation-starter as candidates from across the spectrum outline their priorities and positions in the months to come.

Rebecca Otto on Candidate Forum
Bill Weir and Wy Spano | Candidate Forum | Oct 21, 2017
Bill Weir and co-host Wy Spano interview Minnesota State Auditor and Gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto.

A new generation of candidates makes clean energy a campaign centerpiece
Joe Romm | Think Progress | Oct 19, 2017
If Trump isn't going to do the right thing, "we're going to have to do it at the governor's level."

‘Single-Payer’ Is The Hot New Buzz Word. But What Actually Does It Mean?
Kaiser Health News | Oct 18, 2017
Last week, Democrat Rebecca Otto, the state’s auditor, came out with a lengthy Minnesota-based plan to finance health care.

Otto outlines plan for single-payer health care
Marshall Helmberger | Timberjay | Oct 18, 2017
“Healthy Minnesota Plan” would provide care for all, with no deductible

Among Democrats running for governor, single-payer health care gains support
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger | Pioneer Press | Oct 17, 2017
Last week, Democrat Rebecca Otto, the state’s auditor, came out with a lengthy Minnesota-based plan to finance health care.

Rebecca Otto hires experienced pro Jim Niland as Campaign Manager
NEWS RELEASE | Oct 16, 2017
“When you look at who has the political support to win in November of 2018, there’s simply no question that Rebecca Otto has the strongest path,” said Niland, the former DFL Party coordinated campaign manager, and political and legislative action director for AFSCME Council 5.

Talking Points: Rebecca Otto Going After Sanders Supporters
Esme Murphy | WCCO-TV | Oct 15, 2017
Of the six announced DFL candidates, State Auditor Rebecca Otto is making a big play for Bernie Sanders supporters.

‘The Time Is Now’: Rebecca Otto On Universal Health Care, Energy
WCCO-TV | Oct 15, 2017
The state auditor and DFL hopeful for governor spoke with Esme Murphy about her vision for health care and the environment (4:44). WCCO Sunday Morning – Oct. 15, 2017

Otto speaks at national “New Democracy” Democratic Party strategy forum
News Release | Oct 13, 2017
Today, Minnesota State Auditor and 2018 candidate for Governor Rebecca Otto joined a cast of national Democratic luminaries at an invitation-only event to share her views on how Democrats can win in the Midwest in 2018.

La candidata a la gobernación Rebecca Otto propone un plan de salud sin primas ni deducibles
Telemundo | Oct 12, 2017
La candidata a la gobernación Rebecca Otto propone un plan de salud sin primas ni deducibles en caso de ganar la contienda del 2018.

Otto wants universal health care for state
Tim Pugmire | MPR News | Oct 11, 2017
DFL State Auditor Rebecca Otto is proposing a publicly-financed, universal health care system for Minnesota as part of her 2018 campaign for governor.

Rebecca Otto announces nation-leading ‘Healthy Minnesota Plan'
News Release | Oct 11, 2017
Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto today announced the most innovative state health care plan in the nation, called the Healthy Minnesota Plan, the first and only health care proposal released by a gubernatorial candidate. It will cover every Minnesotan and save an estimated 15 percent.

DFL Gubernatorial Candidates Forum At AFSCME Convention - VIDEO
Michael McIntee | The Uptake | Oct 06, 2017
The six candidates seeking the DFL endorsement for Minnesota governor hold a forum in Duluth on Friday at the AFSCME Council 5 state convention

Minnesota gubernatorial candidate wants a carbon fee & dividend
Phil Finkelstein | Citizens Climate Lobby | Oct 03, 2017
At CCL, we’re used to discussing our CF&D plan with public servants once they’re elected—it’s heartening to see a similar plan getting attention as early as the campaign stage. Perhaps this plank of Otto’s platform could signal an upcoming nationwide embrace of a CF&D strategy to prevent the impending climate crisis.

Minnesota state auditor stakes campaign for governor on carbon dividend
Charles Komanoff | Carbon Tax Center | Sep 28, 2017
Otto is arguably the highest-profile U.S. political candidate to attach a campaign to an explicit and transparent price on carbon. She says that her 11 years as state auditor have taught her that Minnesotans want economic opportunity along with solutions to pressing problems such as climate change.

Climate and energy are becoming focal points in state political races
John Abraham | The Guardian | Sep 28, 2017
The latest example, Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto has a strong clean energy proposal

States Can Lead the Way on Climate Change
Rebecca Otto | Scientific American | Sep 27, 2017
The Trump administration's threats to abandon Obama's Clean Power Plan and exit the Paris accords don't necessarily mean all is lost

Rebecca Otto discusses the Minnesota-Powered Plan on AM 950
Mike McIntee | AM950 | Sep 27, 2017
Mike talks to MN Governor Candidate Rebecca Otto about her proposal to give every Minnesotan $600 a year for charging fossil fuel companies to operate in the state. cofounder Bill McKibben endorses Rebecca Otto for Governor
News Release | Sep 25, 2017
Today the world's leading climate activist, cofounder Bill McKibben, endorsed Rebecca Otto for Governor of Minnesota.

That sounds like a promising idea
PZ Myers | Pharyngula | Sep 22, 2017
Rebecca Otto is running for governor of Minnesota, and she has some good, progressive ideas for improving our energy self-reliance. I like her plan. It’s incremental, it provides incentives for citizens to do things that will be good for them and the state, and it’s a great long term investment.

Rebecca Otto on the Paul Douglas and Jordana Green Show
WCCO Radio | Sep 20, 2017
Do you ever invite your ex to holiday get-togethers? Then, Gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto joins Paul and Jordana.

Otto proposes Minnesota fee on carbon, push to renewables
John Myers | Duluth News Tribune | Sep 20, 2017
"The states that go on the offensive against climate change will not just help the planet — they will own a significant chunk of the future," said Bill McKibben, cofounder of the international climate movement, which is active in 181 countries. Otto "realizes the demands of the century we live in, both environmental and economic, and she's figured out how to build a smart path forward," he said.

Creating prosperity through energy leadership
Adam Siegel | Daily Kos | Sep 20, 2017
While Otto’s plan merits a read (in no small part for the substantive supporting material), its core focus is on achieving desired results through reforming our energy system toward a basic sensible path: a well-regulated market economy that enables private business to flourish while recognizing/strengthening our social contract.

US Politician Offers Clean Energy Plan to Boost the Economy: Rebecca Otto
Mary Ellen Harte | Huffington Post | Sep 20, 2017
Traveling the state for 12 years, she heard a main message from both red and blue voters: start solving problems again. In a state that has seen quality job losses and subsequent depopulation, her Minnesota-Powered Plan would position Minnesota to become a clean energy leader, growing its economy by billions of dollars.

Powering Minnesota to prosperity through energy leadership
Get Energy Smart Now | Sep 20, 2017
Otto has the sort of serious credentials and knowledge of state government that voters should expect from a serious candidate for Governor. This is the sort of thinking and plan that every state in the Union (and, well, the Federal Government) should be pursuing. I would hope that it is taken seriously and considered in State Houses across the land.

Rebecca Otto’s Clean Energy Plan for Minnesota
Greg Laden | Science Blogs | Sep 20, 2017
It is estimated that some 80,000 long term high paying jobs will be generated from this infrastructure redo. That will in turn increase revenues to the state and quite likely, will spell surpluses, some of which are likely to be tax rebates or other sorts of payoffs to the citizens of the state.

Rebecca Otto announces nation-leading ‘Minnesota-Powered’ clean energy plan
News Release | Sep 19, 2017
The groundbreaking economic stimulus proposal would create 70,629 jobs and move Minnesota to the front of the Clean Energy Economy. Otto’s revenue-neutral plan is being hailed as ‘brilliant’ by national and Minnesota climate experts of both major parties. Endorsers include Bill McKibben, Paul Douglas, Michael Mann, and John Abraham.

Otto jumps into Ely mining debate
K. Vandervort | The Timberjay | Sep 07, 2017
Gubernatorial candidate addresses packed Tuesday Group gathering

Why Bernie Sanders matters so much to the Minnesota governor's race
Briana Bierschbach | MinnPost | Aug 25, 2017
“Rebecca Otto talks about the politics of greed, getting dark money out of politics, also some of these really core issues that we know have to change and have to be addressed,” Jake Sanders said. “All of us are looking for someone really similar, we want somebody whose actions match their words and whose record matches what they are saying.”

Rebecca Otto opens first campaign office in Vandalia Tower
News Release | Aug 23, 2017
Creative warehouse conversion places office off the Green Line between Minneapolis and Saint Paul

DFL Candidates Say Less Taxes and Privatization is Greedy
Preya Samsundar | Alpha News | Aug 23, 2017
“2018 will really be defined by the politics of greed versus the politics of people and the common good,” Otto said.

State Auditor Rebecca Otto campaigns for governor while fighting for the future of her office
Erin Golden | Star Tribune | Aug 14, 2017
Among the DFL’s stable of statewide elected officials, Otto is second only to Gov. Mark Dayton in public flares of tension with legislative Republicans. Otto says her work as auditor and her candidacy for governor are both about fighting efforts to limit the functions of state government that benefit citizens.

Rebecca Otto signs No Fossil Fuel Money pledge; challenges opponents to follow her lead
News release | Aug 14, 2017
Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto, a candidate for the 2018 election for Governor of Minnesota, has pledged to reject campaign contributions from the oil, gas, and coal industries.

Minnesota Supreme Court agrees to consider state auditor's appeal over privatization
Erin Golden | Star Tribune | Aug 08, 2017
Two lower courts did find that auditing is a core function of Otto’s office. “As I have said all along, I swore an oath to uphold the Minnesota Constitution and protect Minnesota taxpayers,” she added. “I will continue to uphold that oath.”

Rebecca Otto hires former top Bernie Sanders staffer Jake Sanders
News Release | Jul 26, 2017
Hiring move seeks to engage grassroots activists and unite the DFL party. “We are building a grassroots movement to end the politics of greed that is threatening our quality of life and get back to politics that works for all the people,” said Otto. “With the addition of Jake Sanders to our team, we are signaling to every voter out there that we want you as a part of our movement.”

MN city water treatment data now online
Detroit Lakes Online | Jul 19, 2017
"This is an example of something really good happening in state government," said Auditor Otto. "By pulling together all of the right people with similar goals, by working in partnership with the University of Minnesota, leveraging their infrastructure and researchers, we have built a game-changing tool that will provide everyone meaningful information about the state of our civil infrastructure in Minnesota. It will help everyone make better-informed decisions, which will ensure better outcomes over time, especially for our rural communities."

MN Governor Candidate State Auditor Rebecca Otto
Haidi Holtan | KAXE-FM | Jul 13, 2017
Listen in as MN State Auditor Rebecca Otto stopped by our studios recently to tell us why she is running for Governor in 2018.

VIDEO: DFL gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto shouts out for climate action, clean energy
Bluestem Prairie | Jun 29, 2017
Winning in 2018 and then actually doing something about climate change and the clean energy economy is too important to vote for a compromise candidate or one who is untested statewide.

Rebecca Otto wins "Best Picture Oscar" of government auditing profession
News Release | National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers | Jun 15, 2017
Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto was awarded the highest honor in government auditing, the William R. Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award. This is the Best Picture Oscar of the government auditing profession.

Minnesota's Supreme Court must come to the rescue
Lori Sturdevant | Star Tribune | Jun 10, 2017
The Legislature’s Republican majorities are gearing up to take Dayton to court over his line-item veto just as the Otto case reaches the top of the judicial branch’s appellate ladder. I’d call that a fortuitous coincidence. The Minnesota Supreme Court is going to get a chance to go to the root of the problem: the willingness of one branch of government to usurp the constitutionally assigned power of another in order to get its way.

Our View: Legislators shouldn't booby-trap bills
Editorial Board | Rochester Post-Bulletin | Jun 09, 2017
If the state Supreme Court gets a chance to weigh in, we'd like it to issue a clear directive that legislators be mindful of the single-subject clause. At the very least, leaders on both sides of the aisle owe it to their constituents to communicate with each other regarding any last-minute additions or deletions from major bills.

Climate Change and the Minnesota Governor’s Race
Joseph Palermo | Huffington Post | Jun 06, 2017
In Minnesota a true champion of clean energy has entered the governor’s race and won the endorsement from a top climate scientist. Let’s hope Rebecca Otto’s gubernatorial bid sets an example for other state and local races.

Support Rebecca Otto for Governor of Minnesota Because it’s not just Local.
Matthew Chapman | Huffington Post | Jun 05, 2017
Rebecca Otto is a walking rebuke to Donald Trump. If she gets elected in 2018, she’ll be one of the key warriors - and a proven one with credentials no one can question - in the new American battle to fight climate change despite the federal government.

Climate Scientist Michael Mann Endorses Rebecca Otto for Governor of Minnesota
ScienceBlogs | Jun 05, 2017
State Auditor Rebecca Otto is running for Governor of Minnesota. She will seek the DFL (Democratic Party) Endorsement. There are several other candidates either declared or likely to run, but Otto stands head and shoulders above all the others, especially in three areas:

Top climate scientist endorses Rebecca Otto for Governor
News release | Jun 05, 2017
World-leading climate scientist Dr. Michael E. Mann is weighing in on the Minnesota governor's race with a resounding endorsement. The creator of the famed "hockey stick" graph says that three-term Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto is the best candidate to succeed outgoing Governor Mark Dayton.

Rebecca Otto on Air America
Mike McIntee | AM950 | Jun 01, 2017
In this remarkable interview, Rebecca Otto discusses the recent legislative session, her lawsuit over privatization, and how it all ties in with why she's running for Governor.

Rebecca Otto appears on A Woman's Place
Betty Folliard | AM950 Air America | May 27, 2017
In this in-depth interview, Rebecca talks with A Woman's Place host Betty Folliard about her life, starting a business, being a public school teacher, passing a school levy, how she got into politics, her stands against the politics of greed, her fights for what we believe in and the core American values of government of, by, and for the people — and how she keeps winning historic statewide elections!

Rebecca Otto: by far the strongest and most progressive candidate for Minnesota Governor in 2018
Greg Laden | Minnesota Progressive Project | May 24, 2017
In 2016 Minnesotans showed they were ready to embrace bold, progressive leadership, the kind of leadership that they believe, based on track record, won’t sell them out on key issues when the going gets tough. They want a candidate who runs outside strict party affiliation, who thinks independently, and who takes stands for ordinary people instead of the wealthy elite or big corporations even if it means the corporations will mount attacks. They want the kind of principled, fearless leadership shown by Bernie Sanders and Rebecca Otto. Otto has racked up several historic victories, including the largest upset of an incumbent in 112 years, and is positioned to do it again in 2018. Her statewide electoral prowess far outstrips her nearest competitor.

In auditor fight, fight for checks and balances
Editorial Board | Pioneer Press | May 17, 2017
Former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson, also a former state auditor, summed up in an affidavit what he sees at risk: The state would lose the independence of the auditor’s office “and replace it with private CPA firms beholden, not to the people, but to county boards and employees.” He further suggests concern that firms will “act in a manner designed to ensure repeat business, not to protect the taxpayers.”

Pile-on legislation is aplenty — and unconstitutional in Minnesota
Lori Sturdevant | StarTribune | May 07, 2017
Why legislators face a single-subject rule (which they ignore).

Muzzling fiscal watchdog is punishing Minnesota's taxpayers
Rebecca Otto | MinnPost | Apr 21, 2017
Although the most recent forecast showed the state has a $1.65 billion surplus, the Legislature, as I write this, is pushing new bills that will further cripple the people's watchdog, by cutting funding and enacting provisions to keep us from doing our work. Why?

MN Tax March Demands Trump Tax Returns
Preya Samsundar | Alpha News | Apr 15, 2017
Gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto led the Tax March MN attendees to the State Capitol and was the featured speaker.

The War on Science wins the Minnesota Book Award
News Release | Apr 09, 2017
Last night Shawn Otto's book The War on Science won the Minnesota Book Award. Hear his important comments about democracy, evidence and alternative facts here, and see why they are important to Rebecca - and should be to every political leader.

Otto gov camp watches who watches Auditor Otto
Brian Bakst | MPR News | Apr 07, 2017
Otto’s campaign has a standing request for copies of requests for records submitted with the auditor’s office. That practice was confirmed Thursday after a top supporter of U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan’s possible run for governor questioned on Twitter why his March 30 data practices request was circulated this week by an Otto political backer to Democrats statewide under the subject line “Let’s keep it positive.”

Muzzling the Auditor
Barrett and Greene, Inc. | Apr 05, 2017
Legislative leadership has run and continues to run roughshod over the Constitution and Minnesota taxpayers. It matches a movement nationally to muzzle the truth tellers in government, privatize government services at all costs and roll over to special interests.

State Auditor Otto Releases Report Assessing the Adequacy of County Audits Performed by CPA Firms
Office of the State Auditor | Apr 03, 2017
The report cites over 130 instances in which the auditors failed to comply with the standards. OSA staff identified material misstatements totaling millions of dollars.

Rebecca Otto appears on Access to Democracy
Access to Democracy | Apr 03, 2017
Rebecca joins host Alan Miller for an in-depth discussion of her campaign for Governor, problems in the legislature, the background to her lawsuit over privatization of the people's Office of the State Auditor, the single subject clause of the constitution, what we need to do to reinvent the Minnesota economy, her One Minnesota get together with Arne Carlson and Walter Mondale, life in her solar farm home, and more.

As the strongest choice for Governor of Minnesota, Rebecca Otto interacts with thousands on #RebeccaListens tour
News Release | Mar 27, 2017
Using the “One Minnesota” approach she developed in 2004 by bringing Arne Carlson and Walter Monday together, Otto has outperformed the margins of victory of every governor candidate she’s been on the ballot with, DFL or Republican. She outperformed Governor Dayton’s 2014 margin of victory in every congressional district in Minnesota. At the same time, she maintains deep metro support as one of the highest vote-getters in the metro area.

Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto Stops in Paynesville
Lakeland Broadcasting | Mar 24, 2017
Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto will stop in Paynesville as part of her statewide listening tour. State Auditor Otto has announced she is running for Governor in 2018.

Otto to hold listening session
Paynesville Press | Mar 22, 2017
Rather than just telling people what she thinks, Otto wants to hear from people about their hopes and dreams are and what they would like to see changed.

Podcast: The Auditor Always Rings Twice
Theater of Public Policy | Mar 14, 2017
Enjoy Rebecca Otto's rocking, hilarious and informative appearance with Tane Danger and the Theater of Public Policy at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Learn why she's running for Governor in her own words and what she's about.

Ramsey, other counties clash with Minnesota auditor in appeals court
Pioneer Press | Forum News Service | Mar 09, 2017
Judge Randolph Peterson, one of three deciding the case, referred to the private sector, where he said a board’s decision to hire a private auditor can raise suspicion among investors. Why, Peterson asked, would taxpayers not feel suspicious of local governments who do the same?

Candidate for governor to be in Eagan
Sun Thisweek | Mar 05, 2017
On Saturday, March 11, Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto will be at Lakeside Pointe Apartments community room in Eagan from 1:30-3 p.m. as part of her statewide listening tour.

State auditor to speak at Bloomington forum
Sun Current | Feb 27, 2017
Otto is a winner of the National Award for Excellence in Accountability, was elected president of the National State Auditors Association and named one of the 15 most influential Government Auditors in America.

Executive council approves new Kennecott copper leases
John Myers | Duluth News Tribune | Feb 23, 2017
State Auditor Rebecca Otto was the only vote against the leases, expressing concerns over long-term financial liability for the state.

The Auditor Always Rings Twice
Minneapolis Happening Magazine | Theater of Public Policy | Feb 17, 2017
If you’re like most Minnesotans, each year you eagerly await the audit of your local government’s finances. But have you ever wondered who produces that thrilling page-turner of a beach read? The J.K. Rowling of Minnesota financial documents is none other than State Auditor Rebecca Otto, our guest March 13. As if being state auditor weren’t exciting enough, Otto has announced a run for a new job, Governor. We’ll ask her about both, and if she can help us reconcile these expense reports.

Waconia mayor invites Otto to speak
Sun Patriot | Feb 15, 2017
“Whoever the next governor turns out to be, they will know Waconia and the people who live here,” said Sanborn, a Republican. Otto agrees with the mayor’s sentiment. “The best leadership starts with listening to people,” she said.

One month after launch, gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto has hosted dozens of events
News Release | Feb 09, 2017
Since launching her campaign for governor, Rebecca Otto has hosted dozens of events. She heard from hundreds of Minnesotans through in-person listening sessions, a tele-town hall, live chats on Twitter and Facebook, and through letters she asked for and received from residents all around the state—truly using as many avenues as possible to hear from Minnesotans of all backgrounds.

Governor candidate Otto to be in Morris Feb. 23
Morris Sun Tribune | Feb 08, 2017
Minnesota State Auditor and Gubernatorial Candidate Rebecca Otto will speak at University of Minnesota Morris from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, as part of her statewide listening tour.

May township resident Rebecca Otto will run for governor
Press Publications | Jan 27, 2017
Otto was elected state auditor in 2006 and has been re-elected twice. Her office oversees more than $20 billion in local government spending each year. She has also served on the Forest Lake school board and, prior to that, chaired a successful $52 million levy campaign for the district. Ironically, Otto says she never envisioned herself pursuing a political career.

May township resident Rebecca Otto to run for governor
Suzanne Lindgren | Country Messenger | Jan 18, 2017
Rebecca Otto’s campaign is built on listening, finding common ground. Her love for Minnesota has more to do with instinct than happenstance.

Local Somali Community Raises Concerns in a Listening Session
KAAL-TV | Jan 15, 2017
The race for governor is still a year away, but listening sessions have already started. The Somali community in Rochester gathered Saturday to speak with Rebecca Otto.

Minnesota Auditor Otto to run for Governor
Mesabi Daily News | Jan 14, 2017
“What people keep saying to me is ‘Fight it, please fight it, and let us know how we can help.’ They know the importance of this office and they know they don’t want ‘the fox guarding the hen house,’ ” Otto said.

Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto Plans to Run for Governor
KSTP-TV | Jan 12, 2017
"Rather than talking to you all about my good ideas, I would prefer to listen," Otto said. "I think there's been a lot of talk lately and not enough listening and truly understanding."

Otto in North Branch
The Post Review | Jan 11, 2017
Rebecca Otto, who recently announced her run for governor, will be at Everyday Joe Coffee Tea and Eatery at 10 a.m. Jan. 14.

Otto brings listening tour to Rochester
Rochester Post-Bulletin | Jan 11, 2017
DFL gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto will be visiting Rochester on Saturday as part of a statewide listening tour.

Minnesota state auditor Rebecca Otto to run for governor
Detroit Lakes Online | Jan 10, 2017
"Minnesota has given me great gifts. I love this state. I want to see it have the very best future possible," she said.

Rebecca Otto talks about her philosophy and her gubernatorial campaign
AM950 | Jan 10, 2017
Rebecca speaks with host Mike McIntee about her community conversations and how she is approaching her campaign as the people's campaign.

State auditor to run for governor
Fergus Falls Daily Journal | Jan 10, 2017
"This listening tour gives lots of people an opportunity to engage with me in a different way and consider me in a different role,” Otto said.

State auditor Rebecca Otto to run for governor
West Central Tribune | Jan 10, 2017
"It's really about understanding the challenges but also the dreams of all people around the state," Otto said. "Launching this listening tour gives lots of people an opportunity to engage with me in a different way and consider me in a different role."

Minnesota Auditor Otto to run for Governor
Grand Rapids Herald Review | Jan 10, 2017
Former St. Paul Rep. Matt Entenza ran against her in a primary. Otto won with 81 percent of the vote in the primary and just over 51 percent of the vote in the 2014 general election.

State Auditor Rebecca Otto Announces Gubernatorial Bid
WCCO-TV | Jan 10, 2017
Otto is the third Democrat to announce a campaign to replace Gov. Mark Dayton, whose term expires in January 2019.

Minnesota state auditor Rebecca Otto to run for governor
Bemidji Pioneer | Jan 10, 2017
Otto, 53, has three statewide election victories to her credit — plus a term as a state representative.

Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto to run for Minnesota governor
Crookston Times | Jan 10, 2017
She wants to see Minnesota in a position for "the very best future possible."

Minnesota state auditor Rebecca Otto to run for governor
Debbie Irmen | Perham Focus | Jan 10, 2017
Two other auditors have become governor in the past — former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson held the post, as did Dayton.

State Auditor Rebecca Otto enters 2018 race for governor
J. Patrick Coolican | Star Tribune | Jan 09, 2017
"There are Minnesotans who are not heard and understood even less, so this is an important component to our campaign," Otto said in an interview. The DFLer's campaign began with a "listening tour" that kicked off in Stillwater.

St. Croix Valley resident Rebecca Otto to run for governor
Jonathan Young | Stillwater Gazette | Jan 09, 2017
Otto, who lives in May Township, was first elected state auditor in 2006 and is serving her third term. She has also served in the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Forest Lake School Board.

MN State Auditor Rebecca Otto to Run for Governor
Andrea Mayer-Bruestle | Alpha News | Jan 09, 2017
Otto’s three terms as Auditor have not been void of controversy.

State auditor to run for Minnesota governor
Albert Lea Tribune | Jan 09, 2017
The 53-year-old three-term auditor said she’s planning a statewide “listening tour” to connect with voters.

Minnesota state auditor Rebecca Otto to run for governor
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger | Worthington Daily Globe | Jan 09, 2017
In a special election she won a House seat in a largely Republican area and has won election to the auditor’s seat, despite a Democratic primary in 2014 and a strong Republican wave.

Otto embarks on bid for Minnesota governor
Brian Bakst | MPR News | Jan 09, 2017
“I look forward to listening to my fellow Minnesotans and engaging in meaningful community conversations about our collective future. What is the next big thing for Minnesota? What do we want our future to be?” Otto said.

Rebecca Otto will run for Minnesota governor
Saint Cloud Times | AP | Jan 09, 2017
Otto tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that she is “different” and wants to see Minnesota in a position for “the very best future possible.”

State auditor Rebecca Otto to run for MN governor
KARE-TV | Jan 09, 2017
Otto is the third Democrat to announce a campaign to replace Gov. Mark Dayton who will leave office when his term expires in January 2019.

State Auditor Rebecca Otto announces run for governor
J. Patrick Coolican | Star Tribune | Jan 09, 2017
Elected State Auditor Rebecca Otto announced she is running for the DFL nomination for governor in 2018. The campaign begins with a "listening tour" that kicks off in Stillwater Monday.

State auditor Rebecca Otto to run for governor
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger | Pioneer Press | Jan 08, 2017
Three-term Minnesota Auditor Rebecca Otto will run for governor, she told the Pioneer Press, joining what is expected to be a crowded race to replace DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.

Rebecca Otto Runs for Governor
News Release | Jan 08, 2017
State Auditor Rebecca Otto Announces Run for Governor... by Listening

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