Early every morning, Rebecca grabs a mug of coffee and heads out to the barn to feed the animals and shovel manure. She says it's where she does some of her best thinking. In fact she's the only candidate for Governor who lives in a farm, and Minnesota Farm Fest is held on her husband's aunt Ann Gilfillan's farm.
On the way back she checks the wind generator and solar panels, then heads in to work at the capitol.
At the office she digs in, defending the constitution, overseeing tens of billions of our tax dollars, and bringing people together to solve complex problems. Then she heads out to campaign.
America, she tells people, is in an epic battle against the politics of greed. It's a battle she's fought her whole career - the fight for a government of the people, by the people, for the people - even if it means corporate and political attacks. It's one reason she wins historic victories.
She's running to be our next Governor. The people's Governor. Many people talk about that. Rebecca Otto is famous for acting on it.
After spending summers in the Boundary Waters as a teenager, Rebecca adopted Minnesota as her home state and studied science at Macalester College, where she met her husband Shawn.
The couple founded and built a 50-employee business which Rebecca ran. She later earned a Masters of Education from the U of M and taught public school science for five years, then left to be home with their son.
In 1995, concerned about what the scientific evidence was showing about climate change, the couple designed and built a renewable energy home with their own hands in rural May Township. It has been toured by more than ten thousand people.
After their son entered public school, Rebecca turned her focus to community service. She served on a school district finance committee, then chaired a successful school levy campaign and was elected to school board in the conservative Forest Lake area.
Rebecca was then elected a DFL state representative in the same year Michele Bachmann took office as the district’s Republican senator. She was named "new legislator of the year."
In 2004, she hosted a famous "One Minnesota" get-together, bringing Arne Carlson and Walter Mondale together for the first time on her farm.
That same year, she was the first person to bring DFL and Republican state finance leaders together for an honest discussion about the state budget.
In 2006 she was elected State Auditor after unseating a Republican incumbent in the largest upset in 112 years, and in 2013 was named President of the National State Auditors Association.
Since launching her campaign for Governor, Rebecca has been listening to Minnesotans all across the state, and is incorporating their views into her policy platform.
"Otto’s capable job ensuring that billions of taxpayer dollars are appropriately and prudently spent has been recognized nationally. She was elected president of the National State Auditors Association in 2013. In 2014 she was named one of the 15 most-influential professionals in government auditing in America."
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
In the must-win 2018 election, we need a candidate who will bring new innovation and new solutions, someone with a strong track record of winning tough statewide races by standing up for what's right.