Star Tribune endorsements

The Star Tribune Editorial Board is making endorsements for the 2020 general election. Counterpoints to those endorsements will also appear here.

The 2020 election: How and why we endorse

The Star Tribune Editorial Board has made recommendations in local, state, congressional and U.S. Senate races.
Editorial
October 30, 2020
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

Editorial Board endorsement: Biden can reunite, restart America

He'll return science to the White House and provide smart, steady leadership.
Steve Wenzel
October 30, 2020
President Donald Trump arrives for a news conference at the White House in Washington, Sept. 10.

Editorial counterpoint: Why Donald Trump is the president we need

On foreign policy, national defense, economy and more, he has strengthened the U.S.
Editorial
October 30, 2020
Above, Sen. Tina Smith appeared at a March 5, 2019, hearing in Washington.

U.S. Senate endorsement: Tina Smith best reflects Minnesota values

She's willing to work across the aisle on legislation that benefits state, nation.
Editorial
October 30, 2020
Democratic candidate for the first congressional district Dan Feehan.

After close loss in 2018, Dan Feehan focused on First District's needs

Decorated combat veteran has become an even stronger candidate since his first bid for office.
Jim Hagedorn
October 30, 2020
Rep. Jim Hagedorn knocked on doors and talked with folks in Le Sueur, Minnesota during a campaign swing oon Sept. 10.

Editorial counterpoint from Jim Hagedorn: This election gives voters a clear choice — socialism vs. freedom

I will continue to work hard for our rural values.
Editorial
October 30, 2020
Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., speaks during news conference in Washington, D.C., in June.

In Second District, Angie Craig has earned a return trip to Congress

First-term Democrat has focused on solving problems.
Tyler Kistner
October 30, 2020
Tyler Kistner talked with Steve Mankowski at his Southview 66 gas station in South St. Paul.

Editorial counterpoint from Tyler Kistner: The Second District needs a real bipartisan servant in Congress

I will be that leader.
Editorial
October 30, 2020
Congressman Dean Phillips drove his campaign vehicle to Excelsior, Minnesota and campaigned with Rep. Kelly Morrison, DFL-Deephaven and Gretchen Piper

Third District's Dean Phillips deserves another term in Congress

He's taken a refreshingly bipartisan approach to Washington.
Kendall A. Qualls
October 30, 2020
Kendall Qualls had lunch with supporters at Peg’s Countryside Cafe in Hamel, Minn.

Editorial counterpoint from Kendall Qualls: Personal agency does have power

Dean Phillips wants you to believe otherwise.
Editorial
October 30, 2020
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn. /Star Tribune photo by Aaron Lavinsky

Once again, Betty McCollum best reflects Fourth District

Through hard work, she's become a stronger voice.
Editorial
October 30, 2020
Republican candidate Lacy Johnson, left, and Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar

Fifth District: No endorsement in Ilhan Omar-Lacy Johnson race

The ability to rise above incivility is crucial, but so is fitting the district.
Editorial
October 30, 2020
An elections worker prepares mail-in ballot envelopes in July in Minneapolis.

Sixth District: No endorsement in Tom Emmer-Tawnja Zahradka race

Neither the GOP incumbent nor Democrat challenger have earned our recommendation.
Editorial
October 30, 2020
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson

Seventh District: Collin Peterson taps deep expertise on rural issues

Constituents can rely on veteran congressman to protect their interests.
Editorial
October 30, 2020
U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber

Eighth District: Pete Stauber can build on first-term success

He's shown a willingness to work across the aisle to solve problems.
Editorial
October 30, 2020
95th Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Paul C. Thissen.

Elect Paul Thissen in Minnesota's only statewide judicial race

Opinion editor’s note: The Star Tribune Editorial Board operates separately from the newsroom, and no news editors or reporters were involved in the endorsement process.…
Editorial
October 30, 2020
League of Women Voters volunteers Ann Napp and Katie Anthony await registrants at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis on Sept. 22.

Changing of the guard on Hennepin County Board

Incumbents in three of four open seats are not seeking re-election on Nov. 3.
Editorial
October 30, 2020
School leadership is on the ballot in Minneapolis, St. Paul.
Photo by Leila Navidi / Star Tribune

School leadership is on the ballot in Minneapolis, St. Paul

The districts face similar COVID, disparities, budget and enrollment challenges.
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