With your help I will continue to work towards our shared vision for making Minnesota a great state to live, work and play.

Economy: pro-growth pro-jobs policies
Education: prepare all students for the jobs of tomorrow
Healthcare: keep Minnesota’s gold standard for high quality, good value and accessible healthcare
Transportation: prioritize our current infrastructure needs and prepare for the future
Energy & Environment: keep energy dependable and affordable while protecting our planet


Posts by ‎@carla4senate

It’s sign time. The Nelson for Senate signs are popping up. Let me now if you want one!

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Timeline Photos

Be part of the Nelson for Senate parade team! Join me tomorrow at Chatfield Western Days Saturday Aug. 13 12:15 line up at entry #51 1:00 Parade start I’ve got a Nelson red shirt for you. If you can’t join the parade, be sure to hoot, holler and wave..

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Celebrate & Turn up the Volume

Check this out and be sure to turn up the volume! Then get ready for a parade…

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Photos from Carla Nelson's post

Fun at the Fest! ‘Twas the perfect parade night. Thank to all who made it so! Great momentum and vibe!

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Fears mount as another round of health premium hikes appears likely

The Affordable Care Act is a misnomer at best: http://goo.gl/QKrM1y

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Why did $700 Million for roads & bridges die on the Senate floor?

2 likes, 1 comments3 months ago

Carla Nelson

ICYMI: Friday’s Capitol newsletter http://conta.cc/2578eae Take Your Legislators Link to hear 2 R’s and 2D’s talk about the final days of session.

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http://conta.cc/2578eae Take link to see last night’s newsletter. Click on Your Legislators to Hear 2 Rs and 2 Ds talk about the session in more than soundbites. Tick Tock

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Two weeks left in the 2016 legislative session. Yet no conference committee reports out yet, even though the tax and transportation committees are carryovers from 2015. Tick Tock. We need these hard fought compromises, called Conference Committee Reports,..

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I’m concerned. Just came from SOS address where Gov. Dayton’s comments were his most partisan. Combined with his Sunday comments to Tom Hauser on At Issue and to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce last night- I see a greater focus on scoring political..

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During her terms of office, Carla is proud to have been endorsed by:

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On Tuesday, November 8, you’ll have the opportunity to endorse Carla too!

Meet Carla

  • Married to Terry for 36 years, three grown sons, and four grand dogs
  • Former Rochester Public School teacher and small business owner
  • U of MN, Master’s Degree, Teacher Leadership
  • Long time Rochester resident and volunteer
    • Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs Board of Directors
    • Office on the Economic Status of Women Advisory Committee
    • Capitol Area Architectural Planning Board of Directors
    • Active in Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Orchestra & Chorale, and Next Chapter Ministries
  • Active member at Autumn Ridge Church

On the Issues


Carla is dedicated to keeping Minnesota’s gold standard for high quality, good value and accessible health care. She helped pass the Alzheimer’s Research & Support Act and Excellence in Mental Health Act to provide cost-effective programs and services to these critical healthcare needs.


Carla was chief author of critical funding for the Rochester Reading Center, and she championed reforms to concurrent enrollment practices to make college more affordable, lower college debt and empower students to graduate earlier.

Tax Reform

Carla led the charge to make Minnesota’s tax system fairer and to lower business taxes on small local businesses in our communities. To help family farms, Carla defended property tax relief for agricultural land while preserving critical education funding for rural schools.

Public Safety

Carla sponsored legislation to expand and improve airport safety to meet new federal requirements and keep the international designation at Rochester’s airport.

Military Veterans & Seniors

Carla proudly supported legislation to end the taxation of military pensions; she will fight to end the double taxation of social security benefits to help Minnesota’s seniors.


Carla will prioritize our current infrastructure needs and prepare for the future.

Energy & Environment

Carla will work to keep energy dependable and affordable while protecting our planet.

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