Raleigh Named 2022 Notable Military Veteran Executive

Raleigh Named 2022 Notable Military Veteran Executive

TCB’s 2022 Notable Military Veteran Executives have transferred leadership skills they developed serving our country to civilian jobs in industries ranging from fitness, food, and construction to government, technology, finance, and law. The 25 individuals have served our country in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and National Guard; some are still active members of the National Guard or military reserves. They also lend their time and expertise to organizations that support fellow veterans and service members.

“I am honored to be included in this great group of fellow veterans. The discipline we learned, and the dedication we bring to our communities, are part of the servant leadership that is the hallmark of our great country. Veteran. Servant. Leader. We live it every day.” stated Donald Raleigh.

In their announcement of this list of Notables, Twin Cities Business Magazine (tcbmag.com/notable/donald-raleigh) wrote, “In 2002, Donald Raleigh formed Evolve Systems in St. Paul with his wife, Marnie Ochs-Raleigh, to serve the small to mid-sized Minnesota business community with digital services. In addition to Evolve Systems, Raleigh also founded Evolve Payment, a merchant services agency that prioritizes bringing ethics and trust back into merchant processing.

After identifying a unique gap in the market, he created and developed AdaptrPay, software that gives merchants control over their customer data and addresses the risks associated with transferring processors. Raleigh served eight years of active duty in the Army, as a guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and as a presidential guard for Ronald Reagan. Today, he’s an active member of the veteran community, including the VFW (Veterans of Foreign War), and is a lifetime member and color guard at his local Lino Lakes American Legion Chapter.”

Donald Raleigh is running for election in House District 32B which covers the cities of Lexington and the southern half of Blaine, Minnesota. Raleigh is currently serving in his first term representing Blaine, Lexington, Circle Pines, Centerville, Lino Lakes, and Hugo.

Raleigh endorsed by the MPPOA

Raleigh endorsed by the MPPOA

I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Police & Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) issued its endorsement of your candidacy for office in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

The MPPOA has been in existence since 1922 and represents 10,400 public safety professionals across the State of Minnesota and over 2,000 retired members. It is our hope that our endorsement will advance your candidacy and that you will be successful in your efforts to solidify a seat in the Minnesota House.

The MPPOA sincerely wishes you well.

Brian Peters
Executive Director
Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association

Minnesota Farm Bureau PAC Endorses Raleigh

September 1, 2022

The Minnesota Farm Bureau PAC recently endorsed Donald Raleigh in his reelection bid for Minnesota State House. Minnesota Farm Bureau PAC is the state’s largest agricultural organization representing 78 counties and nearly 30,000 members.

Committee Chair Ray Johnson said, “The MFBF PAC Committee endorsement process is an important step in engaging with candidates for political office. These endorsements help us to understand candidate viewpoints on key agricultural issues as we look ahead to the election in November and provide insight on how our farmers and ranchers can connect with candidates to help them understand the issues.”

Donald Raleigh stated “Supporting our farmers and ranchers has been a lifelong privilege of mine. I am honored to stand with the Minnesota Farm Bureau in supporting Minnesota producers. Agriculture runs in my family; my father, his father, and his father were all farmers. The roots of Minnesota farmers run deep in our community.”

Contact: Ray Johnson
(701) 238-4218

Associated Builders and Contractors of Minnesota endorses Donald Raleigh


August 30, 2022

Contact: Megan Hennen (612) 236-5706 megan.hennen@mnabc.com

Associated Builders and Contractors MN/ND has endorsed Representative Donald Raleigh

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Minnesota and North Dakota is pleased to announce its first round of 2022 congressional and state candidate endorsements. ABC endorses lawmakers and candidates who champion free market principles and who defend the merit shop philosophy in the construction industry. This philosophy encourages competition and a free-enterprise approach to construction solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.

Rep. Raleigh stated, “My family, through my wife Marnie, has been in the construction trades for six generations. Working with the trades is always a highlight for me.”

“I am working to promote our young people to look at the construction trades as a great career choice” continued Raleigh, “through initiatives like Build Your Future we are collaborating on a grassroots approach to construction workforce forecasting and development that includes recruitment, training, placement, and retention that offers a direct path for our future workers. College is a great choice for some students, but so are the trades for others. As I have heard from my friends at ABC, building the people that build America is the right thing to do.”

ABC of Minnesota and North Dakota represents more than 325 companies who employ over 22,000 employees in the commercial and industrial construction industry. ABC of Minnesota and North Dakota is the leading voice promoting free enterprise within
the construction industry. More information about MN/ND ABC is available online at www.mnabc.com.

Minnesotans for Affordable Health Insurance Endorses Donald Raleigh


Contact: Bob Stein

Minnesotans for Affordable Health Insurance Endorse Donald Raleigh for State House in District 32B

Minnesotans for Affordable Health Insurance is pleased to announce its endorsement of Donald Raleigh in the race for the State House in District 32B. We are supporting Donald Raleigh due to his support of public policy that will make healthcare more affordable for Minnesota consumers and increase consumer choice and competition among insurance carriers.

Donald understands complex insurance health insurance issues and knows that the rapidly increasing cost of health insurance is part of what is driving the high cost of living Minnesotans are experiencing.

Donald Raleigh is also committed to protecting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Coverage for pre-existing conditions has existed in Minnesota’s marketplace since 1976.

About us:
Minnesotans for Affordable Health Insurance represents your local health insurance agents, who are the primary advocates for consumers who purchase coverage in the individual and small group health insurance markets.

MetroNorth Chamber Leadership Fund Endorses Raleigh

MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce is the premier business organization and business advocate in the north metro area and today the MetroNorth Chamber Leadership Fund is pleased to endorse Rep. Donald Raleigh in his bid for reelection to the Minnesota House of Representatives.

The Mission of the MetroNorth Chamber, and the Leadership Fund, is to strengthen business and stimulate economic prosperity by being the bold, innovative voice for business success.

Lori Higgins, President of the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce said, “Thank you for your commitment to work with us to make Minnesota a better, more friendly place to do business and to your commitment to Minnesota’s jobs climate.  We look forward to working with you and continuing our positive and productive pro-business relationship.”

Rep. Donald Raleigh commented, “As a 26-year resident of Blaine, a business owner for over 20 years, and a long-time member of the MetroNorth Chamber, I am committed to working across our communities to make Minnesota a great place to live, work, and start a business.”

“Working collaboratively with our Chamber helps businesses and citizens across the entire north metro area. Good paying jobs come from healthy, growing businesses that are given the freedom to expand and meet the needs of our community,” stated Raleigh. “My wife and I started our business in the basement of our house in Blaine. Being a part of the MetroNorth Chamber has been an important part of our success and I am honored to receive their endorsement.”

Representative Raleigh serves on the Capital Investment, Public Safety, and Labor, Industry, Veterans, and Military Affairs committees in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

CARE-PAC Endorses Raleigh

CARE-PAC Endorses Raleigh

CARE-PAC, the political action committee for Care Providers of Minnesota, recently endorsed Donald W Raleigh for election to the Minnesota House in District 32B. Raleigh’s support of – and interest in – long-term care for the growing senior demographic was the primary reason he earned the CARE-PAC endorsement.

“Our dedicated long-term care professionals are proud to support Donald W Raleigh,” said Patti Cullen, President & CEO of Care Providers of Minnesota. “Raleigh understands our state’s long-term care issues, the need to expand our workforce, and the personal financing challenges facing seniors receiving long-term care services and supports. In addition, he has a deep commitment to maintaining Minnesota’s reputation for high-quality long-term care – wherever that care is provided.”

Senior woman with her caregiver

Cullen stated: “It is essential that our elected officials commit to funding the needs of our seniors so that providers can continue to provide the quality of care that our seniors deserve and expect. With 60,000 Minnesotans turning 65 every year for the next 15 years, it is critical that our elected officials prioritize funding for senior care in their work. Nursing facilities, assisted living settings, and home care providers struggle to hire experienced, quality caregivers in their settings – caregivers who are the cornerstone to providing quality care for Minnesota’s seniors. It is up to lawmakers to invest in these jobs and the caregiving profession for today’s seniors and the 25% of Minnesota adults who will be age 65 or older in the next decade.”

“We are excited to endorse Donald W Raleigh to continue supporting caregivers and quality care and to continue our partnership with elected officials into the future.”

Established in 1947, Care Providers of Minnesota is a nonprofit membership association with the mission to Lead members to Excellence. our 900+ members across Minnesota represent nonprofit and for-profit organizations providing services along the full spectrum of care. We are the state affiliate for the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living, and with our national partners, we provide solutions for quality care. For more information on Care Providers of Minnesota, visit www.careproviders.org.

Representative Raleigh joins Blaine Police for Evening Ride Along

Representative Raleigh joins Blaine Police for Evening Ride Along

The Blaine Police department has a long history of working closely in the community and providing ride along events with citizens and elected officials is an important step in building relationships. Rep. Raleigh worked with Chief Brian Podany and Sergeant Mike Rygg to schedule the ride along.

Our Blaine police department is out in our community every day. They are our protectors, our civil servants. They are true professionals in every way.

Rep Donald Raleigh, Blaine

This is not the first time that Rep Raleigh has worked with the Blaine police department. A graduate of the 2016 Blaine Citizens academy, Raleigh learned first hand how the department works to provide safety to our community.

“For me it is not just about the badge and the uniform. I have worked closely with the department over the 26 years that I have been a resident of Blaine. From providing security services while the commander of the Anoka County Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, to working with officers during ICS 300 & 400 training, the department has consummate professionals up and down the ranks.” said Raleigh.

Recently Raleigh and Sergeant Villegas rode together for Night to Unite. It is that type of close interaction that makes the relationship between our police and elected officials work.

Sergeant Wesley Villegas, Blaine Police Department

Rep Raleigh will be posting pictures and his perspective on the ride along as a follow up to this post.

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Minnesota Chamber Leadership Fund PAC endorses Donald Raleigh for Minnesota House of Representatives

Minnesota Chamber Leadership Fund PAC endorses Donald Raleigh for Minnesota House of Representatives

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

CONTACT: Laura Bordelon
lbordelon@mnchamber.com, 651.292.4650

ST. PAUL, MN (07/26/22) – The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fund PAC announced today
its endorsement of Donald Raleigh for the Minnesota House in the upcoming November 8 general election.

“Employers and employees are facing uncertain times and need support from Minnesota’s decision makers to ensure our economy returns to full strength,” said Laura Bordelon, Treasurer of the Leadership Fund PAC. “Donald understands what it takes to grow Minnesota in today’s challenging economy. This endorsement reflects his willingness to support Minnesota employers and employees in House District 32B and around the state.”

The Leadership Fund PAC Board uses specific criteria to determine its endorsements, including responses to
its candidate questionnaire, leadership on key business issues and voting records of incumbent candidates.

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fund PAC is a state-registered political action committee. The PAC represents supporters from across Minnesota organized to promote the election of pro-business, pro-jobs candidates to offices in Minnesota state government.