Minnesota Gubernatorial Candidates Answer Questions about Cancer Policy in ACS CAN Voter Guide

October 5, 2018

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) released a voter guide that details where the two major candidates running to be Minnesota’s next governor stand on three important policy issues that affect cancer prevention and treatment.

“It’s important to learn where the candidates stand on cancer issues before we use our power as voters,” said Ellie Beaver, ACS CAN Minnesota government relations director. “The decisions they make in office will affect generations of Minnesotans and how they experience cancer. We are grateful that both Jeff Johnson and Tim Walz answered our questions so our voter guide can be truly nonpartisan.”

ACS CAN asked both candidates to respond to the following questions:

  • Will you support dedicating more state funding for effective tobacco prevention and cessation programs in Minnesota?
  • Would you support legislation to raise the age of sale for all tobacco products in Minnesota to 21?
  • Do you support a sustainable, long-term funding source for the Health Care Access Fund, whether that would be extending the provider tax or replacing it with a new funding source?

Their responses are listed in full at

Cancer Votes is the nation’s leading election program educating the public and candidates about the actions lawmakers should take to make fighting cancer a national priority. The purpose of Cancer Votes is to raise the public profile of cancer issues by educating the public about candidates’ positions on important policy issues that are part of ACS CAN’s fight against cancer. ACS CAN does not advocate for or against the election of particular candidates or otherwise attempt to influence the outcome of any elections.