Meet  Don


Don Slaten is running for State Representative, District 54B, which includes Afton, part of Cottage Grove, Denmark Township, Hastings, and Nininger.

Don is a Hastings resident and youth coach with a 30-year career at the Eagan Seneca Plant where he was the Lead Machinist working closely ith other trade groups, operations personnel, and management, to ensure the smooth performance of plant equipment in order to meet exacting clean water standards for the citizens of Minnesota. He continues to hold membership in Machinist’s Local 459. 

Don has been involved in DFL politics since Paul Wellstone first ran for office in Minnesota. Don is current vice-chair of the 2nd Congressional District in MN and past chairman for eight years of old Senate District 57 which is now Senate District 54.

“I have a proven history of drawing people together to accomplish good for everybody, not just one side or the other. I am committed to anything that needs to be worked on.”

Prior to 2006,  Don was a 26 year resident of Denmark Township where he served on the Denmark Town Planning Commission and the DenmarkTown Board. He also served six years on the Washington County Planning Commission and for the past five years he has been a member of the Hastings Planning Commission. With a well-rounded background in civic issues, Don has worked hand in hand with groups like the Hastings Environmental Protectors.

Don is a Vietnam Navy Veteran who served on a nuclear powered submarine called the USS Barb SSN596. He has been the Post Adjutant for VFW Post 9060, for 12 years. He is also a member of the Southwest DFL Senior Caucus, a group that meets monthly to discuss senior issues that include healthcare, transportation and housing. He is committed to Opportunity, Equality, Environment, Fair Wages and Education for all Minnesotans.

Don’s commitment is informed and driven by his deep values and care for the community where he has long lived.