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2021 Endorsements

Posted on April 12, 2021 by SEIU Minnesota State Council

SEIU members are ready to continue the work to build communities where every resident & worker – no matter our race, zip code or wealth – can be safe, happy & healthy.

SEIU members are proud to endorse:

Minneapolis Mayor: Jacob Frey

we're with Mayor Jacob Frey for re-election!

Saint Paul Mayor: Melvin Carter

we're with Mayor Melvin Carter for re-election!

Minneapolis Ward 1: Elliott Payne

we're with Local 284 member Elliot Payne for Minneapolis City Council Ward 1

Minneapolis Ward 2: Council Member Cam Gordon

we're with Cam Gordon for re-election! Minneapolis City Council - Ward 2. Incumbent champion

Minneapolis Ward 3: Council Member Steve Fletcher

we're with Steve Fletcher for re-election! Minneapolis City Council - Ward 3 incumbent champion

Minneapolis Ward 4: Council Member Phillipe Cunningham

we're with Phillipe Cunningham for re-election! Minneapolis City Council - Ward 4 Incumbent Champion

Minneapolis Ward 5: Council Member Jeremiah Ellison

we're with Jeremiah Ellison for re-election! Minneapolis City Council - Ward 5 Incumbent Champion

Minneapolis Ward 7: Council Member Lisa Goodman

we're with Lisa Goodman for re-election! Minneapolis City Council - Ward 7 Incumbent Champion

Minneapolis Ward 8: Council Member Andrea Jenkins

We're with Local 284 member Andrea Jenkins for re-election! Minneapolis City Council - Ward 8 Incumbent Champion

Minneapolis Ward 9: Jason Chavez

we're with Jason Chavez for Minneapolis City Council Ward 9

Minneapolis Ward 10: Aisha Chughtai

we're with Aisha Chughtai for Minneapolis City Council Ward 10!

Minneapolis Ward 11: Council Member Jeremy Schroeder

We're with Jeremy Schroeder for re-election! Minneapolis City Council - Ward 11 Incumbent Champion

Minneapolis Ward 12: Council Member Andrew Johnson

We're with Andrew Johnson for re-election! Minneapolis City Council - Ward 12 Incumbent Champion

Minneapolis Ward 13: Council Member Linea Palmisano

We're with Linea Palmisano for re-election! Minneapolis City Council - Ward 13 Incumbent Champion

Minneapolis Park Board At-Large: Londel French

We're with Londel French for re-election! Minneapolis Park Board At-Large Incumbent Champion

Bloomington City Council: Nathan Coulter

We're with Nathan Coulter for re-election! Bloomington City Council Incumbent Champion


SEIU Endorses Melvin Carter for Reelection as Mayor of St. Paul

Posted on February 5, 2021 by SEIU Minnesota State Council

In endorsing his campaign for second term, union members cite strong support for working families and commitment to fighting for underrepresented communities

SAINT PAUL — The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council is proud to announce the endorsement of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter for re-election. In voting to endorse Mayor Carter, the SEIU Minnesota State Council Executive Board highlighted his leadership in the ongoing work to improve labor standards for working families in St. Paul by passing $15 and Earned Sick and Safe Time, in addition to his work addressing the racial and economic inequalities

“Mayor Carter has impressed me by his work looking out for the little guy, whether that is passing $15 or helping to support rebuilding small community stores. He has shown that he is willing to fight for the people and neighborhoods who don’t always have money or resources to get ahead,” said James Matias, a security officer member of SEIU Local 26 who works in St. Paul. “I appreciate his focus on people and places that too often are left behind. He has helped all of St. Paul, but he really looked out for the people who too often are overlooked. He’s a good person who has been around and been involved as long as I remember and I’m excited to re-elect him as mayor of St. Paul so he can continue his work making St. Paul a better place for all of us.”

“I see Mayor Carter out in the community and know he is passionate about making St. Paul a great place to live. You can tell he knows and cares about the people of St. Paul,” said Nazra Ahmed, a home care worker of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota who lives in St. Paul. “I look forward to seeing him reelected so we can continue to work together to address the homeless crisis, make sure working people are treated fairly and fight so every person feels safe and welcome in our city.”

“With everything that has happened over the last four years, it has been great having a leader like Melvin Carter as Mayor of St. Paul. Mayor Carter has fought for workers and at every step he has worked to bring people from different backgrounds to the table to find solutions. We have a lot of work to do going forward with COVID and our lingering racial and social inequalities, and we know Mayor Carter is the best person for the job,” said Kelly Gibbons, Executive Director of SEIU Local 284. “I’m excited our Union has endorsed Mayor Carter for another term and am ready to do the work to make sure he has another four years to continue his work.”

SEIU represents over 7,500 workers who live or work in St. Paul.

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SEIU is the workers who provide care and support for your family in public schools, hospitals, higher education, nursing homes, schools, in your homes and the Twin Cities’ largest public and private buildings. The SEIU Minnesota State Council coordinates the electoral, legislative and outreach work of the SEIU Locals in Minnesota to increase the effectiveness of their collective bargaining and new member organizing campaigns. By building the political involvement of the approximately 60,000 workers SEIU represents throughout the state, the State Council is working to improve the lives of all Minnesotans. The State Council’s board is comprised of elected leaders, members, and staff of the four SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota.


SEIU 2020 Endorsements

Posted on February 27, 2020 by SEIU MN State Council

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No matter what part of the state we live in, the color of our skin or the religion we practice, Minnesota families want pretty similar things: good jobs to provide for our loved one, decent healthcare that we can afford, quality public schools that let our kids reach their full potential, safe communities. But certain politicians and corporate lobbyists intentionally divide us so they can distract us while they work towards their real goal: increasing corporate profits and CEO Pay. Their actions hurt everyone by holding down wages and benefits, taking away shared resources by handing huge tax breaks to the very wealthy and big corporations, and cutting the funds needed for shared resources like public schools. Then they turn around and point the finger for our hard times at poor families, black people and new immigrants. We can do better!

Our families need solutions, not division. This is why need to vote Nov. 3 for candidates who stand with working families!

Check below for candidates who have been endorsed by SEIU members and make sure to vote on (or before) November 3rd!

This is an independent expenditure prepared and paid for by SEIU Minn State Council Political Fund, 2233 University Ave W, #422, St. Paul MN, 55114 and United We Can, seiu.org. It is not authorized by, coordinated with or approved by any candidate nor is any candidate responsible for it.


SEIU 2019 Endorsements

Posted on October 10, 2019 by SEIU Minnesota State Council. No matter what part of the state we live in, the color of our skin or the religion we practice, Minnesota families want pretty similar things: good jobs to provide for our loved ones, decent healthcare that we can afford, quality public schools that let our kids reach their full potential, safe communities. But certain politicians and corporate lobbyists intentionally divide us so they can distract us while they work towards their real goal: increasing corporate profits and CEO pay. Their actions hurt everyone by holding down wages and benefits, taking away shared resources by handing huge tax breaks to the very wealthy and big corporations, and cutting the funds needed for shared resources like public schools. Then they turn around and point the finger for our hard times at poor families, black people and new immigrants. We can do better!

Our families need solutions, not division. This is why need to vote Tuesday, November 5th for candidates who stand with working families!

Check if you are registered and register if you are not: seiu.mn/register

Request a early voting ballot: seiu.mn/RequestBallot

Check below for candidates who have been endorsed by SEIU members and make sure to vote on (or before) November 5th!

Prepared and paid for by the SEIU Minn State Council Political Fund, 2233 University Ave W, #422, St. Paul MN, 55114, and SEIU COPE, www.seiu.org, as an independent expenditure, and is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee, nor is any candidate responsible for its content.


SEIU Minnesota 2018 Endorsements

Posted on September 6, 2018 by SEIU Minnesota State Council. No matter what part of the state we live in, the color of our skin or the religion we practice, Minnesota families want pretty similar things: good jobs to provide for our loved one, decent healthcare that we can afford, quality public schools that let our kids reach their full potential, safe communities. But certain politicians and corporate lobbyists intentionally divide us so they can distract us while they work towards their real goal: increasing corporate profits and CEO Pay. Their actions hurt everyone by holding down wages and benefits, taking away shared resources by handing huge tax breaks to the very wealthy and big corporations, and cutting the funds needed for shared resources like public schools. Then they turn around and point the finger for our hard times at poor families, black people and new immigrants. We can do better!

Our families need solutions, not division. This is why need to vote Nov. 6 for candidates who stand with working families!

Check if you are registered and register if you are not: seiu.mn/register

Request a early voting ballot: seiu.mn/RequestBallot

Check below for candidates who have been endorsed by SEIU members and make sure to vote on (or before) November 6th!

OfficeCandidate
Maplewood City CouncilNikki Villavicencio
US Senate (Special Election)Tina Smith
GovernorTim Walz and Peggy Flanagan
Attorney GeneralKeith Ellison
Secretary of StateSteve Simon
State AuditorJulie Blaha
US House Dist 1Dan Feehan
US House Dist 2Angie Craig
US House Dist 3Dean Phillips
US House Dist 4Betty McCollum
US House Dist 5Ilhan Omar
US House Dist 8Joe Radinovich
State House Dist 01AStephen Moeller
State House Dist 02AMichael Northbird
State House Dist 02BKaren Branden
State House Dist 03ARob Ecklund
State House Dist 03BMary Murphy
State House Dist 04ABen Lien
State House Dist 05AJohn Persell
State House Dist 05BPat Medure
State House Dist 06AJulie Sandstede
State House Dist 07AJennifer Schultz
State House Dist 07BLiz Olson
State House Dist 08BGail Kulp
State House Dist 09AAlex Hering
State House Dist 10ADale Menk
State House Dist 11AMike Sundin
State House Dist 13BHeidi Everett
State House Dist 15AEmy Minzel
State House Dist 15BKarla Scapanski
State House Dist 16BMindy Kimmel
State House Dist 17ALyle Koenen
State House Dist 17BAnita Flowe
State House Dist 18AJustin Vold
State House Dist 18BAshley Latzke
State House Dist 19AJeff Brand
State House Dist 19BJack Considine
State House Dist 20ABarbara Dröher Kline
State House Dist 20BTodd Lippert
State House Dist 21ALori Ann Clark
State House Dist 21BJonathan Isenor
State House Dist 22BRod Hamilton
State House Dist 23AHeather Klassen
State House Dist 23BJim Grabowska
State House Dist 24AJoe Heegard
State House Dist 24BYvette Marthaler
State House Dist 25AJamie Mahlberg
State House Dist 26ATina Liebling
State House Dist 26BTyrel Clark
State House Dist 27ATerry Gjersvik
State House Dist 28BGreg Davids
State House Dist 29ARenée Cardarelle
State House Dist 30ASarah Hamlin
State House Dist 30BMargaret Fernandez
State House Dist 32ARenae Berg
State House Dist 34ADaniel Solon
State House Dist 34BKristin Bahner
State House Dist 35ABill Vikander
State House Dist 35BKathryn Eckhardt
State House Dist 36AZach Stephenson
State House Dist 36BMelissa Hortman
State House Dist 37AErin Koegel
State House Dist 37BAmir Malik
State House Dist 38AKevin Fogarty
State House Dist 38BAmi Wazlawik
State House Dist 39AAnn Mozey
State House Dist 39BShelly Christensen
State House Dist 40AMichael Nelson
State House Dist 41AConnie Bernardy
State House Dist 41BMary Kunesh-Podein
State House Dist 42AKelly Moller
State House Dist 42BJamie Becker-Finn
State House Dist 43APeter Fischer
State House Dist 43BLeon Lillie
State House Dist 44AGinny Klevorn
State House Dist 44BPatty Acomb
State House Dist 45ALyndon Carlson
State House Dist 45BMike Freiberg
State House Dist 46ARyan Winkler
State House Dist 46BCheryl Youakim
State House Dist 48ALaurie Pryor
State House Dist 49AHeather Edelson
State House Dist 49BSteve Elkins
State House Dist 50AMike Howard
State House Dist 50BAndrew Carlson
State House Dist 51ASandra Masin
State House Dist 51BLaurie Halverson
State House Dist 52ARick Hansen
State House Dist 53ATou Xiong
State House Dist 54AAnne Claflin
State House Dist 54BTina Folch
State House Dist 55ABrad Tabke
State House Dist 56AHunter Cantrell
State House Dist 56BAlice Mann
State House Dist 57ARobert Bierman
State House Dist 57BJohn Huot
State House Dist 58BMarla Vagts
State House Dist 59AFue Lee
State House Dist 59BRaymond Dehn
State House Dist 60ADiane Loeffler
State House Dist 61AFrank Hornstein
State House Dist 61BJamie Long
State House Dist 63AJim Davnie
State House Dist 63BJean Wagenius
State House Dist 64AKaohly Her
State House Dist 64BDavid Pinto
State House Dist 65ARena Moran
State House Dist 65BCarlos Mariani
State House Dist 66AAlice Hausman
State House Dist 67ATimothy Mahoney
State House Dist 67BJay Xiong
Hennepin County SheriffDave Hutch
Minneapolis School Board At-LargeKimberly Caprini
Minneapolis School Board At-LargeJosh Pauly
Minneapolis School Board District 1Jenny Arneson
Minneapolis School Board District 3Siad Ali
Minneapolis School Board District 5Nelson Inz
Richfield MayorMaria Regan Gonzalez
Maplewood MayorNora Slawik
North St Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School BoardMichelle Yener
North St Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School BoardCaleb Anderson
North St Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School BoardBen Jarman
Osseo School BoardSizi Goyah
Cambridge-Isanti School BoardLarry Hosch
Lakeville Area School BoardZach Duckworth
Lakeville Area School BoardKathy Lewis
Lakeville Area School BoardDavid Anderson
Rochester School Board Seat 2Melissa Amundsen
Rochester School Board Seat 4Julie Workman
Rochester School Board Seat 6Cathy Nathan
St Cloud Area School BoardPeter Hamerlinck
St Cloud Area School BoardPeter Hamerlinck
St. Francis School BoardMarsha Van Denburgh
Olmsted County AttorneyGeoff Hjerleid
Rochester MayorKim Norton
Rochester Council Ward 1Patrick Keane
Rochester Council Ward 3Nick Campion
Rochester Council Ward 5Shuan Palmer

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Prepared and paid for by the SEIU Minn State Council Political Fund, 2233 University Ave W, #422, St. Paul MN, 55114, and SEIU COPE, www.seiu.org, as an independent expenditure, and is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee, nor is any candidate responsible for its content.


SEIU Minnesota State Council Endorses Tim Walz for Governor & Peggy Flanagan for Lt. Governor

Posted on August 17, 2018 by SEIU Minnesota State Council

SAINT PAUL — The SEIU Minnesota State Council, which brings together over 50,000 working people across the state, announced today the endorsement of Congressman Tim Walz for governor and State Representative Peggy Flanagan for lieutenant governor. SEIU members are on the front lines of the fight for good union jobs, quality affordable healthcare, fully-funded public schools and communities that are safe and welcoming for all families. Members from all three of the largest SEIU locals in Minnesota shared their excitement in supporting the Walz/Flanagan ticket.Congrats_Tim_Peggy_rs

LaDonna Meinecke, a clinical social worker who is a member of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, shared why she is excited to support Walz/Flanagan this fall.
“In the 10 years I have known Tim Walz, I have been impressed with how he speaks truth to power on behalf of working families in Congress. I look forward to him continuing this practice in St. Paul,” said Meinecke. “Our state needs a governor who will stand up to Republicans like Jeff Johnson who will try to use fear-mongering gimmicks to make us afraid of people who look different than us or live in a different part of the state. Such divisiveness does not reflect Minnesota values and it does not move us forward in finding solutions to real problems. I unequivocally support Tim Walz to be the next governor of Minnesota. He will work tirelessly to unify Minnesotans in our efforts to improve the well being of all families in our state by focusing on the things that really matter: good jobs, affordable healthcare, quality public schools, and safe, livable communities.”

Val Rolstad, a special education school worker and member of SEIU Local 284, spoke about why she was excited for the team of Walz and Flanagan to continue Governor Mark Dayton’s legacy.

“I know that Tim and Peggy are going to be a dynamic team in the governor’s office. Having Peggy Flanagan as lieutenant governor alongside Tim means that the governor’s office will always be a place that listens to and fights for all families in our state, not just those at the top,” said Rolstad. “There are so many critical issues at stake in this election, including the need to invest in our public schools, and Tim and Peggy are clearly the best choice to fight alongside working families in Minnesota. I’m excited to spend this fall talking to my friends and neighbors about this critical election and why the Walz/Flanagan ticket are who we need to keep our state moving forward.”

Candy Wright, a security officer and member of SEIU Local 26, joined fellow SEIU members in showing excitement over SEIU’s endorsement of Walz and Flanagan.

“I am so excited my union is supporting Tim and Peggy in this year’s election. Minnesotans deserve leaders who are going to fight for the things that matter to our families like good union jobs, healthcare we can afford and schools that help our students thrive. Tim and Peggy are the clear choice to keep our state moving forward,” said Wright. “Despite our differences, Minnesotans are united in our belief that all families, no matter the color of our skin or where we live, should be able to live safe, healthy and happy lives. I’ll be working hard to elect Tim and Peggy this fall because I know they share our values and are the best choice to make our state a place that works for every family in Minnesota, not just the rich and powerful.”

SEIU is Minnesota’s third largest and fastest-growing labor union, representing over 50,000 workers statewide who provide care and support for your family in your homes, hospitals, public schools, nursing homes, hotels, universities and the Twin Cities’ largest public and private buildings, and who make and distribute products used by Minnesotans every day.  SEIU members are employed in a variety of occupations, including:

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The SEIU Minnesota State Council coordinates the electoral, legislative and outreach work of the SEIU Locals in Minnesota to increase the effectiveness of their efforts to organize unorganized workers in critical sectors of our economy, improve wages, hours and working conditions, and build political and legislative power for all workers and their families.  The State Council’s board is comprised of elected leaders, SEIU members and staff of the various SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota, and that board, with the active participation and input of our broader membership, determines our endorsements.