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

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.

We're with MELVIIN!“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.


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.

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