Endorsements

SEIU Minnesota State Council Endorses Keith Ellison for Attorney General

St. Paul ­– The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council announced Monday the endorsement of Keith Ellison for Attorney General ahead of the DFL primary on August 14th. Members from all three main Locals in Minnesota shared excitement in supporting Ellison’s campaign to become the “People’s Lawyer.”

Ellison_Homecare_15Leslie Kaup of Albert Lea, who is a SEIU Healthcare Minnesota member and has worked at Mayo Clinic Albert Lea for four years, spoke about why she is supporting Keith on August 14th.

“For years, Keith Ellison has been speaking up for people who have no voice. I’m confident that, as Minnesota Attorney General, he will be an advocate for all Minnesotans,” said Kaup. “As a resident of Albert Lea, where Mayo is stripping our community hospital of essential health services, I know we need an Attorney General who will hold companies and corporations accountable for their actions. We need to support candidates who support our families and our values. I’m looking forward to voting for Keith to be our Attorney General.”

Another SEIU member excited to support Ellison’s campaign was Amanda Reineck, a pre-K teacher from Buffalo and member of SEIU Local 284.

“SEIU Local 284 brings together Pre-k teachers, special-ed paras, custodians and more from the metro, the suburbs and rural Minnesota. The thing that binds us together is our desire to protect and expand public schools for our families and communities. When the member leaders of our Union talked about this race, the result was a unanimous decision: we want Keith Ellison to be our next Attorney General,” said Reineck. “Keith has proven over the years that he will always stand up for working people and public education. We are incredibly excited to have Keith take on this new challenge and see him work as the People’s Lawyer.”

Abdi Haybe, a security officer from Minneapolis and member of SEIU Local 26, also shared why he was so excited to support Keith Ellison for Attorney General.

“We need an Attorney General who will stand up for our families against those in power who may be breaking the rules.  For me that means working with students and families to address the student debt crisis so many of us are facing,” said Haybe, a first generation immigrant from Somalia. “I’m confident Keith will work with those of us impacted to make sure corporations aren’t unfairly making profit off the desire to improve our education.”

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:

  • Hospital, clinic, nursing home and in-home support workers with SEIU Healthcare Minnesota
  • Public school and early childhood workers, and university faculty with SEIU Local 284
  • Commercial and public building maintenance employees and security officers with SEIU Local 26
  • Hospitality, commercial laundry, manufacturing and distribution workers with Workers United

 

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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.

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SEIU Endorses Rep. Erin Murphy for Governor

St. Paul — The SEIU Minnesota State Council, which brings together over 50,000 working people across the state, announced today the endorsement of Rep. Erin Murphy for Governor of Minnesota. 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.

Murphy_rsShowcasing her strong support across the state from working people, SEIU members from both the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota highlighted why they will be working this summer and fall to elect Erin Murphy as the next Governor of Minnesota, and the first woman to hold the office in the 160 years Minnesota has been a state.

Barbara Andrew of Rochester, a Morrison food service worker at the Mayo Clinic:

“I am very proud today to see my union vote to support Erin to be our next governor. Over the last couple years she has stood with us, as healthcare workers in southeastern Minnesota, every step of the way in seeking respect and justice. I have seen her actions, not just her words. She stood beside us — the food-service workers Mayo Clinic outsourced last year — in our struggle for union rights and a fair contract after we were outsourced. Then when our fellow SEIU members were locked out by the Mayo Clinic for a week in Albert Lea — the first lockout of healthcare workers in the history of Minnesota, and it happened over Christmas — Erin showed up on the picket line in Albert Lea every single day. She didn’t just come by one day for the TV cameras like other politicians. Everyone who walked that picket line, sometimes in the bitter cold and during a time we would normally all be spending with our loved ones for the holidays, knew that Erin was really with us. She cares about the workers of Minnesota, because she is one of us.”

Dawn Burnfin, a home care worker from Chisholm in Northern Minnesota and elected member of the SEIU Healthcare Minnesota executive board:

“There are several different reasons I’m proud my union has voted to support Erin Murphy for governor. To start, Erin is a healthcare worker. She understands the joys and difficulties that all healthcare workers face. Also, before she became a state legislator, Erin was a union leader with the Minnesota Nurses Association, so she truly understands what it takes to build a strong union, and how important it is that we defend union rights in our state. And while lots of politicians show up to support our members when we’re in a big fight, Erin shows up again and again — whether the TV cameras are going to be there or not — and she follows through on her word. People in communities all over this state know that, from towns like mine on the Range to Albert Lea to Montevideo, and all across the state: she has spent time with us, in our own homes and communities, and she is going to be a strong candidate able to win support this November in every corner of the state.”

Angela Negash, production worker in Minneapolis and member leader of CMRJB Workers United Local 150:

“Erin is a person who not only cares about her patients, but for all people. She is a leader who we know cares about Minnesota families. We connected over stories about caring for our parents and the power of having a strong union to support our families. She told me that the love for her mother helps drive her to make sure everyone has the care they need. I know she will be a great Governor and I’m excited for her to be the first female Governor.”

Maxine Maxon of St. Paul, a Nursing Assistant at Fairview-Riverside hospital in Minneapolis and elected Vice President of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota:

“I support Erin because she is a true fighter. For civil rights, for healthcare, and for people in every part of the state of Minnesota. Erin knows and is committed to tackling the racial disparities that plague our state, in our schools and our communities. This fall we need a candidate for governor who can excite and inspire people to get out and vote, and that candidate is Erin Murphy. Finally, I am proud and excited about my union voting today to support Erin because after 160 years as a state, I think we are more than ready to have our first woman governor!”

In addition to SEIU members, community allies who have fought alongside SEIU in our work to create a state that works for all families, not just those at the top, shared why they are excited to help elect Rep. Murphy as the first woman Governor this November.

Nikki Villavicencio, a recipient of home care services from Maplewood and active leader for many years with her home care workers’ union:

“I support Erin Murphy to be Minnesota’s next Governor because she is a leader with integrity. Working with her at the Capitol on disability policies over the years, she has proven to be consistent and honest. Home care workers in our state — the people I rely on for support every day, who are chronically underpaid —  never would have had the legal right to form a union at all if it weren’t for the tireless work Erin did when she was the House Majority Leader, guiding her fellow legislators through all-night debates and votes that stretched over an entire week back in 2013. Along with dozens of home care workers and other people like me who receive home care services, I camped out in the House galleries that week, watching to make sure home care workers’ basic rights would be respected — that they would be Invisible No More. Erin made sure that they were.

“As a person who receives home care services, I know that Erin seeks out the experiences that people like me face every day and engages us as true partners when she’s making policy decisions,” continued Villavicencio. “I support Erin Murphy for Governor because she approaches issues like a mother, with care and compassion and also the experience and wisdom to lead this state forward!”

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 over 50,000 SEIU members 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 five SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota.

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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.

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SEIU Endorse Tina Smith, Angie Craig, Keith Ellison and Betty McCollum

St. Paul ­– The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council is proud to announce the first batch of endorsements for the 2018 elections. The Executive Board of the State Council voted to endorse Senator Tina Smith for the United States Senate, Angie Craig for the House of Representatives in the 2nd Congressional District, Representative Betty McCollum in the 4th Congressional District and Representative Keith Ellison in the 5th Congressional District. There will be more endorsements for federal, state and local elections throughout the spring.

Sen_Tina_Smith_SEIU“Tina Smith understands that for our state to be strong, working people need to have a seat at the table. When the security officers & janitors in my union were fighting for a fair contract in 2015, we fought hard to win decent wages that allow us to afford safe housing, healthcare that can support our families, and a voice to fight for what is right at a time when corporations and wealthy CEOs have more and more power,” said Haybe. “When we needed support, Tina Smith was there. We won important gains for our families, but we believe that every person in Minnesota should have the dignity and security that comes with good pay and quality, affordable healthcare. Tina Smith stood with us well before she was running for statewide office, so we know she means it when she says she will be a champion for working families as our Senator. Tina has proven time and again she wants to make Minnesota a state that works for all families, not just those at the top, and I am excited my union will be working to ensure she continues that work as our United States Senator.”

In announcing the endorsement of Angie Craig, home care worker and SEIU Healthcare Minnesota member Leilani Madden shared why she supports Craig and will be voting for Craig in November.

“As a home care worker and mother of a disabled and chronically ill daughter, I am so proud my union endorsed Angie Craig because I believe she not only understand us, she is one of us,” said Madden, who lives in Farmington with her family. “Angie and her family experienced first hand the financial suffering that comes along with medical complications. Raised by a single mother, at times, Angie went without health care coverage.  When her sister experienced a medical complication, Angie felt the weight of her mother’s distress as bills became unmanageable. These skills will help make her a great Congresswoman.”

“Angie understands how vital employee benefits are to home care workers, our families, and all Minnesotans for a safe and fulfilling career and life,” Madden continued. “Angie understands the link between high quality education and career training to increase stability. One of Angie’s fundamental values encourages fully funding Minnesota’s special education programs within the public school system. She wants all children to be given the same opportunities and be able to reach their full potential. I am excited to work with my union to make sure Angie Craig is the next Representative for CD2.”
The union also announced the endorsements of Rep. Betty McCollum in CD4 and Rep. Keith Ellison in CD5. Both are proven champions for working families and SEIU members in the Twin Cities look forward to re-electing Rep. McCollum and Rep. Ellison on Nov. 6th.

SEIU is Minnesota’s third largest and fastest-growing labor union, representing approximately 53,000 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:

  • Hospital, clinic, nursing home and in-home support workers with SEIU Healthcare Minnesota
  • Public school and early childhood workers, and university faculty with SEIU Local 284
  • Commercial and public building maintenance employees and security officers with SEIU Local 26
  • Hospitality, commercial laundry, manufacturing and distribution workers with Workers United

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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.

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Support SEIU-Endorsed Candidates in 2017 Elections!

 

For working families in Minnesota, it is more important than ever that we know which candidates will stand with us in our fight to make our state one that works for all of us, not just those at the top. Check below for candidates who have been endorsed by SEIU members and make sure to vote on November 7th! Where and how you can vote can be found HERE.

Minneapolis 

Mayor – Mayor Betsy Hodges

Ward 1 – Council Member Kevin Reich

Ward 2 – Council Member Cam Gordon

Ward 3- Steve Fletcher

Ward 5- Jeremiah Ellison

Ward 6- Council Member Abdi Warsame

Ward 8- Andrea Jenkins (SEIU Local 284 member)

Ward 9- Council Member Alondra Cano

Ward 10 – Council Member Lisa Bender

Ward 11- Council Member John Quincy

Ward 12 – Council Member Andrew Johnson

Ward 13 – Council Member Linea Palmisano

Park Board District 2 – Kale Severson (SEIU Healthcare MN member)

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Bloomington

– Michael Poke (SEIU Local 284 Member)

– Dawn Steigauf (SEIU Healtchare Minnesota member)

– Jane Stoa

– John Moravec

– YES! on the Levy

Buffalo

– Amanda Reineck (SEIU Local 284 member)

– Bob Sansevere

White Bear Lake

– Deborah Beloyed

– Kim Chapman

– Jessica Ellison

– Don Mullin

– YES! on the Levy

District 196

– Craig Angrimson

– Art Coulson

– Mike Roseen

Anoka Hennepin

– Bill Harvey

– Anna Dirkswager

– Jeff Simon

– YES! on the Levy

Mounds View

– Jennifer Daniels

– Diane Glasheen

– YES! on the Levy

 

Prepared by the SEIU Minn State Council Political Fund, 2233 University Ave W, #422, St. Paul, MN 55114, as an independent expenditure, and is not approved by any candidate nor is any candidate responsible for its content.

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SEIU Endorse Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges for Re-Election

In endorsing her campaign for second term, union members cite strong support for working families and defense of immigrant communities

Minneapolis — The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council is proud to announce the endorsement of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges for re-election. The endorsement came after a Mayoral screening earlier this month that saw members vote overwhelmingly to endorse Hodges in her campaign for a second term. SEIU members highlighted her leadership in improving labor standards for working families in Minneapolis, starting with her 2015 State of the City, where she began the conversation to set Minneapolis and the Metro on the path to address the economic and racial inequalities that are plaguing our city. (more…)

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SEIU Announce Endorsement of Kevin Reich in Ward 1, Becoming 7th SEIU-Endorsed Council Member Supporting $15 with No Tip Penalty

SEIU now have endorsed a majority of current Council members running for re-election based on their strong support of $15 with no tip penalty

Minneapolis — The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council, who bring together nearly 8,000 people represented by SEIU who live or work in Minneapolis, announced today an endorsement of Council Member Kevin Reich for Minneapolis City Council Ward 1. This follows endorsements in Wards 3, 6, 12, 2, 5, 8, 9, 11 and Ward 10.

As with previous endorsements, strong support for a $15 minimum wage with One Fair Wage (no tip penalty) was a deciding factor in the endorsement. Council Member Reich represents the 7th Council Member SEIU has endorsed who support the plan, meaning a majority of the Council publicly support the plan when asked by SEIU members.

SEIU is part of a coalition pushing for a $15 minimum wage by 2022, with no tip penalty or carveouts, to be passed this summer.

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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 53,000 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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SEIU Announces Third Wave of Minneapolis City Council Endorsements

Highlight candidates support of $15 Minimum Wage with No Tip Penalty amidst growing consensus on issue

Minneapolis — The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council, who bring together nearly 8,000 people represented by SEIU who live or work in Minneapolis, are proud to announce the third wave of endorsements for Minneapolis City Council. This follows their earlier endorsements in Wards 2, 5, 8, 9, 11 and Ward 10.

SEIU mn LogoAs with previous endorsements, strong support for a $15 minimum wage with One Fair Wage (no tip penalty) was a deciding factor in the endorsement as it shows whether candidates will stand up for working families in Minneapolis.

The Executive Board of the SEIU Minnesota State Council endorsed in the following races:

  • Steve Fletcher in Ward 3
  • Council Member Abdi Warsame in Ward 6
  • Council Member Andrew Johnson in Ward 12

SEIU Minnesota State Council President Jamie Gulley released the following statement about the latest round of endorsements, highlighting the wave of momentum for $15 and One Fair Wage.

“In screening potential candidates, SEIU members, like a majority of Minneapolis residents, have made abundantly clear their desire to see the minimum wage increased to $15 with no one left behind by carveouts like the tip penalty. Minneapolis winning this important fight would be a powerful step towards addressing the low wages facing too many working people, especially women and people of color.

“As we announce these endorsements, recent events like SEIU-endorsed Jeremiah Ellison winning the Ward 5 DFL endorsement are highlighting the new reality for Minneapolis candidates. It is clear that those who don’t strongly and publicly support this commonsense plan to address the racial and economic disparities in our city will struggle to find support from Minneapolis voters. Our families are tired of corporations and the wealthy getting everything they want from self-interested politicians, and people are standing up and fighting back. If elected officials aren’t ready to address what is needed in this moment, they should know that voters will find someone who will.”

SEIU is turning out members to Ward Conventions across Minneapolis to support SEIU-endorsed candidates and to push for the Council and Mayor to pass a $15 minimum wage ordinance with no tip penalty this summer. More endorsements in Minneapolis will be released this spring.

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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 53,000 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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SEIU Announces Second Wave of Minneapolis City Council Endorsements Ahead of Precinct Caucuses

Minneapolis — The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council, who bring together nearly 8,000 people represented by SEIU who live or work in Minneapolis, are proud to announce the second wave of endorsements for Minneapolis City Council. Following their endorsement of Council Member Lisa Bender, five additional endorsements were announced today just ahead of the Minneapolis DFL precinct caucuses on April 4th.

SEIU mn Logo“In the age of Trump, working families in Minneapolis need progressive champions who will be fighters for positive, progressive change and will stand up to attacks on our families if and when they come. We are proud to roll out our second round of endorsements for the Minneapolis City Council for five outstanding candidates. We look forward to working hard to elect these champions so we can work together to address the harmful income and racial disparities in the city and make Minneapolis a city that works for all families, not just the rich and well-connected,” said Jamie Gulley, President of SEIU Minnesota State Council.

The Executive Board of the SEIU Minnesota State Council endorsed in the following races:

  • Council Member Cam Gordon in Ward 2
  • Jeremiah Ellison in Ward 5
  • Andrea Jenkins in Ward 8
  • Council Member Alondra Cano in Ward 9
  • Council Member John Quincy in Ward 11

SEIU is turning out members to precinct caucuses across Minneapolis on April 4th to support endorsed candidates and to push for the Council and Mayor to pass a $15 minimum wage ordinance with no tip penalty this summer. More endorsements in Minneapolis will be released this spring.

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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 53,000 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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SEIU Endorses Council Member Lisa Bender

Minneapolis — The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council announced today the endorsement of Lisa Bender, who currently is serving her first term as Council Member for Ward 10 in Minneapolis.

LisaBenderWard 10 voter Kevin Chavis, who is a security officer in Minneapolis, member of SEIU Local 26, and an elected delegate to the State Council, shared why SEIU decided to offer an early endorsement to Bender.

“We are proud to offer a early endorsement to Council Member Lisa Bender because she has proven to be a true champion for working families in our Ward. She fought tirelessly for and helped unanimously pass earned sick and safe time for tens of thousands of families in Minneapolis, held the first “Workers’ Day” in Minneapolis that offered working people the chance to have their voices heard at City Hall, and she is a strong advocate for $15 minimum wage with no tip penalty, something we know will be a huge step to addressing the racial and economic disparities that plague our city. Lisa works tirelessly to build coalitions and find solutions to the issues facing our city. I am excited SEIU will be supporting her for a second term on the Minneapolis City Council and look forward to continuing to have such a strong champion as my City Council Member.”

More endorsements in Minneapolis will be released later this spring.

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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 53,000 SEIU members 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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SEIU Minnesota State Council 2016 Endorsements

Fritz_door_knock_20161008_rsSt. Paul ­– The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council have formally announced their current 2016 legislative endorsements. During the member-driven screening process, candidates were asked about their stances on issues facing working families across Minnesota. Members looked to support candidates who share our values and priorities, which would mean fighting to ensure Minnesota works for all residents, not just the wealthy and well-connected. SEIU will work throughout the summer and fall to elect our endorsed candidates to local, state and federal offices so we can have a state and country where all residents have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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