Endorsements

Congratulations Mayor-Elect Betsy Hodges

SEIU members are sending their congratulations to Council member Betsy Hodges after her exciting win in the Minneapolis Mayoral race. SEIU members endorsed Hodges early in the race, providing thousands of hours of volunteer time on the phones and at the doors. Read more about SEIU’s role in the Mayoral race from MinnPost here. (more…)

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Vote for SEIU-endorsed Betsy Hodges on Tuesday, November 5th

SEIU Members Support Betsy Hodges

SEIU members are encouraging Minneapolis voters to make Betsy Hodges their first choice for Mayor of Minneapolis on Tuesday, November 5th. (more…)

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SEIU Minnesota State Council Announces Endorsements for St. Paul Mayor, City Council, School Board

St. Paul, Minn. – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council is excited to announce its endorsements for a number of races in St. Paul, including mayor, city council and school board. Following a member-driven screening process, SEIU has endorsed a number of candidates with long histories of advocating for the rights of working families, who will continue to pursue equality for all St. Paul families through both social and economic justice. (more…)

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SEIU Minnesota State Council Announces Endorsements for Minneapolis City Council

Minneapolis, Minn. – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council is excited to announce its endorsements for a number of Minneapolis City Council races. Following a member-driven screening process, SEIU has endorsed a number of candidates who have proven themselves as champions of working families, who will advocate tirelessly for justice and equality to move all of Minneapolis forward.

The following is the list of endorsements to date:

SEIU members were actively involved in the screening process, particularly in wards with a competitive race. The SEIU Minnesota State Council has made no endorsements in Wards 4, 5 or 7 to date.

Kevin Reich has been a very successful advocate in his first term representing constituents in Ward 1. With his leadership, Northeast Minneapolis continues to have a strong, safe community and a number of green initiatives, including three major bike boulevard projects currently underway. We look forward to his continued leadership and attention to the many details that make Northeast a great place to live,” said James Bialke, Chief of staff at SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and 35-year resident of Northeast Minneapolis.

Cam Gordon is a powerful voice for organized labor. For years, he has contributed to his community in Ward 2 as an educator, community organizer and performer. His record of bringing people together is exactly the type of coalition builder we need on the City Council to encourage innovation and cooperation,” said Carol Nieters, Executive Director of SEIU Local 284.

“Ward 3 is lucky to have Jacob Frey as an exceptional candidate this year. Jacob is well known by his constituents as someone who isn’t afraid to dive in and get involved. He has been actively engaged in a number of progressive causes and showed his leadership skills when he organized the Big Gay Race in support of Minnesotans United for All Families. Our members know that Jacob is the candidate who will advocate for working families, while holding big corporations accountable. He is a true ally in the fight to restore the middle class,” said Javier Morillo, President of SEIU Local 26.

Robert Lilligren has been delivering results for Ward 6 constituents for years. Robert has a long history of working closely with SEIU members to advocate for justice and equality by making room at the table for all communities. His history of being inclusive, open and fair makes him an ideal partner for working families. Robert knows our communities are stronger when they are more diverse. We are confident he will continue to reach out to everyone in Ward 6, while fighting each day to improve the lives of immigrant families who come here to make a new life,” said Sue Kreft, SEIU Local 284 member.

Elizabeth Glidden’s passion for grassroots activism and working with people of all backgrounds makes her an ideal leader for Ward 8. She led the efforts to stop unjust foreclosures in the city of Minneapolis and was part of the historic efforts to reform the Minneapolis pension system, which protected workers’ pensions and saved the taxpayers millions. As a true progressive, she continues to fight for environmental and social justice. Simply put, Elizabeth has always been there for us as a hands-on partner with working families to drive change in Minneapolis,” said Jamie Gulley, President of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and the SEIU Minnesota State Council.

Ty Moore may have been the most impressive candidate we screened. Ty has long been a partner of SEIU, through his work with Occupy Homes and in collaboration with Minnesotans for a Fair Economy. He has marched with us in subzero temperatures and stood on the picket line in support of low-wage workers. He clearly doesn’t just talk the talk; instead, Ty takes action whenever he encounters injustice. Ty is for real – he’s about the people. We are confident he is doing what he needs to do to win and would prove to be an effective collaborator on the City Council for Ward 9,” said Harrison Bullard, security officer and SEIU Local 26 member.

“We are proud to be the first labor union to endorse Lisa Bender in Ward 10. Lisa is the clear progressive in the race, and our members are beyond impressed with her energy, enthusiasm and hard work knocking doors and talking with voters. It’s clear that Lisa wants to build an inclusive ward that represents all of its residents, particularly those new constituents from minority communities. Lisa’s fresh perspective on the City Council is one the new face of Ward 10 needs. With Lisa as our partner, we are confident she’ll bring the whole community to the table,” said Abdirahman Muse, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota member and Ward 10 resident.

John Quincy has been a strong advocate for working families in Ward 11. He understands the need for affordable housing to help support strong families and safe communities. We look forward to his continued leadership on the City Council to make Minneapolis a city that works,” said Brian Elliott, Executive Director of the SEIU Minnesota State Council and Ward 11 resident.

Andrew Johnson has innovative ideas with a comprehensive plan to win. He has stood with our members on the frontlines to fight unjust foreclosures, and we look forward to standing with him as he leads Ward 12 through collaborative leadership,” said Jamie Gulley, President of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and the SEIU Minnesota State Council.

Linea Palmisano has been a leader for immigrant justice for years. She has been a strong partner of SEIU, working to break down barriers to education for hundreds of immigrant students. Linea’s experience as an active coalition builder will make her a strong voice on the City Council. She has long been involved in her community, and we look forward to her continued leadership,” said Javier Morillo, President of SEIU Local 26.

In May, the SEIU Minnesota State Council endorsed Betsy Hodges as its first choice for Minneapolis mayor.

Around 5,000 SEIU members live and work in Minneapolis, cleaning and protecting some of Minneapolis’s largest commercial and public buildings, and working in hospitals, clinics and public schools. With approximately 30,000 members statewide, SEIU is Minnesota’s fourth largest and fastest-growing labor union. Our members are employed in a variety of occupations at facilities throughout the state, including:

  • Hospital, clinic, and nursing home workers and in-home support (SEIU Healthcare MN)
  • Paraprofessionals in Public School and early childhood education systems (SEIU Local 284)
  • Commercial and public building maintenance employees, security officers and other employees (SEIU Local 26)
  • Minneapolis Public School maintenance employees (SEIU Local 63)

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SEIU is the workers who provide care and support for your family in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, 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 approximately 30,000 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 Minneapolis Mayoral Endorsement Photo Gallery

Betsy Hodges has vision to make Minneapolis even greater

Minneapolis, MN – On Thursday, May 23rd at a small gathering near Saint Anthony Falls overlooking downtown Minneapolis, members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced their endorsement of Betsy Hodges for first choice for Minneapolis mayor. More…

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SEIU Endorses Betsy Hodges for Minneapolis Mayor

Betsy Hodges has vision to make Minneapolis even greater

Minneapolis, MN – Today at a small gathering near Saint Anthony Falls overlooking downtown Minneapolis, members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced their endorsement of Betsy Hodges for first choice for Minneapolis mayor. (more…)

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Service Employees International Union to Announce Minneapolis Mayoral Endorsement

Minneapolis, MN – On Thursday, May 23 at 2:00 p.m., members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will gather at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park overlooking the Stone Arch Bridge to announce their first choice endorsement for the Minneapolis Mayoral race. (more…)

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SEIU 2012 Endorsed Candidates

There’s a saying in our labor movement that the most important contract negotiation is the next one.  Every few years, we have the opportunity to protect hard won achievements and make important improvements in our working conditions.

This year’s election on November 6 will be the same, not just for us, but for the whole country.  The November elections are our chance to protect the hard won achievements that our parents and grandparents made and to make important improvements in the lives of middle class Minnesotans.  For that, we need leaders.SEIU has endorsed the following candidates in the 2012 election.

These candidates have proven to SEIU’s members they are committed to making Minnesota and the United States a better place for working families.

Find out what district you live in and the candidates on your ballot at the MN Secretary of States Pollfinder website.

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Mike Obermueller 2
Brian Barnes 3
Betty Mccollum 4
Keith Ellison 5
Jim Graves 6
Rick Nolan 8
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Leroy Stumpf 1
Rod Skoe 2
Tom Bakk 3
Tom Saxhaug 5
David J. Tomassoni 6
Roger J. Reinert 7
Al Doty 9
Taylor Stevenson 10
Tony Lourey 11
John Schultz 12
Jerry Mccarter 14
Ted L. Suss 16
Lyle Koenen 17
Kevin Dahle 20
Matt Schmit 21
Vicki Jensen 24
Ken Moen 26
Dan Sparks 27
Mike Starr 31
Jeske Noordergraaf 32
Sharon Bahensky 34
John Hoffman 36
Alice Johnson 37
Timothy Henderson 38
Julie Bunn 39
Chris Eaton 40
Barb Goodwin 41
Bev Scalze 42
Chuck Wiger 43
Ann H. Rest 45
Ron Latz 46
James F. Weygand 47
Laurie Mckendry 48
Melisa Franzen 49
Melissa Halvorson Wiklund 50
Jim Carlson 51
James Metzen 52
Katie Sieben 54
Greg Clausen 57
Andrew Brobston 58
Bobby Joe Champion 59
Kari Dziedzic 60
Scott Dibble 61
Jeff Hayden 62
Patricia Torres Ray 63
Dick Cohen 64
Sandy Pappas 65
John Marty 66
Foung Hawj 67
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Bruce Patterson 01A
Roger A Erickson 02A
David Dill 03A
Mary Murphy 03B
Paul Marquart 04B
Tom Anzelc 05B
Carly Melin 06A
Erik Simonson 07B
Adrian Welle 09B
John Ward 10A
Joe Radinovich 10B
Tim Faust 11B
Richard Bohannon 13A
Shannon Schroeder 13B
Anne Nolan 14A
Zach Dorholt 14B
Joe Walsh 15A
Brian Johnson 15B
Al Kruse 16A
Andrew Falk 17A
Mary Sawatzky 17B
Nancy Larson 18A
Logan Campa 18B
Terry Morrow 19A
Kathy Brynaert 19B
David Bly 20B
Kevin Labenz 23A
Craig A Brenden 24A
Patti Fritz 24B
Tina Liebling 26A
Shannon Savick 27A
Jeanne Poppe 27B
Susann Dye 29A
Ryan Fiereck 31A
Paul Gammel 32A
Rick Olseen 32B
David B. Hoden 34B
Jim Abeler 35A
Sam Scott 35B
Grace Baltich 36A
Melissa Hortman 36B
Jerry Newton 37A
Greg M. Pariseau 38B
Tom Degree 39B
Michael Nelson 40A
Debra Hilstrom 40B
Connie Bernardy 41A
Carolyn Laine 41B
Barb Yarusso 42A
Jason “Ike” Isaacson 42B
Peter Fischer 43A
Audrey Britton 44A
John H. Benson 44B
Lyndon R. Carlson 45A
Ryan Winkler 46A
Steve Simon 46B
Yvonne Selcer 48A
Ron Erhardt 49A
Paul Rosenthal 49B
Linda Slocum 50A
Ann Lenczewski 50B
Sandra Masin 51A
Laurie Halverson 51B
Rick Hansen 52A
Joe Atkins 52B
Joann Ward 53A
Dan Schoen 54A
Denny Mcnamara 54B
Chuck Berg 55A
Will Morgan 56B
Roberta Gibbons 57A
Jeff Wilfahrt 57B
Jim Arlt 58B
Joe Mullery 59A
Raymond Dehn 59B
Diane Loeffler 60A
Phyllis Kahn 60B
Frank Hornstein 61A
Paul Thissen 61B
Karen Clark 62A
Susan Allen 62B
Jim Davnie 63A
Jean Wagenius 63B
Erin Murphy 64A
Michael Paymar 64B
Rena Moran 65A
Carlos Mariani 65B
Alice Hausman 66A
John Lesch 66B
Tim Mahoney 67A
Sheldon Johnson 67B
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Renita Wicker
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Kim Ellison District 2
Carla Bates At-Large
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Steve Hunt
Wyoming City Council
Kriss Hakala

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Service Employees Endorse State Representative Lyle Koenen in Next Week’s Senate Special Election Bid

Editor’s Update: State Rep. Lyle Koenen of Clara City now will be moving his desk to the state Senate floor after winning the April special election in District 20. He’ll serve the last months of the late DFL Sen. Gary Kubly’s term.  Koenen beat Republican Gregg Kulberg 54 percent to 40 percent in the special election.

Saint Paul, MN – The endorsement comes as State Representative Lyle Koenen (DFL) of Clara City seeks to win a special election April 10 that will fill the state Senate District 20 seat formerly held by state Senator Gary Kubly, who died March 2.

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2010 SEIU Minnesota Endorsed Candidates

Now, more than ever, working families need politicians who will stand with us to build an economy that works for everyone.

The following candidates have been endorsed by the SEIU Minnesota State Council because they stand up for working families. (more…)

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