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Be a voter for public education

Public education shouldn’t be at the mercy of politics. But the reality is, elected officials are constantly weighing policies on testing, standards and funding that affect our schools, children and educators every day.

That’s why your union supports electing pro-public education candidates to local school boards, the Minnesota Legislature and in Washington, D.C.

Elections matter, and educator voices need to be heard at the polls.

What does politics have to do with my classroom?

Public education shouldn’t be at the mercy of politics. But the reality is, elected officials are constantly weighing policies on testing, standards and funding that affect our schools, children and educators every day.

That’s why your union supports electing pro-public education candidates to local school boards, the Minnesota Legislature and in Washington, D.C.

Elections matter, and educator voices need to be heard at the polls.

Get involved

Our 2022 campaign is officially under way!

There is A LOT at stake this fall. All of the following offices are up for election:

  • Governor
  • Attorney general
  • State auditor
  • Secretary of state
  • All state House and Senate seats
  • U.S. House and Senate seats
  • Many local races

Through our democracy, and especially our union, we have the collective power to vote for public education in 2022 so we can keep our collective bargaining rights, win full funding for our schools and much more.

But we need educators like you at the forefront of a statewide movement for generational change — both in our workplaces and our communities.

Here’s how you can get involved:

Our ground-breaking worksite action leader program was a key piece of our successful 2018 campaign, with members taking the lead on sharing voting information at their worksites and in their locals.

Become a GOTV leader for your local in 2022! Applications are now open!

  • Assist the local union in building capacity to exercise political power.
  • Lead 2022 worksite action leaders in implementing the campaign plan at targeted worksites.
  • Coordinate local union efforts with the statewide Education Minnesota campaign.

2022 GOTV leaders are eligible to receive a $1,200 stipend for their work between February and November.

Join our 2022 campaign and help us win generational change for our students by volunteering to become a Worksite Action Leader in your building.

Requirements/job description:

  • Attend a virtual 90-minute Worksite Action Leader training sometime between March 4 and April 23.
  • Host non-partisan voter engagement activities in your building between Spring 2022 and Election Day. (One activity in April/May, one activity in September, one activity in October/November).
  • Share non-partisan voter education materials about the candidates with members in your building.
  • Conduct one-on-one conversations with targeted voters in your building.
  • Stay in contact with your local union’s GOTV leader and your assigned political organizer.

Visit our campaign site edmnvotes.org for graphics and videos about voting and education issues like full funding and worker freedoms for sharing on social media and within your community.

State and federal endorsements

Here is a list of our endorsements for state and federal offices as of Aug. 8, 2022.

(* = current or former educator)

House District 1A – James Sceville
House District 2A – Reed Olson
House District 2B – Erika Bailey-Johnson
House District 3A – Rob Ecklund
House District 3B – Mary Murphy
House District 6A – Richard Blake
House District 6B – Sally Boos
House District 7A – Julie Sandstede *
House District 7B – David Lislegard
House District 8A – Liz Olson
House District 11A – Pete Radosevich
House District 11B – Eric Olson
House District 12B – Jeremy Vinar
House District 15B – Tom Kuster
House District 18A – Jeff Brand
House District 18B – Luke Frederick
House District 19A – Carolyn Treadway
House District 20A – Laurel Stinson
House District 20B – Elise Diesslin
House District 21B – Michael Heidelberger
House District 22B – Marcia Stapleton
House District 23A – Mary Hinnenkamp
House District 23B – Thomas A. Stiehm
House District 26A – Gene Pelowski Jr.
House District 28A – Erik Johnson
House District 30A – Sonja Buckmeier
House District 30B – Chad Hobot
House District 31B – Bill Fisher
House District 32B – Matt Norris
House District 34B – Melissa Hortman
House District 35A – Zach Stephenson
House District 35B – Jerry Newton
House District 39A – Erin Koegel
House District 39B – Sandra Feist
House District 42B – Ginny Klevorn
House District 43A – Cedrick R. Frazier
House District 43B – Mike Freiberg
House District 45B – Patty Acomb
House District 48B – Lucille “Lucy” Rehm
House District 53A – Mary Frances Clardy *
House District 52B – Ruth Richardson
House District 53B – Rick Hansen
House District 54A – Brad Tabke
House District 55A – Jess Hanson
House District 55B – Kaela Berg
House District 56A – Robert Bierman
House District 56B – John Huot
House District 57B – Erin Preese *
House District 62A – Aisha Gomez
House District 63B – Emma Greenman

Senate District 2 – Leonard Alan Roy
Senate District 3 – Grant Hauschild
Senate District 6 – Steve Samuelson
Senate District 7 – Ben DeNucci
Senate District 8 – Jennifer McEwen
Senate District 12 – Kari Dorry *
Senate District 13 – Alissa Brickman
Senate District 15 – Anita Gaul *
Senate District 16 – Fernando Alvarado
Senate District 18 – Nick Frentz
Senate District 19 – Kate Falvey *
Senate District 20 – Bradley Robert Drenckhahn
Senate District 23 – Brandon Lawhead
Senate District 26 – Daniel Wilson
Senate District 30 – Diane Nguyen
Senate District 31 – Jason Ruffalo
Senate District 35 – Kari Rehrauer *
Senate District 36 – Heather Gustafson
Senate District 39 – Mary K. Kunesh *
Senate District 42 – Bonnie Westlin
Senate District 43 – Ann H. Rest
Senate District 45 – Kelly Morrison
Senate District 48 – Dan Kessler
Senate District 52 – Jim Carlson
Senate District 54 – Alicia Donahue
Senate District 55 – Lindsey Port
Senate District 57 – Jackie Craig
Senate District 62 – Shaun Laden *
Senate District 63 – Zaynab Mohamed
Senate District 65 – Sheigh Freeberg

MN-1 special election: Jeff Ettinger
MN-2: Rep. Angie Craig
MN-3: Rep. Dean Phillips
MN-4: Rep. Betty McCollum
MN-5: Rep. Ilhan Omar
MN-8: Jen Schultz *

Local elections

Local elections have a major impact on our communities—especially our public schools and the education profession.

Education Minnesota can help your local create a campaign plan to win your levy or school board election this fall and in the future.

In 2018, 23 of the 32 local levies which Education Minnesota helped with passed.

Political Action Committee

The Education Minnesota Political Action Committee (PAC) is a group of educators from across the state who guide our union’s political and election programs. It is not affiliated with any political party.

The PAC was formed to create political power for educators.

Minnesota voter information

League of Women Voters

Minnesota DFL Party

Green Party of Minnesota

Independence-Alliance Party of Minnesota

Minnesota Republican Party

Libertarian Party of Minnesota