Education Minnesota announces legislative endorsements

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota. July 3, 2018 _ Education Minnesota announced on Tuesday that it has endorsed 31 candidates for the state Legislature, including three professional educators.

Educators Julie Sandstede, Mary Kunesh-Podein and Lyndon Carlson are among the 10 incumbent state representatives on the list.

All the endorsed candidates are running for the Minnesota House except Joe Perske. The union endorsed him in the special election in Senate District 13 in central Minnesota.

Education Minnesota will announce additional endorsements over the next few months.

Name    District     Area    Party 
Pat Medure    5B    Grand Rapids    DFL
Julie Sandstede    6A    Hibbing    DFL
Joe Perske    SD 13    Sartell    DFL
Jim Read    13A    Avon    DFL
Aric Putnam    14A    St. Cloud    DFL
Dan Wolgamott    14B    St. Cloud    DFL
Ashley Latzke    18B    Gaylord    DFL
Jeff Brand    19A    St Peter    DFL
Jack Considine    19B    Mankato    DFL
James Grabowska    23B    St Clair    DFL
Sarah Hamlin    30A    Elk River    DFL
Margaret Fernandez    30B    St Michael    DFL
Brad Brown    31A    Princeton    DFL
Jeff Peterson    32B    Wyoming    DFL
Daniel Solon    34A    Rogers    DFL
Kristin Bahner    34B    Maple Grove    DFL
Bill Vikander    35A    Ramsey    DFL
Kathryn Eckhardt    35B    Andover    DFL
Zachary Stephenson    36A    Coon Rapids    DFL
Melissa Hortman    36B    Brooklyn Park    DFL
Erin Koegel    37A    Spring Lake Park    DFL
Amir Malik    37B    Blaine    DFL
Connie Bernardy    41A    New Brighton     DFL
Mary Kunesh- Podein    41B    New Brighton     DFL
Ginny Klevorn    44A    Plymouth    DFL
Patty Acomb    44B    Minnetonka    DFL
Lyndon Carlson    45A    Crystal    DFL
Mike Freiberg    45B    Golden Valley     DFL
Sandra Masin    51A    Eagan    DFL
Laurie Halverson    51B    Eagan    DFL
John Huot    57B    Rosemount    DFL
The union endorsed candidates who interviewed with educators from their districts and who completed questionnaires created by educators.

About Education Minnesota 
Education Minnesota is the voice for professional educators and students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and education support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO.