Education Minnesota endorses candidates for Legislature 


For more information, contact:
Chris Williams
651-292-4816 (work) 
651-247-5539 (cell) 

ST. PAUL, Minnesota. July 1, 2020 – Education Minnesota announced on Wednesday that it has endorsed more than 80 candidates for the state Legislature, including five professional educators. 

Educators Matt Bruns (House 21A); Joe Rosh (House 29B); Josiah Hill (Senate 39); Jason Isaacson (Senate 42); and Erin Preese (House 58A) all earned the endorsement of the state’s largest labor union of educators. 

The full list of more than 80 candidates is below. Education Minnesota will announce additional endorsements in the future. A complete list of endorsed candidates, including candidates for federal office, are listed on the union's website.

House 
1A: Connie Lindstrom 
2A: Jeremiah Liend 
2B: David Suby 
3A: Rob Ecklund (Incumbent) 
5A: John Persell (Incumbent) 
5B: Joe Abeyta 
6B: Dave Lislegard (Incumbent) 
10A: Dale Menk 
10B: Gaylene Spolarich 
11A: Mike Sundin (Incumbent) 
11B: Jack Frechette 
14A: Tamara Calhoun 
14B: Dan Wolgamott (Incumbent) 
15A: Calvin Schmock 
15B: Ron Thiessen 
16A: Doria Drost 
16B: Mindy Kimmel 
17A: Ben Dolan 
20A: Erina Prom 
20B: Todd Lippert (Incumbent) 
21A: Matt Bruns* 
21B: Elise Diesslin 
23A: Patricia Fahey Bacon 
23B: Leroy McClelland 
25A: Kim Hicks 
25B: Liz Boldon 
26B: Randy Brock 
29A: Renee Cardarelle 
29B: Joe Rosh* 
32A: Renae Berg 
34A: Brian Raines 
34B: Kristin Bahner (Incumbent) 
35A: Mike Erickson 
35B: Jason Ruffalo 
36A: Zack Stephenson (Incumbent) 
37A: Erin Koegel (Incumbent) 
37B: Amir Malik 
39B: Shelly Christensen (Incumbent) 
40A: Michael Nelson (Incumbent) 
42A: Kelly Moller (Incumbent) 
42B: Jamie Becker-Finn (Incumbent) 
43B: Leon Lillie (Incumbent) 
50A: Michael Howard (Incumbent) 
50B: Andrew Carlson (Incumbent) 
51A: Sandra Masin (Incumbent) 
51B: Liz Reyer 
52A: Rick Hansen (Incumbent) 
55A: Brad Tabke (Incumbent) 
55B: Andrea Nelsen 
57A: Robert Bierman (Incumbent) 
57B: John Huot (Incumbent) 
58A: Erin Preese * 
58B: Sara Wolf 

Senate 
1: Reed Perkins 
2: Alan Roy 
5: Rita Albrecht 
7: Jen McEwen 
10: Steve Samuelson 
11: Michelle Lee 
14: Aric Putnam 
17: Fernando Alvarado 
20: John Olson 
21: Ralph Kaehler 
22: Shawna Marshall 
24: Roger Steinkamp 
25: Sara Flick 
26: Aleta Borrud 
29: Chris Brazelton 
32: Joshua Fike 
34: Bonnie Westlin 
36: John Hoffman (Incumbent) 
37: Jerry Newton (Incumbent) 
39: Josiah Hill* 
40: Chris Eaton (Incumbent) 
42: Jason Isaacson (Incumbent)* 
43: Charles Wiger (Incumbent) 
50: Melissa Wiklund (Incumbent) 
51: Jim Carlson (Incumbent) 
52: Matt Klein (Incumbent) 
57: Gregory Clausen (Incumbent) 
58: Matt Little (Incumbent) 

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.