Walz, Klobuchar, Smith lead Labor 2018 ticket
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 26, 2018
|Primary election night victory party at the Carpenters union hall in St. Paul: Tim Walz, candidate for Governor (left), addressed supporters with his Lt. Governor running mate, Peggy Flanagan (right).
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
MINNEAPOLIS — In Minnesota and across the nation, the November 6, 2018 election is shaping up to be one of the most bitterly-contested “off-year” elections in recent memory.
Elections in non-presidential years typically see a dramatic fall-off in voter turn-out.
And, too often, that leads to lower vote totals for the candidates who will support the interests of working families.
So the state’s labor movement is pulling out all the stops to mobilize volunteers to turn-out the vote for labor-endorsed candidates.
“We have knocked on more doors this year than any other year: 16,000 doors,” said Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou, president of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, reporting on the MRLF’s work to the MRLF’s October 10 delegate meeting.
“What we really need now are union volunteers to help fill out the work,” she said. “We expect this year’s races to be close.”
Minnesota’s election this year is dominated by the race for Governor, with Tim Walz as the AFL-CIO’s endorsed candidate.
In addition, both of Minnesota’s U.S. Senate seats are on the ballot. Labor-endorsed Amy Klobuchar is seeking a third term and labor-endorsed Tina Smith is running in a special election to fill out the balance of the term for the seat Al Franken resigned.
In addition, all eight U.S. House seats are on the ballot as well as the entire Minnesota House of Representatives.
Add races for local offices and school levy questions and there’s nothing “off” about this year’s “off-year” election.