Local elections brought wins for MRLF’s candidates, but also some tough losses
Some of the MRLF’s endorsed candidates for local offices participated in a fundraiser September 25 at the United Labor Centre. Left to right, front row: Jackie Mosqueda-Jones, candidate for Osseo School Board at large (special election); Irene Fernando, candidate for Hennepin County Board, District 2; Mary Supple, candidate for Richfield City Council at large. Left to right, back row: David Cummings, candidate for Crystal City Council Section II; Sizi Goyah, candidate for Osseo School Board at large; Kim Caprini, candidate for Minneapolis School Board at large; Hollies Winston, candidate for Brooklyn Park Mayor; Wynfred Russell, candidate for Brooklyn Park City Council West District. Of the eight candidates in this photo, all were elected except Cummings, Goyah, and Winston.
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, November 16, 2018
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
MINNEAPOLIS — In 2018 races for local elected offices, 28 of the 36 candidates endorsed by the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation won their contests.
The MRLF’s endorsement is the AFL-CIO endorsement in local races.
Here are results in several highlighted races.
Hennepin County Attorney:
In one of the highest profile races, MRLF-endorsed Mike Freeman won re-election as Hennepin County Attorney. He earned 53.98 percent of the vote, defeating challenger Mark Haase. Haase had won the DFL Party’s endorsement this year.
Hennepin County Commissioner:
In another high profile race, however, longtime labor ally Peter McLaughlin lost his re-election bid to serve a ninth term as Hennepin County Commissioner, representing District 4.
Challenger Angela Conley defeated McLaughlin by a vote of 56.85 percent to 42.56 percent.
Over the years, McLaughlin has been the key leader in the development of the Twin Cities region’s light rail system, which has created construction jobs and spurred additional economic development.
In the race for the open seat to represent Hennepin County District 2, MRLF -endorsed Irene Fernando defeated former Minneapolis City Council member Blong Yang by a vote of 57.46 percent to 41.92 percent.
Minneapolis School Board:
Caprini and Pauly elected
In the four-way contest for Minneapolis School Board at large, both of the MRLF’s endorsed candidates — Kim Caprini and Josh Pauly — won election.
Osseo School Board:
Walton and Mosqueda-Jones elected
In the races for Osseo school board, at large however, only two of the four candidates endorsed by the MRLF won election.
Kelsey Dawson Walton won election to a four-year term, while Sizi Goyah and Cindy Shevlin Woodcock did not make it into the top three in order to be elected.
Jackie Mosqueda-Jones, running in a special election for a two-year term, won her race, defeating an incumbent.
In the race for mayor of Brooklyn Park, MRLF-endorsed Hollies Winston came up short in his bid to unseat incumbent mayor Jeff Lunde. Winston received 13,203 votes while Lunde received 15,174 votes.
For Brooklyn Park City Council West District, MRLF-endorsed Wynfred Russell defeated incumbent Bob Mata with a vote of 3,992-3,188.
For Brooklyn Park City Council Central District, where no incumbent was running, MRLF-endorsed Christian Eriksen lost by only 19 votes to Tonja West-Hafner. Eriksen received 4,659 votes while West-Hafner received 4,678 votes.
For Brooklyn Park City Council East District, Terry Parks, the MRLF-endorsed incumbent, easily won re-election with more than 69 percent of the vote.
In the race for mayor of Richfield, MRLF-endorsed Maria Regan Gonzalez — currently a city council member — ran unopposed for mayor and was elected.
Longtime Richfield teacher Mary Supple, MRLF-endorsed, won her race for Richfield City Council at large.