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MRLF’s endorsed candidates for local office all advance from primary to general election

Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, August 24, 2018

By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor

MINNEAPOLIS — Five of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO’s endorsed candidates for local and county offices faced primary contests August 14 — and all five will be advancing the general election November 6.

In the DFL Party’s U.S. Senate primary, AFL-CIO endorsed Tina Smith came in first place with 76 percent of the vote.

Brooklyn Park Mayor:
Hollies Winston

In the four-way primary contest for Brooklyn Park Mayor, MRLF-
endorsed Hollies Winston placed second while incumbent Jeffrey Lunde came in first. Lunde won 52 percent of the vote. Winston, with 28  percent of the vote, stands to gain support for the general election in what will now be a two-candidate race.

Hennepin County Board, District 2:
Irene Fernando

With five candidates in the primary for Hennepin County Board, District 2, MRLF-endorsed Irene Fernando ran in first place. She earned 33 percent of the vote, nearly 2,000 votes ahead of her closest challenger.

Hennepin County Board, District 4:
Peter McLaughlin

Long-time labor ally Peter McLaughlin came in first place in the three-candidate primary contest for Hennepin County Board, District 4. He earned 45 percent of the vote, more than 1,000 votes ahead of the second place finisher.

Minneapolis School Board, At Large:
Kim Caprini and Josh Pauly

With two candidates to be elected in November, the top four candidates in the primary race for Minneapolis School Board, At Large, will move on to the general election.

MRLF-endorsed Kim Caprini placed first with 29.88 percent of the vote, leading the second place candidate by almost 10,000 votes.

MRLF-endorsed Josh Pauly ran third, polling 20.75 percent of the vote.
Pauly ran 1,319 votes behind second place Rebecca Gagnon. He will need to make up that deficit for the November election.

Incumbent Gagnon has run in the past with the MRLF’s backing but did not receive the MRLF’s endorsement for 2018.


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