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MRLF makes final local endorsements in 12 local races for city offices, school boards

From the Minneapols Labor Review, October 25, 2019

By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor

MINNEAPOLIS —Delegates to the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO voted October 9 to make a final round of endorsements for the 2019 general election for city offices and local school boards.

The final MRLF endorsements included several current union members or former union members who are running for local school boards:

Abdisalam Adam, candidate for Fridley School Board, At Large is a former member of the Saint Paul Federation of Educators. A life-long educator, he was appointed to a seat on the board in January 2019 to fill a vacancy. Website:adam4fridleyschoolboard.org.

Jake Karnopp, candidate for Fridley School Board, At Large is a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers. Facebook:jake4fridley.

Jim Leuthner, candidate for St. Louis Park School Board, At Large is a 15-year member of Carpenters Local 322 and delegate to the MRLF and a former teacher. Website: electjimleuthner.com.

Scott Knight, a 22-year incumbent running for re-election to the Central School Board in Carver County, is a 39-year IBEW Local 160 member. E-mail:skn1994@aol.com.

Other candidates endorsed October 9 by the MRLF included:

• Three candidates for Edina School Board, At Large — Julie Greene (greeneforedina.com), Janie Shaw (janieshawforedina.com), incumbent board chair Leny Wallen-Friedman (wallen-friedmanforedina.com). The three MRLF-endorsed candidates are  facing right-wing conservatives who are making a run for control of the board, a contest that will be hotly-contested.

• For Fridley School Board — incumbent Donna Prewedo (in addition to Adam and Karnopp above). Facebook: DonnaPrewedo4FridleySchoolBoard/.

• For Golden Valley City Council, At Large — Maurice Harris votemaurice.com), Kimberly Sanberg kimberlyforgv.com).

• For Minnetonka City Council, Ward 4 — Kissy Coakley (votekissy.com).

• For St. Louis Park Mayor — incumbent Jake Spano (spanoformayor.com), who is seeking a second term.

The MRLF endorsement is the AFL-CIO endorsement.

See complete list of MRLF endorsements for 2019.


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