‘A voice for labor families
at the state legislature’
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 16, 2020
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
NEW HOPE — Cedrick Frazier pledges to be “a voice for labor families in the state legislature.”
Currently a member of the New Hope City Council, Frazier entered the race for House District 45A when longtime DFL incumbent Lyndon Carlson announced he would retire.
Frazier is running with the endorsement of the Minnesota AFL-CIO and the DFL Party.
Minnesota House District 45A includes New Hope and parts of Crystal and Plymouth.
An attorney, Frazier has lived in the district for five years, but says he has been connected to the district for twice that time through his daughter’s school.
Frazier was appointed to an at large seat on the New Hope City Council in August 2018 to fill a vacancy and, he says, he was planning to run for a full term there until Carlson’s retirement created an opening to run for the Minnesota House.
Frazier reports that he is a third generation union member. A grandfather worked in a union paint manufacturing plant in the Chicago area — and was a union steward — while his father is a Teamster working at UPS.
Frazier himself was a member of the Teamsters union, while working as an attorney in the Hennepin County public defender’s office for two years.
Following that time, Frazier worked for eight years for the Minneapolis Public Schools, first as director of diversity and equity, later as assistant general counsel.
For the past five years, Frazier has worked as staff attorney for Education Minnesota, the state’s teachers union. There he is a member of the staff union: The Education Minnesota Professional Organization (TEMPO).
In campaigning for the District 45A House seat, Frazier says he has met some voters who tell him they’ve never voted for anyone for Minnesota House besides incumbent Lyndon Carlson — who first was elected to represent the area in 1972.
Carlson, a former teacher, has endorsed Frazier.
“The day I get sworn in, I don’t want there to be any question where I stand on the issues,” says Frazier, whose website outlines his progressive policy positions.
Fraser’s message for Labor Review readers: “The most important thing I want my labor family to know: I will amplify the issues that affect you on a daily basis: living wage jobs, parental leave, child care leave, sick leave — those benefits that allow you not only to provide for your family, but also to spend time with your family,” he says, “and so you can have a decent retirement.”