Labor 2020 Election Results
|David Cummings, Crystal
City Council Member-elect
|Sheila Webb, Robbinsdale
City Council Member-elect
MRLF’s endorsed candidates win 12 of 20 local races for
city council, mayor
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, November 13, 2020
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
MINNEAPOLIS — For the 2020 elections, the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO endorsed a long list of candidates for local elected office, including several union members.
According to preliminary election results available when the Labor Review went to press November 9, 12 of the MRLF’s 20 endorsed candidates for municipal offices won their races.
The MRLF endorsement is the AFL-CIO endorsement.
Brooklyn Center City Council
In the four-candidate race for Brooklyn Center City Council At Large, with the top two to be elected, MRLF-endorsed Alfreda Daniels ran third while MRLF-endorsed Sizi Goyah ran fourth.
Daniels is a member of Teamsters Local 120 and works as a community organizer for the MRLF.
Goyah is a math teacher at Brooklyn Center High School and is an active member of Education Minnesota.
Brooklyn Park City Council
Two of the MRLF’s three endorsed candidates for Brooklyn Park City Council won their races: incumbent Lisa Jacobson in Ward E and incumbent Susan Pha in Ward W.
MRLF-endorsed Christian Eriksen lost in Ward C.
Columbia Heights Mayor
MRLF-endorsed Amáda Márquez Simula won election as Columbia Heights Mayor, with 54.81 percent of the vote. A Latina, she will become the city’s first non-white elected official.
Columbus City Council
MRLF-endorsed Robert “Rob” Busch came in first in a four-candidate race to win one of two At Large seats on the Columbus City Council. Busch is a 16-year member of the Carpenters union and is a business representative for Carpenters Local 322.
Coon Rapids City Council
Only one of the MRLF’s three endorsed candidates for Coon Rapids City Council won election.
MRLF-endorsed Kari Rehrauer won the race for Ward 2 City Council, defeating the incumbent.
A 20-year teacher, Rehrauer is a former member of Education Minnesota. She currently works on the field staff for Education Minnesota and is a member of the staff union.
MRLF-endorsed Shalonda Shipp-Gordon lost in the Ward 1 City Council race.
MRLF-endorsed Christopher Geisler lost in the At Large City Council race.
Crystal City Council
Both of the two MRLF-endorsed candidates for Crystal City Council won election: Incumbent John Budziszewski in Ward 3 and David Cummings in Ward 4.
Cummings is a special education teacher for the Osseo Area Schools and a member of Education Minnesota Osseo.
He was selected this year as one of two candidates for the Minnesota AFL-CIO’s Union Member Candidate Pilot Program (see story).
Edina City Council
MRLF-endorsed Ukasha Dakane, running for Edina City Council At Large, ran sixth out of seven and was not elected.
Maple Grove City Council
MRLF-endorsed Kristy Janigo ran third in a field of six candidates for Maple Grove City Council At Large and was not elected.
Ramsey City Council
MRLF-endorsed Jeff Menth lost his race for re-election to the Ramsey City Council At-Large after winning the seat in a special election in August 2019. He is a retired member of IBEW Local 292.
Richfield City Council
All three MRLF-endorsed candidates for Richfield City Council won their races: Incumbent Simon Trautmann in Ward 1, Sean Hayford Oleary in Ward 2, and incumbent Ben Whalen in Ward 3, who ran unopposed.
Robbinsdale City Council
The MRLF endorsed two candidates for Robbinsdale City Council and both won election: Tyler Kline running for an open seat in Ward 1 and Sheila Webb running for an open seat in Ward 2.
Webb is a social worker for the Minneapolis Public Schools and is a member of Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59. She was selected this year as one of two candidates for the Minnesota AFL-CIO’s Union Member Candidate Pilot Program (see story).