Tuesday, November 2, 2021
MRLF makes four local endorsements
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, August 21, 2021
MINNEAPOLIS — Meeting via Zoom, delegates to the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO voted August 11 to approve four new endorsements for local elected offices.
The endorsements included:
• Lona Dallessandro, for Bloomington City Council, District III;
• Jim Leuthner, for St. Louis Park City Council, Ward 3;
• Dave Dirkswager, for Anoka-Hennepin School Board, District 4;
• Billy Menz, for Minneapolis Park Board, District 1.
Bloomington City Council, District III:
The District III seat on the Bloomington city council is an open seat, with incumbent Jack Baloga not running for re-election. District III is in the northwest corner of the city, west of Lyndale Ave.
AFL-CIO endorsed Lona Dallessandro is a longtime business executive as well as a church volunteer and community volunteer.
St. Louis Park City Council, Ward 3:
AFL-CIO endorsed Jim Leuthner is making a second run for St. Louis Park City Council, Ward 3. The incumbent, Rachel Harris, is not running.
Ward 3 is bordered roughly by Highway 169 on the west, W. 28th St. and Minnetonka Blvd. on the north, Lake St. on the east, and Highway 7 on the south.
Leuthner is a member of Carpenters Local 322 and serves a delegate to the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation.
Anoka-Hennepin School Board, District 4:
AFL-CIO endorsed Dave Dirkswager is running for the open seat for Anoka-Hennepin School Board, District 4. Incumbent Anna Dirkswager, Dave Dirkswager’s wife, is not running for re-election.
District 4 includes northern Andover, Ham Lake, Nowthen, Oak Grove and northeastern Ramsey.
The Dirkswagers have 1st grade and 3rd grade students in the school district.
Dave Dirkswager works as regional operational manager for the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District.
Minneapolis Park Board, District 1:
AFL-CIO endorsed Billy Menz was the only candidate to file for election for Minneapolis Park Board, District 1.
Menz is a teacher at Edison High School, a member of Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59, and a youth baseball coach.