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General Election
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

MRLF endorses candidates for local school boards, school levy questions

Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, September 25, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS —Meeting via Zoom, delegates to the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO voted September 8 to approve endorsements for candidates for local school boards and also endorsed school levy questions.

For Anoka-Hennepin School Board (ISD 11), the MRLF endorsed Kacy Deschene for District 3 and incumbent Jeff Simon for District 6.

For Blooomington School Board (ISD 271), the MRLF endorsed four at-large candidates: incumbent Tom Bennett, Dani Indovino Cawley, Matt Dymoke, and incumbent Dawn Steigauf. A total of 10 candidates have filed for election, with the top four vote-getters to be elected.

The MRLF also has endorsed school levies in the following districts: Anoka-Hennepin (ISD 11); Eastern Carver County (ISD 112); Monticello (ISD 882), St. Michael-Albertville (ISD 885), and Shakopee (ISD 720).

Anoka-Hennepin School Board:
Kacy Deschene, District 3

AFL-CIO endorsed Kacy Deschene is challenging the incumbent to represent Anoka-Hennepin School Board, District 3 (Champlin, Dayton, Coon Rapids). Both Kacy and her husband grew up in the district and now they have two kids in the Anoka-Hennepin schools. She has been a school volunteer and a member of her parent-teacher board. Deschene also has been endorsed by Anoka Hennepin Education Minnesota.

Website: kacyforschoolboard.com

Anoka-Hennepin School Board:
Jeff Simon, District 6

The nine-year incumbent, AFL-CIO endorsed Jeff Simon is running for re-election for Anoka-Hennepin School Board District 6 (southern Andover and northern Coon Rapids). Simon also is endorsed by Anoka Hennepin Education Minnesota. Simon’s wife — Simone Simon — is a teacher in the Anoka-Hennepin Schools. The couple have two sons enrolled in the district.

Website: jeffsimon.org

Bloomington School Board:
Tom Bennett, At Large

AFL-CIO endorsed incumbent Tom Bennett is seeking a third term on the Bloomington School Board. He is a special education teacher by profession, currently working for the Edina Public Schools. Bennett and his wife have two children in the Bloomington schools.

Website: tomfortheboard.com

Bloomington School Board:
Dani Indovino Cawley, At Large

AFL-CIO endorsed Dani Indovino Cawley aims to be newly-elected to the Bloomington School Board. She works at Best Buy’s corporate offices, where she is a project manager and web content specialist. She and her husband have two young children in the district’s Early Childhood programs.

Website: votedani.org

Bloomington School Board:
Matt Dymoke, At Large

AFL-CIO endorsed Bloomington School Board candidate Matt Dymoke is a 2010 graduate of the Bloomington public schools and a former social studies teacher who subbed in the district. He currently works for Lutheran World Relief where he is a manager of donor outreach.


Bloomington School Board:
Dawn Steighauf, At Large

Two-term incumbent Dawn Steighauf is running for a third term on the Bloomington School Board with AFL-CIO endorsement. She and her husband have three children who attended the district’s schools. She has worked in the district’s schools as a paraprofessional substitute.

Website: bit.ly/steigaufforschoolboard

All four candidates endorsed by the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO for Bloomington School Board also have been endorsed by the Bloomington Federation of Teachers.