‘Strong on schools, health care’
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 22, 2022
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
CHANHASSEN— “When I go to the doors, I usually say I’m strong on schools, strong on health care… and strong on the environment,” says Lucy Rehm.
Rehm is running with AFL-CIO endorsement for the District 48B seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. District 48B includes Chanhassen, Shorewood, and parts of Chaska.
Rehm’s other labor endorsements include Education Minnesota, the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, and SEIU Minnesota State Council. She’s also been endorsed by the DFL Party.
Rehm is challenging the two-term Republican incumbent, Greg Boe, who first won election in 2018 by only 117 votes.
In the 2021 session of the Minnesota legislature Boe earned a zero percent voting score from the Minnesota AFL-CIO. Add in the 2019, 2020 and 2022 sessions, and Boe’s lifetime AFL-CIO voting score stands at 20 percent.
Rehm says the incumbent’s positions do not resonate with the district.
The District 48B race will be one of the key races in deciding whether the Minnesota House will have a pro-labor majority.
Rehm is pro-choice, which she says has become a top issue for voters following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. “We have to stand up for our rights,” she says. “I think it is an issue for women as well as men.”
Rehm currently is serving as an at large member of the Chanhassen City Council. She won election in 2021 by leading the field of five candidates in the general election. “I was a fresh voice,” she says.
Rehm is a former union member, working as a member of AFSCME for two years at the Carver County Library.
Rehm and her husband have lived in the same Chanhassen home for 25 years, raising their family there. “I’m grateful and I’d like other people to have that same experience,” she says.