Labor 2022 Election Results
MRLF targeted six Minnesota House races, helped win all six
Some members of the MRLF Labor 2022 field staff. Back row, left to right: David Heiser, IBEW Local 160; Jim Ryan, AFGE; Brad Doyle, IBEW international staff; Theo Bilski, UNITE HERE Local 17; Michael Jubiter. Front row, left to right: Charletta Docks, Laborers Local 563; McKenzie Talley; Vicki Trotter, UNITE HERE Local 17.
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, November 19, 2022
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
MINNEAPOLIS — The efforts of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation helped bring home victories for AFL-CIO endorsed candidates in six targeted races for the Minnesota House of Representatives. The wins contributed to keeping a labor-friendly DFL majority in the House.
The MRLF’s Labor 2022 efforts to reach out to union households in the targeted districts — independent of candidate campaigns — included doorknocking and phone-calling by MRLF field staff and volunteers from affiliated unions as well as mailings.
All in all, 35 of the 41 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates for Minnesota House in the MRLF’s region won election, including 12 who ran unopposed.
In the Minnesota Senate, which flipped from Republican to DFL control, 17 of 21 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates in the MRLF’s region won election, including five who ran unopposed.
Matt Norris wins House District 32B
In the District 32B race in Blaine and Lexington, AFL-CIO endorsed DFLer Matt Norris, a political newcomer, defeated Republican Representative Dan Raleigh. The vote was 9,098 for Norris, 8,685 for Raleigh — a margin of 413 votes. In 2021, Raleigh earned a voting score of zero from the Minnesota AFL-CIO on working family issues.
Zack Stephenson wins House District 35A
Redistricting led to a race between two incumbent House members in District 35A in Anoka and Coon Rapids. AFL-CIO endorsed DFLer Zack Stephenson won 9,043 votes while Republican John Heinrich won 8,167 votes.
Jerry Newton wins House District 35B
In the District 35B race in Andover and Coon Rapids, AFL-CIO endorsed DFLer Jerry Newton edged out his Republican opponent by a vote of 8,651-8,419 — a margin of just 232 votes. Newton, currently serving in the Minnesota Senate, opted to run for House this year.
Lucy Rehm wins House District 48B
The District 48B race in Chanhassen, Shorewood and parts of Chaska was a contest between Lucy Rehm, who was AFL-CIO and DFL endorsed, and Republican incumbent Greg Boe. Rehm won by a two percent margin with a vote of 10,632 to 10,215.
Brad Tabke wins House District 54A
In a third face-off in the past six years, AFL-CIO endorsed DFL candidate Brad Tabke defeated Republican Erik Mortenson, winning by 8,244 votes to 6,923 votes. This winning margin of 1,321 votes contrasts with two years ago, when Mortenson beat Tabke by 554 votes. District 54A includes most of Chaska.
Jess Hanson wins House District 55A
Seeking a second term in the Minnesota House, AFL-CIO and DFL endorsed Jess Hanson won re-election with 53 percent of the vote to represent District 55A in Savage and Burnsville.