On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, important elections took place in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and across the country. We were actively involved in a number of these races, and our hard work during this election cycle saw positive results for labor and working families.
Thank you to all the members and your families who volunteered during this election cycle to ensure that labor friendly candidates were elected and that union member’s voices were heard. These candidates understand that only with the support of labor will they succeed and it showed this election cycle. We will continue our tradition of working with politicians from both sides of the aisle who understand that jobs are not a partisan issue, and whose actions support the brothers and sisters of Local 49. Thank you for all your efforts this election, the results are something to be proud of.
Jason George, Local 49 Business Manager, said, “I am very proud of our collective efforts this election cycle. Local 49 contributed financially, and the boots on the ground efforts to support our endorsed candidates made this election successful. We need to get past partisan politics, and get to a place where our jobs and our Union rights are not political footballs. We are leading the way with our non-partisan approach to politics and we will continue with this approach in the future. Now that the elections are over, we are well positioned to work on creating jobs in all the industries our members work in. Thank you to all the members who voted and helped during this important election cycle.”
Nationally the United States Senate remained under Republican control as they were able to hold their majority. The United States House of Representatives flipped from Republican control to Democrat control following the election with Democrats picking up enough seats to surpass the 218 needed for majority control.
As the first union to endorse Governor-Elect Tim Walz (DFL) it was a priority to get Tim elected and we did it. Tim prevailed over Jeff Johnson (R) to be Minnesota’s next Governor by a margin of 54 percent to 42 percent. Tim has proven that he is a strong ally of labor who will fight for the issues that matter to us and our families. We are excited to work with Tim to make sure that our interests and priorities are heard. We thank all of our members who volunteered and contributed in some way to Tim’s campaign to ensure his victory.
U.S. Senate – Minnesota
Senator Amy Klobuchar (DFL) retained her seat for a third term in a resounding 60 percent to 36 percent victory over Jim Newberger (R).
In her Special Election Tina Smith (DFL) prevailed over Karin Housley (R) by a margin of 53 percent to 42 percent. Senator Smith will continue her work as Senator after being appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to fill the vacancy left by former Senator Al Franken’s resignation. Senator Smith will serve the remaining two years of Franken’s term before being up for re-election.
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In the 1st Congressional District Jim Hagedorn (R) narrowly defeated Dan Feehan (DFL) 50.13 percent to 49.68 percent in a tight race for the seat formerly held by Tim Walz. This represents one of the few House seats in the country that flipped from Democrat to Republican.
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In the 2nd Congressional District Angie Craig (DFL) defeated incumbent and Local 49 endorsed candidate Jason Lewis (R) 53 percent to 47 percent. Local 49 endorsed Angie in 2016 and trusts that she will work with us and be an advocate for working families.
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In the 3rd Congressional District Dean Phillips (DFL) handily defeated long time incumbent Erik Paulsen (R) 55.7 percent to 44.3 percent. It was long overdue that this district have a fresh voice that represents our interests and we believe that Dean will be that voice.
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In the 4th Congressional District Incumbent Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL) defeated Greg Ryan (R) 66 percent to 29.8 percent to retain her seat. Local 49 did not endorse either candidate.
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In the 5th Congressional District Local 49 endorsed State Representative Ilhan Omar (DFL) who defeated Jennifer Zielinski (R) 78.2 percent to 21.8 percent.
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In the 6th Congressional District Local 49 endorsed incumbent Congressman Tom Emmer (R) who defeated Ian Todd (DFL) 61 percent to 38 percent. Congressman Emmer has been a supporter of Local 49’s priorities and we look forward to continue working with him.
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In the 7th Congressional District Local 49 endorsed Congressman Collin Peterson (DFL) for re-election. Congressman Peterson defeated Dave Hughes (R) 52.1 percent to 47.9 percent to retain his seat for an amazing 20th term representing western Minnesota.
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In one of the most nationally watched House races in the country, Pete Stauber (R) defeated Joe Radinovich (DFL) 50.7 percent to 45.2 percent in what represents one of only a couple House seats that flipped from Democrat to Republican. While Local 49 did not endorse in this race, we believe that Pete will be a strong advocate for labor.
Attorney General: Keith Ellison (DFL) defeated Doug Wardlow (R) 49 percent to 45 percent.
Secretary of State: Steve Simon (DFL) was re-elected to a second term 52 percent to 44 percent over John Howe (R).
State Auditor: Former AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer and union member Julie Blaha (DFL) prevailed over Pam Myhra (R) 49 percent to 43 percent.
Minnesota House of Representatives
This election cycle Local 49 endorsed 76 candidates from both sides of the aisle for the Minnesota House of Representatives. Of those 76 candidates, 63 prevailed in their elections. Additionally, the House flipped from Republican to Democrat control with House Democrats picking up 18 seats ensuring the majority control with 75 seats.
In North Dakota Local 49 endorsed Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D), who lost her bid for re-election to Kevin Cramer (R) by a margin of 55.4 percent to 44.6 percent. In the U.S. House race Local 49 endorsed Mac Schneider (D) who lost to Kelly Armstrong (R) 60.3 percent to 35.6 percent.
In South Dakota Local 49 endorsed Billie Sutton (D) for Governor. Even though Billie lost to Kristi Noem (R) 51 percent to 47.6 percent, he ran a strong campaign built on many of the same beliefs that we hold as union members.
Local 49 Members Running for Office
Three of our Local 49 brothers also ran for local office:
– Dan Kingsley ran for Hill City, MN Mayor. Dan won his election and we congratulate him.
– Paul Anspach ran for Clarkfield, MN City Council. Unfortunately, he lost his election.
– Robert “Bob” Pontinen ran for Gilbert, MN City Council. Unfortunately, he lost his election.
Local 49 would again like to thank everyone who was able to get out and support our endorsed candidates!