Carlton County Central Labor Body endorses candidatesMike Kuitu, president of the Carlton County Central Labor Body, announces their endorsements and recommendations for state legislative candidates for the 2012 elections.
Mike Kuitu, president of the Carlton County Central Labor Body, announces their endorsements and recommendations for state legislative candidates for the 2012 elections.
For Minnesota Senate District 11, the Carlton County Central Labor Body lent its endorsement to current State Senator Tony Lourey of Kerrick as the best candidate to represent working families.
“Senator Lourey’s lifetime AFL-CIO voting record and commitment to progressive values make him the clear choice for voters this November,” said Kuitu.
In the crowded Minnesota House District 11A race, several candidates applied for labor’s endorsement. The Carlton County Central Labor Body chose to endorse Mike Sundin of Esko.
“From corporate boardrooms, in Congress, in statehouses across our nation, the people’s right to bargain collectively, and their standard of living are under constant attack,” Kuitu said. “The result of all these attacks has been a massive transfer of wealth from the poor and the middle classes to the ultra wealthy. Mike Sundin has a complete understanding of the nature of wealth disparity, and is the savvy fighter working families need to represent them in St. Paul.”
In Minnesota House District 11B, the Carlton County Central Labor Body endorsed Nathan Johnson.
“Mr. Johnson’s passion to represent the people, confidence in himself, and his campaign’s commitment should carry the day in the August Primary, and again in November,” stated Kuitu.
Minnesota AFL -CIO rules require a two-thirds majority to endorse. However, the 18 delegates from 12 local unions voted unanimously to endorse Lourey, Sundin and Johnson. The Central Body passed on their recommendations of endorsement to the Northeast Area Labor Council and the Minnesota AFL-CIO.