The Minnesota AFL-CIO voted today to endorse Peggy Flanagan in the special election for Minnesota House District 46A. The seat is being vacated by Representative Ryan Winkler, who recently resigned. The primary will take place on August 11 and the general election will be held on November 3.
Flanagan, in her position as Executive Director of the Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota, co-chaired the coalition of Faith, Labor, and Non-Profit organizations that successfully raised the state’s minimum wage.
“In our work as co-chairs of the ‘Raise the Wage’ Coalition, I know that Peggy Flanagan has a genuine commitment to Minnesota’s working people and their families,” said Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson. “Peggy already has a track record of successfully advocating and passing progressive public policy, and I am confident she will build on that record when she is elected to the Legislature.”
The Minnesota AFL-CIO considers endorsements for state legislative candidates based on recommendations from Regional Labor Federations and Area Labor Councils. The Minnesota AFL-CIO General Board, made up of elected representatives from a diverse number of unions and geographic areas, then votes whether to endorse a recommended candidate.
“When the Minnesota AFL-CIO endorses a candidate, it means that working people can count on that person to be their voice when they are elected to office,” said Minnesota AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Steve Hunter. “The working people of District 46A can count on Peggy Flanagan to be their voice in the Minnesota House.”