2022 Minnesota House candidates
Reed Olson, 2A
Nurses endorsed Reed Olson for House District 2A because of his support for safe staffing ratios and opposition of the Outsourcing Care Compact.
Nurses also appreciated that he believes we need to counter the profit motives of management in a variety of sectors, including healthcare and education.
Rob Ecklund, 3A
Nurses endorsed Rob Ecklund for House District 3A because he has always been a strong supporter of workers and nurses
Nurses also appreciated that he was in support of and voted for both Frontline Worker Pay and the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act.
Mary Murphy, 3B
Nurses endorsed Mary Murphy for House District 3B because of her longtime working relationship with MNA and her top legislative concerns and advocacy centering on labor and union advocacy, women’s economic issues, education, and healthcare.
Nurses also appreciated that she was in support of and voted for both Frontline Worker Pay and the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act.
Heather Keeler, 4A
Nurses endorsed Heather Keeler for House District 4A because she is an advocate and activist focusing on improving community access to healthcare, education, and environmental causes.
Nurses also appreciated that she was in support of and voted for both Frontline Worker Pay and the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act.
Julie Sandstede, 7A
Nurses endorsed Julie Sandstede for House District 7A because, as a current union member of Education Minnesota, she supports organizing and collective bargaining rights, and was very receptive to the stories nurses shared with her during her meeting with them in our Day on the Hill Program.
David Lislegard, 7B
Nurses endorsed David Lislegard for House District 7B because his legislative priorities are wages, middle-class jobs, high-quality education, and access to healthcare.
Nurses also appreciated that he walked the picket line with Virginia nurses in 2020, as well as voted for both Frontline Worker Pay and the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act in 2022.
Liz Olson, 8A
Nurses endorsed Liz Olson for House District 8A because her work with MNA nurses this year as the chief author of the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act brought the issue of nurse staffing to the floor of the Minnesota House for the first time ever.
She worked hard with nurses to advocate for the bill every step of the way, from successful committee hearings to its passage on the House floor.
Alicia Kozlowski, 8B
Nurses endorsed Alicia Kozlowski for House District 8B because they are a strong supporter of the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act and understand MNA’s opposition to the Outsourcing Care Compact.
Nurses also appreciate that they have been vocal about their support of unions during their campaign.
Pete Radosevich, 11A
Nurses endorsed Pete Radosevich for House District 11A because he committed to listening, learning, and supporting MNA nurses on critical issues like the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act.
Nurses appreciate his understanding that Minnesota’s strong healthcare system is due to our strong union nurses.
Tami Calhoun, 14A
Nurses endorsed Tami Calhoun for House District 14A because she understands the social and economic
problems that affect nurses’ ability to provide care.
Nurses also appreciated that she wants to stay in close contact with MNA
members and seek their input before making decisions regarding healthcare policy.4
Jeff Brand, 18A
Nurses endorsed Jeff Brand for House District 18A because his values about staffing, single payer healthcare, and collective bargaining rights align with nurses’.
Nurses also appreciated that nurses in his district already know and trust him.
Luke Fredrick, 18B
Nurses endorsed Luke Fredrick for House District 18B because he is a union member (AFSCME Council 5) who has supported nurses on the picket line.
Nurses also appreciated that he became involved in politics because he was tired of seeing his coworkers assaulted on the job which led him to become more involved in his union and subsequently decided to run for office.
Tom Stiehm, 23B
Nurses endorsed Tom Stiehm for House District 23B because s his city’s executive, he understood the impact of healthcare costs on working people.
Nurses also appreciated that his values on staffing and collective bargaining rights aligned with theirs.
Tina Liebling, 24B
Nurses endorsed Tina Liebling for House District 24B because, as Chair of the House Health Finance and Policy Committee, she was a strong and crucial backer of the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act this year, including the staffing bill in the 2022 House HHS Omnibus bill.
She also listened to nurses and fought until the end to retain the staffing provisions in conference committee with the Minnesota Senate.
Kim Hicks, 25A
Nurses endorsed Kim Hicks for House District 25A because her experience as a union with member with MAPE informs her positions about safe staffing and the Outsourcing Care Compact as worker rights issues.
Nurses also appreciated that she supports all MNA’s policy positions and can speak to them all with a
lived experience that will help her connect nurses’ issues with voters in her district.
Ashton Ramsammy, 32A
Nurses endorsed Ashton Ramsammy for House District 32A because he opposes the Outsourcing Care Compact and is a fierce critic of corporate healthcare lobbying at the state legislature
Nurses also appreciated that, as the son of an MNA member at Fairview West Bank, he understands the impacts of unsafe staffing.
Matt Norris, 32B
Nurses endorsed Matt Norris for House District 32B because they were impressed with his advocacy for frontline workers and his understanding of MNA members’ priority issues, including safe staffing levels and opposition to the Outsourcing Care Compact.
Nurses also appreciated that he stressed the importance of working with nurses on essential healthcare issues if elected.
Josiah Hill, 33B
Nurses endorsed Josiah Hill for House District 33B because he has been an active public supporter of MNA since the 2020 election, showing up to MNA picket lines as a union leader and supporter of nurses and patients.
Nurses also appreciated that his top priorities if elected to the Minnesota House is quality, affordable healthcare for all, protecting the environment, equitable and high-quality public education, labor rights, and adding the Equal Rights Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution.
Melissa Hortman, 34B
Nurses endorsed Melissa Hortman for House District 34B because, as Speaker of the House, she has been a partner with MNA nurses in passing key legislation over the past two years, including Frontline Worker Pay and the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act.
Zach Stephenson, 35A
Nurses endorsed Zach Stephenson for House District 35A because he authored numerous bills that impact nurses, including MNA’s Workplace Violence Prevention bill.
Nurses appreciate that he is a strong believer in obtaining more safety protections for healthcare workers and believes the hospitals and the government have a role to play in protecting healthcare workers.
Jerry Newton, 35B
Nurses endorsed Jerry Newton for House District 35B because he has been a co-author on past safe staffing legislation and the MN Health Plan and is resolved to fight with nurses.
Nurses also appreciate that he plans to use his campaign to promote the 2022 bargaining fights currently underway.
Susie Strom, 36A
Nurses endorsed Susie Strom for House District 36A because she pledged to will work to expand healthcare opportunities for everyone and promote initiatives that address the unique health
concerns for women, children, seniors, and veterans.
Nurses also appreciate that she said she would consult with MNA on issues of nursing and subject matter experts in the
Brion Curran, 36B
Nurses endorsed Brion Curran for House District 36B because she is running for office to advocate for healthcare and human services workers, increased mental health support for first responders, including nurses, and ensuring every Minnesotan has equitable access to basic human rights.
Nurses also appreciate that she strongly opposes the weakening of nursing standards in the state and would listen to trusted
experts on legislation
Kristin Bahner, 37B
Nurses endorsed Kristin Bahner for House District 37B because she has become a stronger ally for MNA and nurses at the Capitol, advocating for frontline workers and patients through focusing on core issues such as healthcare and prescription drug access and affordability.
She was a co-author on MNA’s Workplace Violence Prevention bill during the 2018-2019 biennium and was in support of and voted for both Frontline Worker Pay and the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act.
Michael Nelson, 38A
Nurses endorsed Michael Nelson for House District 38A because, as a longtime union carpenter and local officer in his union who was raised by a nurse, he believes it is in unions’ best interest to be involved in the political process.
Nurses also appreciated that in this past session, he carried the bill to re-establish funding for the Public Employees Relations Board (PERB) and voted for both Frontline Worker Pay and the Keeping Nurses at the Beside Act.
Samantha Vang, 38B
Nurses endorsed Samantha Vang for House District 38B because her top issues are working to increase mental health access and increase the number of mental health providers in Minnesota, working on a bi-partisan bill that provided additional loan forgiveness for future mental health professionals.
Nurses also appreciated she voted for both Frontline Worker Pay and the Keeping Nurses at the Beside Act.
Erin Koegel, 39A
Nurses endorsed Erin Koegel for House District 39A because she believes in healthcare reform and will partner with MNA on the issues important to nurses.
Nurses also appreciated that she has been a strong supporter of nurses inside and outside of her district, coming to rallies, pickets, and legislator education events, and has always had an open door for nurses at the Capitol.
Sandra Feist, 39B
Nurses endorsed Sandra Feist for House District 39B because she has been a strong advocate for workers and patients, focusing her efforts on the Minnesota Health Plan and fully funding education.
Nurses also appreciated that she has come out to the most recent MNA picket lines and voted for Frontline Worker Pay and the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act.
Kelly Moller, 40A
Nurses endorsed Kelly Moller for House District 40A because she is focusing her 2022 re-election priorities on mental health in schools, healthcare access, protecting the environment, affordable housing, gun violence prevention, and building a better care infrastructure for the aging population.
She was also co-author of MNA’s Workplace Violence Prevention legislation in her first term and believes she has shared values with MNA.
Jamie Becker-Finn, 40B
Nurses endorsed Jamie Becker-Finn for House District 40B because of her passionate work at the legislature on issues important to both nurses and patients.
Nurses also appreciated that she has been a longtime ally of MNA’s; from her co-authorship in the 2019 MNA Workplace Violence Prevention bill to her co-authorship and yes vote on our staffing legislation, including Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act.
Pat Driscoll, 41A
Nurses endorsed Pat Driscoll for House District 41A because she understands the need for staffing
legislation and holding hospitals accountable.
Nurses also appreciate that she pledged to show up to future pickets and use her platform to help spread the word to others.
Tina Folch, 41B
Nurses endorsed Tina Folch for House District 41B because she is 100% in support of single-payer and understands the need for staffing legislation and holding hospitals accountable
Nurses also appreciate her ability to listen to her constituents and encouragement for nurses to stay involved with her campaign.
Ned Carroll, 42A
Nurses endorsed Ned Caroll for House District 42A because he emphasized that we need to listen to our caregivers and provide what they need to care for our community
Nurses also appreciate that he voiced strong support of unions and their ability to
bargain as well as having experienced himself the value of working in institutions with a union.
Ginny Klevorn, 42B
Nurses endorsed Ginny Klevorn for House District 42B because of her continued support of MNA-led legislation that supports nurses and patients.
Nurses also appreciate that she has come out to the most recent MNA picket lines and voted for Frontline Worker Pay and the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act.
Cedrick Frazier, 43A
Nurses endorsed Cedrick Frazier for House District 43A because his tireless partnership with MNA nurses on the Essential Worker Emergency Leave Act, which became Frontline Worker Bonus Pay, led MNA to grant him the Public Official Award in 2021.
After a two-year fight, frontline pay passed thanks in large part to the strong partnership of nurses with Rep. Frazier.
Mike Freiberg, 43B
Nurses endorsed Mike Freiberg for House District 43B because he is a co-author of the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act and voted no – twice – on the amendment to strip out the staffing committees from KNABA as a Health Committee member and on the House floor.
Nurses also appreciate that he is a strong advocate for workers and their right to unionize.
Peter Fischer, 44A
Nurses endorsed Peter Fischer for House District 44A because he has always been a strong and ardent supporter of MNA and the labor movement, attending picket lines, and meeting with nurses in-district and at the Capitol.
Nurses also appreciate that he is very supportive of nurses’ legislative agenda by having voted for Frontline Worker Pay and the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act.
Leon Lillie, 44B
Nurses endorsed union member Leon Lillie for House District 44B because he served as author of the bill to approve state employee contracts for thousands of workers, including the hundreds of MNA nurses who work for the State of Minnesota.
Due to his hard work, MNA nurse contacts were approved with bipartisan support before the end of the legislative session.
Lauren Bresnahan, 45A
Nurses endorsed Lauren Bresnahan for House District 45A because she expressed her her background as an economist leads her to support policies that make long-term investments in public health, education, and infrastructure.
Nurses also appreciated that she prioritizes safe staffing and working toward single-payer healthcare, stating that healthcare should be tied to the individual, not the employer.
Patty Acomb, 45B
Nurses endorsed Patty Acomb for House District 45B because she expressed her willingness to work with nurses to pressure the hospitals during the current contract fight. She said she would picket, attend a press conference, make phone calls, and pass legislation to codify ratios into law.
She also supported the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act in the legislature this year and committed to continue doing so.
Larry Kraft, 46A
Nurses endorsed Larry Kraft for House District 46A because they appreciated his conviction that nurses, as the experts at the bedside, must be at the table when staffing levels and safe patient assignments are decided.
As the son of a retired nurse, he also demonstrated a clear understanding and commitment to key MNA priorities.
Cheryl Youakim, 46B
Nurses endorsed Cheryl Youakim for House District 46B because she co-authored the Frontline Worker Pay bill and the extension of worker compensation presumptive eligibility for nurses and other frontline workers affected by COVID.
Nurses also appreciated that she updated her position on staffing after meeting with nurses in her district and listening to nurses voices on the issue, which led to her voting in favor of the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act.
Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger, 47A
Nurses endorsed Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger for House District 47A because she believes all Minnesotans deserve access to affordable healthcare and paid time away from work to care for themselves and their families
Nurses also appreciate that she deeply understands the issues nurses face, primarily short staffing, given that her
mom and sister-in-law are both nurses.
Ethan Cha, 47B
Nurses endorsed Ethan Cha for House District 47B because he supports universal healthcare as a human right and would oppose any initiative
that devalues the license and profession of Minnesota nurses
Nurses also appreciate his extensive record and willingness to learn from nurses and their expertise.
Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn, 49B
Nurses endorsed Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn for House District 49B because her will be investing in education, supporting small businesses and innovation, investing in sound infrastructure, working for social justice reform, ensuring access to reproductive healthcare, and lowering the cost of pharmaceuticals.
Nurses also appreciate she indicated that she is looking forward to continuing her partnership with MNA and MNA members in continuing to improve healthcare in Minnesota
Steve Elkins, 50B
Nurses endorsed Steve Elkins for House District 50B because he is a strong supporter of labor and has been supportive on MNA issues, always willing to meet with members and lobbyists.
Nurses also appreciate his willingness to have an open dialogue about the Outsourcing Care Compact and listen to nurses’ concerns.
Mike Howard, 51A
Nurses endorsed Mike Howard for House District 51A because he is a strong supporter of MNA nurses on issues of staffing and healthcare reform and has been a powerful advocate for prescription drug price reform in the Minnesota House.
MNA nurses, working in coalition with other union members, worked with Howard to pass the Alex Smith Emergency Insulin Bill two years ago.
Liz Reyer, 52A
Nurses endorsed Liz Reyer for House District 52A because she was a strong advocate for The Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act as a member of the House Health Committee and spoke
passionately about the need for hospitals to listen to nurses
Nurses also appreciate that she strongly supports staffing, healthcare reform, collective bargaining rights, and opposes the Outsourcing Care Compact and Right-to-Work laws.
Ruth Richardson, 52B
Nurses endorsed Ruth Richardson for House District 52B because she is a strong voice in the Minnesota House on shared values, including healthcare reform, expanding access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment, gun violence prevention, and public safety.
Nurses also appreciated that she is the lead author on Paid Family Medical Leave, and voted for Frontline Worker Pay and the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act during the 2022 legislative session.
Mary Frances Clardy, 53A
Nurses endorsed Mary Frances Clardy for House District 53A because she pledged to partner with MNA to receive mentoring on issues that affect nurses and committed to standing on the picket line with nurses.
Nurses also appreciate that she advocates for disability, healthcare, and education.
Rick Hansen, 53B
Nurses endorsed Rick Hansen for House District 53B because he stands with nurses and labor, turning out for MNA picket lines and attending in-district meetings with nurses.
Nurses also appreciate that he supported and voted for the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act and Frontline Worker Pay.
Brad Tabke, 54A
Nurses endorsed Brad Tabke for House District 54A because of his desire to listen to the expertise of nurses and support nurses at the decision-making table.
Nurses also appreciated that his positions on collective bargaining, safe staffing, nurse licensure, contract negotiations, and mental health care aligned with theirs.
Jess Hanson, 55A
Nurses endorsed Jess Hanson for House District 55A because her priorities if re-elected will be equitable education, economic opportunity for all, responsible government, and community safety.
Nurses also appreciated that she recognizes MNA as a leader in organizing and has joined nurses on the picket lines.
Kaela Berg, 55B
Nurses endorsed Kaela Berg for House District 55B because she has been very receptive to nurses’ issues and has been strong advocate of the labor movement in the Minnesota House.
Nurses also appreciated that she voted in support of the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act and Frontline Worker Pay.
Robert Bierman, 56A
Nurses endorsed Robert Bierman for House District 56A because he has been an active and engaged supporter of MNA, attending MNA pickets and legislator education events, and co-authoring MNA’s Workplace Violence Prevention bill in the 2018-2019 biennium.
Nurses also appreciated that he voted in favor of the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act and Frontline Worker Pay, and co-authored the extension of worker compensation presumptive eligibility for nurses and other frontline workers affected by COVID.
John Huot, 56B
Nurses endorsed John Huot for House District 56B because he sees MNA as a continual partner, including co-authoring of Keeping the Nurses at the Bedside Act and the Workplace Violence Prevention act.
Nurses also appreciated that he joined nurses at information pickets and attended MNA events at the Capitol to show his support.
Kristi Pursell, 58A
Nurses endorsed Kristi Pursell for House District 58A because she supports universal single-payer healthcare and opposes the Outsourcing Care Compact and other efforts to weaken unions and standards of patient care.
Nurses also appreciated she trusts the expertise of
nurses on these issues
Fue Lee, 59A
Nurses endorsed Fue Lee for House District 59A because he is a supporter of MNA priorities at the Capitol and a staunch supporter of organized labor.
Nurses also appreciated that he voted in support of the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act and Frontline Worker Pay.
Esther Agbaje, 59B
Nurses endorsed Esther Agbaje for House District 59B because she understands that nurses are vital in protecting public health and hopes to have more direct conversations with the MNA members in her district to better understand the complex issues in the health space.
Nurses also appreciated that she is focused on advancing public health by assisting organizations and the federal government with commercial tobacco control.
Sydney Jordan, 60A
Nurses endorsed Sydney Jordan for House District 60A because she understands the importance of putting people before corporate greed and what’s possible when politics is about compassion.
Nurses also appreciated that she is an ardent supporter of Labor at the Capitol and voted for Frontline Worker Pay and the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act.
Mohamud Noor, 60B
Nurses endorsed Mohamud Noor for House District 60B because he focuses his work at the legislature and his campaign on a bold, progressive agenda that puts people first, including universal healthcare, affordable housing, education, and equity.
Nurses also appreciated that he met with them at the Capitol during lobby visits, joined picket lines, and was willing to host a hearing for the Keeping the Nurses at the Bedside Act if the legislation was brought to his committee.
Frank Hornstein, 61A
Nurses endorsed Frank Hornstein for House District 61A because he supports an economic opportunity agenda that includes health care for all, paid parental and family leave, earned sick and safe time, living wage jobs, support for front line workers, and ensuring that large corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes.
Nurses also appreciated that he met with nurses up at Capitol during lobby visits, joined picket lines, and attended rallies and press conferences for MNA.
Jamie Long, 61B
Nurses endorsed Jamie Long for House District 61B because he recognizes that MNA is at the forefront of Minnesota unions and stands up for the values he shares: ending racial disparities, healthcare access for all, and a healthy climate.
Nurses also appreciate that he has been a union member in the past with SEIU and has walked the picket line and attended rallies with MNA.
Aisha Gomez, 62A
Nurses endorsed Aisha Gomez for House District 62A because she pledged to elevate the issues MNA brings to the legislature and work to ensure what is best for working people is at the center of all her policy decisions including policies that expand access to healthcare, protect workers’ rights to organize, and negotiate on even ground with employers.
Nurses also appreciate that she is is known as a champion for workers and as organizer, including leading legislation this last session to improve working conditions at Amazon Facilities.
Hodan Hassan, 62B
Nurses endorsed Hodan Hassan for House District 63A because she understands the importance of the work that MNA does to advocate for organized labor, and patients.
Nurses also appreciated that she supported MNA at the Capitol, voting for both Frontline Worker Pay and Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act.
Samantha Sencer-Mura, 63A
Nurses endorsed Samantha Sencer-Mura for House District 63A because of her willingness to learn more from nurses, their issues at the hospitals and legislative priorities, as well as her support of the Minnesota Healthcare plan.
Nurses also appreciated that she is committed to standing on the picket line and doing the actual work in the legislature to uplift the voices of nurses.
Emma Greenman, 63B
Nurses endorsed Emma Greenman for House District 63B because she is an organizer and advocate for mental healthcare, single payer, education, public health, and voting rights.
Nurses also appreciated that she supported and voted for the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act and Frontline Worker Pay, as well as recently joined nurses on the picket lines.
Kaohly Her, 64A
Nurses endorsed Kaohly Her for House District 64A because she shares with MNA not only the values of a single payer healthcare system, but of the shared goals and changes nurses would like to see in the healthcare system.
Nurses also appreciated that she has joined them at rallies, pickets, and walkouts.
Dave Pinto, 64B
Nurses endorsed Dave Pinto for House District 64B because he is deeply involved in working to advance the agenda of workers and nurses at the Capitol.
Nurses also appreciated that he supported and voted for the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act and Frontline Worker Pay, as well as recently joined nurses on the picket lines.
María Isa Pérez-Hedges, 65B
Nurses endrosed María Isa Pérez-Hedges for House District 65B because she stands with us.
Perez-Hedges spoke to worker power through the lens of justice and equity. MNA nurses are proud to endorse Maria Isa Perez-Hedges because she will support bargaining nurses and partner with us on nurse issues, if elected.
Leigh Finke, 66A
Nurses endorsed Leigh Finke for House District 66A because she strongly supports MNA priorities and fights for defending collective bargaining rights for organized labor.
Nurses appreciated that she understood the connection between staffing and nurses leaving the profession due to moral injury and the conditions created by hospital executives.
Athena Hollins, 66B
Nurses endorsed Athena Hollins for House District 66B because she put her legal background to good use during her first session as a member of the Public Safety and Judiciary committees, as well as Preventing Homelessness and Climate and Energy committees, and has been a strong voice on racial equality issues as a member of the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus
Nurses also appreciated that she voted in favor of the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act and was a co-author of the Minnesota Health Plan and Frontline Worker Pay.
Liz Lee, 67A
Nurses endorsed Liz Lee for House District 67A because she believes in the need for a healthcare system that is people centered not for profit and, if elected, would stand with nurses on the picket line and would leverage her political influence to advocate for nurses.
Nurses also appreciated that she is interested in increasing diversity within nursing and closing the language gap in the profession.
Jay Xiong, 67B
Nurses endorsed Jay Xiong for House District 67B because his focus in the legislature is in line with nurses’ priorities.
Nurses also appreciated is a strong support of labor unions at the Capitol and supported and voted for Frontline Worker Pay and Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act.