MNA Nurse-Endorsed:

2022 Minnesota House candidates

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Rob Ecklund, HD3A

MNA ADVOCATE

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.

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Julie Sandstede, HD7A

MNA SUPPORTER

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. 

Nurses also appreciated that she voted in favor of the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act and Frontline Worker Pay. 

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Liz Olson, HD8A

MNA CHAMPION

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.

Arik Forsman

Arik Forsman, HD8B

Nurses endorsed Arik Forsman for House District 8B because he shows up for us and is actively engaged to partner with us to find solutions. 

Nurses appreciated Forsman’s willingness to “speak so passionately about Labor issues.”

Pete Radosevich

Pete Radosevich, HD11A

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.

 

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Tina Liebling, HD24B

MNA CHAMPION

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.

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Matt Norris, HD32B

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 Compact. 

Nurses also appreciated that he stressed the importance of working with nurses on essential healthcare issues if elected.  

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Melissa Hortman, HD34B

MNA CHAMPION

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.

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Michael Nelson, HD38A

MNA ADVOCATE

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 he voted for both Frontline Worker Pay and the Keeping Nurses at the Beside Act.  

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Sandra Feist, HD39B

MNA ADVOCATE

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.  

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Jamie Becker-Finn, HD40B

MNA ADVOCATE

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.   

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Ginny Klevorn, HD42B

MNA ADVOCATE

Nurses endorsed Ginny Klevorn for House District 42B because of her continued support of MNA-led legislation that supports nurses and patients.

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. 

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Cedrick Frazier, HD43A

MNA CHAMPION

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.

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Mike Freiberg, HD43B

MNA ADVOCATE

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. 

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Peter Fischer, HD44A

MNA ADVOCATE

Nurses endorsed Peter Fischer for House District 44A because he has always been a strong and ardent support of MNA and the labor movement, attending picket lines, and meeting with nurses in-district and at the Capitol.

Nurses also appreciated that he is very supportive of nurses’ legislative agenda by having voted for Frontline Worker Pay and the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act. 

 

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Leon Lillie, HD44B

MNA CHAMPION

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.

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Larry Kraft, HD46A

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. 

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Cheryl Youakim, HD46B

MNA SUPPORTER

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.

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Mike Howard, HD51A

MNA CHAMPION

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.

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Rick Hansen, HD53B

MNA ADVOCATE

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 appreciated that he supported and voted for the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act and Frontline Worker Pay. 

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Kaela Berg, HD55B

MNA SUPPORTER

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.  

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Robert Bierman, HD56A

MNA SUPPORTER

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. 

Samantha Sencer-Mura

Samantha Sencer-Mura, HD63A

Nurses endorsed Samantha Sencer-Mura for House District 63A because of her willingness to learn from nurses and to use her platform to elevate our issues, such as nurse staffing levels.

Nurses appreciated her understanding of how nurse priorities relate to access to healthcare for people of color and marginalized communities 

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Emma Greenman, HD63B

MNA ADVOCATE

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. 

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Dave Pinto, HD64B

MNA ADVOCATE

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. 

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María Isa Pérez-Hedges, HD65B

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.

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Leigh Finke, HD66A

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.  

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Athena Hollins, HD66B

MNA SUPPORTER

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.

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