AFSCME Minnesota endorses Nolan for Congress

8-16-2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16, 2012
CONTACTS: Jennifer Munt, 651-357-8544
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One of Minnesota’s largest and most politically active unions – the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees – today announced its endorsement of Rick Nolan to oust Chip Cravaack in northern Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District.

“AFSCME proudly endorses Rick Nolan and what he stands for,” said Steve Preble, executive director of AFSCME Council 65. “He’s a proven leader with a record that shows he’s the clear choice for working families in the 8th District, as well as the nation.”

“Unlike our Congressman from New Hampshire, Rick Nolan is a life-long neighbor with a proven record of always standing up for working families in northern Minnesota,” said Judy Wahlberg, vice president of AFSCME Council 5, who lives in Mountain Iron. “Rick Nolan has the experience and energy to win and to make northern Minnesota’s priorities America’s priorities.”

As a U.S. Representative from 1975-81, Rick Nolan had a 100 percent AFL-CIO voting record of supporting working families during his three terms in Congress.

Nolan was born and raised in the 8th District, and he lives with his family in Cross Lake, MN. He hunts and harvests wild rice in the fall, boils maple syrup in the spring and never misses a fishing opener.

AFSCME Minnesota includes both Council 5 and Council 65. Together, the unions have nearly 12,000 members who can vote in the 8th District race on November 6. Neither council had endorsed before the primary election.

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