AFSCME Endorses Erin Murphy for Governor


One of the state’s largest and most politically active unions – AFSCME Minnesota Council 5 – today announced its endorsement of state Rep. Erin Murphy as its candidate for Governor.

After holding months of one-on-one conversations with members to find out what qualities they most want in a Governor, the AFSCME Council 5 Executive Board on April 19 interviewed three well-qualified candidates to become our next Governor: state Rep. Erin Murphy, State Auditor Rebecca Otto and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz.

The Board representing Council 5 members on Thursday endorsed Erin as the candidate who most shares our values, and has the best plan to win in November.

“Erin Murphy has a strong record of supporting workers, our families and our rights,” says AFSCME executive director John P. Westmoreland. “We’re confident Erin will stand up to the billionaires and corporate CEOs trying to take away our freedom to negotiate a fair return on our work and trying to silence the power of workers’ collective voices.”

 “Erin believes in public service and knows that workers are the ones who make our cities, counties and state run well and provide our great quality of life here in Minnesota,” says AFSCME Council 5 president Judy Wahlberg. “She will listen to workers and make sure our crucial public services are funded, rather than focus on giving tax breaks to the rich and to big corporations who are trying to take away workers’ rights.”

"The people of AFSCME are working hard every day to build Minnesota's future," Erin Murphy says. "To have earned the support of this mighty force is testament to our belief in one another and what we can accomplish when we stand together and fight for working people. To me, as a person of labor, it is deeply satisfying, and I am ready to fight for all of us."

AFSCME Council 5 endorsed Erin after an intensive process of gathering input from members. AFSCME spent two months meeting with union locals across the state to determine what traits and values are most important in a Governor; had one-on-one conversations with members; and gave members a chance to meet informally with candidates in small groups in several cities. These conversations informed the candidates’ questionnaire and AFSCME’s legislative priorities this session, and they ultimately guided the Board’s endorsement decision.

State Rep. Erin Murphy is a nurse and former lobbyist, organizer and executive director of the Minnesota Nurses Association. She serves on the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee, and the Ways and Means Committee. She’s former Majority Leader of the Minnesota House.

AFSCME Council 5 is a union of 43,000 workers who advocate for excellence in services for the public, dignity in the workplace, and opportunity and prosperity for all workers.