2016 Candidate Endorsements

2016 Candidate Endorsements

2016 MNA endorsements

MNA Heroes

Senator Chris Eaton, District 40

Senator Chuck Wiger, District 43

Senator John Marty, District 66

Representative Paul Thissen, District 61B

Representative Karen Clark, District 62A

Representative Erin Murphy, District 64A


MNA Friends

Senator Tom Bakk, District 3

Senator Kent Eken, District 4

Senator Tom Saxhaug, District 5

Senator David Tomassoni, District 6

Senator Tony Lourey, District 11

Senator Jim Abeler, District 35

Senator Scott Dibble, District 61

Senator Sandy Pappas, District 65

Representative Mike Sundin, District 11A

Representative Clark Johnson, District 19A

Representative Michael Nelson, District 40A

Representative Barb Yarusso, District 42A

Representative Peter Fischer, District 43A

Representative Leon Lillie, District 43B

Representative Lyndon Carlson, District 45A

Representative Mike Freiberg, District 45B

Representative Peggy Flanagan, District 46A

Representative Linda Slocum, District 50A

Representative Frank Hornstein, District 61A

Representative Tim Mahoney, District 67A

Representative Sheldon Johnson, District 67B


Other MNA Endorsed Candidates

Senator Rod Skoe, District 2

Senator Erik Simonson, District 7

Senator Russ Hinrichs, District 12

Senator Michael Willemsen, District 13

Senator Kevin Dahle, District 20

Senator Bonnie Westlin, District, 34

Senator John Hoffman, District, 36

Senator Jerry Newton, District, 37

Senator Carolyn Laine, District, 41

Senator Deborah Calvert, District, 44

Senator Ann Rest, District, 45

Senator Darryl Scarborough, District 47

Senator Melissa Halvorson Wiklund, District 50

Senator Matthew Klein, District 52

Senator Dan Schoen, District 54

Senator Greg Clausen, District 57

Senator Matt Little, District 58

Senator Kari Dziedzic, District 60

Representative Brian Klabunde, District 2B

Representative Rob Ecklund, District 3A

Representative Mary Murphy, District 3B

Representative Thomas Whiteside, District 6A

Representative Jennifer Schultz, District 7A

Representative Liz Olson, District 7B

Representative CJ Holl, District 8A

Representative Dustin Simmonds, District B

Representative Jay McNamar, District 12A

Representative Kent Lestrud, District 15A

Representative Karla Scapanski, District 15B

Representative Mary Sawatzky, District 17B

Representative David Bly, District 20B

Representative Zac Huntley, District 23A

Representative Bev Cashman, District 24A

Representative Patti Fritz, District 24B

Representative Linda Walbruch, District 25A

Representative Steve Kilburn, District 29B

Representative Margaret Fernandez, District 30B

Representative Paul Gammel, District 32A

Representative Laurie Warner, District 32B

Representative Andy Hillebregt, District 35A

Representative Kevin Parker, District 36A

Representative Melissa Hortman, District 36B

Representative Erin Koegel, District 37A

Representative Susan Witt, District 37B

Representative Kevin Fogarty, District 38A

Representative Jody Anderson, District 39A

Representative Debra Hilstrom, District 40B

Representative Connie Bernardy, District 41A

Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein, District 41B

Representative Jamie Becker-Finn, District 42B

Representative Ginny Klevorn, District 44A

Representative Jon Applebaum, District 44B

Representative Ron Erhardt, District 49A

Representative Paul Rosenthal, District 49B

Representative Andrew Carlson, District 50B

Representative Sandra Masin, District 51A

Representative JoAnn Ward, District 53A

Representative Jen Peterson, District 54A

Representative Don Slaten, District 54B

Representative Jared Christiansen, District 56A

Representative Lindsey Port, District 56B

Representative Erin Maye Quade, District 57A

Representative John Huot, District 57B

Representative Joe Mullery, District 59A

Representative Diane Loeffler, District 60A

Representative Ilhan Omar, District 60B

Representative Jim Davnie, District 63A

Representative Jean Wagenius, District 63B

Representative Dave Pinto, District 64B

Representative Alice Hausman, District 66A

Representative John Lesch, District 66B

National Nurses United endorsements

Bernie Sanders, President

Angie Craig, Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District

Keith Ellison, Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District

Rick Nolan, Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District

A key organizational priority of the Minnesota Nurses Association is to work to elect politicians who

will implement nurse-friendly public policy, including safe staffing and single payer healthcare


Though we realize that as an organization with 20,000 members, we’ll never all agree on every one of

our political views; there are issues at stake that affect all of our practices, and we must be

involved in politics and policy-making to ensure that nurses and the patients we advocate for are at

the table.

Why should nurses even care about or participate in politics? Why

should nurses even care about or participate in politics?

Like it or not, politicians play a huge role in shaping healthcare in general and the nursing

profession in particular. One example is the ongoing campaign urging state leaders to pass legislation

aimed at creating a minimum standard of care in all Minnesota Hospitals. Participating in MNA’s

campaign gives us the power and the universal voice to do what we do best – advocate for our patients.