The decisions made at the local level have an impact on hospitals, healthcare providers, and the welfare of the community. Whether it’s hospital and unit closures or public health decisions made at city hall, the voices of nurses have a tremendous impact on the public health of your community and the working conditions inside hospitals. What does it mean for elected officials to stand alongside nurses to hold hospitals accountable? How can we hold elected officials accountable in ensuring quality care is provided for our communities?
For the 2021 election, nurses in St. Paul and Duluth asked these questions and others directly to candidates running in the Duluth City Council and St. Paul mayoral races. Your MNA Board of Directors voted to consider making endorsements through the MNA screening process and invited MNA members who live and work in those cities to participate in this process to determine who members feel deserve the MNA endorsement.
The screening process included a 45-minute briefing, 30 minutes with each candidate, and a 30-minute debrief where members discussed and decided on their endorsement recommendations. The recommendations were then presented to the MNA Political Committee and Board of Directors, who made the final decision on what candidates to endorse.