MNA Nurses Endorse Candidates for Duluth City Council


Contact: Lauren Nielsen
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Shannon Cunningham
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(St. Paul) – September 7, 2021 – The Board of Directors of the Minnesota Nurses Association is proud to announce endorsements of Mike Mayou for Duluth’s 2nd District City Council Seat, Renee Van Nett for Duluth’s 4th District City Council Seat, and Terese Tomanek and Joe Macor for the two at-large seats.

The endorsement process included a candidate questionnaire and an interview with candidates by a local screening committee of nurse members who live and work in Duluth. Those nurses made a recommendation to the nurse-elected MNA Political Committee and Board of Directors for their approval.

Mayou won endorsement thanks to his past support of MNA nurses on the picket lines in 2019 and his willingness to take bold steps to hold hospitals accountable.

Van Nett was recognized for her commitment to pushing hospitals to do better on staffing, service lines, mergers, and other decisions that affect nurses and predominantly affect BIPOC community members.

For the At-Large positions, Tomanek earned the endorsement by addressing current issues impacting staffing and safety in Duluth’s hospitals and showing she intends to be accessible and accountable to MNA members, while Macor earned the endorsement with his willingness to build relationships with MNA members and hold hospitals accountable.

“All the candidates demonstrated a strong commitment to building relationships with MNA members, holding hospitals accountable, and identifying and partnering on public health initiatives in the future,” said MNA First Vice President Chris Rubesch, RN. “Nurses are proud to stand with these candidates for Duluth City Council.”

See all of MNA’s 2021 candidate endorsements here: