Thursday, October 16, 2014
By: Tom Gitaa
The African American DFL Caucus of Minnesota met at their last meeting to vet two 2014 candidates for endorsement. In addition to answering a series of questions pertaining to issues in Minnesotaâ€™s African American Community; members were interviewed in person. A 60% vote, with a quorum was, required for an endorsement. The Caucus endorsedÂ Eddie Frizell for Hennepin County Sheriff andÂ Joe Perske for U.S. 6th Congressional District.
The Caucus unanimously voted to endorse Eddie Frizell for Hennepin County Sheriff. Frizzel, the Caucus said exhibited “a deep knowledge of law enforcement administrative and policingÂ practices. In addition, his past experience with actively diversifying the Minneapolis Police Department and his commitment to community policing addressed issues ofÂ primary concern to the Caucus and its membership.”
The Caucus endorsed Joe Perske for Congress for Minnesotaâ€™s 6th Congressional District. As a former school teacher, the Caucus said “Joe has shown a strong commitment to educationÂ for all Minnesotans and clearly expressed the need for Minnesota to address the educational disparities Minnesota is currently grappling with.” The district is currently represented by the controversial Michele Bachmann who won the seat narrowly last time around but is not seeking reelection. The Republican candidate is Tom Emmer, who unsuccessfully ran for Minnesota Governor in 2010.
The Caucus also encouraged voters to vote for, volunteer and support all of the candidates below. Their list of endorsements includes endorsements in the critical Brooklyn Park area where Joy Marsh Stephens Â already has the Democratic Partyâ€™s full endorsement and is poised to become the cityâ€™s first black mayor. Brooklyn Park is home to a large African immigrantÂ population. Also endorsed is Reva Chamblis who could become the first black council member in what is now a “minority majority city”.
Sharon Sund: Congress – 3rd Congressional District
Joe Perske: Congress – 6th Congressional District
Eddie Frizell: Hennepin County Sheriff
Steve Simon: Secretary of State
Joy Marsh Stephens: Mayor -Brooklyn Park
Reva Chamblis: City Council East District – Brooklyn Park
Rena Moran: State Representative – Senate District 65A
Ray Dehn: State representative – Senate District 59B
Joe Mullery: State Representative – Senate District 59A
Elections are November 4. In Minnesota, if you are not already registered and are an eligible voter, you can register and vote on election day.
You can find your polling place by following this link.