AFSCME Endorses Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan

The AFSCME Council 5 Executive Board Thursday unanimously endorsed Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan for Governor and Lieutenant Governor in the November election, along with a slate of other highly qualified candidates for state and federal office.

The Executive Board is made up of members and elected by members.

“Tim and Peggy have strong track records of supporting the rights of workers, allowing us to make life better for ourselves, our families and our communities,” says Council 5 executive director John P. Westmoreland. “We are confident they will stand up to the billionaires and other powerful corporate interests trying to take away our rights and silence our powerful, united voice.”

“As a former teacher and member of the National Guard, Tim respects public workers and understands the importance of quality public services,” says Council 5 president Judy Wahlberg. “We are thrilled to endorse lawmakers like Tim and Peggy who will represent workers, not just the 1 percent.”

“I’m proud to be endorsed by, and stand with, my union sisters and brothers of AFSCME Council 5 to protect workers' rights,” says Tim Walz. “As a lifelong educator and proud public sector union member, I understand how important unions are to ensure workers' and their families' rights are protected. This is even more important after the Supreme Court’s Janus decision earlier this summer. As your next Governor, I will stand with you and fight every day to ensure our unions stay strong in Minnesota." 

The Executive Board also proudly endorsed:

  • Ilhan Omar for U.S. Representative, Fifth Congressional District
  • Joe Radinovich for U.S Representative, Eighth Congressional District
  • Keith Ellison for Minnesota Attorney General

AFSCME Council 5 is a union representing more than 40,000 public-sector and non-profit workers across Minnesota. We advocate for excellence in services for the public, dignity in the workplace, and opportunity and prosperity for all working families.