2021 Elections

Welcome to SPFE Elections Page. Here you will find information about SPFE endorsed candidates, our criteria for endorsement, upcoming screenings and voting resources. Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, 2021. No Excuses Absentee Voting (early voting) in Minnesota begins on Friday, September 17, 2021.

Saint Paul DFL Precinct Caucuses

The 2021 Precinct Caucuses will be held virtually. SPFE members are encouraged to participate in their precinct caucuses and to become delegates to their Ward Convention and the 2021 City Convention. This is one of the most powerful ways to make your voice heard in the upcoming school board elections. To become a delegate you must complete the DFL Online Caucus Registration form.

SPFE has not endorsed any candidates at this time. Members are encouraged to caucus in a way that best reflects their values, and the values of SPFE. Responses to the SPFE Candidate Questionnaire can be found below.

SPFE and Education Minnesota Lobby Days

SPFE and Education Minnesota will be holding three joint Lobby Days. These are open to all members, however you must register to receive the Zoom Link.

2021 School Board Elections

On Tuesday, November 2, 2021 Saint Paul residents will vote in two separate Board of Education elections: one to complete the term of Director Marchese, and the regular election of three board seats.

There are currently eight declared candidates for school board, candidates have not yet been asked to signify if they are running in the special election or the regular election. Current candidates are: James Farnsworth, Chair Jeanelle Foster, Halla Henderson, Clayton Howatt, Jennifer McPherson, Zoe Sblendoriogiebel, Uriah Ward, and, Vice Chair Jim Vue

In order to qualify to participate in the SPFE endorsement process, candidates must meet our minimum criteria, and complete a candidate questionnaire. The requirement to shadow an educator for a day has been suspended due to safety concerns.

Chair Foster and Vice Chair Vue have declined to submit a questionnaire. You can review the remaining candidates responses, and our 2021 minimum criteria at the links below.

2021 SPFE Voter Guide

As educators and union members, we know how important it is to be informed on issues that matter to ourselves, our families, and our students. And we know how important it is to make our voices heard in the classroom, at the bargaining table, and in the voting booth.

The 2021 Board of Education elections, will be about values. Elected officials will need to make decisions about how we repair harm – the harm caused by a global pandemic, the harm caused by economic policies that have turned our public schools into the last social safety net, and the harm caused by white supremacy. 

One way to begin to repair these harms is to elect candidates that share our values, and will make decisions with us, not for us. In 2021, we must have school board members that see educators as partners, not enemies. 

SPFE’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) has created this guide to help our members track important dates, provide information on early voting, and share information about how our union makes endorsement recommendations.

Thank you for being a member, and thank you for being a voter.