2022 Elections

Welcome to SPFE Elections Page. Here you will find information about SPFE endorsed candidates, our criteria for endorsement, upcoming screenings and voting resources.

2022 is a redistricting year. Every seat in the Minnesota House and Minnesota Senate, along with the Governor is up for election this year.

Primary Day is Tuesday, August 9, 2022. No Excuses Absentee Voting (early voting) begins on Friday, June 24, 2022.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. No Excuses Absentee Voting (early voting) in Minnesota begins on Friday, September 23, 2022.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8

2022 is a redistricting year. Every seat in the Minnesota House and Minnesota Senate, along with Governor is up for election this year. This is also true for Wisconsin. State legislatures play a large role in determining public education policies and funding. It’s important that we elect candidates that are truly champions for public eduction, educators, students, families and communities.

In Minnesota, No Excuses Absentee Voting (early voting) begins on Friday, September 23, 2022. In Minnesota you can register to vote on Election Day. You DO NOT need ID to vote in Minnesota.

In Wisconsin, there are different deadlines to participate in Absentee (early) voting either by mail or in person. Residents can register to vote in person, or via mail. A valid photo ID is required to vote in Wisconsin.

SPFE Position on SPARK

Saint Paul All Ready for Kindergarten (SPARK) has launched a levy campaign in Saint Paul that would increase property taxes in Saint Paul. This cumulative levy is a city levy, not an SPPS levy, and would use public dollars to provide financial subsidies to be used for private, non-profit, and for-profit tuition fees for PreK. Under their plan, at this time, many small providers and community providers will not qualify to participate this program, and this levy will not increase the number of child care providers or seats available in Saint Paul’s child care deserts. Currently, there is also no mechanism to ensure transparency and accountability in the use of public funds. Although SPFE remains in communication with SPARK staff, we cannot support this levy and program in its current form. You can read the statement sent to SPARK here. For more information about SPARK and SPFE’s position, please contact Political Organizer Lynne Bolton at lynne@spfe28.org

SPFE Endorsed Candidates

Senate District 65

SPFE is proud to endorse Sheigh Freeberg for Minnesota Senate District 65. As an elected union leader, Sheigh Freeberg has a deep understanding of the value of organized workers, and the power that collective bargaining can bring. From the beginning of his campaign, he prioritized building a relationship with SPFE, both with elected leaders and rank and file members. He has specific, thoughtful actions and plans to support educators and the residents of Senate District 65. We look forward to working with him!

House District 67A

SPFE is proud to endorse Hoang Murphy for House District 67A. Hoang Murphy actively sought out a relationship with, and has worked in collaboration with SPFE since 2020. He is a former union member, educator, and has experience living in both urban and rural Minnesota which gives him a unique perspective that will help build a Minnesota that values and nurtures all of us. His understanding of the value of community and co-governance will be a welcome addition to the Minnesota Legislature.

SPFE Candidate Screening for House District 67A and Senate District 65

SPFE COPE will be hosting a candidate screening for endorsement, via Zoom on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Candidate responses to the SPFE questionnaire will be posted here as they are received. Candidate Screenings are open to all, however you must register to receive the Zoom link.

MN Senate District 65, 6pm 3/23/22

Director Ellis has declined to seek an SPFE endorsement. Senator Pappas has not submitted a completed candidate questionnaire. Candidates that do not submit a questionnaire do not meet the guidelines for screening.

MN House District 67A, 7:30 pm

2022 Precinct Caucuses

The 2022 Minnesota Precinct Caucuses will be held on Tuesday, February 1. The DFL Caucuses will be contactless, and the MN GOP Caucuses will be held in-person. SPFE members are encouraged to participate in their caucus and to become a delegate to the their Senate District conventions. Currently there are no SPFE endorsed candidates. Members are encouraged to identify themselves as a public education supporter.