Monday, January 24, 2011 By Aaron Brown
The press release also touted the support of former state senators Ron Dicklich and Jerry Janezich, whose support had already been announced last week.
DFL candidate Carly Melin, vying for state representative, district 5B, wins the first major union endorsement in the election. AFSCME Council 5 & AFSCME Council 65 endorsed Carly Melin because of her strong stands in support of workers.
Preble stated “We have a unique opportunity to support someone who shows a great understanding of the needs of the working people. She was raised in a union family and will fight for the working people of Minnesota. AFCSME Council 65 is proud to support DFLer Carly Melin. She thanked us for our support; we should be thanking her for being willing to run for public office.”
Melin added “We need to protect working people, services to seniors, and pensions for those who worked so hard to earn them. I am ready to do that. There is a Republican assault on unemployment benefits, training, and the rights to organize. The stakes are high and I am glad to have the working people behind me. I am proud to be the only labor endorsed candidate in the race.”
Dennis Frazier said, “I have worked with Carly’s mom for twenty five years. I have known Carly’s father, who served in the armed forces and as a public servant teaching at Hibbing Community and Technical College for twenty seven years. She was raised in a good union family and her parents taught her the importance of public service. She is one of us. Carly currently works as a public servant herself for the state. Her youth and energy will prove vital down at the capitol and for our communities.”
Steve Preble is currently the President of AFSCME Council 65. Dennis Frazier is currently the Vice President of AFSCME Council 5’s local 66. Dennis lives in 5B.