Local elections

Local elections have a major impact on our communities—especially our public schools and the education profession.

Education Minnesota can help your local create a campaign plan to win your levy or school board election this fall and in the future.

In 2018, 23 of the 32 local levies which Education Minnesota helped with passed.

How Education Minnesota can help

Working with other organizations
It’s important to work with parent groups and levy campaign committees, school district leaders and AFL-CIO Area Labor Councils. Education Minnesota can help make connections through our affiliation with the AFL-CIO.

Education Minnesota can create lists that target likely supporters and eliminate voters who may oppose your issue. Targeted lists reduce unnecessary work and help harvest supporters for your campaign.

Locals can get cellphones and minutes at no cost for use in campaigns. Depending on availability, locals can also use Education Minnesota laptops and online phone lists.

Design and printing
Education Minnesota’s in-house graphic designer and print shop can create and print postcards, signs and other documents for your campaign.

Financial resources
Education Minnesota’s Political Action Committee makes funds available to locals for use in campaigns. To be eligible, a percentage of a local’s members must be contributing to the PAC. The contribution level for 2019-20 will be available in early fall. Additional funding may also be available for locals.

To find out if your local is eligible or for how much, please email Ramona Bias in the Education Minnesota Public Affairs Department.

Need help? Contact Jim Meyer for levies and referendums or Anna Brelje for school board races.