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The Education Minnesota Political Action Committee (PAC) is a group of educators from across the state who guide our union’s political and election programs. It is not affiliated with any political party.

The PAC was formed to create political power for educators.

Members are democratically appointed

The PAC is governed by a 33-member board of educators, comprised of one representative from each Education Minnesota regional election district, one higher education/statewide affiliate representative, one ESP representative, one non-voting aspiring educator, one non-voting retiree member and the Education Minnesota constitutional officers. Board members serve one-year terms. Board members are appointed by the Education Minnesota president and approved by the executive committee of Education Minnesota’s elected governing board. All members are eligible to seek appointment to the PAC.

Duties:

  • Educate, support and strengthen the commitment of the citizens and the government to excellence in public education at all levels.
  • Promote and strive for the improvement of the public schools.
  • Encourage educators to know and understand the nature and actions of their government and the important political issues as they pertain to public education.
  • Elect candidates who support the mission of Education Minnesota
  • Increase political action and voter participation of Education Minnesota members.

Educators make candidate endorsements

The PAC makes candidate endorsements representing the collective voice of 86,000 educators. Candidates from all political parties are entitled to seek Education Minnesota endorsement and the PAC regularly endorses Democratic and Republican candidates.

Members pay PAC dues

Elected member delegates vote at Education Minneaota’s annual business meeting to assess PAC dues. Regular member dues do not fund the PAC and all members may choose to opt-out of the yearly PAC contribution.

Board members

Find your PAC board representative:

Election district map
PDF, 28 pages, 4MB

The 2020-21 Education Minnesota PAC Board

Election District A

Kim Davidson
Crookston
Contact Kim

Election District B

Carl Soderberg
Duluth
Contact Carl

Election District C

Amber Serfling
Grand Rapids
Contact Amber

Election District D

Lynette Schwagerl
Campbell-Tintah
Contact Lynette

Election District E

Lee Baker Wagner
Mora ESP
Contact Lee

Election District F

Sam Carley
St. Cloud
Contact Sam

Election District G

Vacant

Election District H

Beth Isaacson
Albert Lea
Contact Beth

Election District I

Vacant

Election District J

Stephen Cade
Northfield
Contact Stephen

Election District K

Vacant

Election District L

Leah Hood
Lakeville
Contact Leah

Election District M

Heather Mathews
Dakota County United Educators
Contact Heather

Election District N

Vacant

Election District O

Janey Atchison
St Paul
Contact Janey

Election District P

Natasha Dockter
Minneapolis
Contact Natasha

Election District Q

Karin Hogen
White Bear Lake
Contact Karin

Election District R

Mary Mohr-Scinocca
Spring Lake Park
Contact Mary

Election District S

Vacant

Election District T

Ternesha Burroughs
Osseo
Contact Ternesha

Election District U

Jeremy Peterson
Chisago Lakes
Contact Jeremy

Election District V

Patricia Cespedes-Schueller
Minnetonka
Contact Patricia

Election District W

Vacant

Election District X

Vacant

Election District Y

Vacant

Election District Z (MSCF)

Vacant

ESP Representative

Janice Reed
Robbinsdale
Contact Janice

SREA Representative

Marty Scofield
State Residential Schools
Contact Marty

Education Minnesota Aspiring Educators (non-voting)

Samantha Schlomka
EMSP-MSU Moorhead
Contact Samantha

Education Minnesota Retired (non-voting)

Vacant