Larry Sillanpa

As this issue of Labor World goes to press there are still eight hours to go before the polls close on Tuesday, Sept. 15’s Primary Election. With endorsed candidates in every contest in this fall’s local elections members of the Duluth AFL-CIO Central Labor Body have been working for their candidates involved in the Primary.

“We had great phone banks working Tuesday and Wednesday after Labor Day,” said North East Area Labor Council Field Coordinator Zach Sias. “We had 32 volunteers just those two days and got 800 new voters IDed for the election and hundreds more last weekend. We are finding an incredible amount of support at the doors for our candidates.”

He thanked the Labor Temple Association and union offices for helping make the phone banking program a success. “We couldn’t make it happen without their support,” Sias said. “There are a lot of connections to be made for all that technology.” He said get out the vote activity would really gear up last Saturday and go right through until polls closed Tuesday.

Among labor-endorsed candidates needing to get through a Primary Election were Emily Larson for Mayor, Janet Kennedy for City Council District 5, Renee Van Nett for School Board At-Large, and David Kirby for School District 2.

After the Primary there will be much work left to do with six more endorsed candidates that weren’t involved in that election. And there is the ballot question for the Nov. 3 General Election on ranked choice voting that the Central Body has endorsed a “no” vote on.

“After the Primary we’ll work every Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m. on phone banking, and have union member to union member doorknocks Sept. 26 and 27 and Oct. 10 and 11,” said Sias. 

“We have a lot of things volunteers can do and will appreciate any help we get.” You can contact Zach Sias at 409-9246, 728-1257, or [email protected]. Action is taking place out of the Labor Temple’s Room 99.