The Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE) union, which serves 13,000 state employees, has endorsed Gov. Mark Dayton, Attorney General Lori Swanson and State Auditor Rebecca Otto for re-election next fall.
MAPE endorsed the three Democratic constitutional officers in a release on Wednesday, adding to the growing list of union endorsements for the candidates. Currently six Republicans are vying to take on Dayton in his bid for a second term, and Otto has a Republican challenger in businessman Randy Gilbert. There are no announced candidates yet to challenge Swanson in 2014.
MAPE political director Carrie Wasley praised Dayton for his “respect” for state workers and promised to work to get him re-elected next fall. “Mark Dayton has shown tremendous political courage to get our state’s economy growing again,” Wasley said. “Gov. Dayton made tough decisions that benefit all Minnesotans, preserve our middle class, and get our economy moving in the right direction.”
Wasley said Swanson has been an advocate for average Minnesotans by taking on corporations in consumer protection cases, and she said Otto has been a “good steward of taxpayers’ money.”
MAPE initially backed DFL gubernatorial candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher in the 2010 gubernatorial contest before Dayton beat her in the primary election.