From the website NorthCountryCarpenter.org:
Our Union supports elected officials who support workers — and opposes those who undermine what we stand for. How candidates vote on our issues is more important than what party they belong to. If recent years have shown us anything, it is that bipartisan support is the only way to get things done.
The North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters represents nearly 26,000 union members and their families from 36 local unions in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
As a union, we are dedicated to protecting and elevating the economic and social condition of all workers. We partner with contractors to provide our industry with the best trained, most productive and safest workforce available. The superior productivity and skills that our members bring to the job reward us with pay and benefits that allow us to provide a better life for ourselves, our families and our communities now and in the future.
MID-TERM ELECTIONS: CARPENTER ENDORSED CANDIDATES FOR MN HOUSE
From Local 49 press release dated September 13, 2018:
Jason George, Business Manager for Local 49, noted, “Our union is pleased to stand behind these candidates. All of them are proven supporters of our pro-jobs, pro-worker legislative agenda. The bi-partisan composition of these endorsements reflects Local 49’s philosophy that our jobs aren’t a partisan issue. The good men and women of this union only want two things from their elected leaders. One, they want the opportunity to go work to help build and maintain the infrastructure of this great nation. Two, they expect policy makers to protect their right to collectively bargain for wages and benefits consistent with the skill and professionalism Operating Engineers bring to the job site each and every day.
About IUOE Local 49
Founded in 1927, Local 49 is the International Union of Operating Engineers. Local 49 represents Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, and with nearly 14,000 heavy equipment operators, Local 49 is the state’s largest construction union. For more information visit www.local49.org.
Tony Jurgens is endorsed by former State Representative John Kriesel.
A message from former State Representative John Kriesel
I am proud to endorse Tony Jurgens for the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Tony is our biggest advocate as he was named Cottage Grove’s “Volunteer of the Year” in April. As an insurance agent, and with his extensive volunteering experience, it is clear Tony knows how to work hard and will put our families first.
I can tell you with confidence that Tony will work hard to lower your health care costs, eliminate wasteful spending, and help create good-paying jobs in our area.
Tony is a common-sense, independent leader that will use a balanced approach to represent us at the State Capitol, and you can count on him to always fight for the needs of Cottage Grove’s residents.
– John Kriesel
Tony Jurgens endorsed by former State Representative John Kriesel
Candidate for House district 54B Tony Jurgens is endorsed by the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.
Thank you to the Saint Paul Pioneer Press for endorsing me for the House of Representatives for District 54B. This link will take you to the full online article:
Editorial: In District 54, Schoen, Franke and Jurgens
From the article:
In House District 54B, the race between Republican Tony Jurgens and Democrat Don Slaten often is cited among those that could help determine the balance of power in the House. The seat, serving Hastings, part of Cottage Grove and nearby townships, was held for seven terms by Republican Rep. Denny McNamara, who decided not to run again.
We endorse Jurgens, an independent insurance agent, who in April was named Cottage Grove’s Volunteer of the Year. His service includes chairing the city’s Public Services Commission, serving as treasurer of its Economic Development Authority and as a member of the Washington County Library Board.
Jurgens describes himself as a “pragmatic conservative who supports fiscally responsible government that lives within its means.” Private-sector development is “the best way,” he told us, but there are “times government needs to step in” to spur growth.
In decision making, Jurgens said, he is committed to “gather information from as many sides as I can.” He emphasized his ability to work across party lines and acknowledges that in reaching consensus there isn’t always “a perfect alternative.”
Thank you Saint Paul Pioneer Press.