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Political Action for Candidate Endorsement (PACE)

 

 

 

Click on the links below to learn about MN-PACE and how you can get involved:


MN-PACE Leadership

PACE Co-Chairs: Heidi Sandmeier: adelheid1@msn.com

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What Is PACE?

PACE endorses and contributes to candidates who support NASW policy issues, and mobilizes social workers to vote for PACE-endorsed candidates.

PACE is a multi-party, federally registered political action committee established to support candidates for the US House of Representatives, the US Senate, and the US Presidency (National), as well as candidates for the MN House, MN Senate, and other candidates at the state and local levels (MN-PACE).

The national unit of PACE endorses candidates for federal offices and implements program development and training for political action throughout the association.

State PACE units endorse state and local candidates and collaborates with the national unit on federal elections.

  • To help elect candidates to public office who support legislation and policies consistent with the goals of the social work profession and the needs of those who are served by the social work profession in the state of Minnesota.

  • To promote NASW legislation policies through electoral action and/or through support of candidates.

  • To promote political education and full participation in the political process among members of the social work profession.

In other words, PACE will set up Q & A sessions with candidates for public office, vote to endorse one of them, and provide coordinated assistance to the candidate by donating money to their campaign and/or providing volunteers to work for the campaign. PACE also plans educational political trainings and recruits political speakers at the NASW-MN Annual Conference.

MN PACE needs your help either through volunteering or contributions.  With your donation you make it possible for PACE to screen, endorse, and/or organize events. 

 

To contribute please mail make checks out to: NASW-MN PACE

 

Mail to:

NASW-MN Chapter

1885 University Ave W

Ste. #340

St. Paul, MN 55104

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Serving On MN-PACE

Being part of MN-PACE can be exciting. In past years, we have screened candidates running for Governor, St. Paul and Minneapolis Mayor, State House and Senate, Ramsey County Commissioner, State Auditor, School Board, and County Sheriff.

Terms on the committee last for two years and the NASW-MN president appoints members. Members can choose to be re-appointed after two years. Although some view politics with cynicism, PACE committee members believe that they need to stay active in the system in order to ensure fair and human centered policy for themselves and the people they serve. If you are interested in serving on MN-PACE or want more information about MN-PACE, contact NASW-MN.

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MN-PACE Endorsed Candidates

PACE (Political Action for Candidate Election) committee works hard screening candidates for endorsement by NASW. PACE is the political action committee of NASW, dedicated to advancing social workers’ public policy goals, by supporting candidates for public office, regardless of party affiliation.
 
MN-PACE has voted to endorse seventeen candidates from County Commissioner to Governor and has been impressed with the passion and dedication that came through in many of the interviews. One such example is Leanne Pouliot Kunze who is running for the Minnesota House seat in district 34A (Carver, Waconia, Watertown) that was vacated by 4th term incumbent Rep. Paul Kohls. Ms. Pouliot Kunze holds a BA in Psychology/Sociology from College of St. Catherine and has worked in Carver County as a child protection worker. She is currently an organizer for AFSCME.  Ms. Pouliot Kunze has worked extremely hard putting together an aggressive campaign strategy.  She believes the economy and education, particularly early childhood education, are top priorities facing the state. MN-PACE is also happy to announce its endorsement of Mark Dayton for Governor last election year.

To help endorse these candidates, MN PACE looks for contributions from social workers like yourselves.

 

To contribute please mail make checks out to:  NASW-MN PACE

 

Mail to:

NASW-MN Chapter

1885 University Ave W

Ste. #340

St. Paul, MN 55104

 

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Current MN-PACE Activities

The PACE committee would like to know more about Minnesota social workers serving in elected office and in political roles. These roles include, but are not limited to, school board, city council, neighborhood caucuses, and other local and state government positions.

If you or a social worker you now holds an elected postion, please tell us about it. Reach us at: email@naswmn.org or by phone at 651-293-1935.

 

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Why Social Workers Should Get Involved In Politics

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Why Social Workers Should Run For Office

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  Social Workers Serving In Elected Office/Political Roles

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 Social Workers In Congress

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