Candidate Frethem Endorsed by Women Winning, Run for Something, AFSCME and Teamsters

Strong momentum continues in Shoreview resident’s campaign for Ramsey County Commissioner in District 1

SHOREVIEW, MINN. – July 25, 2019 – Nicole Joy Frethem, a Shoreview resident, state employee and mother of two, has received additional endorsements to her campaign in the special election for Ramsey County Commissioner in District 1. The two candidates with the most votes in the August 13 primary will continue on to the election on November 5. 

Frethem previously won the DFL endorsement on June 19. Women Winning, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recruiting, training and electing pro-choice women to public office, announced its endorsement of Frethem on July 24. 

“Women Winning is proud to endorse Nicole Joy Frethem for Ramsey County Commissioner in District 1," said Meggie Wittorf, executive director of Women Winning. "Nicole's vision, collaborative approach and first-hand experience serving Ramsey County families make her the best candidate to represent District 1. We look forward to working with the Frethem Campaign to ensure Nicole is successful in the August 13 primary and elected in November.”

Frethem’s focus on families as the core of the community, along with her family-friendly policies that support gender equity, directly align with Women Winning’s mission of championing legislation that benefits children, families and communities. 

In the past month, Frethem has also received endorsements from Run for Something, the Teamsters Joint Council 32 and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 5, a union of 43,000 workers who advocate for excellence in public services, dignity in the workplace and opportunity and prosperity for all working families.   

“I am energized and proud to have earned support from these incredible organizations,” said Frethem. “My father has been a Teamster for almost 40 years and receiving the AFSCME union’s backing is invaluable to me. Women Winning is an organization I have admired, believed in and always hoped would support me when my time came to run for local office.”

Additional endorsements for Frethem’s campaign in the special election have been announced by the following:

  • Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn, State Rep. Senate District 42B

  • Sen. Jason Isaacson, State Senator Senate District 42

  • Rep. Ami Wazlawik, State Rep. Senate District 38B

  • Rep. Kelly Moller, State Rep. Senate District 42A

  • Cory Springhorn, Shoreview City Council Member

Frethem first announced her campaign on May 16, one week after media reported Commissioner Huffman’s resignation. For more information on her values and policies, to view a full list of endorsements or to donate to her campaign, please visit


Lindsey Frey Palmquist