Candidate Nicole Joy Frethem Wins DFL Endorsement

Of seven candidates seeking endorsement, Frethem received more than 60 percent of votes on the first ballot count

SHOREVIEW, MINN. – June 20, 2019 – Nicole Joy Frethem, a Shoreview resident, state employee and mother of two, won the delegates’ official support at the DFL Endorsing Convention on Wednesday, June 19, at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 82 in Little Canada. Frethem received more than 60 percent of the delegate votes on the first ballot count in a field of seven candidates.

“I am honored by the trust my neighbors have put in me,” Frethem said of accepting the endorsement. “I will continue working just as hard for the next few months and reach out to the rest of the community to earn their trust and support as well.”

The last of the candidates to give a speech appealing for the delegates’ support, Frethem provided examples of a lifelong pattern of hard work, including more than a decade of experience in Ramsey County working directly with families in the private sector and in child care policy for the state of Minnesota.

“In my role at the state, working in human services and child care policy, we talk about ‘both/and’ solutions,” Frethem said in her speech. “It means solutions that are multifaceted, and solve multiple problems at once. I believe that we can make our county services more efficient, more cost-effective, more human-centered and more sustainable. We do not have to choose between opportunity and sustainability.”

She also recounted her family’s 30-year history in Ramsey County; her father’s status as a Teamster for 38 years; her preparation and fundraising successes in her campaign so far; and the struggles facing Ramsey County today.

In her speech’s closing, Frethem said, “I am not afraid to roll up my sleeves and put myself out there. I am prepared to run, and I am prepared to win.”

Frethem first announced her campaign on May 16, one week after media reported Commissioner Huffman’s resignation. Activities beyond her official campaign milestones have included visiting with members of the Minnesota Nurses Association and Teamsters Local 120 while on strike; hosting delegate meetup events around District 1; attending Senate District 42 and 38 meetings and town hall events; participating in the Watershed District’s WaterFest event; and supporting Ramsey County Libraries at their recent fundraiser.

Upcoming milestones in the special election for Ramsey County Commissioner in District 1 include:

·       June 28 – Early voting opens for County Special Primary Election

·       August 13 – County Special Primary Election

·       August 16 – Canvas County Special Primary Election results

·       September 20 – Early voting opens for County Special General Election

·       November 5 – County Special General Election

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Lindsey Frey Palmquist