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Dayton gets post-primary endorsements from two unions

With the DFL primary safely behind him, Mark Dayton is picking up more riders on his bandwagon.

Two unions that had previously supported DFL-endorsed candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher today announced they were throwing their support to Dayton, who won Tuesday's DFL primary.

MAPE, the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees union, was one:

“We believe Mark Dayton is the best candidate for governor of Minnesota,” said MAPE Statewide President Chet Jorgenson. “Minnesotans know and trust Mark Dayton. His commitment to our state has been proven through decades of public service.”

Said MAPE Executive Director Jim Monroe, “Mark Dayton knows the importance of the vital services that our members provide, and he has a plan to fix the state’s massive budget deficit. The other candidates in the governor’s race don’t have realistic plans to fix the budget deficit or to create jobs.”

And Education Minnesota, the 70,000-member teachers union, also endorsed Dayton.

“We are pleased and excited to support Mark Dayton for governor,” said Education Minnesota Vice President Paul Mueller said in a statement today. “He’s a longtime friend of education. He’s been a teacher. He knows the challenges educators face. And he understands the future prosperity of Minnesota depends on an unwavering commitment to quality public education.”

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