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Education Minnesota gives early endorsement of Gov. Dayton’s re-election bid

The statewide teachers union was late to the party in endorsing Dayton in 2010, but gets an early, and predictable, boost to his re-election bid.

Minnesota’s teachers union didn’t waste any time this cycle in announcing its endorsement of Gov. Mark Dayton’s re-election bid.

Education Minnesota, which boasts 70,000 members, was late to the party in backing Dayton’s candidacy in 2010. But it got in early this year, with an announcement on Friday.

In 2010, the union (and the DFL Party) initially endorsed Margaret Anderson Kelliher but shifted support to Dayton after he won the DFL primary.

Dayton says he’s running for a second term in 2014, so Education Minnesota’s endorsement was expected, if not this early. Other unions are likely to follow suit.

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Education Minnesota President Denise Specht said in a statement that the the union liked Dayton’s support of expansion of college grants and all-day kindergarten.

“Gov. Dayton understands that public schools are the foundation of our economy,” Specht said. “He’s willing to invest to keep that foundation strong for future generations to build on.”