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Labor 2012

Yvonne Selcer: Former school board chair knows budgets, compromise

From the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 26, 2012

By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor

MINNETONKA — “I have been doorknocking for months. People are tired of the gridlock,” says Yvonne Selcer, who is running for the District 48A seat representing Eden Prairie and Minnetonka in the Minnesota House.

Selcer is endorsed by the Minnesota AFL-CIO and the DFL Party.

She reports: “Door after door, people say, ‘I want a legislator who knows how to cooperate — cooperation and compromise, that’s what I want.’”

“That’s what I did for eight years on the Hopkins School Board,” Selcer emphasizes. She was elected twice to the Hopkins School Board, serving 2004-2011. She chaired the board her last three years.

“When I came on the school board, we had a big financial mess,” Selcer says. Working with district administration and fellow school board members, Selcer helped lead the district to restore sound finances — winning awards for the district and restoring public trust — while at the same time maintaining good relations with district teachers and staff.

Now seeking a seat in the Minnesota House, Selcer says, “we need to have a culture change there… the state government shutdown was inexcusable.”

She notes, “I would bring the same approach that I brought to the school board — reaching out, working together — how can we solve the problem?”

Just as the Hopkins School Board got its work done on time, she says, “we need to do that at the State Capitol. It’s not rocket science. It’s common sense, working together.”

Selcer has lived in the new House District 48A for 25 years, including 10 years in Eden Prairie and 15 years in Minnetonka. She and husband Chuck Selcer have two children.

In addition to her school board experience, Selcer also offers experience from her career in business and from her earlier career as a teacher (and member of her teachers union). “I understand the difficulties and challenges teachers face in the classroom,” she says.

“I was proud to be a union member,” Selcer adds. “Being a union member showed me unions are good. Unions need to be respected.”

Selcer seeks to unseat one-term Republican incumbent Kirk Stensrud, who won election in 2010 by only 107 votes. In the 2012 Minnesota legislature, Stensrud earned a zero percent rating from the Minnesota AFL-CIO, supporting working families not even once out of 16 votes tracked.

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