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AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Julie Blaha resigns; She's running for MN State Auditor with AFL-CIO and DFL endorsement

From the Minneapolis Labor Review, June 29, 2018

By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor

ST. PAUL—— Longtime union leader Julie Blaha has resigned as secretary-treasurer of the Minnesota AFL-CIO and is running for Minnesota State Auditor. She won the endorsement of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party June 3 at its state convention in Rochester.

Within a couple of days following her DFL endorsement, Blaha resigned her AFL-CIO position.

Blaha was endorsed for State Auditor by the Minnesota AFL-CIO’s general board at its June 19 meeting.

Julie Blaha

The incumbent State Auditor, DFLer Rebecca Otto, chose not to run for re-election and instead ran unsuccessfully for the DFL endorsement for governor.

Blaha won election as secretary-treasurer of the Minnesota AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor federation, in June 2016.

A math teacher by profession, Blaha is a former president of the 2,800-member Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota, one of the largest teachers’ locals in the state.

She also was a longtime member of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation executive board, the Minnesota AFL-CIO’s general board, and Education Minnesota’s statewide governing board.

Blaha also has been a longtime DFL Party activist. In 2014, Blaha was inducted into the DFL Women’s Hall of Fame as a “Woman of Distinction.”
Blaha and husband Roger Landon live in Ramsey.

For more information:
blahaforauditor.org