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Moms Demand Action - MN is a non-partisan movement representing all of us who stand against gun violence. I stand with them--supporting the Constitution, while working for common sense policies and laws that will protect everyone from irresponsible gun use and help to solve this public health crisis. I thank you for your endorsement!
Woodbury Student Action endorses Steve Sandell. This world will depend on these young people, their voices and their votes. I was thrilled to meet these students and am gratified to have their support and endorsement. Their work in this campaign has been inspiring. It's an honor to be working with you for a better future!
I’m pleased to announce that OutFront Minnesota has endorsed my campaign. The group is a strong voice for justice and equality for LGBTQ people. I believe that injustice to any individual is an injustice to us all, and I'm proud of the group’s confidence in this campaign. OutFront Minnesota was founded in 1987, and offered important support for 1993 Safe and Supportive Schools Act at the Minnesota Legislature. Great thanks for their great work.
Saint Paul Trades & Labor and the AFL-CIO endorses Steve Sandell. "Thanks to St. Paul Trades and Labor and the AFL-CIO for their endorsement. I’m proud of their support. Unions have changed the lives of American workers historically. Their work to increase wages, improve working conditions, retain skilled and valuable employees, and increase production has been a benefit to members and non-members alike. It has strengthened our national economy and offered security to individual workers. "
Steve Sandell received an endorsement from Planned Parenthood (MN, ND, SD). "Thanks very much for your support and confidence in my campaign and my interest in the work you do. I feel strongly about the rights of women to make decisions for themselves about their own health and the well-being of those for whom they care. These are not easy times for any of us when it comes to protecting the health of our democracy and those who cherish it."
On March 10, 2018, Steve Sandell received the nomination for DFL candidate for Minnesota House of Representatives, District 53B through a unanimous vote. Steve received statements of support by Kay Hendrikson, Alberder Gillespie and Amanda Rosas, who each spoke to Steve's commitment to respectful government, passion for the issues facing the residents of 53B and Minnesota at large, and his dedication to being a voice for all those he represents.
Prior to the nomination, Steve spent the morning talking to delegates about his stance on issues including environmental conservation, maintaining a fair and progressive tax structure, ensuring that wages keep up with economic growth and profits, curbing gun violence, and work place safety and respect.
"I am honored to have received such support this morning," said Steve. "We have a a lot of work to do on the way to election day, but the conversations I've had with many of you and our neighbors has convinced me that we can win in 53B. I want to be your voice in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and together, we can work for the ideas we believe in, the values we cherish, and toward a promising future for all Minnesotans."
Steve Sandell to seek DFL endorsement for District 53B seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives
13-year Woodbury resident and life-long Minnesotan stresses the need to work across traditional party lines
Woodbury, Minn. - February 25, 2018 -- Steve Sandell, a 13-year Woodbury resident and life-long Minnesotan, announced today that he will seek the DFL endorsement for the District 53B seat in Minnesota House of Representatives. It will be his first campaign for elective office.
Sandell already has an ambitious legislative agenda in mind. “If we’re serious about a strong and sustainable future for all Minnesotans,” he says, “we need to protect the health and well-being of young children and their families; ensure equal opportunities in education and economic choices for all; maintain a fair and progressive tax structure; improve coordination among cities, small towns, suburban and rural areas in planning and economic development; and make a sincere effort to re-establish a respectful and productive legislative process.”
Sandell emphasizes the “need to work across political boundaries and traditional party identities to secure a future that respects the environment; makes sure our schools are safe and nurturing places; values responsible industry; encourages economic development in greater Minnesota; and preserves an important role for retired and aging Minnesotans." He stresses that "the dynamics of business, technology, and human services should inspire our best thinking, generate public-private partnerships, and receive the benefits of well-managed and rigorous economic planning.”
Sandell taught for more than two decades in the St. Paul Public Schools and was a member of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers contract bargaining team. He also taught at the Anglo-American School in Stockholm, Sweden, and at Visitation School in Mendota Heights. He served as Head of Education for the Minnesota Historical Society and authored Northern Lights: Going to the Sources, a textbook of Minnesota history. Additionally, he served as director of the Humphrey Forum, a museum of government and politics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He received a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship, the University’s award as Outstanding Staff Member, the Governor’s Commendation for Outstanding Teaching, and the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation’s Education Hero award.
Before moving to Woodbury in 2004, Sandell was active in the Linwood and Crocus Hill neighborhood of St. Paul as a PTA president, coach and manager of local athletic association soccer and hockey teams. While teaching in St. Paul and at Visitation School, he coached high school tennis, hockey, lacrosse, and cross country teams.
He earned his B.A. in history at Brown University, his teaching certification at Macalester College, and a master’s degree concentrating in education and public policy at Stanford University.