2020 Elections

Welcome to SPFE Elections Page. Here you will find information about SPFE endorsed candidates, our criteria for endorsement, upcoming screenings and voting resources. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. No Excuses Absentee Voting (early voting) in Minnesota begins on Friday, September 18, 2020.

SPFE School Board Screening on 9/26

SPFE COPE will screen School Board candidates on Saturday, September 26 at 1pm. This screening is open to the public and will be held via Zoom. To receive a link to the screening you must register.

Early Voting Starts September 18, 2020

The 2020 elections will be extremely important. In Saint Paul there is a special election for school board, and around the state we will be voting for the Minnesota House and Senate. In 2021 the Minnesota Legislature will set funding levels for education spending, and it’s crucial that we elect legislators that understand the issues facing educators and support us as we seek full funding for public education. Early voting in Minnesota starts on Friday, September 18, 2020. You can request a mail-in ballot now from the Minnesota Secretary of State

This year, your vote matters more than ever. Please take a minute and pledge to vote!

SPFE 2020 Voter Guide

As educators and union members, we know how important it is to be informed on issues that matter to ourselves, our families, and our students. And we know how important it is to make our voices heard in the classroom, at the bargaining table, and in the voting booth.

The 2020 general election is a critical one. In addition to the Presidential election, legislative races in Minnesota will set the stage for an important and urgent education funding battle in the 2021 session. 

SPFE’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) has created this guide to help our members track important dates, provide information on early voting, and share information about how our union makes endorsement recommendations.

Thank you for being a member, and thank you for being a voter.


SPFE Endorsed candidates must meet our minimum criteria, submit a completed questionnaire, and participate in a public screening. SPFE does not endorse in all races. SPFE has endorsed the following candidates:

SPFE Questionnaire responses are available here

Additional Endorsement Resources

2020 Saint Paul School Board Special Election

On Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Saint Paul residents will vote to finish out the term of Board Chair Marny Xiong. Chair Xiong was a powerful advocate, and her tragic passing on June 7, 2020 is still felt deeply by us all.

There are six declared candidates for school board: Charlotte “Charlie” Castro, James Farnsworth, Former Director Keith Hardy, Jamila Mame, Omar Syed, and Director Jim Vue.

In order to qualify to participate in the SPFE endorsement process, candidates must meet our minimum criteria, and complete a candidate questionnaire. The requirement to shadow an educator for a day has been suspended due to safety concerns.

Former Director Hardy has declined to submit a questionnaire. You can review the remaining candidates responses, and our 2020 minimum criteria at the links below.

Voter Resources

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

To find information on how to register to vote, where to vote in person, or how to vote early in Minnesota, please visit the Minnesota Secretary of State.

For information on how to register to vote, where to vote in person, or how to vote early in Wisconsin, please visit My Vote Wisconsin.