Brothers and Sisters,

Parade season has begun! Please support our endorsed candidates, by walking with them in your local parade, or as a spectator and cheering them as they pass by. Show your Union pride by wearing a Local 343 T-shirt or a shirt supporting your favorite candidate. The IBEW Local 343 COPE Committee has voted to endorse the following candidates for Minnesota statewide office. You won’t see these candidates in every one of these parades, but they are all DFL candidates and local DFL party units will be in the parades showing support. If I missed an event in your area give me a call and we will update the list.

Tim Walz for Governor

Peggy Flanagan for Lt. Governor

Keith Ellison for Attorney General

Steve Simon for Secretary of State

Julie Blaha for State Auditor


June 17 Medford Straight River Days, Line up at 5:30

June 18 Faribault Heritage Days, starts at 6:15

June 19 Janesville Hay Daze Parade, starts at 1pm

June 18 Caledonia Founders Day Parade 4:00 PM Caledonia

June 19 Steamboat Days Parade 2pm Winona

June 25 Rochesterfest Grand Parade 2:00 PM

July 2 Independence Day Parade 1:00 PM Bricelyn, MN

July 3 3rd of July Parade 6:00 PM Albert Lea Fairgrounds

July 4 Austin July 4 Parade 11:00 AM

July 4 Blooming Prairie Parade 2:00 PM

July 4 Stewartville Summerfest Parade 6:00 PM

July 8 Comfrey Parade 7:00 PM

July 9 Giant Days Parade 3:00 PM Blue Earth

July 9 New Richland Farm & City Days Parade 7:00 PM

July 16 Eyota Days Parade Morning

July 16 Rushford Days parade 7:00 PM

July 17 New Ulm Parade 12:30 PM

July 19 Jackson County DFL Picnic 5-8pm Lakefield, MN

July 30 Riverboat Days parade 6:00 PM Wabasha

July 31 Houston Hoedown Days Parade 12:00 PM

Sun, Aug 7 Buffalo Bills Day Parade Lanesboro


Remember your vote is your personal choice, an endorsement means we believe the candidate is the best choice when it comes to our priorities as a building trades union and we are asking you to consider these candidates when voting.



See you there!

John Swanson

Political Coordinator