MAPE PAC -- Endorsement Policy

Statewide

MAPE-PAC (the PAC) will make all arrangements to screen candidates for statewide office.  Statewide candidates eligible for endorsement are Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Auditor, and Secretary of State. Previously endorsed candidates for statewide office are not required to be screened to be endorsed.

A statewide candidate must request endorsement from the PAC.  The MAPE-PAC Board of Directors (the Board) will then arrange a screening open to all candidates for that office. Screenings will be used to determine which candidate best supports issues important to state employees, working families and organized labor. 

An endorsement, no endorsement or deferred endorsement for statewide offices may only be given by a majority vote of a quorum of the Board.

Legislative

The PAC will arrange to screen candidates for the Minnesota State Senate and Minnesota House of Representatives.

A non-incumbent candidate or incumbent candidate must request endorsement from the PAC.  The Board will then arrange a screening of a candidate to determine if that candidate supports issues important to state employees, working families and organized labor. 

An endorsement is given by a majority vote of a quorum of the Board.

The Board may decide not to endorse or to defer an endorsement in a state senate or state house race.

Using legislative vote scores on MAPE issues, an exception to screening of incumbent legislative candidates may be given.  Incumbent office holders reaching a vote threshold of pro-MAPE votes on legislative issues shall receive automatic endorsement.  Votes during the past legislative session and “life time” vote scores will be utilized.  This threshold for automatic endorsement will be established by the PAC. 

However, under extraordinary circumstances, an automatic endorsement may not be given, as outlined above and a candidate may be required to screen with the Board.  This vote shall be by a majority vote of a quorum of the Board.

Candidates for Local Office

The PAC will arrange to screen candidates for local office on a case-by-case basis.

A candidate must request endorsement from the PAC.  The Board will then arrange a screening of a candidate to determine if that candidate supports issues important to state employees, working families and organized labor. 

An endorsement is given by a majority vote of a quorum of the Board.

The Board may decide not to endorse or to defer an endorsement for a local office.

Screening of Candidates

The Board will screen candidates seeking endorsement, with the exception noted under the Legislative section of this policy.

The Board may designate an individual member or members of the Board to screen candidates.  These board members will make a recommendation on endorsement to the Board.  The Board shall take this recommendation under advisement when making an endorsement decision.

The Board may also designate other MAPE members or former MAPE members to assist in screening candidates.  These MAPE designees will make a recommendation on endorsement to the Board.  The Board shall take this recommendation under advisement when making an endorsement decision. 

All endorsements must be made by the Board.

To ensure a fair and open endorsement process, the PAC will make a good faith attempt to notify interested candidates for an office that screenings of candidates for that office will occur.

Revocation of Endorsement

An endorsement given by the Board may be revoked by a majority vote of a quorum of the Board for just cause.  Just cause shall be determined by the Board.