November 6, 2014
Notes with Pride that JCRC Board Member and Secretary of State-elect Steve Simon is the First Jewish Minnesotan Elected to a Constitutional Office
Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement today on this week’s midterm elections:
“The JCRC congratulates all of the winners in this week’s midterm elections and offers our appreciation to the incumbents who will not be returning to office for their service, and to the other unsuccessful candidates for participating in our democracy. It takes great courage and personal sacrifice to stand for public office.
“The JCRC is especially proud of the eight Jewish Minnesotans who were elected to federal and state office yesterday.
“Specifically, Senator Al Franken, Secretary of State-elect Steve Simon, Representatives Frank Hornstein, Phyllis Kahn, Tina Liebling, Paul Rosenthal, Yvonne Selcer and Representative-elect Jon Applebaum, the newest member of Minnesota’s Jewish State Legislator delegation.
“The JCRC also applauds South Dakota Senator Dan Lederman on his reelection.
“The JCRC also congratulates Ryan Rutzick for running a hard-fought campaign and Rep. Michael Paymar on his retirement from the Minnesota State House.
“We also thank Senators Dick Cohen, Terri Bonoff, Sandy Pappas, Ron Latz, and Jeremy Miller, who were not on the ballot last night, for their ongoing service to Minnesota.
“Finally, the JCRC notes with tremendous pride that Secretary of State-elect Steve Simon is not only a JCRC board member, but also the first Jewish Minnesotan to ever be elected to a constitutional office.
“The JCRC looks forward to celebrating with all of our Jewish and non-Jewish elected officials at our annual “Latkes and Politics” Chanukah Party at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18th at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park.”
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.