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Education MN president Dooher elected VP of Teachers' Federation

Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher was elected July 14 to be a vice president for the American Federation of Teachers.

More than 3,000 delegates from across the nation voted Dooher as one of 39 vice presidents that will serve on the AFT Executive Council at the just-concluded AFT National Convention in Chicago.

AFT vice presidents meet regularly to set policy and direction for the 1.4 million member union, which represents pre-K-12th grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and health care workers; and early childhood educators.

Dooher will serve a two-year term.

"I am honored that AFT delegates choose me to represent them as a vice president," Dooher said. "I will do my best to live up to the faith they have placed in me as we work together to move the AFT forward."

Dooher was one of 120 Minnesota delegates to attend the convention.

On Sunday, AFT delegates voted overwhelmingly to endorse the presidential candidacy of Sen. Barack Obama.