It’s beginning to look a lot like caucus time

Hello Saint Paul DFLers!

Things are ramping up for next year’s City elections and here at the Saint Paul DFL we could not be more excited.

I wanted to give you a few quick updates from last Thursday’s Central Committee meeting.

First, it was brought to our attention that the date we set for the Saint Paul City Convention fell on the first weekend of Saint Paul Schools’ Spring Break. In order to allow parents and teachers to participate we passed a resolution to change the City Convention date to Sunday, April 19th. 

Second, our Ward Chairs are deep in the process of planning caucuses and conventions. Please check out Ward and City Conventions page as we update it with details. Also, please feel free to reach out to your ward chair or I at any time with questions about the Ward process.

Third-m this week we have our 2015 Kickoff Fundraiser. I hope you can join us! It should be a blast. Check out the Facebook event for all the details.

Saint Paul DFL 2015 Kickoff Fundraiser

Thursday, December 18th, 5:30-6:30

Urban Growler, 2325 Endicott St, St. Paul

As always, let me know if you have questions.


Libby Kantner

Saint Paul DFL Chair

Caucuses and City Convention Dates Set for 2015

Although I know you are all embattled in this year’s important mid-term election, the Saint Paul DFL has been working behind the scenes to set dates for next year’s caucuses and endorsing conventions.

Caucuses- Tuesday, February 3, 2015

We are one by one working on setting the dates for the various Ward conventions. So far the confirmed dates are:

Ward 2- Sunday, February 22

Ward 5- Saturday, February 21

Ward 7- Saturday, February 28

At the same time the Saint Paul DFL Central and Executive Committees are working to make next year’s caucuses and conventions the most inclusive, transparent and strong yet! We have formed three committees- Fundraising, Standard Operating Procedures and Outreach- to get this work done and we are so excited to get you involved in helping us reach our goal. Check back here for updates and more info soon.

Any questions? or call Chair Libby Kantner at (612) 860-7823.

New Leadership for Saint Paul DFL

At its Business Meeting last night, the Saint Paul DFL elected new officers and directors for the coming election cycle. Congratulations to the new leadership team!

Executive Committee

Libby Kantner–Chair
Matt Freeman–Associate Chair
Noel Nix–Outreach Officer
May Shoua Moua–Secretary
Steve Kantner–Treasurer


Lyn Burton
Beth Commers
Elizabeth Emerson
Jen Geurtin
Matt Hill
Katie Kramer
Rich Kramer
Roy Magnuson
Al Oertwig
Rick Varco

Join the Saint Paul DFL Leadership Team!

The Saint Paul DFL will be electing new leadership for the coming year at its business conference on July 10, 2014, starting at 6pm at the Rondo Education Center.

If you are interested in serving as an officer or director for the Saint Paul DFL, you will need to submit the questionnaire (link below).  The nominations committee will contact you to set up a screening on of the following dates: June 14 starting at 9am or June 23 starting at 6pm.

Saint Paul DFL Screening Questionnaire

Candidate Forums Announced

Come out and hear our DFL candidates talk about their vision for Saint Paul and its future!

The League of Women Voters of Saint Paul have organized candidate forums for the city’s mayoral, school board and Ward 1 city council elections. All candidates who will appear on the ballot are invited to attend.

Mayoral Candidate Forum: Thursday, October 24, from 7-8:30pm at the School District Central Office (360 Colborne St.).

School Board Candidate Forum: Thursday, October 17 from 7-8:30pm at the Hallie Q. Brown-Martin Luther King Community Center (270 Kent St.). This forum is co-sponsored by the MN Achievement Gap Committee and the Hallie Q. Brown-Martin Luther King Center.

School Board Candidate Forum: Wednesday, October 23 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Rondo Community Library (461 N. Dale St.). This candidate forum is sponsored by LIFT to End Poverty, Network of Education Action Teams (N.E.A.T.), Jewish Community Action (JCA) and the Aurora-Saint Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation (ASANDC).

Saint Paul DFL candidates file for mayor and school board races


July 30—Saint Paul DFL-endorsed candidates for Mayor and Saint Paul Board of Education filed for office today.  All candidates received the party endorsement at last month’s citywide endorsing convention. Today is the first day candidates interested in elected office can file with Ramsey County. The general election will occur November 5, 2013.

“We have endorsed a very strong slate of candidates this year,” remarked Darren Tobolt, Chair of the Saint Paul DFL. “They all have very broad support from the community and are committed to working together for Saint Paul’s future, and we look forward to communicating that to voters in every neighborhood this election cycle.”

Chris Coleman (Saint Paul Mayor)

Chris Coleman is seeking his third term as mayor of Saint Paul. In his first two terms as mayor, Coleman has made public safety his top priority while overseeing major revitalization throughout many of Saint Paul’s neighborhoods.

Pointing to the Green Line and his efforts to close the achievement gap in Saint Paul schools as examples, Mayor Coleman said, “We are a better community when we all work together.  Saint Paul is a city of strong and unique neighborhoods with citizens that value a thriving city.  I intend to keep working with all of Saint Paul to ensure that all our neighborhoods continue to be vibrant places to live, work and play for future generations.”

The three St Paul DFL-endorsed candidates that filed for school board positions have diverse backgrounds but all share a passion for helping Saint Paul students succeed. Incumbents Jean O’Connell and John Brodrick will join new candidate, Chue Vue, on the ballot. The three candidates seek to be elected to the three vacancies on the Saint Paul School Board.

John Brodrick (Saint Paul Board of Education)

John Brodrick is a longtime Saint Paul resident and has 34 years of classroom experience in Saint Paul Schools as a teacher and coach. Serving in his third term on the board, Brodrick notes that there is still much work to do.

“We have made significant progress in recent years toward ensuring that our schools are safe and welcoming spaces for all of our students to receive a first-class education; but, we still have a lot of work to do and I look forward to providing my voice of experience in getting that work done,” Brodrick says.

Jean O’Connell (Saint Paul Board of Education)

Jean O’Connell is a lifelong Saint Paul resident and former 3M executive, serving in her second term on the school board. She is currently the Chair of the School Board. O’Connell was co-chair for the Vote Yes for Strong Schools committee which advocated for the property tax levy referendum which won with 61.5% approval in November 2012.

O’Connell notes, “I am running to delivering on the promise we made to voters in 2012—to use technology as a tool to help all students achieve to their greatest potential.”

Chue Vue (Saint Paul Board of Education)

Chue Vue was born in Laos, and came to the United States at the age of 10. He is a former research chemist, now working as an attorney. Vue, who is seeking public office for the first time, credits his excellent teachers from his youth with his motivation to seek office.

“Education opened many doors for me since those first days of school half a lifetime ago. Now, I have my own children. For them, and for all our children, I want the same opportunities I was given.”

Ward 1 Special Endorsing Meeting July 27.

The Delegates to the Ward 1 convention will meet on Saturday July 27th at the Heat and Frost Insulators Local 34 Union Hall at 95 Empire Drive in Saint Paul. The meeting will be called to order at 9am and the endorsement for the Ward 1 City Council special election will be considered.