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. 

Saint Paul DFL Endorses Coleman for Re-Election

Over 500 DFLers from across Saint Paul gathered at Washington Technology Magnet School Saturday morning to discuss priorities and Endorse candidates for the 2013 election. Mayor Chris Coleman received very strong support and was endorsed by acclamation. More information about the Chris Coleman campaign can be found on his website

Most of the day was spent discussing and debating the School Board endorsements. There were six impressive candidates, but only three slots open for endorsement. In the end the convention chose to endorse incumbents Jean O’Connell and John Brodrick along with exciting new candidate Chue Vue.

Chue Vue is an exciting first time candidate. He is the former chair of the Hmong American Partnership. He is a lawyer and public school parent that gained the endorsement on the first ballot. More information can be found at

Jean O’Connell is a former 3M executive running for her second term. She brings great executive experience and is respected by community, business and labor leaders for her ability to bring people together to find solutions. You can find more information at her website

John Brodrick is a former teacher and coach with deep roots in Saint Paul. You can find more information about John at

Caucuses and Ward Conventions – Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm .

Elect Ward Officers and Select City Convention Delegates

If you cannot attend on Tuesday but would still like to participate as
a City Delegate please see the Letter of Nomination page on this website.
It will link you to the letter from the State DFL web page.

Ward 1 – Capitol Hill Magnet School – 560 Concordia Ave
(Ward 1 will elect 71 City Delegates and 71 up to 71 Alternates)

Ward 2 – Humboldt High School – 30 East Baker Street
(Ward 2 will elect 78 City Delegates and up to 78 Alternates)

Ward 3 – Highland Park Junior High – 975 South Snelling Ave
(Ward 3 will elect 93 City Delegates and up to 93 Alternates)

Ward 4 – Hancock Elementary – Snelling and Englewood
(Ward 4 will Elect 86 City Delegates and up to 86 Alternates)

Ward 5 – Como Park High School – 740 Rose Avenue West
(Ward 5 will elect 58 City Delegates and up to 58 Alternates)

Ward 6 – Johnson High School – 1349 Arcade Street
(Ward 6 will elect 55 City Delegates and to 55 Alternates)

Ward 7 – Harding High School – 1540 East 6th Street
(Ward 7 will elect 59 City Delegates and up to 59 Alternates)

Saint Paul City Convention – Saturday, June 8th

Consider Endorsements for Mayor and School Board

Washington Technology Magnet School – 1495 Rice Street

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