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Saint Paul, it’s time to choose our next mayor!

Join us to meet the candidates.

Saturday, March 25th
Eastside Mayoral Candidate Forum
11:00 AM
Dayton’s Bluff Rec Center
800 Conway St.
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Monday, April 10th
Concordia Mayoral Candidate Forum
7:00- 8:30 PM
Concordia University
Buetow Memorial Hall
300 Hamline Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

All are welcome in the DFL and all are valued. Join us!

Go to your caucus.  See this link for dates and locations.

Caucus Dates Announced!

Not sure what ward you live in?  See the map below or go here for an interactive map.

Saturday, April 22– Ward 1 Caucus and Ward Convention
Location: Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet
Registration Opens: 9 AM
Start:10 AM
Translation available in: Hmong

Saturday, April 22– Ward 5 Caucus and Ward Convention
Location: Wellstone Elementary
Registration Opens: 8AM
Start: 9AM
Translation available in: Hmong

Sunday, April 23– Ward 2 Caucus and Ward Convention
Location: Humboldt High School
Registration Opens: 11:30AM
Start: 12:30PM

Saturday April 29– Ward 4 Caucus and Ward Convention
Location: Murray Middle School
Registration Opens: 9AM
Start: 9:30AM

Saturday, April 29– Ward 6 Caucus and Convention
Location: Johnson Senior High
Registration Opens: 9 AM
Start: 10 AM
Translation available in: Hmong

Sunday, April 30– Ward 3 Caucus and Ward Convention
Location: Highland Park Middle School
Registration Opens:11:30AM
Start: 12PM

Sunday, April 30– Ward 7 Caucus and Convention
Location: Harding High School
Registration Opens: 12:30PM
Start: 1PM
Translation available in: Hmong

Saturday, June 17– City Convention
June 17
Location: Washington Tech
Registration Opens: 8:30AM
Start: 9:30AM
Translation available in: Hmong

*If you have additional translation needs or need any special accommodations to participate fully in the event, please email by April 12th.  



Come Party with the Party!

You are cordially invited to join the Saint Paul DFL Party for our 2017 Kick-off Fundraiser, Thursday, February 2nd at Mancini’s from 5-7PM. This exciting night will be the first event of the year where you can hobnob with mayoral and school board candidates and reconnect with all your DFL friends and neighbors. To add to the excitement, our favorite Irish band, Legacy, will be there serenading us. Stop by for a dance, or stay the whole night!

On a serious note: This is going to be a big endorsement year for the Saint Paul DFL. This is the FIRST open mayoral election since 2002 (!) and additionally there are three very important school board seats to endorse for. The Saint Paul DFL Executive Committee has done serious outreach and planning to make this year’s endorsement process smooth, transparent and incredibly inclusive. Read about it here. Those goals cost money. We hope you will join us and contribute to the cause of making the Saint Paul DFL a party that is truly reflective of our great city. On the flip side, this year is all about inclusivity, so if you can’t spare a fiver, we still want you here– and at all the events. Come. Bring your friends. Make friends. Help us make Saint Paul even better. That is what our party is about. 

 See the full invite below–


 Libby Kantner

Saint Paul DFL Chair 


2017 Saint Paul DFL Caucus & Convention Dates & Process

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Thank you to all of you who took our survey or met with members of our Executive Committee to talk about how to make the 2017 endorsement process more inclusive. Using your feedback, we have come up with a streamlined process that hopefully will allow more people to participate in the important 2017 endorsement for Saint Paul Mayor and 3 Saint Paul School Board Members.

2017 Saint Paul DFL Endorsement Process:

  • All endorsement events (caucuses or conventions) will be held on the weekend, because that’s when we heard people were available.
  • Caucuses and Ward Conventions will be held at the same event, so you don’t need to block off two days for this part– just one!
  • To maximize the number of trained volunteers and interpreters, and the amount of face-to-face candidate time attendees receive, caucuses will be on staggered days.

We hope this leads to an endorsement process that makes everyone feel heard, chooses strong, capable candidates, who reflect the values of our diverse DFL community and ensures that participants have a valuable experience.

Caucus/Ward Convention Dates (Locations and Times TBD)

Saturday, April 22– Ward 1 Caucus and Ward Convention

Saturday, April 22– Ward 5 Caucus and Ward Convention

Sunday, April 23– Ward 2 Caucus and Ward Convention

Saturday April 29– Ward 4 Caucus and Ward Convention

Saturday, April 29– Ward 6 Caucus and Convention

Sunday, April 30– Ward 3 Caucus and Ward Convention

Sunday, April 30– Ward 7 Caucus and Convention

Saturday, June 17– City Convention

Let us know what you think and how you want to help below.

Saint Paul DFL Crowdsourcing Ideas for 2017 Endorsement Process for Mayor and School Board


Have an idea for changing the way the Saint Paul DFL picks its candidates? Now your opportunity to share your thoughts with party leaders. The Saint Paul DFL is asking voters to chime in how the party can improve the the process for endorsing candidates for city-wide office. While everyone’s attention right now is on the US Presidential race, congressional races, state legislative contests, and electing our DFL-endorsed candidate for School Board, Jeanelle Foster, next year is expected to be a big year in local politics with voters having the opportunity to vote for mayor and three seats on the Saint Paul School Board.

“Given the increasing diversity of our city and the importance of next year’s election, we want our party to set the bar in holding an endorsing process that is as inclusive and welcoming as it can be,” said Saint DFL Party Chair Libby Kantner.

She added,”With the mayor’s race, because of ranked choice voting we will not have a primary in the fall. The party endorsement process will be one of the few opportunities for voters to see the candidates up close before they vote in November.”

As part of engagement efforts ahead of next year, the party is asking interested voters to participate in a survey that can be found at Party officials will also be meeting with a number of community groups to get their input. The party anticipates finalizing plans for next year by early November and announcing the dates and details for the 2017 caucuses and convention shortly thereafter.

For more information, or to share your thoughts directly, email Libby Kantner at


Join Mayor Coleman and the Saint Paul DFL for a unity fundraiser Wednesday, September 28th, 5-7PM


Please join Mayor Chris Coleman, the Saint Paul DFL & co-hosts:

Senator Dick Cohen | Senator John Marty | Senator Sandy Pappas | Representative Alice Hausman | Representative Sheldon Johnson | Representative Tim Mahoney | Representative Carlos Mariani | Representative Rena Moran | Representative Erin Murphy | Representative Dave Pinto | School Board Member Zuki Ellis | School Board Member Steve Marchese | School Board Member Jon Schumacher | School Board Member Mary Vanderwert | School Board Member Chue Vue | City Council Member Amy Brendmoen | City Council Member Jane Prince | City Council Member Russ Stark | City Council Member Dai Thao | City Council Member Chris Tolbert | Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter | Mary Briggs | Melvin Carter III | Joel Clemmer | Beth & Jon Commers | Megan Conley | Trudy Dunham | Tony Fragnito | Matt Freeman & Nicole Wittig-Geske | Peter Grafstrom | Chris & Monica Haas | Keith Hardy | Pat & Laura Harris | Libby Kantner | Robert Kasper | Joan Laux | Kathy Magnuson | Roy Magnuson | John Marshall | Don Mullin | Laura Nevitt | Cathy O’Dell | Kathryn O’Gorman & Michael Sigrin, LP | Tony Parrish | Joan Pasiuk | Cailin Rogers | Dane Ryan | Erica Schumacher & Andrew Collins | Judy Schumacher | Linda Slattengren | Barb Spears | Jeanne Strauchon | Sarah Walker | IBEW Local 110 | Saint Paul Building & Construction Trades | Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation | Saint Paul Federation of Teachers & the COPE Committee

For a DFL Unity Event to support DFL-endorsed candidate


For Saint Paul School Board

We will also be rallying behind all of our DFL-endorsed candidates who are on the ballot this November!

Wednesday, September 28

5:00-7:00 PM

Lake Monster Brewing

550 Vandalia Street #160 | Saint Paul, MN

Suggested contributions

$250 | $100 | $50

To join the host committee or RSVP, please email Megan Thrasher at

Make a contribution to Jeannie’s campaign today!

Tell your friends on Facebook! 

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday.

Our DFL-endorsed School Board Candidate, Jeannie Foster

After just one ballot Saturday, the convention voted to endorse Jeannie Foster by acclamation. Jeannie will serve all students once elected to the Saint Paul School Board. Find out more about her background and priorities here.

For a play-by-play (minutes) from the convention, click here.

Check back soon for information on how to help elect Jeannie to the Saint Paul School Board.