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Candidates seeking St. Paul DFL endorsement in 2019: The list is growing! (Updated as of 2/18/19)

*If you are a candidate seeking endorsement of the St. Paul DFL and not already listed below, please visit this form to give us your contact information. Our caucus and convention process to consider endorsing candidates starts with the caucus on March 10th.

Office Sought Location First name Last name Best campaign contact
School Board Citywide Chauntyll Allen 6126708074 or Chauntyllallenforschoolboard@gmail.com
School Board Citywide Zuki Ellis Shawn at Dayedd@augsburg.edu or 763-438-4066
School Board Citywide Jessica Kopp jessica4stpaulschools@gmail.com
School Board Citywide Steve Marchese steveforspps@gmail.com or Megan at megan.v.thrasher@gmail.com
School Board Citywide Omar Syed 6122902404 or USSTMC@GMAIL.com
School Board Citywide Mary Vanderwert mary.vanderwert@gmail.com or 6514318626 or Megan at megan.v.thrasher@gmail.com
School Board Citywide Ryan Williams RyanWilliamsElection@gmail.com 952-239-1892
City Council Ward 1 Anika Bowie Elizer at (612) 385-5664 or eedarris@gmail.com
City Council Ward 1 Liz De La Torre mnlizdelatorre@gmail.com or Megan at megan.v.thrasher@gmail.com
City Council Ward 1 Dai Thao Christina at Daithaoforward1@gmail.com
City Council Ward 2 Rebecca Noecker Megan at majekot@gmail.com
City Council Ward 3 Chris Tolbert Votetolbert@gmail.com
City Council Ward 4 Mitra Jalali Nelson Doua at dyang1718@gmail.com
City Council Ward 5 Amy Brendmoen Jillian at 218-349-9300 or jillian.ryks@gmail.com
City Council Ward 5 Lynn Connolly Lynn at 651/488-4052 or 651/329-5430
City Council Ward 6 Alexander Bourne Bournehasour6@gmail.com
City Council Ward 6 Tony Her nija616@gmal.com 
City Council Ward 6 Danielle Swift swiftfor6@gmail.com
City Council Ward 6 Terri Thao Mai Eng at maienglee@gmail.com
City Council Ward 6 Nelsie Yang Chris at yangforcouncil@gmail.com
City Council Ward 7 Ahmed Hersi ahersi73@gmail.com or 6518008885
City Council Ward 7 Jane Prince harr.stephanie@gmail.com
City Council Ward 7 Mary Anne Quiroz Jamila at Info@quirozfortheeastside.com
City Council Ward 7 Clara Ware claraware1@gmail.com or 612-283-2702
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And confirmed locations are:

PLEASE NOTE: The Ward 6 caucus has been changed to the same location as the convention to try to eliminate confusion. Additionally, the Ward 3 location has changed to the High School. Thanks for your flexibility and patience as we work these things out with the school district.

The below locations are set as of 2/15/19. Questions: email bethcommers@donjek.com or text 651/247-7009.

DOW Date What Time CONFIRMED Locations (unless noted)
Saturday 9-Feb Caucus & Convention Prep 9:30am-11:30am Beth Commers’ house, 2294 Commonwealth, 55108
Thursday 21-Feb Central Committee & Caucus Prep 6-8:30pm MN DFL, 255 E Plato Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55107
Sunday 24-Feb Candidate Mixer & Caucus and Convention Q&A 3-5pm Tongue in Cheek, 989 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55130
Saturday 2-Mar Convener Training 10:30-11:30am Sun Ray Library, 3M Community Room
Sunday 3-Mar Convener Training 3-4pm Rondo Library, Rondo Flex Room
Thursday 7-Mar Executive Committee 6-7pm Hamline Midway Library, Auditorium
Sunday 10-Mar Precinct Caucuses City-wide 2:30pm sign-in, 3pm start See Wards for specific locations
Sunday 10-Mar Caucus: Ward 1 2:30pm sign-in, 3pm start Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet
Sunday 10-Mar Caucus: Ward 2 2:30pm sign-in, 3pm start Humboldt High School
Sunday 10-Mar Caucus: Ward 3 2:30pm sign-in, 3pm start Highland Park HIGH School
Sunday 10-Mar Caucus: Ward 4 2:30pm sign-in, 3pm start Murray Middle School
Sunday 10-Mar Caucus: Ward 5 2:30pm sign-in, 3pm start Como High School
Sunday 10-Mar Caucus: Ward 6 2:30pm sign-in, 3pm start Hazel Park Prep Academy
Sunday 10-Mar Caucus: Ward 7 2:30pm sign-in, 3pm start Harding High School
Sunday 10-Mar Ward 2 convention 4:30pm start, after caucuses Humboldt High School
Sunday 10-Mar Ward 3 convention 4:30pm start, after caucuses Highland Park HIGH School
Sunday 10-Mar Ward 4 convention 4:30pm start, after caucuses Murray Middle School
Thursday 11-Apr Central Committee 6-7pm St. Anthony Park Library & Social Hour on the Deck of Nico’s immediately after (weather permitting)
Saturday 27-Apr Ward 6 convention 9am sign in, 10am start Hazel Park Prep
Sunday 28-Apr Ward 1 convention 1:30pm sign-in, Start 2pm Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet
Thursday 2-May Executive Committee & Last minute convention prep 6-8pm MN DFL, 255 E Plato Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55107
Saturday 4-May Ward 7 convention 1:30pm sign in, Start 2pm Harding High School
Sunday 5-May Ward 5 convention 1:30pm sign-in, Start 2pm Como High School
Thursday 6-Jun Central Committee 6-7pm MN DFL, 255 E Plato Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55107 NOT YET CONFIRMED
Sunday 23-Jun Saint Paul DFL Convention 1:30pm sign-in, Start 2pm TBD
Thursday 1-Aug Executive Committee 6-7pm MN DFL, 255 E Plato Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55107
Thursday 5-Sep Central Committee 6-7pm MN DFL, 255 E Plato Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55107
Thursday 3-Oct Executive Committee 6-7pm MN DFL, 255 E Plato Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55107
Thursday 24-Oct Central Committee & GOTV Phone bank 6-9pm TBD
Thursday 5-Dec Annual Fundraiser and Election Wrap Up TBD TBD

Delegate Counts!

PCTNAME Precinct Delegates to Ward Conv. PCTNAME Precinct Delegates to Ward Conv. PCTNAME Precinct Delegates to Ward Conv.
St. Paul W-1 P-01 22 St. Paul W-2 P-01 31 St. Paul W-3 P-01 37
St. Paul W-1 P-02 38 St. Paul W-2 P-02 31 St. Paul W-3 P-02 43
St. Paul W-1 P-03 27 St. Paul W-2 P-03 39 St. Paul W-3 P-03 47
St. Paul W-1 P-04 19 St. Paul W-2 P-04 28 St. Paul W-3 P-04 24
St. Paul W-1 P-05 22 St. Paul W-2 P-05 38 St. Paul W-3 P-05 31
St. Paul W-1 P-06 45 St. Paul W-2 P-06 10 St. Paul W-3 P-06 35
St. Paul W-1 P-07 28 St. Paul W-2 P-07 34 St. Paul W-3 P-07 27
St. Paul W-1 P-08 40 St. Paul W-2 P-08 16 St. Paul W-3 P-08 30
St. Paul W-1 P-09 28 St. Paul W-2 P-09 34 St. Paul W-3 P-09 44
St. Paul W-1 P-10 6 St. Paul W-2 P-10 2 St. Paul W-3 P-10 25
St. Paul W-1 P-11 17 St. Paul W-2 P-11 47 St. Paul W-3 P-11 31
St. Paul W-1 P-12 6 St. Paul W-2 P-12 29 St. Paul W-3 P-12 36
St. Paul W-1 P-13 22 St. Paul W-2 P-13 23 St. Paul W-3 P-13 34
St. Paul W-1 P-14 13 St. Paul W-2 P-14 25 St. Paul W-3 P-14 62
St. Paul W-1 P-15 9 St. Paul W-2 P-15 38
St. Paul W-1 P-16 4
Ward 1 346 Ward 2 425 Ward 3 506
PCTNAME Precinct Delegates to Ward Conv. PCTNAME Precinct Delegates to Ward Conv. PCTNAME Precinct Delegates to Ward Conv.
St. Paul W-4 P-01 31 St. Paul W-5 P-01 34 St. Paul W-6 P-01 20
St. Paul W-4 P-02 27 St. Paul W-5 P-02 43 St. Paul W-6 P-02 20
St. Paul W-4 P-03 42 St. Paul W-5 P-03 35 St. Paul W-6 P-03 19
St. Paul W-4 P-04 33 St. Paul W-5 P-04 48 St. Paul W-6 P-04 23
St. Paul W-4 P-05 24 St. Paul W-5 P-05 24 St. Paul W-6 P-05 25
St. Paul W-4 P-06 25 St. Paul W-5 P-06 23 St. Paul W-6 P-06 29
St. Paul W-4 P-07 32 St. Paul W-5 P-07 14 St. Paul W-6 P-07 8
St. Paul W-4 P-08 39 St. Paul W-5 P-08 30 St. Paul W-6 P-08 20
St. Paul W-4 P-09 28 St. Paul W-5 P-09 21 St. Paul W-6 P-09 28
St. Paul W-4 P-10 38 St. Paul W-5 P-10 8 St. Paul W-6 P-10 12
St. Paul W-4 P-11 37 St. Paul W-6 P-11 20
St. Paul W-4 P-12 30 St. Paul W-6 P-12 14
St. Paul W-4 P-13 28
St. Paul W-4 P-14 26
St. Paul W-4 P-15 27
Ward 4 467 Ward 5 280 Ward 6 238
PCTNAME Precinct Delegates to Ward Conv. City Convo Ward Delegates to City Conv.
St. Paul W-7 P-01 28 Ward 1 68
St. Paul W-7 P-02 15 Ward 2 84
St. Paul W-7 P-03 19 Ward 3 101
St. Paul W-7 P-04 12 Ward 4 93
St. Paul W-7 P-05 20 Ward 5 55
St. Paul W-7 P-06 18 Ward 6 47
St. Paul W-7 P-07 15 Ward 7 52
St. Paul W-7 P-08 22 TOTAL 500
St. Paul W-7 P-09 18
St. Paul W-7 P-10 17
St. Paul W-7 P-11 16
St. Paul W-7 P-12 36
St. Paul W-7 P-13 28
Ward 7 264

Candidates Seeking DFL Endorsement

We have spent the last month asking for information on candidates who are seeking DFL endorsement during the 2019 municipal cycle from the St. Paul DFL and its Wards. Here is a list of all the candidates who have reached out to us:

Office Location Candidate FN Candidate LN Campaign contact provided
School Board Citywide Zuki Ellis Shawn, Dayedd@augsburg.edu  763-438-4066
School Board Citywide Steve Marchese steveforspps@gmail.com
School Board Citywide Amin Omar a.omar@hornofafricausa.org or 6513074676
School Board Citywide Omar Syed 6122902404
School Board Citywide Mary Vanderwert mary.vanderwert@gmail.com or 6514318626
City Council Ward 1 Anika Bowie Elizer Darris (612) 385-5664
City Council Ward 1 Liz De La Torre mnlizdelatorre@gmail.com or megan.v.thrasher@gmail.com
City Council Ward 1 Dai Thao Christina, Daithaoforward1@gmail.com
City Council Ward 2 Rebecca Noecker Megan Jekot – majekot@gmail.com
City Council Ward 3 Chris Tolbert Votetolbert@gmail.com
City Council Ward 4 Mitra Jalali Nelson Doua Yang, dyang1718@gmail.com
City Council Ward 5 Amy Brendmoen Jillian Carpenter 218-349-9300 or jillian.ryks@gmail.com
City Council Ward 5 Lynn Connolly LYNN at 651488405/ 6519835490
City Council Ward 6 Alexander Bourne Bournehasour6@gmail.com
City Council Ward 6 Tony Her nija616@gmal.com
City Council Ward 6 Terri Thao Mai Eng Lee, maienglee@gmail.com
City Council Ward 6 Nelsie Yang Chris Xiong, yangforcouncil@gmail.com
City Council Ward 7 Ahmed Hersi 6518008885
City Council Ward 7 Jane Prince Stephanie.harr@gmail.com 
City Council Ward 7 Mary Anne Quiroz Info@quirozfortheeastside.com

2019 Municipal Dates Finalized

Hey there! We have heard from candidates seeking endorsement and have selected dates for the caucus, all conventions, and Saint Paul DFL meetings.  These dates will not change.

As we have to utilize public buildings for our events, we have applications out for all dates. Stay tuned to this website for locations. We will update them as we hear back from the school district, MN DFL and city about our reservation requests.

If you have any questions, please email Beth at bethcommers@donjek.com or text or call 651/247-7009 or Garrison at gmcmurtrey07@gmail.com or 601/201-7611.

Date What Time
31-Jan Executive Committee 6-7pm
9-Feb Caucus & Convention Prep 9:30am
21-Feb Central Committee & Caucus Prep 6-8:30pm
24-Feb Candidate Mixer & Caucus and Convention Q&A 3-5pm
2-Mar Convener Training 9:30am-11am
7-Mar Executive Committee 6-7pm
10-Mar Precinct Caucuses City-wide 2:30pm sign-in, 3pm start
10-Mar Ward 2 convention 5pm start, after caucuses
10-Mar Ward 3 convention 5pm start, after caucuses
10-Mar Ward 4 convention 5pm start, after caucuses
11-Apr Central Committee 6-7pm
27-Apr Ward 6 convention 9am sign in, 10am start
28-Apr Ward 1 convention 1:30pm sign-in, Start 2pm
2-May Executive Committee & Last minute convention prep 6-8pm
4-May Ward 7 convention 1:30pm sign in, Start 2pm
5-May Ward 5 convention 1:30pm sign-in, Start 2pm
6-Jun Central Committee 6-7pm
23-Jun Saint Paul DFL Convention 1:30pm sign-in, Start 2pm
1-Aug Executive Committee 6-7pm
5-Sep Central Committee 6-7pm
3-Oct Executive Committee 6-7pm
24-Oct Central Committee & GOTV Phone bank 6-9pm
5-Dec Annual Fundraiser and Election Wrap Up TBD

 

2019 Caucus & Conventions are fast approaching!

What happens in our city impacts our daily lives tremendously. Whether our streets are plowed, our rec centers are open, are schools are strong—it all impacts our quality of life in Saint Paul. We hope that you will choose again–or for the first time–to engage in our municipal elections starting with the Saint Paul DFL precinct caucus and ending on Election Day on November 5, 2019.

In 2019, the Saint Paul DFL will be considering endorsement for all 7 city council seat and for 4 of the 7 school board seats.

Precinct caucuses will be held across the city on Sunday, March 10th from 3-5pm (approximate end time). Sign in will begin at 2:30pm. We will start securing locations this week and will email updates as soon as we have them. All DFLers wishing to participate in the endorsing process must attend the precinct caucus in person or by proxy if they are unable to be there. If you haven’t caucused before, here is some general info about it. Although we cannot provide babysitters, kids are totally welcome to attend with their adult/s. The precinct caucus will bring neighbors together to discuss issues that affect their neighborhood, consider resolutions as part of our municipal party platform, and will select people to attend the ward convention.

Ward conventions will be scheduled on the following dates according to the number of candidates seeking DFL endorsement in each ward. At each ward convention, we will decide if we wish to endorse for that city council seat and we will select people to represent us at the city convention. We will also choose Ward leadership.

  • April 27 & 28
  • May 4 & 5
  • May 18 & 19

The Saint Paul DFL City Convention will be held on Sunday, June 23rd. Sign in will begin at 2:30pm. It is at this convention where we will consider endorsing for the 4 school board seats, elect new City DFL leadership and vote on resolutions, city issues that you want us to highlight in our local platform. This is also the last step of our endorsing process. After this, we will turn our effort toward helping elect any and every endorsed candidate win on the November ballot.

Candidates: If you are a candidate seeking endorsement, please fill out this google form to let us know for what position you are seeking endorsement.

Volunteers: If you are a good neighbor willing to volunteer to make this caucus and convention a success, please let us know now here.

You might have one last question–why isn’t there a primary? The caucus is NEVER a primary! Sometimes we offer preference polls at the caucus—especially on presidential years–—but we won’t this year. Additionally, with ranked choice voting, the primary is eliminated for city council. Everyone runs to the General! In order for the SPPS board to call a primary, they would have to be willing to pay for the expense of it. We have not been informed that they will do so as of the date this email has been sent.

As a reminder, the Saint Paul DFL is comprised totally of neighbors like you. It is an independent organization from the MN DFL and is completely volunteer run and donation driven (YES! The PCR counts for any donation to local party!). We would be grateful! Donations aside, there is no fee to join and no time requirement—you just have to be a democrat (or is it Democrat!) and want to engage with your neighbors. We sure do hope to see you! This process will be better with you at the table.

Best,

Beth & Garrison

Your Saint Paul DFL Chairs

September Central Committee Meeting

Dear DFL Central Committee Members,

There will be a Central Committee meeting of the Saint Paul DFL on Wednesday, September 5th at 6pm in the Multipurpose Room in Rondo Community Library, 461 N Dale St, Saint Paul, 55103. We will: 1.) Consider endorsement of the SPPS Vote Yes for Kids referendum campaign; and 2.) Set caucus and convention dates for 2019.

You should have also received this information by mail if we have your mailing address.

We hope to see you!

Best,

Beth