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Vote today!

A9C481AD-4FD8-4D49-BE77-D0FC204C7EBEMarny Xiong, John Brodrick, and Jeannie Foster say “voting is fun!”

Today is the day to get to the polls and show your support for Saint Paul DFL endorsed school board candidates!

Find your polling place at at the state website here.

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Back to School!

Today Saint Paul Public School students across the city return to the classroom ready to learn. Today also marks two months out from the election for three Saint Paul School Board seats. Last June the Saint Paul DFL voted in one ballot to endorse three excellent candidates for School Board. Here is your slate of 2017 Saint Paul DFL School Board candidates:

John Brodrick 

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John Brodrick has spent a lifetime in our Saint Paul public schools.  From Scheffer Elementary to Mechanic Arts High School as a student; and from Como Park Junior HIgh to Mechanic Arts to Washington to Como Park Senior High as a teacher; John knows the inner workings of a classroom and a school building.  As a four-term school board member John understands the network of connections that our school district is composed of.

John has been an advocate for all of us in the classroom, in the community and on the Board. With a new superintendent and mostly newer board members, John’s experience is needed now as much, if not more, than ever.

 

Jeannie Foster

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Jeanelle ‘Jeannie’ Foster is a 25-year veteran educator, a single mother of two grown children and a community leader. Jeannie is grounded in a sense of purpose to give back, saying, “I am a reflection of the children and families I serve.” First elected to the Board to fill a vacancy during 2016’s special election, Jeannie is now running for a full four-year term.

On the SPPS Board of Education, Jeannie will continue to keep children and equity at the center of the Board’s decision-making and help schools be more responsive. She will work to ensure the District increases parent and family engagement to better support student success, and she will always prioritize students in funding decisions—she will continue to be their voice on the Board and make certain that all kids have access to the high-quality education they deserve.

 

Marny Xiong

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Marny Xiong was born and raised in the heart of Saint Paul on Thomas Avenue in the Frogtown neighborhood. Her parents were refugees who immigrated to the U.S. from war-torn Laos, and they instilled in her a dedication to education. She has been a community organizer for over 10 years and worked on various campaigns to fight for racial and economic justice. Her experience organizing with the Vote No Campaign, Take Action Minnesota, SEIU Local 113 and serving on various boards, such as the Payne-Phalen Neighborhood, has equipped her with the skillsets necessary to bring equity to Saint Paul Public Schools.

Marny is committed to collaborating with students, parents, unions, educators and stakeholders to ensure equity for all students, increased enrollment, and education achievement for college success.

 

We are back to school and ready to work. Join us to help get John, Jeannie and Marny elected on November 7th.

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We look forward to working with you for the best Saint Paul Public Schools.

 

Executive Meeting Minutes: August 8 2017

  • Introductions: Name, role, favorite summer snacks
  • Guest: Debra Hilstrom, running for AG if Lori Swanson runs for governor. She answered questions about:
  • Redistricting: The DFL needs to hold the governorship to protect against gerrymandering. She worries about this as her district is a target for gerrymandering both by the GOP and the DFL, and believes that both parties need to be committed to drawing lines fairly.
  • Criminal justice reform: She advocates for restoring the vote to felons and is against suspending licenses so freely as it places more individuals in the system and gives more reason to pull people over. She helped Minneapolis change marijuana citations from misdemeanor to petty misdemeanor (from an arrest to a ticket).
  • For-profit schools: They were targeting constituents in her district. When Swanson sued them and they lost their license, the GOP fought for them to have a path to restoring their license. Hilstrom fought again that.
  • Directors’ reports
  • Chair:
    • Filing breakfast went well. About 40 people, including many elected officials, were there.
    • Next month, we’ll vote to fill the secretary position.
  • Vice Chair: Not in attendance
  • Outreach Director: Convo around increasing voting, especially absentee voting
  • Treasurer:
    • Currently have $41,000
    • $36,000 committed to coordinated campaigns for the fall, $1,200 for accounts payable
    • About $4,000 left
    • More fundraising needs to happen
  • Old business: None
  • New business:
  • Social/happy hour to help committee get to know each other better outside of the meetings. Renee, Adam, and Chris will plan a date and time.
  • Danielle, math graduate student at UMN, asked for funding to attend a conference at UW-Madison in October about redistricting. She would report back to the DFL so we can use that information to advocate for fair redistricting. Cost is $1,064.96 for one person or $1,309.96 for two people.
    • Proposal that Saint Paul DFL will contribute $250 if state DFL will contribute $500. Libby will forward this proposal to the state DFL.
  • Adjourn to committees:
  • Outreach:
    • Coordinated campaigning for candidates
      • Attend forums that candidates have already committed to
      • Reverse doorknocking: doorknocking on houses with unregistered voters (so we’d have address data, not names)
      • Set up outside grocery stores on a few Saturdays
    • Presence needed at summer festivals
      • State fair: State DFL will have a booth. Saint Paul DFL would like a Saint Paul day where we have the mayoral and school board candidates present
      • Selby Jazz Festival
      • Payne Arcade Harvest Festival
      • Safe Summer Nights
      • Saint Paul food truck fair
      • Minnesota roller derby (Oct. 21): Danielle will reach out to them
    • For both doorknocking and events, give out absentee voter applications (or registration applications)

 

Jeannie Foster For School Board

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Message from the candidate:

Jeanelle ‘Jeannie’ Foster is a 25-year veteran educator, a single mother of two grown children and a community leader. Jeannie is grounded in a sense of purpose to give back, saying, “I am a reflection of the children and families I serve.” First elected to the Board to fill a vacancy during 2016’s special election, Jeannie is now running for a full four-year term.

Jeannie Foster is a lifelong resident of Saint Paul. She grew up in Frogtown, living in Liberty Plaza with her mom, sister and brother. Jeannie is a Saint Paul Public Schools graduate who went on to earn a Master’s in Education from Concordia University. Raised by a single mother, Jeannie also became a single mom at an early age. She was 16 years old when she had her first child, her daughter Jaylana. “I grew up with family abuse and alcoholism, and I wanted to remove my daughter from that environment. I knew I had to,” says Jeannie. “Education was the way to do that.”

Jeannie started her professional career as an early childhood educator and she understands the challenges kids and teachers face in a classroom of diverse learners. Building upon her classroom experience, Jeannie spent 18 years at the Wilder Child Development Center facilitating diversity trainings and parent education, negotiating contracts and using data to shape and correct programs. In 2015, Jeannie was recruited by Community Action of Ramsey & Washington County to manage Family Services, where she was focused on producing outcomes for core Head Start priorities.

Outside of her professional leadership roles, Jeannie is extremely active in the community. She is the Vice Chair of Dayton’s Bluff District Council, where she works to address incidents of gun violence in the neighborhood, introduce neighbors to the district council process and create a Youth Engagement Committee. She is also active in her church community.

On the SPPS Board of Education, Jeannie will continue to keep children and equity at the center of the Board’s decision-making and help schools be more responsive. She will work to ensure the District increases parent and family engagement to better support student success, and she will always prioritize students in funding decisions—she will continue to be their voice on the Board and make certain that all kids have access to the high-quality education they deserve.

 

Join us Tuesday, August 1st, for breakfast before candidates file for office!

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Earlier this summer with our DFL-endorsed school board candidates- Marny Xiong, Jeannie Foster, and John Brodrick

Tuesday, August 1st, filing for the 2017 Saint Paul elections open and Saint Paul DFL School Board members will be the first ones in the door. Join us as we rally pre-filing with breakfast, coffee, speeches and friends.

Saint Paul DFL Filing Kick-Off Breakfast (And Fundraiser!)

Tuesday, August 1st, 7:30AM-9AM

DFL Headquarters- 255 Plato Blvd E., Saint Paul, MN

Things to know before you go:

  1. RSVP– and bring your friends!
  2. Did you know you can donate up to $50 ($100 for couples) and get reimbursed!? That’s right– the Minnesota Political Contribution Refund (PCR) program is back. It’s easy and it helps build our party and elect our DFL candidates. Bring your checkbook and we’ll do the rest.
  3. The muffins we are serving are to. die. for. You don’t want to miss them.