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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.

Message from 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 does not just understand the district.  He understands the need for the public to believe that it can interact with the district and feel that the district is responsive.  John regularly says that he believes that “it is not my job to represent the district to the public, it is my job to represent the public to the district.”  To that end John has been an advocate for parents, for students and for schools as they try to navigate the sometimes challenging structure of the district.

But John does stand up for the needs of the district as well.  He has been a part of four successful levy campaigns that have been crucial to maintaining budget stability.  John’s ability to communicate with Saint Paul voters (80 percent of whom do not have children in the district) has been a consistent asset to levy campaigns.  John is a product of “old Saint Paul” who moves comfortably in the current edition of our city.

Some things don’t change is part of John’s mantra for our schools.  Our schools need to be welcoming places that challenge and inspire our students to achieve.  Parents have to trust that their children will be in safe environments, given access to multiple programs and prepared for college, careers and life.

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

Vote for Brodrick on November 7, 2017.

Message from Marny Xiong

Marny Xiong for Saint Paul School Board

Message from the candidate:
Thank you for your endorsement, Democrats! My name is Marny Xiong, and I was born and raised in the heart of Saint Paul on Thomas Avenue in the Frogtown neighborhood. My parents were refugees who immigrated to the U.S. from war-torn Laos, and they taught me that, in order to succeed in the U.S. and reach my highest aspirations, I must finish my education. I took their words to heart and became a proud alumna of Saint Paul Public Schools. I achieved my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and African and African American Studies from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. I have been a community organizer for over 10 years and worked on various campaigns to fight for racial and economic justice. My 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 me with the skillsets necessary in bringing equity to Saint Paul Public Schools. I am committed to collaborating with students, parents, unions, educators and stakeholders to ensure equity for all students, increased enrollment, and education achievement for college success. It’s time we eliminate barriers that keep members of our community and future leaders from reaching their highest potential. Let’s win together on November 7!

Saint Paul DFL Central Committee Meeting Minutes, Tuesday, July 11, 6PM

  1. Call to order
  2. Introductions
    1. Name, where in the City you live, your role
  • Elections
    1. Secretary
    2. 2 female at-large directors
    3. 1 male at-large director
  1. Directors’ Reports
    1. Chair
      1. Endorsement cycle:
        1. Great endorsement cycle—high turnout, great engagement
        2. Tried new things, had great volunteer support
        3. Feedback on the process- first here and how we solicit?
          1. Survey of delegates
            1. Did they like the new process better?
            2. Would you attend a convention again?
  • Noel, Andrea, Ben, Rick, Matt help craft survey questions
  1. Pros:
    1. Quick balloting
  2. Cons:
    1. Still a lot of confusion
    2. Campaigns turn out people- can give false or lacking information
  • Need additional outreach to party build
    1. Do not have capacity
    2. Do we ask the State Party?
  1. Next time:
    1. Could we have job descriptions on different party roles (ward chair, etc.)
    2. Email sent out before that lays out the process—handouts that explain
  • Would be good to do better messaging—
    1. Convention not just about endorsing
    2. Not a failure if there is no endorsement
    3. Bigger events
  1. First thing is to get the endorsement process down—and then we can add other things
  1. New Executive Committee Members
    1. Welcome
    2. Happy to grab coffee to talk about your role
    3. Large part of work will be organizing caucuses and conventions in two years
  • Website updates
    1. Looking for social media guru
    2. Looking for blog posts
  1. Vice Chair
  2. Outreach Director
  3. Treasurer: St. Paul DFL Party 2017 Executive Committee Meeting Treasurer’s Report

 

Good evening everyone! First, let me apologize that I am unable to be present with you all this evening. I had a business dinner that I was unable to get out of. Unless, of course, I am currently at the meeting in which case disregard. Anyway, I want to thank all of our members for continuing to kick so much butt with their hard work and dedication. I am relatively new to the Executive Committee, but I have been so impressed and so encouraged by everyone’s continued engagement and excitement about bringing change to our community.

 

Currently we have $45,355.32 in our checking account at Associated Bank. We still have outstanding bills to be paid totaling roughly $5,000 so it is more accurate to say that we have about $40,000 in our coffers. Ideally, as we continue to march in parades and do various community events we will add to this number.

 

If you recall, our budget for the Ward Caucus and Ward Conventions, as well as our City Convention was $21,700. That number, admittedly, was an over-estimation of our budgetary needs. Generally speaking, when crafting a budget you do want to over-estimate your expenses so that you don’t run short on funds and you also would much rather have excess money than less. That said our total cost for the caucuses and conventions was around $18,600. I am still determining where we saved the most money and where we spent the most money, however, we still came in nearly $3,100 under the proposed budget.  This is great news! And it means that we will have additional funds to help our endorsed candidates get elected and promote the St. Paul DFL Party and our values.

 

In sum: $45,355.32 in our account currently; number is closer to $40,000 once accounts payable is taken into consideration.  Our total cost for the caucuses and conventions was around $18,600 which brought us under budget by about $3,100!

 

  1. 2017 Coordinated Campaign
    1. Overview:
      1. Coordinate mail, event outreach, phonebanks and doorknocks
      2. Candidates handle their lawnsigns—lawnsign phone bank at the end of August
  • No staffer
  1. Mail: 4 pieces- $35,000
    1. Flush out universe some more
    2. Ask SB candidates for funds? $5K?
  2. Small costs for events, office supplies
  1. Approve budget and fundraising plan
    1. Budget: $36,000
    2. And any other funds she raised from endorsed campaigns
  • Keep an eye on what candidates enter the race
  1. Reminder to ask the SPFT
  1. Motion: The chair has the discretion to spend up to $36,000 on the Coordinated campaign (mailings and incidentals), in addition to what is raised from candidates to expand mail universe.
  2. Responsibility to push the turnout
    1. Chris, Noel, Ben, Tony meet and discuss ideas for creative turnout
    2. Unregistered voters doors? Add to list or apartments
  3. Potential Ballot Question
    1. Rick explains endorsement process
    2. Add the question to a survey?
    3. Options:
      1. Do nothing
      2. Put it on agenda- do nothing
  • Put it on agenda- endorse or oppose
  1. Need to check in with folks
  2. Motion: The chair has the authority to survey, provided that it is certified.
    1. Passed
  • Old Business
  • New Business
    1. Matt proposes a grant that would help do outreach to new caucuses goers—stressed the need for more buy in from the State Party
    2. Stronger representation of the municipal
      1. Theresa and Ben
    3. Announcements
      1. Unity Fundraiser for Dave Pinto, Thursday, 5:30-7:30, 740 Mississippi River Blvd
      2. Filing Fundraiser, Tuesday, August 1st, 7:30-9AM, West Side Flats
    4. Adjourn

 

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, July 12th, White Bear Avenue Parade, line up at 6:30PM at Hawthorne and White Bear Avenue, parade at 7PM, Unit 60
  • Saturday, July 15th, Rondo Days Parade, line up at 9AM at Oxford and Fuller, Unit 25
  • Sunday, July 30, Rice Street Parade—more info to come
  • Tuesday, August 1st, 7:30AM-9AM—Filing fundraiser

 

2017 DFL Meetings

  • Tuesday, July 11th, 6PM- Central Committee
  • Tuesday, August 8th, 6PM- Executive Committee
  • Tuesday, September 12, 6PM- Central Committee
  • Tuesday, October 10 6PM- Executive Committee
  • Tuesday, November 14, 6PM Central Committee

 

All meetings located at DFL Headquarters, 255 Plato Blvd E., Saint Paul DFL