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Meet the Candidates: Rebecca Noecker for Ward 2!

Rebecca Noecker is the DFL endorsed city council candidate running in Ward 2. We asked Rebecca a few questions that we want to share with you.

Why did you decide to run?

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I decided to run for office because I wanted to do my part to make my community better.  I love people, I love solving complex problems and I don’t shy away from tough decisions – so politics has always appealed to me.  I grew up in a family that was always involved in the community from building neighborhood playgrounds to serving on school committees.  My Jewish faith has instilled in me the belief that engaging in the life of the community is not an option – it’s a responsibility. From my experience teaching middle school in a low-income neighborhood in Baton Rouge to working at non-profits in India and Uganda,  I’ve seen how communities can suffer when government is dysfunctional, exclusive or interested only in serving the privileged. I strive every day to be a different kind of public servant, to listen closely, meet people where they are, share my thoughts honestly and work hard to get things done for my constituents.

How do you see your ward 30 years from now?

In 2049, I hope Ward 2 will be a bustling, healthy place where our neighborhoods have grown to accommodate our increased population while retaining their unique identities.  I hope we have Noecker Family-8better transit options and safer roads, especially on W. 7th St, Grand Ave, Lexington and Cesar Chavez. I hope our streets are in better repair because we have found dedicated revenue to do the maintenance our roads need every year.  New businesses should be opening in our neighborhoods, providing essential, walkable services to residents and also shouldering more of our tax burden. All St. Paul families will be thriving because our neighborhoods are home to hundreds of more units of affordable housing, our $15 minimum wage and earned sick and safe time ordinances are in full effect, and all St. Paul families have access to high-quality, affordable early childhood education.

How do you plan to govern in a way that is inclusive, creative and equitable?

I believe the best way to represent the people of Ward 2 is to listen to as many residents, business owners and other stakeholders as often as I can.  I hold regular Community Coffees and Happy Hours in all Ward 2 neighborhoods to hear my constituents’ ideas and concerns. I’m always open to new ways of doing things – I never assume that we’ve got it all figured out. TheNoecker Family-3 best parts of my first term have been working collaboratively with neighbors and City staff to get things done. Revamping our skyway code of conduct to make our skyways cleaner and safer, building a new emergency homeless shelter downtown and saving our city’s oldest public building–the Hope Fire Station–were all ideas that originated or were pushed by constituents and I was grateful to be able to help make them happen.

What’s the last book you read? 

I’m just wrapping up Ants Among Elephants, a memoir by a young woman whose father grew up as a member of an untouchable caste in India shortly after independence.  It’s fascinating to compare Indians’ struggles for self-determination with the work confronting us in our own community today to make sure all our residents have the opportunity to live in safety, to prosper and to determine their own future.

Favorite restaurant/ dish in St. Paul or your ward. 

This is a nearly impossible choice! Ward 2 has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to great dining locations. One of my favorite morning spots is Cafe Astoria – I go for the neighborhood feel, the friendly staff and the delicious, invigorating coffee.


Tell us a fun fact about your ward. 

Ward 2 contains the only neighborhood in St. Paul that was made part of the United States by President Thomas Jefferson in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.  (The West Side.)

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To learn more about Rebecca and her campaign, visit 

or on facebook at


Updated dates (posted 9/23/19)

The election is right around the corner and we hope you can join us in getting out our neighbors out to the polls.  Give Beth a shout at 651/247-7009 (text too) or on email at with questions!

DOW Date What Time Location
Thurs 26-Sep Coordinated Phone Bank 6-8:30pm AFSCME, 300 Hardman Ave. South, South St. Paul, 55075
Sat 28-Sep Payne Avenue Harvestfest Parade noon start, line up begins at 10am Line up on Rose & Geranium Streets
Mon 30-Sep St. Paul DFL Central Committee Mtg 6-7pm MN DFL, 255 E Plato Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55107
Thurs 10-Oct Coordinated Phone Bank 6-8:30pm AFSCME, 300 Hardman Ave. South, South St. Paul, 55075
Thurs 17-Oct Coordinated Phone Bank 6-8:30pm AFSCME, 300 Hardman Ave. South, South St. Paul, 55075
Thurs 24-Oct St. Paul DFL Executive Committee Mtg & GOTV Phone bank 6-9pm AFSCME, 300 Hardman Ave. South, South St. Paul, 55075


Meet the candidates: Dai Thao for Ward 1

Dai Thao is the DFL endorsed city council candidate running in Ward 1.

We asked Dai a few questions.  Dai Thao

  1. Why did you decide to run? 

I’m seeking re-election as council member because I’ve got the experience, a track record of getting things done, and the fire to fight for our DFL values and get our fair shake of investments in Ward 1. Now is not the time to press the reset button on the progress we’ve made the last 6 years because we are at a pivotal moment where we get to shape policies that will be inclusive and benefit the hard-working, courageous, and resilient people of Ward 1.

  1. How do you see your ward 30 years from now?

Ward 1 will be an international destination where everyone wants to be for the most diverse and authentic food, arts, culture, and parks. We’ll have complete and pothole-free streets where there will be no fatalities by car crashes.  We’ll have the most affordable housing options for families and seniors. Children will have access to a quality education in safe schools. There will be no more gun and domestic violence. Ward 1 will be the best place to open up a business, have the most good paying jobs and generate the most revenue outside of downtown.

  1. How do you plan to govern in a way that is inclusive, creative and equitable? 

I believe we can create progress for all when we stand united. As a political refugee, I know what happens under bad government – people become impoverished and die. This is why I govern with the ideals that government is for the people, by the people. This is why I fight to make sure regular people have a seat at the table. This is why  I’m in the community every day having conversations with people most impacted by our policies. I will continue to build, connect, and unite people across race, gender, religion, cultures, and neighborhoods to fight for one another.

4. What’s the last book you read?

All You Can Do Is All You Can Do, But All You Can Do Is Enough by A.L. Williams

  1. Favorite restaurant/dish in St. Paul or your ward.

I love pho noodle soup.

Dai’s campaign website is: You can also visit Dai’s campaign on facebook.

The St. Paul DFL endorsed for school board!

Our sincere congratulations to Zuki Ellis, Chauntyll Allen and Steve Marchese for their endorsement for the SPPS School Board! We are so very ready to work hard for your election in November!

We also want to thank all the countless volunteers who spent numerous hours from the very first caucus through all the ward conventions to the city convention! We truly could not have done this without you!!

2019 City DFL Votes for BOE

2019 School Board Candidate Questionnaires & Convention Agenda/Rules

We are looking forward to the St. Paul DFL endorsing convention this coming Sunday, June 23rd! Registration begins at 2:30pm at Washington Tech Magnet School. Here is the call that was sent to delegates and alternates: SPDFL-city-convention-call-A side 2019.  And here are the proposed agenda and rules for the convention: 2019 st-paul-dfl-2019-convention-agenda and rules June 23.

Most school board candidates seeking endorsement chose to submit questionnaires. Here are the completed questionnaires that were submitted, in alphabetical order by candidate last name:

Chauntyll Allen 2019 St Paul DFL School Board Candidate Questionnaire FINAL

Charlie Castro 2019 St Paul DFL School Board Candidate Questionnaire

Zuki Ellis 2019 Saint Paul DFL School Board Candidate Questionnaire

Jessica Kopp 2019 Saint Paul DFL School Board Candidate Questionnaire

Steve Marchese 2019 St Paul DFL School Board Candidate Questionnaire

Omar Syed 2019 St Paul DFL School Board Candidate Questionnaire

Mary Vanderwert 2019 St Paul DFL Questionnaire

Ryan Williams 2019 St Paul DFL School Board Candidate Questionnaire



Here are the June dates for the St. Paul DFL that we hope yo have on your calendar:

DOW Date What Time CONFIRMED Locations
Thurs 6-Jun Central Committee Mtg 6-7pm MN DFL, 255 E Plato Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55107
Thurs 6-Jun Endorsement Process Q & A–for BOE candidates and their teams 7-8pm MN DFL, 255 E Plato Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55107
Sunday 23-Jun Saint Paul DFL Convention 1;30pm Doors open, 2:30pm sign-in, Start 3:30pm Washington Tech, 1495 Rice St, St Paul, 55117

Congrats to our endorsed city council candidates and onward to school board!

First, a big congrats to all our DFL endorsed city council candidates across the City!

Office Sought Location First name Last name Best campaign contact
City Council Ward 1 Dai Thao
City Council Ward 2 Rebecca Noecker Megan at
City Council Ward 3 Chris Tolbert
City Council Ward 4 Mitra Jalali Nelson Doua at
City Council Ward 5 Amy Brendmoen Jillian at 218-349-9300 or
City Council Ward 7 Jane Prince

Next, we are looking forward to the City Convention scheduled for June 23rd! Here is the official call that will be  mailed: SPDFL-city-convention-call-A side 2019

Here are the candidates seeking DFL endorsement. The delegates will consider whether or not they endorse up to 4 of them on June 23rd:

Office Sought First name Last name Best campaign contact
School Board Chauntyll Allen Isabel at 6126708074 or
School Board Charlotte Castro Charlie at 612.414.5161 or
School Board Zuki Ellis Shawn at or 763-438-4066
School Board Jessica Kopp
School Board Steve Marchese or Megan at
School Board Omar Syed 6122902404 or
School Board Mary Vanderwert or 6514318626 or Megan at
School Board Ryan Williams 952-239-1892

Congrats and the home stretch!

We have 4 DFL endorsed candidates in the City of Saint Paul so far! Our sincere congrats go out to Mitra Jajali Nelson, Rebecca Noecker, Dai Thao and Chris Tolbert on your endorsements!

We are heading into our 2 final Ward conventions this weekend. Here are the details:

4-May Ward 7 Convention 4pm sign-in, 5pm convention start–doors open at 3pm Harding High School, Auditorium, located @ 1540 6th St E, St Paul, MN 55106
5-May Ward 5 Convention 1pm sign-in, 2pm convention start–doors open at noon Como High School, Auditorium, located @ 740 Rose Ave W, St Paul, MN 55117

2019 Ward Convention Rules 7_FINAL

2019 Wards 5 Convention Rules final

2019 Ward 1 Convention Agenda & Rules FinalDRAFT

2019 Ward 6 FINAL Convention Agenda & Rules

Although we did not endorse in Ward 6, we want to thank all the candidates for a good day!

A special thank you to all the volunteers on the Rules and Credentials committees and those of you who cave joined us as tellers, sgt-at-arms, stage staff, and general volunteers all around the City! This would not be possible without you!

And remember: the City Convention is scheduled for June 23rd! We have 9 fantastic candidates for School Board and we hope to endorse!

Ward Conventions are getting closer!

We are really excited to see all the delegates, alternates and campaigns at the upcoming DFL Ward conventions. There have been a few tweaks to locations and times, so please make note of the following details:

Date What Time Location
27-Apr Ward 6 Convention W6 call.draft 9am sign-in, 10am convention start Hazel Park Prep Academy, Auditorium
28-Apr Ward 1 Convention W1 call.draft.png 1pm sign-in, 2pm convention start Central High School, Auditorium
4-May Ward 7 Convention W7 call.draft.png 4pm sign-in, 5pm convention start Harding High School, Auditorium
5-May Ward 5 Convention W6 call.draft.png 1pm sign-in, 2pm convention start Como High School, Gymnasium

We are just printing the official calls and will mail them ASAP. (Draft images are embedded above.) For first time delegates and alternates: the ‘call’ is simply what the DFL constitution names as the official postcard to delegates and alternates announcing the details of the convention.

Please note: the Credentials teams in each ward are working hard to finalize delegate and alternate rosters for us so we have all the correct mailing info.  For those of you who are wondering why scheduling happens when it does when there is more than one person seeking endorsement–this is part of the answer: we need enough time to get caucus data entered and even more time for the credentials teams to ‘scrub’ the data for inaccuracies.

A HUGE thank you to all the candidates and volunteers who helped with data entry and to those who sit on the credentials teams! We are grateful for you!