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

Join the St. Paul DFL in the White Bear Avenue Parade!

19702885_1512119175506567_1381920094908457168_o.jpgJoin the Saint Paul DFL and our three DFL-endorsed School Board candidates– Marny Xiong, John Brodrick and Jeannie Foster– in the White Bear Avenue Parade, a classic Saint Paul tradition. Bring friends, kids, dogs– the whole crew and we will outfit you with signs and t-shirts.

Meet at Hawthorne and White Bear intersection- we are unit 60

Any questions? Email or day of text/call Beth Commers at (651) 247-7009


City Convention- Saturday, June 17th

Saturday June 17th is the Saint Paul DFL City Convention where delegates who were elected at their ward conventions will come together to endorse for mayor and three school board seats. They will also vote on resolutions introduced at precinct caucuses. This event is open to the public. Feel free to come observe or volunteer! We need volunteers to help the day run smoothly.


Saint Paul DFL City Convention

Saturday, June 17th

8:30AM-Registration Opens

9:30AM- Convention Called to Order

Washington Technology Magnet

1495 Rice Street

Saint Paul, MN 55117

Below are the rules and agenda proposed by the Rules Committee (made up of members elected at Ward Conventions).

Draft 2017 St. Paul DFL City Agenda

Draft 2017 St. Paul DFL City Rules

The Rules Committee also submitted a Minority Report Rules and Agenda. Those are below. The final rules and agenda will be voted on by the convention body on the 17th.

Minority Report Agenda

Minority Report-2017 St. Paul DFL City Rules


At the convention delegates will have a chance to vote on resolutions that were introduced at precinct caucuses. You can find a full list of those here:

Saint Paul 2017 Resolutions Ballot Key


Somali and Hmong simultaneous interpreters will be available at the convention. We are pleased to announce we will also have CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation). This is basically real-time captioning projected on large screens to help assist the the hard of hearing and provide a backup if the convention hall gets noisy. If you need any special accommodations to fully participate in the process please send us an email by June 12th.

4th Annual DFL Bowling Fundraiser!

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Join the St. Paul DFL for our 4th Bowl-O-Rama Fundraiser!

4th Saint Paul DFL Bowling Fundraiser

Monday, May 15th, 7-10PM

Midway Bowl

1556 University Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104

This year we will be at the Midway Pro Bowl for an old fashioned fundraiser! They have 32 lanes and a big lounge–and have reserved the entire place for us.

This is a great opportunity to talk with candidates and DFL friends without Roberts Rules. Some of us will hit the lanes while others will fill up the lounge. There is something for everyone here.

Please complete your registration. It’s important because it tells us:
1. You’re bowling status (individual or team);
2. Who’s planning on co-hosting;
3. If you’re not able to attend, but would like to make a contribution.

Caucuses start this Saturday!

 Find your caucus date and location with the DFL’s Caucus Finder.

Rules and Agenda

2017 Precinct Rules and Agenda Draft 

2017 St. Paul Ward Convention Rules

Caucus/Ward Convention Dates

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

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

City Convention

Saturday, June 17– City Convention **
June 17
Location: Washington Tech
Registration Opens: 8:30AM
Start: 9:30AM
Languages: Hmong, Somali

**You must be elected a delegate or alternate at your ward convention to participate in the City Convention. More about the process here.

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.