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.
Beth & Garrison
Your Saint Paul DFL Chairs