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St. Paul Green Party endorses Johnny Howard for City Council

From the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

How much weight does the endorsement of St. Paul’s Green Party carry in Frogtown and Summit-University? We’re about to find out. On Sunday, the party met at a special convention and endorsed Johnny Howard, a founder of the Thomas-Dale Block Clubs, for the Ward 1 city council seat.

JOHNNY HOWARD

Community organizer and retired autoworker Johnny Howard unsuccessfully ran against Carter two years ago. He received just under 28 percent of the vote, with Carter garnering about 60 percent in the three-way race that included Realtor Anthony Fernandez.

Howard, who has said that the city comes down too hard on landlords with its property inspections, was part of a team of plaintiffs that last year filed a federal complaint against the city, claiming housing discrimination and “forced gentrification.”

Website: JohnnyHoward.net

Bio: “Johnny Howard, 58, founded and directed the Thomas Dale Block Clubs, a multi-cultural grassroots organization that successfully advocated for better living conditions in Frogtown. He organized and for 19 years ran a football program that instilled positive values in 160 young people annually. Johnny is a retired UAW auto worker who was employed by Ford and attended Saginaw Valley State College. Among other recognition, he has received the St. Paul Companies Leadership Award and the Urban League Man of the Year Award. He is the father of four and has been married to Diane Howard for 30 years.”

Priority: “Ward One is wildly diverse. New immigrants, refugees and people trapped in generational poverty live practically next door to others who vacation in Europe. The biggest issue here is to make Ward One work for everyone.

We must seize the opportunities before us. Light rail development will bring new people who will be served by new businesses. Ward One residents need to be ready not only to take those jobs, but to run those businesses. The city can help through training and by cutting unnecessary red tape.

We need to give all kids a chance to prosper. We can do better by looking at our rec centers and asking whether it’s enough for kids to bounce a ball. What about music, art, theater — the types of enrichment that build success and, in many families, are taken for granted?

We have got to be about the future. The future is the place where travel is increasingly human powered or via transit systems. We need more safe bikeways and walking paths that connect to neighborhood shopping nodes. That’s how cohesive neighborhoods are built. We need north/south transit routes that link to light rail.

The future is green. We create health and wealth by making it easy for neighbors to grow food in their own yards, in well-managed community gardens and on urban farms. We can make it happen by cutting cumbersome regulation; using existing, underutilized greenspace creatively; and by offering education in food growing and preserving techniques.

The opportunities far exceed the challenges. The ward needs leadership that sees the possibilities and is capable of making them real. I believe I possess the experience and skills to do this job.”

 

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St. Paul paper interviews Green city council candidates Howard, Xiong

In St. Paul, Minnesota, the Twin Cities Daily Planet has published interviews with two Green Party city council candidates. Johnny Howard is running in Ward 1:

“I want to change the culture of leadership,” says Johnny Howard who is competing in the race for the Saint Paul city council against incumbent council member Melvin Carter in Ward One. “Too often, there is a pretense of neighborhood involvement that disguises top-down leadership.”

Read the full interview with Johnny Howard.

Bee Kevin Xiong is running in Ward 6:

What is it like in the day of a city council candidate? Between 9 a.m. and noon, Xiong is in meetings. In afternoon to early evenings, Xiong and his team of volunteers are going door to door, talking to the residents of the sixth ward. He asks what the resident which issues they are concerned about in the ward and then explains his plan and why he’s running for city council. “I’m endorsed by the Green Party, which means we are a grassroots democracy – we care about people. We treat them with dignity and respect. We put people first.”

Read the full interview with Bee Kevin Xiong at the Twin Cities Planet.

The St. Paul Green Party has one more city council candidate and a school board candidate in the upcoming election, which will use instant runoff voting for the first time in the city’s history. Learn more about all the candidates at GreenSaintPaul.org.

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Campaign news and more endorsements for Green Party candidates running in the Nov. 8, 2011 general election

From the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party candidates have continued to receive endorsements in local races across the US.

59 Greens will be on ballots in the November 8, 2011 general election. Ten Greens have been elected to public office in elections held earlier this year, out of 34 candidates who competed.

Green candidates in St. Paul, Minnesota, received several endorsements. For the first time, St. Paul will use Ranked Choice Voting (also called Instant Runofff Voting) in City Council elections, which will increase the chances of a Green election victory.

TakeAction Minnesota, a progressive grassroots coalition, has endorsed Jim Ivey for Ward 2 (http://iveyforsaintpaul.org) and Bee Kevin Xiong (http://xiongforsaintpaul.org) for Ward 6 in City Council races.
http://www.takeactionminnesota.org/_assets/document/St._Paul_City_Council_Endorsements.pdf
http://iveyforsaintpaul.org/news/jim-ivey-endorsed-takeaction-mn

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189 has also endorsed Mr. Ivey and Mr. Xiong.
http://www.ufcw789.org/newsletter/vol2issue5.pdf
http://iveyforsaintpaul.org/news/united-food-and-commercial-workers-endorse-jim Continue Reading

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With city’s first ranked choice election coming up, St. Paul’s Greens endorse 3 candidates, work for more

From the Twin Cities Daily Planet (read the full thing here, there is a lot more information in the article itself):

The Green Party of St. Paul began a new effort to recruit candidates for upcoming 2011 local elections June 16, as candidates and around 40 supporters gathered to launch the effort dubbed Green St. Paul.The campaign is an attempt to change the party’s sporadic track record in local elections by recruiting candidates to run for local office, said Green St. Paul co-chair Roger Meyer…

The Green Party has officially endorsed three candidates in local races. Johnny Howard and Jim Ivey are running for St. Paul City Council seats in Wards 1 and 2, respectively, while Devin Miller is running for the St. Paul School Board…

Meyer said the recruitment campaign was inspired by St. Paul’s adoption of ranked choice voting. The elections this November will see the first implementation of the ranked choice voting system that St. Paul voters approved in a referendum in 2009.

The system allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference. If one candidate receives more than 50 percent of the first choice votes, they win outright. Otherwise, the candidate with the lowest number of first choice votes is eliminated and their votes are redistributed to the voter’s second choice. The process is repeated until one candidate crosses the threshold needed to win.