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St. Paul Pioneer Press praises Turner

turnerIn a year-end editorial recounting some of its best editorial table interviews of 2015, Minnesota’s St. Paul Pioneer Press writes, “Among the best conversations of the campaign cycle was the one we had with Rashad Turner, the leader of the Black Lives Matter St. Paul movement. He ran with Green Party endorsement as a write-in candidate [for St. Paul school board] and has since declared his intention to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives. In an on-point, hour-long conversation, he articulated a student-centered approach — a good fit with our ‘kids first’ thinking — that includes early intervention to avoid problems later, and the cost of those problems to society.”

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Turner to run for Minnesota state legislature

turnerRashad Turner, who ran a write-in campaign for the St. Paul, Minnesota school board this year with the endorsement of the Green Party, will run for the Minnesota state legislature in 2016.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Turner, “he lead organizer for Black Lives Matter St. Paul…said Saturday that not enough progress has been made in St. Paul’s communities of color after three terms of DFL Rep. Rena Moran representing District 65.”

Turner “has yet to accept a party endorsement in this campaign but said he is leaning toward the Green Party again.”

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Minnesota Greens endorse Black Lives Matter spokesman for St. Paul school board

turnerThe St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Green Party Minnesota Fourth Congressional District “endorsed Black Lives Matter spokesman Rashad Turner as a write-in school board candidate for the St. Paul Public Schools” on Sunday.

Turner, a graduate student in education leadership, said in a statement, “I plan on keeping students first and doing what’s right for St. Paul. While the task of running a write-in campaign may seem tough, I am up for the challenge and will work tirelessly to ensure that our students are given the opportunities, support and access to success they deserve.”