Some are drawn into politics by an inspiring speech. For Elizabeth Dickinson, it was a smokestack.
PUBLISHED: November 1, 2017 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: November 1, 2017 at 1:25 pm
Elizabeth Dickinson was putting the finishing touches on two employee management books about self-coaching and coaching others when representatives of a progressive women’s group approached her.
With no other viable female candidates in the race, how would she feel about running for St. Paul mayor?
Dickinson, 57, has been an actress, a psychologist, a state lobbyist and personal life coach. But mayor?
Her prior campaigns — 2003 for city council and 2005 for mayor — both ended in busy political primaries, eliminating her from contention well before election day. And that was a dozen years ago, when she was still active with the West Side Community Organization and Clean Energy Now, the advocacy coalition she co-founded.
But this time around, there is no primary election to pare down the candidates. On Nov. 7, the Green Party-endorsed Dickinson will appear on the ballot, though the 10-person field remains as crowded as ever.
“They said there’s a hole in the race and we think you should fill it,” said Dickinson, recalling the conversation that got her back into politics shortly after Christmas Day, a relatively late start for serious contenders. “There wasn’t anybody carrying an environmental agenda and energy agenda. There wasn’t a woman. And there wasn’t a person that I saw with the leadership skills that I’ve developed over the past 20 years.”Read more
Paula Overby is no stranger to a campaign.
The Minnesota politician, mother of three and former data analyst has ran for election to the U.S. House of Representatives for District 2 twice, losing both times in 2014 and 2016 while increasing her percentage of votes, said Brian Mueller, co-chair of the Green Party of Winona County.
The Green Party of Winona County hosted Overby at Acoustic Café in Winona Sunday afternoon for her to garner support and introduce herself to voters in hopes of officially announcing her candidacy for Minnesota U.S. senator, taking on incumbent Sen. Amy Klobuchar as she seeks a third term in 2018. Overby is hoping for support and endorsement from the Minnesota Green Party for her run.
The Minneapolis/5th Congressional District Green Party has endorsed LaTrisha Vetaw for Minneapolis Park Board At Large!
LaTrisha is running because she is passionate about parks. In her day job at NorthPoint in North Minneapolis, she works with youth. She knows how important the parks are to the youth she serves and she wants to do all that she can to preserve, maintain, and improve our amazing park system.Read more
Cam Gordon has used cross-party collaboration to accomplish Green Party priorities in his time on the Minneapolis City Council.
Gordon, a council member representing the city’s second ward, which covers University neighborhoods Stadium Village, Prospect Park and Southeast Como, has led many movements in his 11 years on the job. Still, Gordon says there’s more work to be done — including addressing public health, anti-immigrant attitudes and environmental issues.
As a current Minneapolis City Council member running unopposed for re-election, Gordon said he continues to look for ways to impact the neighborhoods he serves.Read more
Welcome to the June/July 2017 issue of the Sunflower Seed! In this issue you will find updates on our 2017 Green campaigns, hear about a giant success in Minneapolis, meet a potential Green statewide candidate for 2018, find out how you can join GPMN in supporting a new Black-led Credit Union and other ways you can get involved! Enjoy!
Volunteers urgently needed for the state fair
The Minnesota State Fair is less than a week away, and the Green Party of Minnesota needs your help to ensure we continue our long tradition of Green Politics at the fair!
As of this sending of this newsletter, we still need volunteers to fill the shifts below. Volunteers get a ticket into the fair for each day you volunteer. It's easy, fun, and a great way to help support and grow the Greens!
Sunday (8/27) 1pm-5pm
Monday (8/28) 5pm-9pm (2 spots)
Tuesday (8/29) 5pm-9pm (2 spots)
Friday (9/1) 5pm-9pm (2 spots)
Saturday (9/2) 9am-1pm
Sunday (9/3) 1pm-5pm
To sign up, go to www.mngreens.org/green_fair_2017
Statement on Recent BC Greens' Anti-Union Actions
The Green Party of Minnesota strongly opposes recent comments by British Columbia Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, whereby he has vowed to “never support” card check recognition for workers trying to organize a union in Canada.Read more
I am deeply saddened, stunned and disappointed by the Yanez verdict, even as I am not surprised. As hopeful as I was, I am not surprised.
There is no doubt in my mind that Philando Castile’s killing was not justified. Justice has not been served. This judge, jury and legal system has failed the people of Minnesota.Read more
The Green Party of Minnesota stands in solidarity with the family of Philando Castile today, in the wake of a devastating verdict. We share the outrage of both the family and the community over the system failing Philando, as it has for countless other black and brown people.Read more