Cameron Gordon, Minneapolis City Council
Cam was first elected to the City Council Ward 2 in 2005 and has been re-elected twice, in 2009 and 2013.
Cam has lived in Minneapolis all his life and in or near the second ward since 1977 in the Cedar-Riverside, Longfellow and Seward neighborhoods. He has owned a duplex in Seward since 1991 where he lives with his family.
Cam graduated from West High School in Minneapolis in 1973 and with distinction from the University of Minnesota in 1977. After getting his Bachelor of Science degree in education, Cam went on to complete extensive graduate work in early childhood development and Montessori education. He is a writer, musician and accomplished Montessori teacher. Before being elected in 2005 he operated a small child care program and children's music company with Sarah and was Associate Editor of the nationally distributed education newspaper, Public School Montessorian. He is author of Together with Montessori, a guide to help parents and staff work together in harmony to create better schools.
Over that past 28 years he has worked in the community as a teacher, community organizer and performer as well as a reporter for the neighborhood newspaper, the Seward Profile, and editor of its West Bank Stories section.
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LATRISHA VETAW, MINNEAPOLIS PARK AND RECREATION BOARD COMMISSIONER AT-LARGE
LaTrisha Vetaw has lived in Minneapolis for most of her life. In her day job, she works with youth in North Minneapolis. LaTrisha is an experienced leader and community organizer who has worked in her community for more than a decade to help advocate for policies and programs to make Minneapolis a healthier place to live.
She has served as the Board Chair of Our Streets Minneapolis (formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition), successfully advocated for a tobacco-free parks policy that covers all Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Property, been the Program Director of the Neighborhood Orange Bike program -which aims to increase bicycle use among communities of color and underserved populations - and created the Breathe Free North youth coalition in 2007. The Breathe Free North coalition is comprised of primarily African American at-risk youth from North Minneapolis that work to protect our city from the harms of tobacco through policy change.
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Bryce Lange - Lewiston City Council
Bryce serves as a councilman for the City of Lewiston, where he serves on the EDA board, Parks and Recreation Committee, and Bicycle Trails Advisory Committee. He has helped foster in road improvement, design economic development strategies, and has prioritized environmental progress in Lewiston. He also serves on the board of directors for the Crossings Center, which is a nonprofit based in Lewiston that aims to make the Lewiston area more recreationally-friendly for both residents and visitors.
Bryce is a lifelong resident of Lewiston, MN and has a wife (Rebecca) and a two-year- old son (Arden). Bryce graduated from Winona State University with a B.S. in Public Administration and a minor in Political Science in May of 2017. He is continuing his education at the University of Illinois at Springfield for a master’s degree in Political Science and is expecting to graduate in December of 2018. Bryce has served in the Minnesota Army National Guard for 5 years where he served as an infantryman, and was honorably discharged in March of 2018. He has gained his work ethic and a unique perspective from his experiences.
Bryce was also an intern for the City of Winona where he assisted the Community Development department in laying the foundation for an entrepreneurial space in the downtown area. This led him to an organization named Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), where he assists several rural cities in southeastern Minnesota answer their economic development challenges. He serves in Spring Grove, Mabel, Hayfield, and Rushford Village. He has worked on Dodge County’s Comprehensive Plan and Pine County’s Strategic Housing Action Plan. He enjoys his work because he knows that he is helping to improve the quality of life for rural residents.
Steven Laitinen - Anoka County Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor, District 1
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GPMN Coordinating Committee
Samantha Pree-Stinson - State Co-Chair
Samantha Pree-Stinson is a strategist and program manager. She has a degree in Organizational Psychology from Franklin University, a Program Management Certification from UC Berkeley extension, and is a US Army Veteran. She served in Afghanistan as a Combat Medic SGT. Samantha joins us after running her own campaign in local politics followed by being appointed the Senior Policy Advisor for Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham in the 4th Ward of Minneapolis.
She has been an educator and Associate Director of Education at Corinthian Colleges and worked at Medtronic as a Compliance Auditor in the Neuromodulation Division and as a leader of both the Global Women’s Network and African Descent Network Twin Cities. Samantha previously served on the executive board at both MTN and KMOJ. She is currently an appointed at large member of the MET Council Equity Advisory Committee. Samantha is also the newly elected Co-Chair of the MN Green Party.
She is a mother of 3 sons and has been married for 20 years.
Samantha’s passion is helping others to realize their full potential, grassroots small D democracy building, and creating local sustainable solutions to meet the needs of the community.
Jake Cassidy - State Co-Chair
Jake grew up in Maple Grove and lived there until 1999 when his dad's job moved the family to Northern California. In California, he attended college and completed a degree program at Cal State University, Fullerton.
He and his wife at work and they were eventually married whereupon he became a stepfather to an awesome - now teenage - daughter.
Not long after getting married, the new family relocated back to Apple Valley, Minnesota where Jake is involved in exploring the area with the family, engaging in local politics and activism, helping with his daughters school and Girl Scouts. He and his wife are always on the lookout for awesome new Mexican and Asian restaurants to try.
Always politically-oriented, Jake's political philosophy has run the gamut. He grew up in a conservative home but realigned with the Democratic Party in the mid-2000's after meeting coworkers who expanded his base of experience and understanding. After the elections of 2016 and now believing the Democratic Party and the two-party system to be hopelessly corrupt a new realignment occurred, again reorienting his beliefs. Now focused on a politics of independence; solution- and people-focus; locally-based, anti-capitalist, and cooperative economics; small-d democratic praxis. He believes we need a new type of politics and a radically different type of political party to fight for the people, not the protection of profits for a few.
Green Party US Minnesota Delegates
Andy Schuler - Delegate
Kaleb (Joel Fischer) - Delegate