Stonewall DFL Caucus


Celebrating Twin Cities Pride with Stonewall DFL

The Twin Cities Pride Festival, held on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 – 25, 2017 is one of the largest Pride Festivals in the country with as many as 500,000 in attendance. Stonewall DFL will have a booth with information for festival goers Loring Park as well as participate in the annual Ashley Rukes Pride Parade on Sunday afternoon.

 

As one of the benefits of our endorsement process, we invite candidates and DFL elected officials who have been endorsed by Stonewall DFL to join us for both provided the following rules are adhered to:

  • Only candidates running for office in 2017 in the Twin Cities metro area with a Stonewall DFL endorsement are permitted. Candidates who have not earned the Stonewall DFL endorsement may not participate.
  • DFL elected officials who support the Stonewall DFL mission can participate as an elected official only. If they currently hold an elected office and are running for a different office, they may not be affiliated with a campaign unless they have received the DFL endorsement for the active race.
  • DFL endorsed candidates representing districts outside the Twin Cities metro area may participate.
  • Candidates and elected officials for Federal level offices must coordinate their own activities directly with Twin Cities Pride per parade and festival guidelines for registration.

 

Festival/Booth

To participate in the space provided for the Stonewall DFL booth, candidates and elected officials who meet the criteria above may distribute literature and conduct ‘meet & greet’ activities. For more information, contact Del Jenkins at 612-229-3355 or deldjenkins@yahoo.com.

 

Stonewall endorsed campaigns should provide 25-50 pieces of campaign literature and 2 lawn signs (with hardware) to Del Jenkins by June 21.  Reasonable attempts will be made to return unused literature and signs before July 1.

 

Booth volunteers are needed. Please contact Del Jenkins to sign up.

 

Sunday Pride Parade

To march in the Stonewall DFL parade unit, candidates and elected officials must meet the participation criteria above. Elected officials will ride in the DFL bus and candidates for office will be assigned a number of volunteer slots that can be filled by candidates and campaign volunteers. For more information, contact Hannah Slovut at 763-528-8217 or hanna.slovut@gmail.com.

 

Candidates and elected officials from outside the Twin Cities metro region, please contact Del Jenkins for either Festival or Parade participation (or both).


Stonewall DFL Endorses in Minneapolis Park Board, Saint Paul School Board, Bloomington and Saint Louis Park City Council Races

Londel French, Devin Hogan, Mike Tate, AK Hassan, John Broderick, Jeanelle Foster, Eduardo Barrera, Patrick Martin and Zaylore Stout selected for endorsement.

 

Saint Paul, Minn., May 17, 2017 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced its endorsement of Londel French and Devin Hogan for Minneapolis Park Board At-Large, Mike Tate for Minneapolis Park Board District 2, AK Hassan, for Minneapolis Park Board District 3 and John Broderick, Jeanelle Foster and Eduardo Barrera for Saint Paul School Board.
Stonewall DFL also endorsed Patrick Martin in the Bloomington City Council district 4 race as well as Zaylore Stout in the Saint Louis Park City Council race.

 

“As we get close to celebrating LGBTQ Pride month in Minnesota, we are proud of the work our many volunteers have done in the past six months to engage and evaluate candidates in the state’s two largest cities as well as in communities from around the metro area,” said Del Jenkins, Stonewall DFL – Chair. “Our endorsed candidates all enter the month of June with resounding support from our caucus and the momentum of members of the LGBTQ community united behind them to support us in our ongoing fight for equality.”

 

Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by at least 60 percent majority of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors. A full list of Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2017-candidate-questionnaires/

 

The next meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for July 16. All meetings will be announced on the organization’s Facebook page and the Stonewall DFL website.

 

About Stonewall DFL

Stonewall DFL works for a safe and equitable Minnesota by electing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and allied Democrats to public office in Minnesota and to party office in the Minnesota DFL. The caucus offers endorsements for local, state and federal DFL candidates who support equality for all Minnesotans. Stonewall DFL provides endorsed candidates with both financial and volunteer support whenever possible. The Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis to carry out the business of the caucus and is open to the public. For information, visit dfl.org/stonewall, join its Facebook page or follow @StonewallDFL on Twitter.

 

The Minnesota Stonewall DFL Caucus was first organized in August 1980 as the LGBTF Caucus. Its charter was recognized by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota in 1982 and was renamed Stonewall DFL in 1992. Today, Stonewall is the DFL’s oldest and most active community caucus and the oldest continuously-operating political advocacy organization whose mission is to promote LGBTQ equality across the state of Minnesota.


Stonewall DFL Political Support Committee May Candidate Screenings

Saint Paul, Minn., May 12, 2017 – Stonewall DFL releases its candidate screening schedule for the May 13 Political Support Committee Meeting

ADDRESS:  

Clare Housing Board Room 929 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

AGENDA:

10:00-10:40am        Membership/Political Support Committee prep time (members please arrive at 10am Sharp and review questionnaires)

10:40 Marny Xiong St Paul School Board
11:00 John Brodrick St Paul School Board
11:20 Londel French Minneapolis Park Board At Large
11:40 Abdi Gurhan Mohamed Minneapolis Park Board District 3
12:00 Nathan Coulter Bloomington City Council At Large
12:20 Patrick Martin Bloomington City Council, District IV
12:40 Mike Tate Minneapolis Park Board District 2
1:00 Zaylor Stout St. Louis Park City Council Ward 1

1:15-2pm Lunch Time and Committee Time.

The Board of Directors meeting starts at 2:00 and may be delayed slightly if we need to screen more candidates or finish our committee business.  Screenings past this date are not likely.

Members need to have joined 7 days prior to any screening or meeting date in order to participate in the event  per the Stonewall DFL Constitution.  Non-members may view quietly.  All must turn off your cell phones while in the screening room.


Official Call: May Candidate Endorsement Screening Information Now Available

Saint Paul, Minn., April 10, 2017 –Stonewall DFL’s third official call for candidate screening and process information is now available at www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2017-candidate-questionnaires/

All candidates must complete an online questionnaire prior to being assigned an appointment time for in-person screenings.

Candidates will be screened on May 13 in the following races:

  • Minneapolis Park Board
  • Saint Paul School Board
  • Any other Statewide municipal, school board or county races

The next meeting of the Board of Directors where endorsement votes will be cast is also scheduled for May 13.

A full list of Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide.

Candidates seeking our endorsement are strongly encouraged to begin this process right away.  Response to our questionnaire this cycle is already far past historic levels.  We are very excited about having such a wonderful set of candidates to consider across so many geographies statewide for endorsement.

Members in good standing are invited, welcomed, and encouraged to participate as we screen candidates too! Members must have their dues in 7 days before participating in order to be in good standing.  To participate on the May 13th screening date, please have your dues in by May 6th.

Click here to Join/Renew!

 


Stonewall DFL to Back Jacob Frey for Minneapolis Mayor and Endorses in 8 Additional Races

Gabe Aderhold, Brad Bourn, Steffanie Musich, Lisa Bender, Andrew Johnson, Linea Palmisano, Mohamud Noor, John Quincy selected for endorsement in 2017 municipal races.

 

Saint Paul, Minn., April 10, 2017 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced its endorsement of Jacob Frey for Minneapolis Mayor, Gabe Aderhold for Edina School Board and seven more Minneapolis City Council and Minneapolis Park Board contests.

 

Stonewall DFL endorsed Mohamund Noor in the Minneapolis City Council – Ward 6 race, Lisa Bender in Ward 10, John Quincy in Ward 11, Andrew Johnson in Ward 12, Linea Palmisano in Ward 13 and Steffanie Musich for Minneapolis Park Board District 5 and Brad Bourn for Minneapolis Park Board District 6.

 

“After more than five months of work by our committee volunteers and Board members, we are thrilled to have engaged in conversations with more than 50 candidates for office this cycle and are proud that we’ve made endorsement recommendations in almost every Minneapolis race this year,” said Del Jenkins, Stonewall DFL – Chair. “Interest in gaining the Stonewall DFL endorsement is at an all-time high and we’re excited to have so many responses across the metro area. Our endorsements provide convention delegates, as well as the general voting public, a tremendous guide to the candidates who most strongly represent the voices of equality in Minnesota.”

 

Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support Committee and affirmed by at least two-thirds majority of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors. A full list of Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2017-candidate-questionnaires/

 

Additional candidates will be screened in May. The next meeting of the Board of Directors where endorsement votes will be cast is scheduled for May 13. Any races where both the written questionnaires and screenings have been completed for all DFL candidates in a race will be considered for endorsement at the May 13 meeting. All meetings will be announced on the organization’s Facebook page and the Stonewall DFL website.

 

About Stonewall DFL

Stonewall DFL works for a safe and equitable Minnesota by electing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and allied Democrats to public office in Minnesota and to party office in the Minnesota DFL. The caucus offers endorsements for local, state and federal DFL candidates who support equality for all Minnesotans. Stonewall DFL provides endorsed candidates with both financial and volunteer support whenever possible. The Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis to carry out the business of the caucus and is open to the public. For information, visit dfl.org/stonewall, join its Facebook page or follow @StonewallDFL on Twitter.

 

The Minnesota Stonewall DFL Caucus was first organized in August 1980 as the LGBTF Caucus. Its charter was recognized by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota in 1982 and was renamed Stonewall DFL in 1992. Today, Stonewall is the DFL’s oldest and most active community caucus and the oldest continuously-operating political advocacy organization whose mission is to promote LGBTQ equality across the state of Minnesota.


Stonewall DFL Announces April 8 Candidate Screening Times

Saint Paul, Minn., April. 07, 2017 – Stonewall DFL releases its candidate screening schedule for the April 8 Political Support Committee Meeting

 

April 8, 2017 ADDRESS:  Clare Housing Board Room 929 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

9:00        Political Support Committee prep time (members please arrive at 9am Sharp and review questionnaires)

9:40        Tiffini Flynn Forslund Minneapolis Ward 6

10:00      Russ Henry Minneapolis Park Board – At Large

10:20      Scott Vreeland Minneapolis Park Board – At Large

10:40      Linea Palmisano Minneapolis Council Ward 13

11:00      Jono Cowgill Minneapolis Park Board District 4

11:20      Mike Arulfo Bloomington City Council At Large

11:40      AK Hassan Minneapolis Park Board District 3

12:00 Lunch Time and Committee Time

12:20     Abdi Gurhan Mohamed Minneapolis Park Board District 3

12:40     Gabe Aderhold Edina School Board

1:00       Bob Fine Minneapolis Park Board – At Large

1:20       Steffanie Musich Minneapolis Park Board District 5

1:40       Liz Wielinski Minneapolis Park Board District 1

2:00      Lisa Bender Minneapolis Council Ward 10

2:20      Kale Severson Minneapolis Park Board District 2

2:40    Break

3:00      Devin Hogan Minneapolis Park Board – At Large

3:20      Jeanelle Foster _ St Paul School Board

3:40      Chris Meyer Minneapolis Park Board District 1

4:00      Meg Forney Minneapolis Park Board – At Large

4:20      Brad Bourn Minneapolis Park Board District 6

4:40      Adam Faitek Minneapolis Council Ward 13

5:00      Cathy Spann Minneapolis Council Ward 5

5:20       John Quincy Minneapolis Council Ward 11

5:40       Jeanette Colby Minneapolis Park Board District 4

6:00 Committee Time to make recommendations to the Board of Directors

Additional Screening to take place in May.

Times/Candidates subject to change without notice.

Members: Please join us for the whole day if possible.

Members had to join 7 days ago to participate today per our Constitution.  Non-members may view quietly.  All must turn off your cell phones while in the screening room.


Official Call: April Candidate Endorsement Screening Information Now Available

Saint Paul, Minn., March 20, 2017 –Stonewall DFL’s second official call for candidate screening and process information is now available at www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2017-candidate-questionnaires/

 

All candidates must complete an online questionnaire prior to being assigned an appointment time for in-person screenings.

 

Candidates will be screened on April 8 and at future dates in the following races:

  • Minneapolis Mayor
  • Minneapolis City Council Ward 1, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
  • Minneapolis Park Board At-Large and Districts 1-6
  • Saint Paul School Board
  • Other municipal, school board or county races

 

The next meeting of the Board of Directors where endorsement votes will be cast is scheduled for April 9.

 

Any races where both the written questionnaires and screenings have been completed for all DFL candidates in a race will be considered for endorsement at the April 9 meeting.

 

A full list of Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide.


Stonewall DFL Announce Endorsements for St. Paul Mayor and 7 Minneapolis City Races

Melvin Carter, Carol Becker, David Wheeler, Jillia Pessenda, Steve Fletcher, Phillipe Cunningham, Lisa Goodman, Andrea Jenkins and Gary Schiff selected for endorsement in 2017 municipal races.

 

Saint Paul, Minn., March 20, 2017 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announced its endorsement of Melvin Carter for Saint Paul Mayor, Carol Becker and David Wheeler for the Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation in city-wide races in addition to five candidates running for Minneapolis City Council.

 

Stonewall DFL also endorsed Jillia Pessenda in the Minneapolis City Council – Ward 1 contest, Steve Fletcher in Ward 3, Phillipe Cunningham in Ward 4, Lisa Goodman in Ward 7, Andrea Jenkins in Ward 8 and Gary Schiff in Ward 9.

 

“We were impressed with all of the candidates who approached us for an endorsement this year, but are especially proud that six candidates come from within the LGBTQ community,” said Del Jenkins, Stonewall DFL – Chair. “We are excited that after 37 years of endorsing candidates in state-wide and municipal races, this year could see the election of our 1st Minnesotan who self-identifies as transgender elected to public office.”

 

Carol Becker, David Wheeler, Jillia Pessenda, Phillipe Cunningham, Andrea Jenkins and Gary Schiff are all members of the Minnesota LGBTQ community.

 

“Our endorsements also reflect strong voices of support from community allies like Melvin Carter, Steve Fletcher and Lisa Goodman who have each pledged their support in the fight for equality of all LGBTQ Minnesotans,” said Marvin Innes, Stonewall DFL – Co-chair. “We are thankful for their open dialog with members of our community and look forward to working with their progressive voices which will continue propelling our state toward inclusion and acceptance of all.”

 

Endorsed candidates meet or exceed Stonewall DFL’s screening criteria as set forth by its Political Support committee and affirmed by at least two-thirds majority of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors. A full list of Stonewall DFL endorsed candidates is available via their online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at www.dfl.org/stonewall/endorsements/2017-candidate-questionnaires/

 

Additional candidates may be screened on April 8 and at future screening sessions in the following races:

  • Minneapolis Mayor
  • Minneapolis City Council Ward 1, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
  • Minneapolis Park Board At-Large and Districts 1-6
  • Saint Paul School Board
  • Other municipal, school board or county races

 

The next meeting of the Board of Directors where endorsement votes will be cast is scheduled for April 9. Any races where both the written questionnaires and screenings have been completed for all DFL candidates in a race will be considered for endorsement at the April 9 meeting. All meetings will be announced on the organization’s Facebook page and the Stonewall DFL website.

 

About Stonewall DFL

Stonewall DFL works for a safe and equitable Minnesota by electing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and allied Democrats to public office in Minnesota and to party office in the Minnesota DFL. The caucus offers endorsements for local, state and federal DFL candidates who support equality for all Minnesotans. Stonewall DFL provides endorsed candidates with both financial and volunteer support whenever possible. The Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis to carry out the business of the caucus and is open to the public. For information, visit dfl.org/stonewall, join its Facebook page or follow @StonewallDFL on Twitter.

 

The Minnesota Stonewall DFL Caucus was first organized in August 1980 as the LGBTF Caucus. Its charter was recognized by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota in 1982 and was renamed Stonewall DFL in 1992. Today, Stonewall is the DFL’s oldest and most active community caucus and the oldest continuously-operating political advocacy organization whose mission is to promote LGBTQ equality across the state of Minnesota.


Stonewall DFL announces March 11 Candidate screening times

Saint Paul, Minn., March. 09, 2017 – Stonewall DFL releases its candidate screening schedule for the March 11 Political Support Committee Meeting

March 11, 2017 DFL HQ 255 E Plato Blvd

9:00 Political Support Committee prep time (Members please arrive at 9am sharp)
9:40 Jeremiah Ellison Minneapolis Ward 5
10:00 Jillia Pessenda Minneapolis Ward 1
10:20 Tom Hoch Minneapolis Mayor
10:40 Steve Fletcher Minneapolis Ward 3
11:00 Dai Thao St Paul Mayor
11:20 Kevin Reich Minneapolis Ward 1
11:40 Gary Schiff Minneapolis Ward 9
12:00 Lunch Time and Committee Time (food and beverages provided)
12:20 Lisa Goodman Minneapolis Ward 7
12:40 Mohamud Noor Minneapolis Ward 6
1:00 Jacob Frey Minneapolis Mayor
1:20 Stephanie Gasca Minneapolis Ward 4
1:40 Melvin Carter St Paul Mayor
2:00 Andrew Johnson Minneapolis Ward 12
2:20 Jeremy Schroeder Minneapolis Ward 11
2:40 Tom Goldstein St Paul Mayor
3:00 Blong Yang Minneapolis Ward 5
3:20 Phillipe Cunningham Minneapolis Ward 4
3:40 Andrea Jenkins Minneapolis Ward 8
4:20 Raymond Dehn Minneapolis Mayor
4:40 Janne Flisrand Minneapolis Ward 7
5:00 Cordelia Pierson Minneapolis Ward 3
5:20 Erica Mauter Minneapolis Ward 11
5:40 Pat Harris St Paul Mayor
6:00 End of Day

Times/Candidates subject to change without notice.  We are still confirming a few candidates.

Additional Screenings will take place in April and May.  Members: Please join us for the whole day if possible.

Members had to join 7 days ago to participate today per our Constitution.  Non-members may view quietly.  All must turn off your cell phones while in the screening room.

 


Official Call for Stonewall DFL Candidate Endorsement Screenings

Saint Paul, Minn., Feb. 22, 2017 – Stonewall DFL officially issued its 2017 call for candidate endorsement screenings with the publication of its process, online candidate questionnaire and endorsement timelines. Stonewall DFL will be endorsing candidates across the state of Minnesota in municipal, county and school board levels of government in this election cycle.

 

Candidates must complete Stonewall DFL’s online questionnaire to begin the screening process. Once the questionnaire has been received, candidates will be contacted to schedule an in-person screening time.

 

Endorsement timelines:

Mayor and City Council races will be prioritized first for this round of screenings. Similar offices will be screened at similar times when possible.

  • March 9 – 5 p.m.: candidate questionnaires are due for March 11 screening date.
  • March 11 – times by appointment at DFL Headquarters: in-person candidate screenings.
  • March 19 – Stonewall DFL Board of Directors meeting and vote on endorsements.
  • March 20 – candidate notification and endorsement announcement.

 

School board, park board and any other remaining races will be screened during the second or third round of dates (see below).

  • April 6 – 5 p.m.: candidate questionnaires are due for April 8 screening date.
  • April 8 – UPDATE: times by appointment at Clare Housing 929 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN for in-person candidate screenings.
  • April 9 – Stonewall DFL Board of Directors meeting and vote on endorsements.
  • April 10 – candidate notification and endorsement announcement.
  • May Dates TBD

May questionnaire due date and screening times will be announced at a later date. The Board of Directors will meet on Saturday, May 13 to consider a third round of endorsements and will notify candidates on May 15.

 

Information for candidates for office:

To be considered by Stonewall DFL for endorsement, please submit your questionnaire electronically using the link below.

 

2017 CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE

 

Candidates may wish to review the questions for their race listed in our sample questions document before starting the online questionnaire process.

 

Questions about which questionnaire to use for your campaign should be directed to Del Jenkins, Stonewall DFL Chair/Political Support Committee Chair, by email at deldjenkins@yahoo.com. Word Doc or PDF submissions are not being accepted this year.

 

Information for Stonewall DFL members:

All Stonewall DFL members are eligible to participate in the candidate screening process, however, members of the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors and Political Support Committee members are given priority in asking candidates questions. General members may ask candidates questions from the floor during in-person screenings. To participate in a screening event, members must have paid dues at least seven days before the screening date. To participate in the March 11 candidate screenings, member dues must be paid by March 4. To participate in the April 8 Screening dues must be in by April 1.  May info TBD.  Visit

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/sdfl-membership to join Stonewall DFL and pay 2017 annual dues.

 

 

 

About Stonewall DFL

The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on March 19 at DFL Headquarters. All meetings will be announced on the organization’s Facebook page and the Stonewall DFL website.

 

Stonewall DFL works for a safe and equitable Minnesota by electing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and allied Democrats to public office in Minnesota and to party office in the Minnesota DFL. The caucus offers endorsements for local, state and federal DFL candidates who support equality for all Minnesotans. Stonewall DFL provides endorsed candidates with both financial and volunteer support whenever possible. The Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis to carry out the business of the caucus and is open to the public. For information, visit www.dfl.org/stonewall.

The Minnesota DFL LGBTF Caucus was first organized in August 1980. Its charter was recognized by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota in 1982 and was renamed Stonewall DFL in 1992. Today Stonewall DFL remains one of the DFL’s oldest and most active constituency caucuses and is Minnesota’s oldest continuously-operating political advocacy organization for LGBTQ equality.