Stonewall DFL Caucus


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 other races will be screened during the second or third round of dates.

  • April 6 – 5 p.m.: candidate questionnaires are due for April 8 screening date.
  • April 8 – times by appointment at DFL Headquarters: in-person candidate screenings.
  • April 9 – Stonewall DFL Board of Directors meeting and vote on endorsements.
  • April 10 – candidate notification and endorsement announcement.

 

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. 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.

 


Ken Martin and Marge Hoffa Endorsed for DFL Chair and Vice-Chair by Stonewall DFL

Saint Paul, Minn., February 1, 2017 –Minnesota’s Stonewall DFL is pleased to announce the endorsement of Ken Martin for DFL Chair and Marge Hoffa for DFL Vice-Chair for the upcoming party leadership term.

Since taking office in 2010, both Ken and Marge have shown strong support for Stonewall DFL and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) equality within the party and the state as a whole. Ken Martin was a founding member of the Minnesotans United Campaign that helped defeat the discriminatory constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Both Ken and Marge are recipients of the Allan Spear Award, recognition they earned for significant efforts around outreach and inclusion. Because of their efforts, Stonewall DFL has been able to identify and support LGBTQ candidates and allies throughout the state of Minnesota by providing critical resources in key races and geographies.

The future is uncertain. We face bills in the state legislature targeting the transgender community and threats to HIV/AIDS research at the federal level, among other ongoing challenges and safety concerns. Under these circumstances, what is certain is that Ken and Marge have the know-how to address the threats against our community head on. Throughout their previous terms Ken and Marge have shown solidarity with the LGBTQ community, demonstrating that equality is a deeply personal concern for both of them. We stand with them today because they have stood with us. We ask you to do the same and to support Ken Martin for DFL Chair and Marge Hoffa for DFL Vice-Chair.

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 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.


Statement on Minneapolis City Convention Date

Saint Paul, Minn., Jan. 20, 2017 –Stonewall DFL Chair, Del Jenkins, today issued the following statement about the date of the upcoming Minneapolis City DFL Convention:

 

“Late in the summer of 2016, the Stonewall DFL Board of Directors received Dan McConnell as a guest speaker on behalf of the Minneapolis DFL caucus at our August 14 Board meeting. He presented us with information about the dates and timeline of the 2017 selection process for the City of Minneapolis DFL candidates.

 

Dan explained that due to the unusually late timing of precinct caucuses this year, which will be held on Tuesday, April 4, everything on the remaining calendars in the candidate selection process would be later than normal. This presented atypical hurdles in venue selection for the Minneapolis City DFL Convention based on a number of factors including: size requirements to accommodate more than 1,000 people, ADA accessibility requirements and available dates among other issues they needed to consider.

 

The Minneapolis DFL was left with an extremely limited number of options, Saturday, June 24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center was one of the few acceptable options remaining. To ensure their best remaining option would be available, they booked this date so the venue could be secured.

 

As soon as the date and location were set, they came to Stonewall DFL to present the challenges in venue selection and advise us about the overlap with our community’s largest celebration of the year – Twin Cities Pride weekend.

 

We were disappointed in the selection of June 24 for the event date. We also understood that the concerns for a safe and accessible convention while maintaining a timeline that gives the eventual nominee the time they need to mount a successful campaign had to take priority this year.

 

We thanked Dan and the Minneapolis DFL for bringing this issue to Stonewall DFL very early in the process and we pledge our support to minimize the impact of the conflicting dates within the LGBTQ community.

 

As a caucus, we encourage every LGBTQ member of the DFL party who would like to be part of the selection of Minneapolis City-wide candidates for office to engage with us throughout the candidate screening process. Dates and times for all Minneapolis and Saint Paul candidate screenings will be posted on our Facebook page and the Stonewall DFL website. All in attendance for candidate screenings will have the opportunity to listen

 

We encourage people to attend precinct caucuses, become delegates for their ward, attend ward conventions and consider becoming a delegate for the Minneapolis City DFL Convention on June 24.

 

Stonewall DFL has committed to staff a strong presence at both the Twin Cities Pride Festival and the Minneapolis City DFL Convention.

 

The 1969 Stonewall Riots we celebrate today were at their core, a resistance event and a political statement. We can think of no greater way to honor that memory than by being part of the process by which we select the Mayor and other city-wide races in the largest city in Minnesota.

 

As an alternative to attending the Minneapolis City Convention, Stonewall DFL will also need many volunteers to staff our booth in Loring Park on Twin Cities Pride weekend. If you cannot commit to becoming a delegate, we ask for your help in assisting Stonewall with outreach during one of our most critical events of the year for generating support for candidates who fight for our equal rights at all levels of government. Those wishing to volunteer, may contact us on our website at https://www.dfl.org/stonewall/contact-us/.”

 

Del Jenkins

Chair, Stonewall DFL

 

 

About Stonewall DFL

The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on February 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.


Stonewall DFL Members Elect 2017 Board of Directors

Del Jenkins, Hannah Slovut and Marvin Innes to drive the fight for equality, acceptance and inclusion across Minnesota

 

Saint Paul, Minn., Jan. 16, 2017 – Members of the Stonewall DFL caucus of Minnesota convened at Minnesota DFL Headquarters Sunday, Jan. 15 to elect new leaders and fill several positions on its Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Returning to lead the Board, Del Jenkins was elected to serve a one-year term as caucus Chair along with current Directors, Hannah Slovut and Marvin Innes as Vice Chairs for the organization.

 

“This year, we continue our mission to fight for equality for all Minnesotans. I’m humbled to serve the LGBTQ community again to lead our caucus, increase volunteer engagement, support candidate development, continue community outreach, push for legislative action and build a stronger DFL party across Minnesota,” said Del Jenkins, Stonewall DFL – Chair. “Our caucus continues its mission as a positive advocate of change by helping thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer Minnesotans participate in the political process.”

 

“We would like to thank Karleen Kos for her leadership as Associate Chair over the past 12 months. We are very grateful that she will continue to serve on our Board as a Director,” said Hannah Slovut, Stonewall DFL – Vice Chair. “We look forward to working with the many diverse people that make up the Minnesota DFL Party and are committed to promoting acceptance for all.”

 

The newly elected Stonewall DFL caucus officers and directors are:

 

Chair – Del Jenkins

Vice Chair – Hanna Slovut

Vice Chair – Marvin Innes

Secretary – Paul Skrbec

Treasurer – Brian Baker

 

Serving until January 2018:

Director – Jordan Parshall

Director – Jennifer Lindquist

Director – Samuel Doten

Director – Ron Wacks

Director – John Westerfield-Moses

Director – Jessica Banks

 

Serving until January 2019:

Director – Ernie Lewis

Director – Imogen Page

Director – Dani Main

Director – Terry Friedrichs

Director – Stacy Bowen

Director – Tim Bonham

Director – Al Oertwig

Director – Karleen Kos

 

The first meeting was held yesterday to set the calendar for the rest of 2017. The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on February 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.

 


Official Call: Stonewall DFL 2017 Annual Membership Meeting

Saint Paul, Minn., Dec. 9, 2016 – The Stonewall DFL caucus will hold having its Annual Membership Meeting on Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at the Minnesota DFL Party headquarters offices located at 255 Plato Blvd E, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55107. The meeting will include discussion and voting on proposed Constitution changes as well as the election of new Executive Officers and Directors. A 2017 Board of Directors meeting will convene immediately after to set bylaws for 2017 and a meeting calendar for 2017.
Per the Stonewall DFL Constitution, Article I, members who wish to participate and vote should pay their annual membership dues by January 8, 2017. Annual dues for general members is $35, new member dues rate is $25 and student/senior membership is $15 per year.

 

To pay 2017 Membership Dues, go to https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/sdfl-membership

 

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 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.

 


Stonewall DFL 2020

This meeting will be held at Clare Housing Community Room with a breakout space in the lounge area.

Time: 12:30 – 4 p.m.

Date: SUNDAY, November 20, 2016

Location: 929 NE Central Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55413-2404 – the meeting will be held at Clare Housing Community Room with a breakout space in the lounge area.


We are having an organizational and planning meeting for 2017 and beyond with a brief port-mortum *caucus specific* discussion on what worked in 2016 and what didn’t. The way forward is to start walking. Let’s get to work!

Agenda topics will include.
1. Welcome/Introductions!
2. 2016 year end review
3. what worked/what didn’t work discussion
-who are they and what all do we want to be for our stakeholders?
-Stonewall endorsement discussions what worked what didn’t work
-social media etc.
-Pride/Fundraiser events review
-new ideas?

*possible food break* Please bring a few bucks for food.

4. C&B / Political Support **breakouts** (pick one)

Breakout A) Constitution and Bylaw changes:
-2018 (required) State changes
-examples: Structural Board changes, meeting frequency, PAC discussions, financial limits, board member job descriptions, as well as further discuss new and other things from item #3 above and suggest language to make it happen.

Breakout B) Legislative and Political support planning for 2017+
-examples: Community Survey, Candidate Questionnaire ideas, how to support our endorsed candidates better as well as further discuss new and other things from item #3 above and suggest content to make it happen. Create Top 5 legislative goals list.

5. Both groups come back to review items together and draft a 2017 Calendar or list of important dates and update our 2017 Communications plan based off these goals and priorities
6. other?
7. adjournment

Note: this is a working session with no official speeches beyond introduction fun. Dress comfortably. Bring ideas to share. Let’s talk and listen to each other and move forward as democrats together. Come when you can, leave when you must.

If you are interesting in volunteering, joining any of our committees, or running for a board member or officer position next year, this is a meeting to attend.


Debbie Goettel Endorsed for Hennepin County Commission by Stonewall DFL

Saint Paul, Minn., September 29, 2016 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announces its endorsement of Debbie Goettel for Hennepin County Commission, District 5.

 

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 helpful online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at www.dfl.org/stonewall

 

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 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.


Stonewall DFL Endorses in Eight Races

Scott Dibble, Steve Cwodzinski, Jerry Newton, Karen Clark, Steve Kilburn and Laurie Pryor endorsed in MN Senate and House races; Jesse Winkler for school board.

 

Saint Paul, Minn., September 16, 2016 – The Stonewall DFL Caucus of Minnesota announces its endorsement of Scott Dibble, Steve Cwodzinski and Jerry Newton for Minnesota Senate Districts 61, 48 and 37as well as Karen Clark, Laurie Pryor and Steve Kilburn in Minnesota House of Representatives in Districts 62A, 48A and 29B. The Caucus also endorses Jesse Winkler for ISD 279 Osseo School Board.

 

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 helpful online Voter’s Guide. Information about the endorsement process is available on the Stonewall DFL website at www.dfl.org/stonewall

 

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 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.


Final candidate endorsement deadline Friday, Sept. 9

Stonewall DFL’s final deadline for endorsement consideration is Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. The Board of Directors final meeting prior to the election will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11 to review all remaining endorsement applications.

 

The Board will also consider sample ballot listings as an agenda item. Publication deadlines cannot be altered and due to the timing of election day and pre-production time required to get material ready for voters.

 

For more information about our endorsement process, visit our 2016 Endorsement Process page.


Stonewall DFL for a Fundraiser on Aug 24

Please join Stonewall DFL for a Fundraiser on Aug 24! Many elected DFL officials stood up for marriage equality and paid a price in the last election, but with your help we can keep a MN DFL Senate majority and win back a DFL majority in the MN House! Every dollar raised will go to help elect equality-minded Democrats this year in suburban and swing districts throughout MN!

 

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