Help us Choose a New State Representative

You’ve probably heard by now that our beloved Rep. Michael Paymar has decided not to run for reelection. He’s been an important force at the capitol on a range of public safety and other issues. SD64 is lucky to have had his service all these years. With Michael stepping down that means we will have a contested endorsing convention for the 64B seat.

A couple of things for you to know and act on:

  • The 64 Convention will be in late March. We hope to have the date finalized by Monday.
  • Caucuses will be on Tuesday February 4. Caucus for 64 B will be at Highland Junior High. Mark your calendar!!
  • SD64 DFL is planning to make the caucus and convention process as transparent and fair to all comers as possible. We’ll be updating our website and facebook page with information on the caucuses, convention and the race as we move along.
  • As chair, Liz Wefel is remaining neutral in this race and is committed to a transparent operation for everyone. One aspect of that transparency is making sure that campaigns get equal info. Thus, if you or someone you know is planning to run please have them contact Liz at or at 651-492-3998. The Highland Villager has asked her for the names of those running, so she will be sharing that with them on Sunday. If you or someone you know is running, have them contact Liz by Sunday noon.

Financial Help For A Successful Caucus And Convention

For the caucuses and the convention to be a success we need your financial help!!! Seriously, these are expensive operations – especially with the turnout we expect The last time we had a contested endorsement contest in 64A, we had over 2,000 people at caucuses and close to 1,000 at the convention. There’s a lot that goes into these operations and as a completely volunteer driven organization we need your help!! You can donate $50 per person ($100 per couple) and get that money refunded back to you. Please do so before the end of the year! Please visit for more info or to donate on line. We need your help to make sure it works well.

Please don’t forget – our next central committee meeting will be December 11, 2013 at 7pm Macalester College Olin Rice Hall 150. The agenda will be posted 24 hours in advance of meeting. Everyone (well all the democrats) in SD64 are welcome – but if someone wants to get on the agenda that person should contact me in advance. I’ve already had one 64B candidate request to speak.