Representative Paymar Retirement Party – September 30

paymar-fundraiserRepresentative Paymar has done a wonderful job representing our district over the years, and we’re honoring his career with a retirement party and fundraiser this month. We’ll be celebrating at the home of Charles Stander, 574 Summit Avenue, here in St. Paul on Tuesday, September 30, from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Some previous communications had a different address, but 574 Summit is the correct address.

We have a long list of co-hosts who will be coming out to help us celebrate Michael Paymar, including:

Senator Dick Cohen
Speaker Paul Thissen
Majority Leader Erin Murphy
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi
Dave Pinto
Margaret Anderson Kelliher
Howard Orenstein
Ray Faricy
Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega

The planning committee is in the process of finding party sponsors. If you’re interested in being a sponsor, please contact Chris Haas at or Max Milstein at

Current platinum level sponsors include:

Bill Struszinksi
Christine Almeida

Other sponsors include:

Marcia Avner and Wy Spano
Doug Carnival
Ken Iosso
Andrea Sachs
Sharon Sudman
Rachel Nelson and Bill Totten
Elizabeth Wefel
Eric Celeste
Ellen Perrault
John Kavanaugh
Kevin Walli
Kelcey Johnson
Rich Ginsberg
Rolf Westgard
Christopher and Monica Haas

Thank you for supporting the SD64 DFL!

Our January Fundraiser was a smashing success! We had great food from Mancini’s, great speeches from too many people to name*, and great turnout from all of you!

Thank you to everyone who came out in the snow, but a special thank you to our co-hosts:

Platinum Co-Hosts
Cristine Almeida & Brian Gorecki
Rolf Westgard
Paul Cassidy
Grania McKiernan
Carole Faricy

Sharon Sudman
Dough Carnival
Eric & Greta Bergstrom
Gloria Zaiger
Dave Pinto
Matt Freeman
Beth Fraser
Melanie McMahon
Matt Bergeron
Philip Stoyke
Eric Celeste
Tim Flaherty
Marcia Avner & Wy Spano
Beth & Jon Commers
Rich Ginsberg
Lyn Burton
Bill Struszinski
Thomas & Marlene Kayser
Ken Iosso
Rafael E. Ortega
Kevin Walli
Kelsey Johnson
John Kavanaugh
Barbara Frey & Howard Orenstein
Brian Bergson
Elizabeth Emerson
John Knapp
Patti Cullen
John Curry
Bill Black
Toby Pearson
Ted Davis

*Just kidding! We heard from Mayor Chris Coleman, all the 64B candidates (Matthew Bergeron, Beth Fraser, Gloria Zaiger, Matt Freeman, Melanie McMahon, Greta Bergstrom, and Dave Pinto), Secretary of State candidate Steve Simon, Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega, and the always inspring Erin Murphy, Dick Cohen, and Michael Paymar.

Michael Paymar Not Running for 64B

By now you’ve heard by now that Rep. 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 this years. With Michael stepping down that means we will have a contested endorsing convention for the 64B seat. (If you want to be technical, we could also have one for 64A if someone challenged Erin Murphy but that does not seem likely). 
A couple of things for you to know and act on: 

  • The 64 Convention will be in March.  We hope to have the date finalized by Monday. 
  • Caucuses will be on Tuesday February 4. Caucus for 64A will be at Central High School (except 3-7 which will be at Macalester) and Caucus for 64B will be at Highland Junior High.
  • SD64 DFL is planning to make the caucus and convention process as transparent and fair to all comers as possible. We’ve been complimented for years on well-run conventions, but we’re not sitting on our laurels – we’re stepping up our game.
  • As SD64 DFL Chair, Liz Wefel is remaining neutral in this race and committed to a transparent operation for everyone. Thus, if you or someone you know is planning to run please have them contact Liz (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.

Dick, Erin, and Michael win reelection!

Congratulations to Dick Cohen, Erin Murphy, and Michael Paymar on winning reelection to the Minnesota Senate and House and becoming the majority in both bodies! Erin’s candidate recruitment and our flying squad contributed to the wide DFL victory, winning the Minnesota House and Senate for the DFL. We also delivered the state for President Barak Obama and Senator Amy Klobuchar, and CD 4 for Betty McCollum. And both constitutional amendments have been defeated. In fact, it could be argued that turnout driven by the very close amendment vote drove the wider victories. Back home in Saint Paul we also won the school levy question. What a great election evening! Thanks to everyone for all the hard work this year. No excuses, now we have to deliver the best government Minnesota has ever seen.

Election Season Voter Contact

There are many, many opportunities to talk to voters. RSVP to and let us know what you will be at!


  • District wide doorknock! We are meeting at Macalester College at 1:30 pm on Saturday, Sept. 15. We will be meeting at CC206 (Campus Center on Grand & Snelling). Another district-wide doorknock will be at 1pm on Sunday, Sept. 30. We will go knocking on apartment doors with Obama for America at 1pm on Sunday 9/16. Meet at the Macalester Campus Center, room 206.
  • 64A Tuesdays: every week until GOTV at 5:30 pm (Erin Murphy’s house, 898 Osceola Ave)
  • 64B Thursdays: 5:30 – 9pm, 9/13 (Michael Paymar’s house, 2009 Juliet Ave) and 9/27 (Melanie McMahon’s house, 1266 Scheffer Ave).
  • Our next Flying Squad outing will be on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 11:30am. We will be doorknocking for Susan Kent and JoAnn Ward. We will meet at Erin Murphy’s house, 898 Osceola Ave. Another flying squad will be on 10/7.
Make phone calls
  • Daily phone banks at the DFL Saint Paul Field Office (545 West 7th Street) Sunday/Monday/Wednesday evenings: 5-9pm, Monday-Friday afternoons: 1-4pm
Voter Registration
  • SD65 Voter Registration Drive: 10am on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Saint Paul Field Office, 545 West 7th.

Get your lawn signs!

Lawn sign season is upon us yet again!

The Cohen Campaign is looking for volunteers, lawn sign locations and donations before the August primary. If you are interested in supporting our DFL endorsed candidate for State Senate please contact Sen. Dick Cohen’s campaign coordinator Cailin Rogers. Any interest or involvement will be greatly appreciated!

You can now sign up for a Michael Paymar lawn sign. The campaign will be putting up lawn signs at the end of summer, so sign up now to make sure you get yours!

If you are interested in having a “Vote Betty!” lawn sign in your yard, please email Megan Thrasher or call 651-603-1505. Be sure to include your full name and complete address so we know where to deliver the sign! Distributing signs will begin on Saturday, June 30, 2012. You are also welcome to pick up a lawn sign at the Betty McCollum Office: 400 Selby Avenue, Suite “i”.