Thank you to all 464-plus St. Paul DFL delegates that devoted a beautiful summer day to bettering St. Paul and electing a strong DFL ticket for November.  Your endorsement means the world to me, and I am humbled to have earned your support.

Now, as we continue our fight for safe, welcoming and challenging schools for all of St. Paul's children, we do so with a great team that brings a diversity of backgrounds and points-of-view.  Today, I join Jean O'Connell and Chue Vue, along with Mayor Chris Coleman, as the 2013 DFL endorsed ticket for St. Paul.

On to November!

I stand with John

As DFLers, we know that our children are our future, and we know thatJohn Choi and John Brodrick we all win when St. Paul's kids have a quality education that prepares them, expands their minds and introduces them to new ideas and people.  John Brodrick is committed to making St. Paul's schools a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment in which children can grow, learn and become the best that they can be.

John is a unique voice for St. Paul's kids on the St. Paul School Board.  As a father, as a teacher, as a coach and as a school board member, John has a wealth of experience and he knows knows the strengths, and challenges, of our schools.  John speaks with experience, but he brings a point of view that recognizes that the students of today have many challenges that his daughters never faced.  It is this combination of experience, compassion and fresh-thinking that makes John a much needed voice on the St. Paul School Board.

Tomorrow, we decide who will, represent us next November.  John has carried our values before, and I believe we need him on the School Board again.  John Brodrick has stood with us, therefore, I stand with John - and I ask you to do the same.  Please support John Brodrick.

Your friend,

John Choi
Ramsey County Attorney

For kids, for St. Paul, for St. Paul's Kids!

Dear Delegates:

The DFL Convention is less than a week away! Thank you to all of my friends in the DFL community who have always stood by me and St. Paul's schools.

Our work is not done, and while you have supported me in the past, I get to ask you again - will you join me in making St. Paul schools even better?  Together, we have done many good things for our children, but I need your help to continue to be a voice on the St. Paul School Board for our values - and those of our community.

I have never been more convinced that ours is a voice that needs to be heard. I am focused on our children, and giving them the best chance to succeed. We must continue to collaborate with our leaders in the public and non-profit sectors, and ensure our schools are part of the overall solution so all of our kids can focus on their education. To do that, we need to make sure our teachers - the experts that are directly involved with our children every day - are heard as we continue our work to strengthen the schools.

But, most importantly, we must never give up on doing everything possible. I know we need a modern, technologically-savvy education for every kid.  And we need it in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all.  I am still in this for the kids, will join me?

For three conventions, you have been with me.  For three elections, together we have carried our DFL value of education for all through Election Day.  Three times you have been with me as we work for St. Paul's kids.

Please talk with your DFL friends and family. To carry the DFL values through election day again this year, I will need your help - this Saturday, June 8 at the DFL Convention. Make sure you wear your Brodrick buttons or t-shirts; talk with your neighbors and friends; and explain why you supported me in past - and why you will do so again.

Your friend,

"Join John Brodrick again - For kids, for Saint Paul, for Saint Paul's Kids!"
Chue Vue, Kazoua Kong-Thao and John

Can't Wait for the Summer Campaign Season

The Work's Not Done.

Dear DFL friend:

I am happy to announce that I am running for re-election to the Saint Paul School Board.  I have been able to win in the past, because friends like you have supported my campaigns.   I want to thank you for that past support and ask for your support again.  

I am running because I bring a unique and useful experience to the Board.  I am the only board member who has attended  SPPS as a student, worked in our schools as a teacher, was the parent of two SPPS graduates, mentored students after school as a coach, and then finally; as a board member, I learned how all of the pieces fit together.  But most significantly I am convinced that I understand the vital importance of the relationship between our schools and our communities. 

Last fall the Board asked the voters of Saint Paul to approve our excess levy.  Thankfully, they did so overwhelmingly.  At the moment, the district's funding is in the most stable place that it has been for over a decade.  I am proud of my role in passing four school levies.  However, I take very seriously my responsibility as a steward of the public's tax dollars.  To this effect I will work hard to guarantee that the money we spend goes primarily to support our classrooms. 

I am a product of our school district.  My two daughters graduated from Como Park Senior High.  I am a retired teacher and coach, with thirty-four years service in the classroom.  Every single day I meet someone who shares a connection with me to our schools.  These interactions affirm in my mind one simple truth - the Saint Paul Public Schools are not the problem, they are the solution.  They are not perfect; they never have been.  But every day, we are still changing lives for the better.

As a retired teacher I see our teachers, educational assistants, principals and all support staff as committed, professional educators.  I am concerned that all too often, the people who work every single day with our children are left out of the discussion on how to improve our schools.  I am also concerned that as the national debate over educational reform becomes more polarized; we in Saint Paul are missing chance after chance to partner with our own teaching staff to create our own set of solutions.  Our teachers are not the problem, they are the solution.

It is important to have a voice that sometimes asks the different question, that sees the interconnections of policy with the classroom, with the city, and with the school districts friends and supporters.  After watching the war on workers in Wisconsin over the past two years, I am proud to say that I am a lifelong card carrying union member.  It is important for every working person, union or not, to have dignity in their workplace. 

I am asking for your support again this year.  The first step is on Tuesday, April 16 when precinct caucuses and ward conventions will be held.  Delegates to the City Convention  in June will be selected on April 16.  

Expect to see me show up on your caller ID, or at your door in the next few weeks.  Thank you for reading this far, please feel free to email me at brodrick4kids@yahoo.com.