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I am running for Ward 5 City Council to bring transparency and community partnership to our neighborhoods. It is imperative that we have leadership who is willing to fight and not be afraid to speak up for the community. We need leadership that is willing to work together for the common good of all. I am that person. I invite you to join me in making Ward 5 a better place.

 

 

 

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  Jamie Testifies at the St Paul City Council 2018 Truth in Taxation Hearing.

 

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Thursday, August 22, 2019 4:07 PM

Supreme Courts decision

About a year ago, the city announced a mandatory trash plan. Organized trash may have sounded like a good idea,
but this plan had problems for many residents. Added expenses, no sharing; no opting out; difficulty suspending services; and an added fee on our property taxes are a few of the issues with the plan.
A group of people, St. Paul Trash, started a petition and was able to get over 6,000 signatures.
They presented it to the Saint Paul City Council but they ruled it was not sufficient enough to be a
referendum.
Because St. Paul has a city charter, the city council and mayor have their roles defined when
it applies to the city's authority to finance and tax for public services. We are fortunate that
there is the city charter. Otherwise, we would not have been able to sue and win the right
to vote on the organized trash.
The city should have agreed to honor the petition by putting the trash ordinance on the ballot
and the residents should have been able to vote on it.
Because the city refused to honor the petition, St. Paul Trash, sued the City.
On May 30, Judge Castro ruled in favor of St. Paul Trash but the city appealed to the supreme court.
For me personally, this lawsuit has been very important. It wasn't about the concept "organized trash".
It was about the way the contract was written and the way the city refused to honor the charter's words.
It felt as though residents voices were disregarded. That is just not the way to run a city.
I, along with many others, signed the petition. Members of my campaign committee and I attended
the fundraiser at Tin Cups, and have supported the lawsuit. We discussed the lawsuit with residents while campaigning with regard to
my candidacy for Ward 5 city council. We attended meetings to learn more about how the lawsuit was progressing, came to hearings at the court house, and spoke to people at the Saint Paul DFL City Convention. I learned there were several people against the new trash, and others who felt it wasn't important enough to even discuss. It's been a little difficult to pursue conversations with people that don't see things as we do, but we kept pushing, and respect the fact that others may see things differently even though we wanted to support the lawsuit.
Today, we read with excitement, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of St. Paul Trash and the residents will be able to vote on this issue in the November 5 election.
Thank you to all of the people involved in the lawsuit, and specifically the ones who lived and breathed it so that our
residents could have a fair vote. Justice prevailed and I am so excited for these next couple of months.






Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:43 PM

Door knocking

We have been busy Door knocking and engaging with neighbors throughout the ward. I have had some great conversations with several residents. It is imperative to know what is important and what the needs are of each neighborhood. I look forward to more face to face conversations. If you are interested in helping us with outreach, we have volunteer opportunities in various areas. If you have any questions about these opportunlies or questions about issues, please leave me a message and I will get back to you.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019 8:36 PM

Filing for Ward 5 Candidacy

It's official! Today I filed my Affidavit of Candidacy. This means I will now be on the ballot. Looking forward to November!


Wednesday, August 7, 2019 8:36 PM

It's Official:Saint Paul streets are worse than Minneapolis and fading

We all know the street in Saint Paul are in rough condition. In this article is the breakdown with numbers of where we are at. This must be a priority for both practical and safety reasons.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019 8:31 PM

Families making $30,000 can not afford rent in Saint Paul or Minneapolis

At the beginning of my campaign, I expressed my concerns about the term "affordable housing" and what it actually means. As it states in this article, families with an income of $30,000 are not able to rent in either Saint Paul or Minneapolis. This means if I did not have my own home, I could not afford to rent. For many people they are paying 60 or even 70% of their income just to have a roof over their head. All it takes is one needed car repair, an emergency, etc and families can find themselves homeless.Income based housing is in short supply, and rents continue to rise leaving even more people in vulnerable situations. We have to do better.


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