47A Rep Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger presents an update of progress at the MN Legislature, SD44 Maplewood picnic. 
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Welcome to Senate District 47 DFL

We endorsed Senator Nicole Mitchell /SD47 voting area, a ~month after Caucus Night 2022.
Tues, Feb. 27, 2024 6:30pm is Caucus Night. SD47 Endorsing Convention follows.

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What's on the HOME page? (updated 9/4/23)

1 Info on SoWashCo Schools Levy Th Sept 21, 6:30pm - 7pm
2 School Issue Forum held Tues Sept 5; update expected 9/19/23
3 Calendar - This Month & Next Month
4 MN DFL Official Call dates 2024-25
5 Voting Begins Sept 22, 2023 - Nov 7, 2023. Get a reminder - to vote.
6 Engage on Issues
7 Educate on Civics
8 What did Democrat propose in Nov 2022? Watch. 
9 Polling Places in Woodbury & South Maplewood from 2022

SoWashCo School Board in June approved a 5-year facility plan to the community with two bond questions on the Nov. 7 ballot. A third bond question is for a Capital Projects Levy (Technology Projects Levy) to address safety and security relating to technology. The Technology Projects Levy would ask voters to increase the current $2.8 million levy to $5 million. 

If all three questions are approved by voters, it would result in a tax increase of about $10 a month for families living in a median-valued home ($409,000) within the SoWashCo Schools boundary.



Overcrowding - 105% (over capacity 5%) causes fights, disciplinary issues, overheating, and spreads disease faster to more people. Noisy rooms are distracting and stressful; teachers spend more time on discipline and less on instruction. 80% is the target.  Under 60% capacity, schools are too expensive to operate and get closed. SoWashCo schools operate (25) buildings, assets which the community owns and is given the tax authority to fund Bonds for buildings. 

SD47 program Th Sept 21, 6:30pm-7pm.  "What's on the SoWashCo Levy, Questions 1,2, & 3?"
ISD833 staff Kristine Schaefer/Asst Supt and Tyrone Brookins/SoWashCo explained details. Projected enrollment for 2023 was 18,672, and the actual enrollment is 18,950. 

The City of Woodbury continues to add more housing. More growth is planned. A timeline of 3 years to design and build a school is typical. 

High Schools - Capacity: Enrolled in 2023
East Ridge 1,712 : 2,123 = OVER by 24%
Park 2,059 : 1,941 = at 95% 
Woodbury 1,925 : 1,980 = at 98%

Question 1. Shall we fund $105 Million for planned East Ridge expansion, Park and Woodbury reno? Shall we fund $30 Million to expand Oltman Middle School; reno Woodbury Middle? Shall we fund $25 Million for secure entries at (5) middle & high schools to bring them up to the same level as other schools?

What happens if the Q1 Levy fails? 
If Q1 fails, then Q2 also fails. Elementary schools shift attendance boundaries for Fall 2024. Overcrowded High schools look into split school schedules. 

If Q1 passes, High School Construction begins summer 2024.

Middle School - Capacity : Enrollment
Oltman 990 : 976 at 99% Capacity
Lake 1188 : 1147 at 97% Capacity
Woodbury 1188 : 1109  at 96% Capacity
Cottage Grove  1208 : 928  at 77% capacity 

Question 2: Shall we fund $31 Million to expand elementary schools projected to exceed capacity? additions at Bailey, Grey Cloud, Pine Hill,  Red Rock.  Shall we fund $9 Million to add  bathrooms at 5 schools with only a set of 4 stalls? Crestview, Hillside, Pine Hill, Pullman and Royal Oaks elementary schools

Elementary enrolled: Quantity waiting for (4) toilet stalls
Crestview 395
Hillside 427
Pine Hill 530
Pullman 342
Royal Oaks 494

If Q2 fails, elementary school attendance boundary changes start Fall 2024. Growth of about 300 more students projected. 

If Q2 passes, Elementary Construction is planned.

Question 3: Replace Technology Levy
Double the funds for better cyber security, cameras and technology. (1.820% to 2.668% times the net tax capacity of the School District, for 10 years.) Make the use of funds more flexible. 

ISSUES Forum: Education

SD47 DFL hosted an Education issues forum on Sept 5, 2023, in advance of the Sept 22 school board elections in ISD834 and ISD833. Michael Chauss, education advocate in District 833, addressed funding shortages, book-banning efforts, student safety and dropping test scores.

🪣💵Lose teaching time, as (25) School Buildings suit 2018 Needs - prior to 20,000 more homes
⛔📚Lose your access and right to books; book bans opposed by expert librarians
🦺🧑🏽‍🎓Lose physical safety, with increasing bullying, verbal threats
🏆💻Lose high achievement, shown by test scores

UTSWC Teacher's Union Endorses ISD833 Candidates
Marty Fridgen/UTSWC confirms that the local Teacher's Union ENDORSES (3) Candidates.
"Yes, this past Thursday (9/14/23) we endorsed
Melinda Dols,
Satonia Moore, and
Simi Patnaik

for school board (ISD833 SoWashCo) 
of the 2-year election cycle:

This Calendar highlights public city-wide events in the next 30 - 60 days
SD47 DFL follows a Two-Year Election cycle, which began on (2022 Caucus Night) and goes through (2024 Caucus Night) Feb 27, 2024. To go to the (Two Year) Past Events page, click the three lines at the top of the page to open the Menu. Follow us on social media to see Neighborhood (Precinct) events. 

NOW.   Apply for State Boards and Commissions. https://commissionsandappointments.sos.state.mn.us/

School Board Elections.  contact DFL Congressional District 2 at https://www.dflcd2.org/
NOTICE OF CD2 "Letter of Support"  Zoom meeting for various school boards: 
 Call & Notice - 2023 Letters of Support Rev 001...
Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan (ISD #196) Sunday, August 27th, 1:00 p.m.
Hastings Public School District (ISD #200) Sunday, August 27th, 6:30 p.m.
Inver Grove Heights Schools (ISD #199) Monday, August 28th, 7:00 p.m.
South Washington County Schools (ISD #833) Tuesday, August 29th, 7:00 p.m. -CANCELLED BY CD2-
West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan (ISD #197) Wednesday, August 30th, 7:00 p.m.
*Stillwater (ISD833) has an election, too. 

Sept 22 VOTE EARLY starts today; Sign Waving events

Th Sept 21, 6:30pm CENTRAL Committee meeting; speaker explains the School Board Levy. RSVP to attend = space is limtied

Election (Sept 22 - Nov 7) for ISD833 School Board candidates and Levy for buildings. Candidates filed Aug 15.

Mon Sept 25, 7pm Coffee & Conversation at Angelina's Cafe (SOUTHEAST) 

Oct 13-17,  Voter Registration Drives

Nov 7, 2023. Last Day to Vote on Levy questions and school board candidates

SIGNUP - Will you serve as one of our (19) Conveners on T Feb 27, 2024? We train 1 person to start each neighborhood meeting, that takes place at the same time, in different rooms, on
Caucus Night: Tues, Feb. 27, 2024, 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Woodbury High School

- December Break - 

Jan MLK Day 2024 - will you help us plan this event? 

Mar 5, 2024. Vote. Presidential Primary. 
MN DFL "Official Call" 2024-25
Dates of Caucus, Convention & Elections

T Feb 27, 2024 Precinct Caucus (state-wide in every county)
Sat Mar 2 Convocation (of Endorsed & elected officials)
T Mar 5 ELECTION (Presidential Primary)
Mar 9 - Apr 21, or thru May 12 Conventions to endorse Senators
*Apr 6 or 13 proposed for SD47
W Apr 24 proposed laws/ RESOLUTIONS due Platform Cmte
May 4 - 12 Conventions to endorse for Congress person
*CD2 and CD4
May 21 - Jun 4 = CANDIDATE FILING for Federal, State, County offices
May 31 - Jun 2 in Duluth DECC, Convention to endorse for Gov, Auditor, AG, Sec of State
Jun 2 in Duluth, National Delegates meeting
Oct 1, 2023 - Jun 30, 2024 = Groups of Community Outreach who are called "Caucuses" 
Sat July 13 State Central Cmte meeting
T Aug 13 ELECTION Primary 
Aug 19 - 22 Convention - National Democratic party convention for President, United Center in Chicago, Illinois
Aug 14 - Sept 1 = Endorsement for local offices, Central Cmte
T Nov 5, ELECTION General

Sat Mar 29 DFL Business Conference
Feb 1 - May 30 off-year Conventions
Jan 1 - Jun 30 Community Outreach groups / annual meetings

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Next vote:   Sept 22, 2023 - Nov 7, 2023
Voting begins Sept 22, 2023

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  School Board Member at Large (ISD #833) (Elect 3)
    Candidate Name Party Website File Date
  Fekadu Kassa Ayichew Nonpartisan   8/14/2023
  Chad Borseth Nonpartisan   8/15/2023
  Ryan Clarke Nonpartisan   8/3/2023
  Priscilla Kathryn Dimbo Nonpartisan priscillafor833.com 8/15/2023
  Melinda Dols Nonpartisan dolsforschoolboard.com 8/7/2023
  Randall J Johnson Nonpartisan   8/3/2023
  Jaime KoKaisel Nonpartisan jaimekokaisel.com 8/1/2023
  Anthony Marmood Nonpartisan   8/14/2023
  Satonia Moore Nonpartisan www.satoniaforstudents.com 8/1/2023
  Simi Patnaik Nonpartisan votesimi833.com 8/7/2023
  Molly Schaefer Nonpartisan   8/11/2023
  Special Election for School Board Member at Large (ISD #834)
    Candidate Name Party Website File Date
  Jessica L Johnson Nonpartisan www.votejessica834schools.com 8/14/2023
  Chris Lauer Nonpartisan   8/1/2023
Will you help us Get Out The Vote? Write GOTV postcards. Wave signs on Sept. 22. Voter Registration Drive Oct 15. Last day to vote Nov. 7, 2023.
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The United Nations is meeting in 2023 in New York City to urge faster action on the Sustainable Development Goals. 
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That you lead with love in hours of hate...
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third of Three Meetings -  to plan Buildings for Schools in ISD833
Hosted by SoWashCo Schools www.sowashco.org/facilityplanning

T May 23, 6:30pm - 8pm East Ridge High School: Review the Final Facility Plan

Voting for the SoWashCo Building Bond 
Sept 22 - Nov 7. Voting for (3) School Board Candidates.
SoWash Co asked for feedback on the 2023 Buildings Levy. 
For the (25) Building for ~19,000 students, they are considering a $260 Million budget, including: 
$121M for High School additions
_$41M for Middle School additions
+ ($150M) choose from these ($32M Elementary school additions, $5M Transport Center expansion, $7M Land purchase, $2M Lake Middle School addition, $6M high school atheletic fields, $7M elementary school bathrooms, and other projects - Next Step Transitions, Alternative high school, Early Learning space) 

For each $25M of buildings, the property tax levy would be 
$1/month (on a median valued home of $409,000)
$260M would be ~$10/mo property tax increase. 
Photo: SoWashCo School officials tried to hammer out details of a new 2023 bond referendum at a meeting at Oltman Middle School in Cottage Grove April 25. South Washington County School District 833 floated a $460M  bond issue that failed in 2022, so officials are paring it down to $250M or less for another vote. At the meeting, a crowd of about 50 helped officials re-set priorities for the new bond issue.
Growing pains: SoWashCo Schools ISD833 asks for Input
(8) of 25 Buildings face Overcrowding from new Housing

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
That’s what the South Washington County School District 833 is doing. After a $462 million bond issue failed in 2022, the district is trimming it down to make it more appealing to voters.
     Part of that process was a meeting April 25 at Oltman Middle School in Cottage Grove. During the 90-minute meeting, a crowd of 50 exchanged ideas with school officials for the new bond issue.
    Details of the updated bond referendum haven’t been set, but it was clear Tuesday that officials will be asking for a much smaller amount of money. The new plan will not include everything that was in the original, Not two new elementary schools.
   At the meeting, officials tried to determine expenditures that might be supported, including buying land for future schools, improving security in middle and high schools, and adding classrooms and teaching spaces.

   The district’s final plan will be unveiled at a meeting 6:30-8 p.m. May 23 at East Ridge High School. 
Less Land available for school campus sites; and land costs more.

SoWashCo Projected Student Enrollment, per Dan Pyan

2022 = 18,520 students
2023 = 18,672 students
2024 = 18,778 students
2025 = 18,096 students
2026 = 19,027 students
2027 = 19,199 students

In 2022, (4) of the (25) buildings were Over Capacity.
with 679 additional students
In 2027, (7) of the (25) building are expected to be Over Capacity.

Fewer (50 acre) sites will be available to purchase for a school campus. 
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We Did It! With your help SD47 elected the following: 

Governor Tim Walz
Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan
Secretary of State Steve Simon
State Auditor Julie Blaha
State Attorney General Keith Ellison

SD47 MN State Senator Nicole Mitchell
SD47A MN House Representative Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger
SD47B MN House Representative Ethan Cha


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Senate District 47 (SD47) represents DFL voters in Woodbury and part of Maplewood, MN. 
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We Won! What's Next? Gov Walz & MN Leg 

Dec 6, 2022 MN Govt Press Conference: Gov Walz, Sen Dziedzic, Rep Long & Rep Hollins explain their One Minnesota vision for 2023-24 Budget Revenue & Spending, Top Priority Laws, 2022 Bonding bill.

Watch Gov Walz
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Nov 2022 Budget & Economic Forecast projecting a $17.6 billion state budget surplus

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We Won! Show us the Money! 
Dec 6, 2022 MN Govt Press Conference: Jim Showalter/MN Management & Budget

Watch MN Budget office; $17.6 Billion surplus Jim Schowalter MMB 45 min. video a) strong Revenue Collections b) lower spending c) Net $5 Billion + unspent $7 Billion from 2022; d) expect $11 Billion new revenue forecasted. 
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news conference on release of the November 2022 Budget and Economic Forecast projecting a $17.6 billion state budget surplus
General Election results Nov. 8, 2022

Tues Nov 8 General Election results are posted on the MN Secretary of State Website.
We will also list the links so you can look them up: 

Ramsey County

Washington County


City of Woodbury, MN


City of Maplewood, MN


ISD622 Levy & School Board North St. Paul


ISD834 School Board Stillwater

These unofficial results are posted for other MN contests, too. 
Nov. 8, 2022 City of Woodbury Precinct 1-16  Polling Places 
Link to map on City of Woodbury, MN website:
https://www.woodburymn.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1391/Woodbury-P, recinct-Boundaries-and-Polling-Places?bidId=

1 Woodbury Baptist Church, 6695 Upper Afton Road
2 Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Road
3 Woodbury High School, 2665 Woodlane Drive
4 Woodbury Lutheran Church, 7380 Afton Road

5 New Life Church, 6758 Bailey Road
6 Bailey Elementary School, 4125 Woodlane Drive
7 King of Kings Lutheran Church, 1583 Radio Drive
8 St John Lutheran Church, 1975 St Johns Drive

9 Brookview Elementary School, 11099 Brookview Road
10 Central Park, 8595 Central Park Place
11 Lake Middle School, 3133 Pioneer Drive
12 Valley Crossing Elementary School, 9900 Park Crossing

13 Liberty Ridge Elementary School, 11395 Eagle View Boulevard
14 Five Oaks Community Church, 4416 Radio Drive
15 East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive
16 St Ambrose of Woodbury, y 4125 Woodbury Drive

Nov. 8 City of Maplewood Precinct 10, 11, 12, 13 Maps

2022 Precinct Boundaries and Polling Locations (PDF)
2022 Precinct Map with Street Index (PDF)

The city of Maplewood approved redistricting and new 2022 Precinct Maps. 
Precinct 10 Justice Alan Page Elementary School, 2410 Holloway Avenue
Precinct 11 Beaver Lake Education Center, 1060 Sterling Street N
Precinct 12 Carver Elementary School, 2680 Upper Afton Road
Precinct 13 Lutheran Chruch of Peace, 47 Century Avenue S

Updated MN Voting Maps Feb 2022
Redistricting changed the boundaries in MN.
Click on the image below - for Senate District locations/demographics