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City-wide SD47 Events.
SD47 DFL Hotdish Challenge. Vote for the best! Cake and Pie auction. $20 tickets/family.  Sign up!
Join us Th Mar 15, 2024 at 5:30pm at Woodbury Middle School cafeteria, 1425 School Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125.
Say What? Why a Two-Year Calendar? 

Minnesota Elections and Legislative funding follow a Two-Year Cycle. 
That's why SD47 has a Two-Year Calendar.

* In 2024 (EVEN years) we create a DFL SAMPLE BALLOT for three elections (customized for 19 precincts) and fund state and local projects that require a "mortgage" called a BOND: Roads, Buildings, Infrastructure, Water/Sewer, Dams, Ports. Professional ASCE civil engineers rate their condition A-F in the  Minnesota Report Card:

After the 2022 GOP spent $0 on bonds, in 2023 Gov Walz proposed $3.3 B in Jan 2022. The GOP delay added 20% to the cost of projects. It costs 10x less to keep roads in good repair with seal coating cracks, then get deep potholes that require a tear-out and new roadbed.

*In 2025 (ODD YEARS) we fund ~24 state departments = salaries/expenses and one local election for school board/city. Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan created a "One Minnesota" plan, here:

Previously, GOP MN Senate leader Paul Gazelka didn't do his job to approve Commissioners in 60 days. He withheld approving some commissioners for 3-4 years and "Fired" others for "disloyalty"  in a media circus political vendetta. The national GOP party stated their intent to install loyal partisans, instead of competent experts.
Neighborhood SD47 Events.

PRECINCT Calendars have (4) TOPICS

(19) DFL Leaders organize their precincts, or voting neighborhoods: (16) in Woodbury and (3) in Maplewood.

ONE *Prioritize key issues
Tues Feb 27, 2024, 6pm - 8pm +
Woodbury High School, 2665 Woodlane DR, Woodbury, MN 55125 = Use the THEATRE entry

TWO * Reach more voters

Use FacebookInstagramYouTubeTwitterEmail

THREE *Vote Early 3 times in 2024
Jan 19, Jun 28, Sep 20
or vote by Mar 5, Aug 13, Nov 5 


FOUR * Parade, Fairs, Host, FUNdraisers
July 4th in Afton, WashCo Fair, Woodbury Days, Host "Meet & Greet" events and "Don't Boo - VOTE!" 


When everyone votes, Democrats Deliver!

Donate $75/voter/year RECURRING to elect DFL’s --and get refund to give it to your top issue advocates. 

2024 Events
2024 Election Year EVENTS in SD47 DFL

Email to get more info. 

Jan 15  MLK Day
Jan 18 CENTRAL Committee monthly meeting on the 3rd Thursday, 6:30pm - 8pm. Open to the public. 
VOTE Jan 19 - Mar 5 Presidential nomination

Feb 19  President's Day - with Pie
T Feb 20 Convener Training at Woodbury Middle School 
Feb 27 Caucus Night at Woodbury High School 
*elect the CENTRAL Committee/Precinct Chairs

(Mar 8 - Tues Apr 2) Pre-Convention Committees First and Last meetings from 5pm - 8pm at East Ridge High School media center. 
Mar 15 HOTDISH Challenge, Woodbury Middle School

Apr 6 SD47 Endorsing Convention 
*elect the EXECUTIVE Committee/party officers, directors

Sat. May 4, 2024 CD4 DFL Convention
11:00 AM Registration, 12:00 PM Call to Order
North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters
700 Olive Street, St. Paul MN 55130
Contact: Greg Hansen, CD4 DFL Chair

CD2 DFL Convention:
Date: May 11, 2024
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Eastview High School, 6200 140th St W, Apple Valley, MN 55124

The CD2 DFL Constitution allows each organizing unit to choose two delegates and two alternates to the following pre-convention committees.
Nominations, Constitution, Credentials, Rules&Agenda and Arrangements. Contact: James Hepworth
VOTE Jun 28 - Aug 13 Primary 
CD2 Convention
CD4 Convention
City of Maplewood convention  651-739-7397
State Convention in Duluth, MN 

May - June SD47 Precinct Meet and Greet events 
July 4, DFL parade in City of Afton
Aug WashCo Fair
Aug Woodbury Days

Aug 3-7 Washington County Fair booth SD33 - SD41 - SD47

Aug 19-21 Woodbury Days 
Aug 21 Parade at Woodbury Days
Aug 28 SD44 - SD47 Picnic 

Sept 24 Big Truck Day in Woodbury, MN
VOTE Sept 20 - Nov 5 General election 
Nov 5 Election Watch party

Dec  Enjoy the Holidays!
2023 Engage/Educate EVENTS; cycle repeats in 2025
in SD47 Woodbury & South Maplewood

Calendar updated 1/13/23. Send requests to

Jan 3 MN Legislature in session (Jan - May 2023) Rally at the Capitol
Jan 9, 7pm Coffee & Conversation, Angelina's with Council member Rebecca Noecker
Jan 16 (4 events on MLK Day: 8am online; 10am Ordway; 12 Workshop; 6pm Sabanathi Center)
Jan 21, 1:30pm Coffee & Conversation, Jerry's Foods, running for office?
Jan 19, 6:30pm CENTRAL committee meeting, business agenda

Feb 13, 6:30pm ISSUE forum: Crime & Public Safety
Feb 16 Town Hall 6:30pm for 47B East Ridge High School cafeteria, followed by elections for Precinct Chairs
Feb 20, 5:30pm President's Day Pie Fundraiser

Mar 7, noon. ISSUE forum: Economy & Inflation
Mar 16 Town Hall 6:30pm for 47A Woodbury High School cafeteria, followed by elections for Precinct Chairs

Apr 1, 10a - 4pm Woodbury Expo - SD47 DFL Booth
Apr 11 or 12; noon ISSUE forum; Healthcare
Apr 20 Legalize Cannabis
Apr 22 Earth Day bike ride 
Mock Convention; Stamp Out Hunger/Letter Carriers

May 9 or 10, noon ISSUE forum; Education
May Wine in the Park Fundraiser
School Levy & Teacher apprecation

Jun 19; Juneteenth Picnics within each Precinct

Jul 4 Independence Day parade in Afton; Woodbury Fireworks

Aug Washington County Fair Booth with Stillwater & Hastings
Aug Woodbury Days booth

Sep Weinlick Event
Budgeting Committee (Aug - Oct) Two Year Budget
Oct Don't Boo! Vote
Nov Don't Wine! Vote
Candidate recruitment for Caucus Night in Feb 2024; Endorsing Convention in Mar 2024
Dec Enjoy the Holidays! We don't meet formally this month. 

SD47 follows the Two Year cycle of MN elections
2022 Election Year EVENTS in SD47 DFL; repeats in 2024 

Social media (links above for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) have updated info on these City-wide events. Each neighborhood Precinct also hosts activities. Email to get more info. 

Jan 17  MLK Day
Feb 11 Contactless Caucus Night; Woodbury High School 
Feb 15  Redistricting changes SD53 to SD47
Feb 21  President's Day - with Pie
(Mar 5 - Mar 29) Pre-Convention Committees meet

Apr 2 Woodbury Expo booth, new SD47 Banner reveal
Apr 23  SD47 Convention
May 1  Nicole Mitchell for MN Senate campaign kickoff
May 7 CD2 Convention via zoom
May 15, 7pm Wine & Cheese Event in Woodbury, MN
May 15  CD4 Convention in St. Paul
May 20-22 State Convention in Rochester, MN
May 24, 6:30pm Convention for DFL City of Maplewood 651-739-7397

Jun 4 Saturday Doorknocks begin
DATE CHANGE: Sat. Jun 18 (not June 19) Juneteenth, Ojibway Park

July 4  Independence Day - Afton Days Parade
(Jun 24 - Aug 9) Lawn Signs & VOTE for Primary Election
July 19 Voter Registration Drive
Aug 2 Woodbury "Night To Unite" Block parties
Aug 3-7 Washington County Fair SD33 - SD41 - SD47 Booth
Aug 9  Primary Election 
Aug 16 Candidate filing deadline with MN SOS
Aug 19-21 Woodbury Days 
Aug 21 Parade at Woodbury Days
Aug 28 SD44 - SD47 Picnic 

Sept 24 Big Truck Day in Woodbury, MN
(Sept 23 - Nov 7) Lawn Signs & VOTE EARLY for General Election
Oct 18 Voter Registration Drive
Nov 8  General Election
Nov 15  Collect Lawn Signs

Dec  Enjoy the Holidays!
LINKS to other DFL group's Calendars.
Young Democrats
East Ridge High School Club
(Left) VP Rishi Raichur, Rep. Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger, President Anuraa Venkat
(Right) Past President Lily Spaulding attend the Endorsing Convention with Vice President Jesse Robertson; Teacher Advisor Dennis Ware meets weekly with high school students interested in how politics shape our lives. 
A state-wide Group for Youth, the DFL Young Democrats
Ages 16 - 35 years old

join the DFL state-wide group such as (ages 16 - 35) MyDFL MN Young Democrats 
More ways to get involved:
1 Join a candidate's campaign ages 16+
2 serve as a page at the MN Legislature (high school age)
3 attend multiple "Rally at the Capitol" days, hosted by Issue allies
"MN Blue Gala" hosted by DFL Senior Caucus Oct 2022 featured a Dinner Buffet, Live Band (Squirrels in the Attic) and invited Speakers: Ken Martin/MN DFL; Skip Humphrey/former AG; Angie Craig/CD2; Tim Walz/Gov; Julie Blaha/Auditor. Join at 
A Group for Seniors ages 50+, the DFL "Senior Caucus"
The state-wide DFL Senior Caucus (group) meets monthly; our East Metro Chapter meets on the 2nd Thursday at 11:30am at Jerry's Foods, upstairs Neighborhood Room (ADA Accessible)

Contact Scott Borchert for details.
SD47 Candidates Academy April 20 & May 18, 2023

Will you serve as a Campaign Staffer, Treasurer, Campaign Manager? 
Will you run for elected office? 
Apply and ask questions NOW. 
Email with 1-sentence of your name & office sought. 

Please complete the 10 questions on the Candidate form, to help you get organized:

Elect Democrats, Engage on voting issues, Educate on Civics is our DFL SD47  mission.
SD47 is amplifying free, online training to get our teams ready for campaign season.  Do you want to prepare using National Democratic Training Committee / NDTC resources?
a) Available 24/7. Try a 10 min. x 9 sessions = 90 min. online class
b) Watch a LIVE 60-min. zoom call & ask questions in the chat

Let's elect Democrats that are representative of our voters.
Let's build the bench for a more inclusive party.
Let's sign up to Run for something, or train for a campaign.

We are inviting campaign staffers from US Campaigns, state-wide MN Candidates, and Local offices to inform what it's like to campaign, and what it's like once you're elected. We are building a cohort for mutual support.
Celebrate our MN Legislators moving on!
SD53 Senator Susan Kent and SD53B Rep Steve Sandell are so appreciated for their heart, humility and hard work. Thank you and remember: Love Wins! 
Wisconsin Dems won on April 4, 2023
Elected Supreme Court   #JanetforJustice   Protasiewisz

We WON! Thanks to democrats calling, doorknocking, and donating all this this month. Our time was well spent to Get Out the Vote in Hudson, Wisconsin. 
2023 ISSUES Forums hosted by SD47 DFL

Feb 13, 6:30m Crime & Public Safety
Woodbury Public Safety, Maplewood Detective, Prof. Chris Uggens, Restore the Vote.
Mar 7, NOON Jobs, Inflation & Economy 
Retired MN House Rep Steve Sandell 
Apr 11, NOON (Not 6:30pm) Healthcare.
Anne Jones, RN  of "Health Care For All Minnesotans" 
May 9, 6:30pm  Education - Funding and Teachers
These forums are free & open to the public; we follow these Ground Rules for civil discussion: 
Ground Rules for civil discussion, by US Courts

Sept 5, 6:30pm Education issues
Oct. 6:30pm Outreach activities
SD47 DFL hosts events to support people and raise funds, in a two-year cycle.
In Feb 2023, Voters attend the 2023 Maplewood Town Hall at Maplewood YMCA . 
US Rep Angie Craig visits SD47 DFL Booth at the Woodbury Expo on Apr 1, 2023. 
Photo of our 47B Town Hall, displaying DFL Endorsed elected leaders: Walz, Ellison, Simon, Blaha, Mitchell, Cha, Hemmingsen-Jaeger, Clasen, Biden-Harris, Klobuchar, Smith, Craig and McCollum 

SD47 B Town Hall Th Feb. 16, 2023. 6:30pm - 8pm
East Ridge High School, Precincts Woodbury 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Register here: 

SD47A Th Mar 16,2023.  6:30pm - 8pm 
Woodbury High School. 
Precincts Maplewood 11, 12,13 Woodbury 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. 8
Register here:
Sen. Nicole Mitchell and Sen. Alice Mann hosted a Jan. 2023 Town Hall in Woodbury Central Park, on two bills: Paid Family Medical Leave, and Earned Sick Leave. 
About 80 people attended the Town Hall, listened and asked questions. Photo below shows the panel giving legislative updates. 
DFL SD47 has (4) issue forums in 2023. 
On Mon. Feb 13, 6:30pm our panel addressed Public Safety, Crime and Restore the Vote. Our panel included Joseph Steiner/Maplewood Lieutenant, Prof. Chris Uggens, U of MN Sociology, Lee Vauge, prior Woodbury Police Chief and current Jason Posel Woodbury Public Safety. 
Kids and Adults "Energy Upgrades" Workshop. 
M Jan 16, 2023 noon - 4pm
Kids - Build a NXT Robot with Colin Kilbane/STEAM teacher
Adults - Get $10,000 in discounts /tax rebates for your House & Car; reduce your utility bills 
Look up how much you get, here:
Oct 2022 Woodbury Action Center
hosts US Senator Tina Smith, US Rep Pramila Jayapal, Lt. Gov Peggy Flannagan, AG Keith Ellison, Nicole Mitchell for MN Senate, Amanda Hemmingsen-Jaeger for MN House 47A, Ethan Cha for MN House 47B, Michelle Clasen for WashCo Commissioner D5 & more. We elected 14 of 14 endorsed Candidates in Nov 2022. 
Coffee & Conversation Fall 2022
Join local Democrats for a cup of coffee & conversation about current events and candidates. Buy your favorite beverage & let's talk for 30 minutes - or more. We meet twice per month, Mondays at 7pm and Saturdays at 1:30pm. 

For info & to rsvp, email Jim Vlcek at 
Let us know what topic/s to discuss
If you rsvp, we can promote via social media that you will be there. 

Mon Sept 12th 7PM Target/Starbuck's, 449 Commerce DR, Woodbury, MN 55125
Sat Sept 24th 1:30PM Jerry's/Starbucks,  7760 Hargis Parkway, Woodbury MN 55129

Mon Oct 3rd 7PM Target/Starbuck's, 449 Commerce DR, Woodbury, MN 55125
Sat Oct 22nd 1:30PM Jerry's/Starbucks,  7760 Hargis Parkway, Woodbury MN 55129

Sat Nov 12th 1:30PM Jerry's/Starbucks,  7760 Hargis Parkway, Woodbury MN 55129
Mon Nov 21st 7PM Target/Starbuck's, 449 Commerce DR, Woodbury, MN 55125

We take a break for the Holidays (No events in December), and we start again in January 2023. 
Michelle Clasen/WashCo D5 visits voters at a Meet & Greet;    Ethan Cha/47B  hears voters on our key issues. 
President Biden: The Continued Battle for the Soul of the Nation
President Biden's Speech on Sept, 1, 2022, Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA

YouTube Link

Patriotic music starts the video; ( at 6min. 30 sec ) Pres. Biden speech begins.
Fall Hotdish Challenge and Cake/Pie Auction 
Tues Oct 18, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Woodbury Middle School - south entry/Cafeteria, I-94 x Valley Creek

Family Friendly Fun! Kids 13 & under eat FREE! Tix $15 go to help elect Democrats.

We sample all the delicious dinner entries then Vote for the best dish. After the buffet, Larry auctions the Cakes, Cupcakes and Pies. Larry Wicks invites you to this really fun community event. All the proceeds to go help SD47 elect Democrats in Woodbury and south Maplewood.

OPTIONAL  Sign up to bring your A-game best Hotdish or Cake/Pie.
Email for more info
Join us on Sunday, May 15, 2022, 7pm - 8pm for a lovely Wine & Cheese event outdoors on the patio - or via zoom. Enjoy some nibbles while you help us put the party in DFL party. Use the link to RSVP. Cheers!
Check out the free app for your phone to slow the spread of disease

1 If you Test Covid positive, you submit your test results.

2 Notify Quickly and Anonymously of Covid exposure

Anyone whose phone was near yours for 15 minutes in the last 14 days gets notified fast.  They can stay home, get tested, and avoid spreading disease.  
January 14, 2022, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Century College
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: The Urgency of Creating the Beloved Community
To register (Webinar), click here.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Jesse Mason, Provost of Academic and Student Affairs at North Hennepin Community College and former Century College Academic Dean. Dr. Mason has served 18 years in the Minnesota State Colleges and University System. 

Monday, January 17, 2022, 8:45 AM - 10:30 AM (CST)
Martin Luther King Breakfast
General Mills
Cost:  $25/person
To register: UNCF (

Laura Coates, Keynote speaker
CNN Host and Senior Legal Analyst, Constitutional Expert, and Author
Laura Coates is a CNN Host and Senior Legal Analyst who specializes in the intersection of civil rights and criminal prosecution. A former federal prosecutor, Coates served as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, as well as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, specializing in the enforcement of Voting Rights throughout the United States.

January 17, 2022, 11:00 a.m.
The celebration is a 25-minute recorded video and premiers on Monday, January 17 at 11 am on the Governor's YouTube Channel.
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan invite Minnesotans of all ages to join the 36th Annual State of Minnesota Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
As the civil rights leader said in 1957, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
That’s why this year’s theme is Beloved Community in Action. Throughout the celebration, you’ll hear Minnesotans reflect on what Dr. King means to them and how they’re building a thriving society that embodies love and justice and works to end racism and poverty.

Monday, January 24, 7:00 PM
Saturday,  February 05, 1:30 PM
Monday, February 21, 7:00 PM
Monday,  March 14, 7:00 PM
Saturday,  March 26, 1:30 PM

Monday,  April 09, 7:00 PM
Monday, April 25, 7:00 PM
Monday, May 2, 7:00PM
Saturday, May 14, 1:30PM

M Jun 13, 7pm 
Sat Jun 25, 1:30pm
Sat July 9, 10am
M July 25, 7pm
Sat Aug 6, 1:30pm
Mon Aug 15, 7pm

Email to RSVP and sign up to host an event. We introduce ourselves, share an issue that makes us vote, talk for 30 min. or longer if we're having fun. 

Click here to register for the community discussion.

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