Vote for your SAPCC Board!

Vote online here for your neighbors to represent you on the St. Anthony Park Community Council.

Look for in-person voting on the following days and talk to current SAPCC Board Members:

  • St. Anthony Park Library: See librarian.

  • Hampden Park Co-op: TBD

Polls close Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.  Elected delegates will be officially voted in at our December 12 meeting – 7 p.m. at Jennings Community School – 2455 University Avenue West.

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North St. Anthony Park Candidates

Michael Russelle

Please tell us a little about yourself and why you want to serve on the Board of Directors for the St. Anthony Park Community Council.

I have been active, to a greater or lesser extent, in civic affairs most of my adult life, 37 years of which have been in Saint Anthony Park. I care about our neighborhood, believe that civic participation is a right and a necessity, and have the time, energy, skills, and ideas to serve on the Board.

What do you believe makes you a good candidate to serve in this role? What skills will you bring to the SAPCC Board?

I would be happy to serve another term on the Board. I offer experience in working collaboratively with others, reasonably good creative, analytical, and research skills, dedication to allowing all to be heard, and decisions that prioritize the common good.

I helped formulate the Council’s Strategic Plan and develop the new 10-Year Plan. My continued service on the Council will help provide institutional memory. I actively participate on the Environment Committee and its subcommittee, Transition Town All St. Anthony Park.

As a board member, how will you help foster the future of St. Anthony Park?

Although my interests are wide, my primary goals are to assist in guiding the community toward mitigating our role in global climate change by reducing our carbon footprint, broadening and strengthening bonds among neighbors and people who work, study, and worship here, promoting equity, capacity, and resilience throughout the community, and improving local infrastructure to minimize disruption from severe weather. Through organizing, educating, writing, and speaking, I am willing to take on extra work to get the things done that we want and need to do.

As a board member, how will you fulfill and build upon the commitment SAPCC has made to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our organization?

Many of us say that St. Anthony Park is a great place to live, but many others feel isolated, unheard, and unattached to the neighborhood. I am committed to assuring that the Council better understands and reflects the diversity of our residents, our businesses, industry, and nonprofits, so that we gain better perspective when analyzing problems and seeking solutions. I would be delighted to lose a seat on the Board to a person who would diversify Board membership.

Pat Thompson

Please tell us a little about yourself and why you want to serve on the Board of Directors for the St. Anthony Park Community Council.

I am currently finishing my first term representing North St. Anthony Park on the SAPCC board and co-chair the Transportation Committee. I’ve been in the neighborhood for 26 years, most of that time enjoying the fruits of other people’s civic participation. I believe in community institutions and they can only thrive through committed participation from people who show up, so now it’s my turn.

What do you believe makes you a good candidate to serve in this role? What skills will you bring to the SAPCC Board?

I believe board members need to be in touch with the neighborhood but also think more broadly to how we fit into the city and wider world. Members need to be interested in many issues that affect the neighborhood and city. I have worked with nonprofit groups for decades, particularly in communication, but also in events and finances.

As a board member, how will you help foster the future of St. Anthony Park?

I am an active member of Transition Town – All St. Anthony Park, so I spend a lot of my time thinking about fostering the future of St. Anthony Park. While we lower our carbon footprint, we also work to build a stronger community. I try to bring that ethos into everything I do with SAPCC and beyond.

As a board member, how will you fulfill and build upon the commitment SAPCC has made to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our organization?

I have demonstrated this through work in the Transportation Committee particularly, and plan to continue.

South St. Anthony Park Candidates

Laura Andersen

Please tell us a little about yourself and why you want to serve on the Board of Directors for the St. Anthony Park Community Council.

I’ve lived — well, rented — in St. Anthony Park for about 4 years. A friend and I have an inside joke about this neighborhood — it feels a bit removed from the rest of St. Paul. “Have you seen my new neighborhood?” we ask each other, usually with a clipped British accent.

I love walking around the University of Minnesota Campus, admiring my neighbor’s gardens, and checking out the garage sales every fall. I am a frequent patron of the local wine shop, the library, and my favorite Thai restaurant (but most nights I stop by Tim and Tom’s for the necessities).

I definitely feel that there is a community here, but I would like to make it more accessible to individuals (like myself) who rent or who consider themselves less permanent “guests.” I think we could do more to reach out to graduate students at the University or to new Americans. (I’m a big fan of outreach, see my answer to question 2, below).

What do you believe makes you a good candidate to serve in this role? What skills will you bring to the SAPCC Board?

I have always held positions within my community that leveraged my skills in communications and engagement. I currently hold a position at the local Public Health department, where I have the opportunity to understand better what the needs are within our communities — and how our systems have historically acted to reduce those same communities’ access to services.

I would be glad to leverage my existing advocacy skills in a new role for St. Anthony Park. I enjoy networking and building connections within my existing universe. It would be fun to expand outward to the SAPCC Board.

As a board member, how will you help foster the future of St. Anthony Park?

I think I would be useful to you if the Board is interested in exploring neighborhood data — including data around race, ethnicity, and poverty — and looking at new ways to engage our neighbors within the Park (whether they own or rent). I think we could do a better job of aligning ourselves across income brackets to address issues that hold meaning for all of us (access to county services, improved voter turnout, training around public safety, etc).

As a board member, how will you fulfill and build upon the commitment SAPCC has made to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our organization?

I would explicitly use my skills to enhance and uplift voices of color within the organization. My hope is that we can make the (real) needs of renters in our community more visible and utilize the power that we have together to make real change. A commitment of 7-8 hours each month is quite significant for a person who is also a single parent or the only “breadwinner.” I would be interested in supporting other types of attendance or information-sharing for residents who are unable to make this same commitment.

Heather Humbert

Please tell us a little about yourself and why you want to serve on the Board of Directors for the St. Anthony Park Community Council.

I have enjoyed my time on the SAPCC over the last year and would like to continue serving my community. I have lived in the SAP neighborhood for three years and I have watched so much change occur. I would like to continue to represent my community and neighbors as we continue to watch our neighbor grow and change in positive directions.

What do you believe makes you a good candidate to serve in this role? What skills will you bring to the SAPCC Board?

Over the course of my 26 year administrative career, I have spent 15 years as support staff for working boards. I have also served on 2 boards for over 5 years. I believe it is important to participate and volunteer for organizations that I am passionate about, and I think it’s very important to have a stake in my own community.

As a board member, how will you help foster the future of St. Anthony Park?

As a St. Anthony Park resident I will listen to my neighbors and represent them to the best of my abilities. I will also work to include those who may not be vocal or currently represented through outreach and inclusion.

As a board member, how will you fulfill and build upon the commitment SAPCC has made to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our organization?

I have served on the SAPCC Equity Committee for the last year and I wish to continue working with the Committee and the Council to make strides in equity, diversity, and inclusion through outreach and presence within the broader community.

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FAQs

What does the Board do?

Our board members direct the work of the St. Anthony Park Community Council (SAPCC) and weigh in on important community issues at monthly meetings. Board members also provide leadership to our four standing committees with other community members. Our Board approves the initiatives of each committee in addition to providing leadership for our organization.

How long is the service?

Elected board members serve a 2-year commitment to the SAPCC Board of Directors. Board members can expect to spend about 5 hours per month supporting community meetings and projects, with additional time for specific initiatives you become involved in.

Am I eligible?

Our Board is made up of up to 5 residents from South St. Anthony Park and up to 5 residents from North St. Anthony Park, elected by their neighbors. In 2018, 5 seats are open to represent North SAP, and 5 seats are open to represent South SAP. On even years, it will be reversed.

The Board also appoints up to 5 business and organization representatives and 2 leadership representatives including area students and others developing leadership skills.

Any resident 16 years and older can vote for and run in SAPCC elections. Board members and resident voters do not need to be U.S. citizens or meet other eligibility requirements for Municipal, State, or Federal elections.

When are elections?

Elections will be held in person and online at this webpage for two weeks between Monday, October 14 through Sunday, November 10, 2019. Candidate information is available online and at neighborhood locations. (www.sapcc.org/vote)

SAPCC Board candidates will be voted in by St. Anthony Park residents to represent your community on the Council. Candidates will be approved at the Board meeting on the second Thursday in December from 7:00-9:00pm at Jennings Community Learning Center.

Who else is on the board?

Learn more about our current SAPCC Board of Directors on our webpage. The Board is comprised of 5 representatives from North SAP and 5 from South SAP elected by residents to 2-year terms, and up to 5 organization and 2 leadership delegates appointed by the Board to 1-year terms.

How else can I get involved?

There are many ways to make a difference with SAPCC! You can apply to join the Board of Directors, attend a Board or Committee meeting to speak on a specific issue, or join one of our four standing committees to get involved in issues you care about: 

  • Equity
  • Environment
  • Land Use
  • Transportation

All Board and Committee meetings are open to attend and participate! Learn more about our committees and find meeting information online.  

Please email any other thoughts, concerns, or questions to info@sapcc.org.

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