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

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in-person voting will not be available. For a mail-in ballot, please email kathryn@sapcc.org or call 651-649-5992.

Polls close Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  Elected delegates will be officially voted in at our December 10, 2020 meeting at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

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North St. Anthony Park Candidates

John Maurer

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 served on the board for almost two years. During that time I’ve come to better understand the position. Similar to my original motivation however, is my desire to improve and support a neighborhood that I like very much. Many of my family members live here and I have the time to give back to my community.

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

A commitment to serve one’s community and to do the work required to fulfill that commitment. I’ve discovered that although specific skills can be valuable, mostly the position requires a desire to participate in the work of the varied committees and provide what efforts one is capable of providing.

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

I am constantly learning about my neighbors, their needs, and interests. Learning to listen to others in the community guides me to endeavor to make good decisions and take actions that help my neighbors and neighborhood succeed and prosper.

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

As a current member of the Equity Committee I am continually be made aware of ways to further equitable environments in our community. As a council, we have guidelines that inform our decisions. I would continue to put my efforts towards the goals of the Equity Committee and the equitable goals of the Council.

Tara Smith

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.

Greetings! As residents of North SAP, my daughter and I happened upon living in St. Anthony Park nearly eight years ago, appreciating almost immediately a connection to this welcoming and beautiful community. We have since discovered that the salient strength of SAP’s beauty dwells in its diversity of people – a bounty of voices, perspectives, experiences, talents, and abilities. Presently, I serve as a member of the SAPCC Transportation Committee, yet I am just as interested in the areas of equity, environment, and land use. Joining the SAPCC Board as a delegate would be another rewarding opportunity to both give back and pay forward the care and connectedness we have so fondly appreciated. I am committed to serving as a representative for all who live, work, and attend school in SAP; dedicated to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion; and rooted in the belief that all are welcome here.

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

Tasked with meeting the collective community’s ever-changing needs and expectations, I believe members of the SAPCC Board of Directors should continue leading first with empathy and compassion for our entire community, both of which I would bring to this role. With professional experience ranging from family law practice and legal operations management to construction industry sales and management, I would also bring the keen abilities to listen carefully; view issues from many angles; and diplomatically bridge gaps through creative collaboration for people and stakeholders with various backgrounds and competing interests. I am curious and imaginative by nature, having played piano since age five, attended an arts high school, and earned a liberal arts degree. Still, I recognize there is so much more we may learn from one another; together, we can teach one another to reframe issues as opportunities for creating positive change in SAP.

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

One thing I have learned is that developing strategic plans without concurrently anticipating having to change those plans often results in unmet needs. Understanding the complexity of our community’s needs requires even more thoughtful awareness and the ability to pivot without warning as we continue navigating the CoVid-19 pandemic, the devastating effects of systemic racism, the repercussions of climate change, and strife of economic uncertainty. We must challenge our assumptions and biases; we must lead with humility and flexibility. As a SAPCC board member, I would help foster SAP’s future by contributing a human-centered approach, one that seeks to understand not just the community’s varied interests but empathizes with why those interests may be vital to people and businesses.

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

In the words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “Women belong in places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” As a woman and a lawyer, I have benefited from RBG’s fierce trailblazing. And while I am aware of that privilege, so too am I aware that I have implicit biases and blind spots when it comes to my own cultural competence. Equality requires inclusion for all underrepresented and marginalized peoples. Each lends unique perspectives and insights – differing values and beliefs – all of which are integral to a community council’s effective decision making on behalf of the diverse community it serves. As a SAPCC board member, I would seek to expand not only the board’s diversity but also to widen community engagement and participation. Advocating for and advancing voices otherwise not heard as a rule, not an exception, would build upon the SAPCC’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

South St. Anthony Park Candidates

Melissa Pappas

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 lived in this neighborhood for over 20 years and been involved in my hi-rise community for most of that time. I have been on the SAPCC board for two years and would like to be elected for another term. I really like this neighborhood and enjoy working to make it even better. I am a computer tech, writer, and photographer and am comfortable working with diverse populations.

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 good computer and organizational skills. I am comfortable working with diverse groups of people. (Racially, economically, disability status, etc.) I have experience on the PHA Presidents Council and my hi-rise’s Residents Council.

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

I will use my knowledge and experience to help with community building. I will act as a voice for residents of Seal Hi-Rise and encourage them to be involved in their neighborhood community.

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 will continue serving on the equity committee. I will continue helping with things at Seal and in the community like the Sunday Table. I will encourage more inclusiveness in the hi-rise and the neighborhood.

Walker Johnston

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 been living in South St. Anthony Park in the C&E Lofts building since the fall of 2018, after having graduated from Carleton College. I currently work as the Communications Coordinator for CommonBond Communities, a nonprofit based in Saint Paul that creates affordable housing communities and provides on-site supportive services to residents. I’m nearing the end of my second year on the SAPCC Board and the Land Use Committee. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the board thus far, and I am eager to continue serving so that I can continue advocating for an even better St. Anthony Park. My passions for placemaking, people-centered design, and affordable housing also fuel my continued interest in serving on the board and the Land Use Committee in particular.

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 my innate curiosity, eagerness to learn, and ability to empathetically and critically listen are all qualities that make me an engaged board member. I consider myself a people-person, and I genuinely enjoy learning about other people and listening to their stories. If re-elected, my eagerness to (safely) engage with community members—to hear their stories and listen to their needs—will allow me to continue to make decisions that reflect the community’s needs and desires. Furthermore, my current work in the affordable housing field helps me to advocate for more affordable, safe, and stable housing for everyone.

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

I feel grateful to live in such a vibrant neighborhood that is filled with creative businesses, organizations, and individuals. As an artist and art enthusiast myself, I am excited help represent the numerous emerging artists and creatives who reside in the neighborhood, and I commit to ensuring that the neighborhood developments and policymaking continue to support these populations and foster a creative community. I also commit to using my voice and platform on the board and the Land Use Committee to fight for a future for St. Anthony Park that is equitable, sustainable, affordable, and safe for everyone.

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

As a young, cisgender, able-bodied white women, I recognize that many of my social identities are privileged and that my position on the board only brings a certain amount of diversity to the group as it currently stands. As a board member, I am committed to using my voice to advocate for and center the voices of those who are historically and currently oppressed. I will speak up to ensure that equity is never an afterthought, and that it lies at the center of all board member decisions. Additionally, I am personally committed to identifying and unlearning any and all harmful biases within myself, as well as doing continual anti-racism work. I will also add that while I am extremely invested in the board and this neighborhood, I would be happy to lose my seat to a queer, trans, disabled, and/or person of color who is eager to join the board.

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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 2021, two seats (+2 alternates) are open to represent North SAP , and three seats (+2 alternates) are open to represent South SAP.

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 online at this webpage for between Monday, October 5 through Sunday, November 15, 2020. For a paper ballot, please email kathryn@sapcc.org or call 651-649-5992. 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. Email kathryn@sapcc.org or call 651-649-5992 for Zoom Virtual Meeting information.

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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