Downtown St. Paul Voice Aug. 2020

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Alberder Gillespie, Republican challengers Sia Lo and Gene Rechtzigel, and Susan Sindt of the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis party. State Senate Seat 65 Incumbent Sandy Pappas (DFL) will face Laverne McCartney Knighton (DFL) and Paul Holmgren (R). West St. Paul mayoral race - Incumbent Dave Napier will face three challengers: Jonathan Diamond, Kimetha (KaeJae) Johnson and Jeramie Torkelson.

Meet the candidates (appear in alphabetical order)

State Senate Seat 65 (includes Downtown and the West Side) Paul Holmgren (R) Education: accounting degree, St. Paul College Political experience: Past candidate for state representative and St. Paul

Your community news and information source Learn more: Call 651401-2156 Laverne McCartney Knighton (DFL) - Did not respond to repeated requests for information

City Council Occupation: Accountant, tax preparer, co-owner of St. Paul Tax Services Candidate statement: “It is time to change who votes for us in the state senate. I am willing to serve the people of Senate District 65, to protect their rights as free people. The government should not tell her citizens where to live, where to work, or restrict each person’s ability to earn a living.”

Sandy Pappas (DFL) Education: bachelor of arts from Metropolitan State University; masters of public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government-Harvard University. Political experience: Elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1984; served three terms. Elected to the Minnesota

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Senate in 1990; now in her ninth term. Occupation: Executive director of the St. Paul-based nonprofit Forward Global Women, which promotes peace efforts by women leaders in the Middle East and North Africa. Candidate statement: “As your state senator, I am committed to using my experience and knowledge of the legislative process to make a difference not just for residents of our senate district, but for all Minnesotans. With your input I will work to re-vision public safety and work to implement meaningful and effective reforms; vigorously attack the opportunity gaps that exist for diverse communities in education, employment and housing; help small businesses recover from both closures because of COVID-19 and damage that occurred during the civil unrest.” Learn more:,, 651227-6032

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fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. Reinforcement of proper hygiene is also needed, reminding children to cover their cough, wash their hands often and stay six feet apart from others. For more information on St. Paul Public Schools, visit For more information on ISD 197, visit As of press time, the number of people age 19 and under in Minnesota with COVID-19 was 5,845.

SROs are out St. Paul Public Schools will not have School Resource Officers (SROs) this year. At its June 23 meeting, the St. Paul School Board directed Superintendent Joe Gothard to tell the St. Paul Police Department that they will not use SROs for the 2020-21 school year. They also charged him with creating a districtwide safety plan with the help of a new committee. Details will be presented at the Aug. 18 school board meeting. Officers from the St. Paul Police Department have served as SROs for nearly 30 years. They worked to enforce laws, improve school safety and establish positive relationships with students.

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