Do you remember what first motivated you to get into politics?
Probably there was an issue or a few issues that were of greatest importance to you. Maybe some of you really got into analyzing voter turnout among different age groups or comparing the effects of different sizes of lit pieces, but probably there was some matter of serious public policy, that had an impact on you or your community, or you just cared about people in a tough spot. What if you had a year without a campaign, where you could focus again on that paramount issue, or even just a worthy issue where you can have an impact? Wouldn't that make a nice break from worrying about election day?
You have that year. Neither Minneapolis nor Richfield has an election scheduled in 2015. So what do you want to do?
SD63 DFL is trying something new: issue teams. These are an adaptation of the neighborhood teams used in recent campaigns. The issue teams will take the same idea, only working on an issue rather than a candidate. The teams will form around their issue, pick their strategy, and develop whatever structure works for them. The SD63 DFL will provide support and advice, but not instructions on what you have to do.
So you can pick any issue you want. Think globally if you want, like global warming, or get hyper-local, like speed bumps on neighborhood streets. Work on your issue with whatever strategy works, and divvy up responsibilities how you see fit. Whatever a team decides to do, we probably have someone with some relevant experience who can offer advice.
Some teams started at our November meeting. If you want to join one of these, or start your own, contact the chair at
---150th anniversary of Juneteenth and 13th Amendment
---Political messaging book club
---Review of use of new technology by SD63