SUPPORTERS

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Saint Paul City Council President Amy Brendmoen (Ward 5)

"James Farnsworth had me at hello! He is a bright, engaging leader who is absolutely ready to serve the community on the Saint Paul School Board. I’m backing James and I invite you to do the same."

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Saint Paul City Councilmember Jane Prince (Ward 7)

"I happen to know a lot of politicians these days being the Ward 7 Saint Paul City Councilmember (and thank you for bestowing that honor on me.) Knowing politicians the way I do, I think I have identified an up-and-coming great one in James Farnsworth. James is running for Saint Paul School Board this year and has my endorsement.

One thing is for sure - we need young people to get involved in politics - young people who share our values for hard work and creating a more equitable society. That's why I'm supporting James Farnsworth for Saint Paul School Board this year. James is young, articulate, responsible, and most importantly - wants to get elected to help our kids.  James is a Highland Park Senior High School grad. After graduating, he stayed involved in the district by serving on the Critical Ethnic Studies Steering Committee to work towards implementation of more culturally responsive curriculum. James is just the kind of person we need on our school board."

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Saint Paul City Councilmember Nelsie Yang (Ward 6)

"I'm proud to endorse James Farnsworth for Saint Paul School Board because he’s a leader committed to putting our Saint Paul Public Schools students, families, & educators first, mobilizing the community to take action, and working as a collective to build racially equitable schools."

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Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega (District 5)

"James is going to be a great school board member because he listens to everybody, he is transparent about his work, and he will include new voices in his campaign and in his governing."

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Louise Seeba - Saint Paul School Board Member (2012-2015)

“James will be a thoughtful, practical, and dedicated School Board member.  I am so pleased that he has decided to run.  You only need to take a look at James’ numerous SPPS volunteer hours, issue analysis, and community moderating to know he is the real deal.”

Andy Dawkins - Former State Representative

"What more could we want?!  Very smart, articulate and responsible - grew up in Saint Paul Public Schools - and has history of reaching out and engaging with students!"

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Katie Sterns - Community Volunteer and Public Education Advocate

"I've known and worked with James for many years now as a school volunteer, in organizing school board candidate forums, and in grassroots organizing and advocating for sensible and improved student-centered policy at the district. I've been amazed at his competence, energy, political acumen and wisdom at such a young age. We badly need board members who understand the district's top priority is to offer ALL students and their families within St. Paul outstanding schools and programs that meet their expectations to provide excellence in education without excuse or exception. James is thoughtful, systems thinking, hard working, listener, creative, smart as a whip, committed and pragmatic. He will dig deep to get to the answers needed to drive district policy decisions and strategic planning and not just blindly follow the recommendation of bureaucratic administrators without question. We need a representative that represents the needs and best interests of the students above all other stakeholders. Please consider James for one of your school board picks!"

Keith Hardy - Saint Paul School Board Member (2008-2015)

"As a two-term member of the St. Paul Board of Education, I was honored to serve our 39,000-plus students along with their wonderful families and awesome educators. What I want in school board members is tireless action to lift each student to stellar educational success, tireless commitment to finding every dollar and every elected leaders support of educators and administrators, and tireless advocacy for all other school district employees from the bus drivers to the cafeteria team to the building engineers and beyond.

 

I see that action, that commitment, and that advocacy in James Farnsworth. In 2020 when we were on the ballot together in the special election, I admired James' knowledge, his enthusiasm, and his keen focus on doing everything he can to help EVERY student have a life-changing experience in their journey through SPPS.

 

I wholeheartedly endorse James Farnsworth to be endorsed by his fellow DFL community leaders and to be elected on November 2."

Megan Thomas - Former Chair, Senate District 65 DFL and Former Chair, Stonewall DFL Caucus

Brandon Long - Community Leader and Co-Founder, Sustain Saint Paul

“James seems to be everywhere all the time and I mean that in the best possible way. Throughout the years I have crossed paths with James in a variety of ways and have come to have much respect for his deep dedication to the community. As a friend, ally, and neighbor James is kind, considerate, and talented. I am very proud to endorse him for School Board.”

Chris Aerts - Highland Park Senior High School Parent, PTSA Member, and School Volunteer

"I worked with James on PTSA at Highland Park Senior High for three years and he was always an active advocate for SPPS. Since his graduation, he has stayed true to his alma mater by volunteering at many HPSH events. Furthermore, James was an active member in forming Friends of Highland Arts, volunteer manager for Highland Fest, and now a responsible, proactive Executive Director of the Highland Business Association. He has my vote!"

Rick Juliusson - Former Head of School at the Friends School of Minnesota

"James is an amazing organizer, visionary, boundless energy, finishes what he starts, progressive, positive, and inspires others. He is a gifted facilitator in meetings, creative, focused, and good with tech. I can't imagine a better person for school board (or any position he sets his mind to)."

Scott Burns - CEO, Structural, Inc.

"James has spent years authentically engaging our community in support of all SPPS stakeholders. He will bring a calm, informed, and passionate voice to our school board rooted in his experience as a student and community leader. These are critical moments for our students and our community, and James is the kind of next generation leader who can bring new solutions and thinking to the table."

Friends, Neighbors, and Supporters of James

 Eileen and Brad Conzet, Vineeta Sawkar and Jason Branby, Marit Brock, Chris Aerts, Becky O’Keefe, Janet Silversmith, Christine Duncan, Jack Ellis, Joy Swanson, Tiffany Dreher, Wendy Lutter and Eric Bosler, Michele Moylan, Riley Quinlan, Beth Fraser, Nancy Manley, Michael and Elizabeth Gibba, Ann Nordby, Kathleen Kelley, Laurel Vernon, Michael Farnsworth and Claudia Peppey, Phil and Laura Muessig, Stephanie Ross, Susan B. Wright, Jenna Klein-Brown, Nancy Bitenc, Leslie Rosedahl, Alex Prince, Jeanine Holden, Tippy Maurant, Sally Bell, Julie Eddington, Laura E. Halferty, Marcy Wengler, Andrew Rorvig and Amanda Karls, Jane Sommerville, Annette Hansen, Tina Fahnestock, Luke Pemberton, Taylor Nelson, Natalie King, Tia Anderson, Patrick Beedle, Michael and Shelley Cline, Katie Sterns, Melissa Dangaran, Chris Cuddigan, Sara Frommeyer, Carolyn Carr, Eileen Galvin, Kate Walthour and Matt Muenster, Christine Salomon, Karen and Steve Lewis, Nick Pemberton, Elliot Schwartz, Tanya Refshauge, Anne Carroll, Barb Burleigh, Liz Anderson, Julie Bowen, David Currie, Hannah Riederer, Hoang Murphy and Mercedes Lee