Learn about the four candidates vying for Toni Carter’s seat on the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners – Twin Cities

RAMSEY DISTRICT 4 PRIMARY COUNTY COUNCIL

After 17 years in office, Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter has chosen not to run again. The rare opening attracted four candidates, who will be narrowed down to two after Tuesday’s primary election. The general election will take place on November 8. District 4 covers much of St. Paul, including parts of Union Park, Hamline-Midway, Frogtown, Summit-University, North End, Downtown, Summit Hill, Macalester-Groveland, and Highland Park.

George H. Jackson Sr.

George H. Jackson Sr. (Courtesy of contestant)
    • Age: 60
    • Occupation: Photographer
    • Relevant experience: Former political precinct captain in Chicago, worked closely with candidates and the electoral community.
    • Amendments: N / A.
    • What are the three biggest issues facing Ramsey County? Jackson said federal COVID-19 relief funds had been mismanaged and unfairly distributed. He wants to tackle the tax increases imposed on residents of Ramsey County, the lack of affordable housing in the county and property tax exemptions.
    • Why are you looking for this job? Jackson said he seeks to foster a board of commissioners that puts the community first: “It shouldn’t be about those stakeholders who have vested interests. It should be about people. And that’s how I shoot. That’s why I run. It aims to be “a megaphone to voice certain issues that affect the community as a whole”, especially after the murder of George Floyd. “I know law enforcement morale has taken a hit, so I kind of want to address that by restoring trust and addressing community concerns, sort of engaging with both sides so that we can put an end to the debate surrounding the policing of African Americans. community and a disproportionate number of African Americans who are arrested or arrested.
    • Website or contact: https://www.georgeforramseycountycommissionerdist4.org/

Rena Moran

Undated courtesy photo, circa July 2022, of Rena Moran, candidate for Ramsey County Commissioner in the Tuesday August 9, 2022 primary election. (Courtesy of the candidate)
Rena Moran (Courtesy of contestant)
    • Age: 62
    • Occupation: State representative
    • Relevant experience: Diploma in Early Childhood Education; former Chairman of the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee, current Chairman of House Ways and Means in the Minnesota Legislature.
    • Amendments: DFL, Teamsters Local 120, LIUNA union, several small businesses.
    • What are the three biggest issues facing Ramsey County? Moran said his priorities include interconnection as a tool to improve safety in the county: “Being connected to people in your immediate vicinity, knowing who the first responders are…that’s public safety.” She also cited homelessness and housing prices, which prevent Ramsey County residents and families from comfortably owning homes. Over the past two years of the pandemic, she said: “Everyone has been traumatized in one way or another. Mental health and mental well-being will therefore be at the forefront. »
    • Why are you looking for this job? Moran hopes to empower those who struggle, such as people of color and indigenous people, so Ramsey County residents can achieve their professional and personal goals. “We have to be very intentional with dollars in the budget. But if we work to eliminate disparities for oppressed groups, by default everyone is equally uplifted,” she said. Moran said his experience in the Minnesota Legislature will help him take a focused leadership approach. “I’m thrilled to be able to leave the state legislature and move to the county, to be back at my home in Ramsey County to focus on the work that needs to be done here,” she said.
    • Website or contact: https://www.renamoran.org/

Daryl Spence

Undated courtesy photo, circa July 2022, of Darryl Spence, candidate for Ramsey County Commissioner in the Tuesday August 9, 2022 primary election. (Courtesy of the candidate)
Darryl Spence (Courtesy of contestant)
    • Age: 58
    • Occupation: Ramsey County Community Services Officer.
    • Relevant experience: Former chairman of the District Planning Board, worked with county community board members to form a human rights division.
    • Amendments: Sheriff Bob Fletcher, former Chief of Police Bill Finney.
    • What are the three biggest issues facing Ramsey County? Spence hopes to combat rising crime rates, as well as homelessness and housing instability. He is also concerned about the number of residents on welfare and wants to help them out of the economic instability.
    • Why are you looking for this job? Spence said many in the community are unfamiliar with the responsibilities of county commissioners. “I want to open the process,” he said. “Open the table so that those who need it most come to the table, understand the table and feel welcome.” He also said he is aware of the growth that can occur in himself and in the community if elected, which will require inclusiveness and transparency. “I come to the table to learn. I want to know what’s going on around the table, teach others what they’re missing out on, what’s not being shared with them,” he said.
    • Website or contact: https://www.darrylspenceofficial.org/

Barbara Bolar

Barbara Bolar could not be reached for an interview.

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