2023 Endorsement Process

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Update: We have concluded our 2023 endorsement process. Click here to see the results.

Endorsement Timeline

Questionnaire DeadlineFebruary 28th
Candidate Consideration DeadlineMarch 15th
Candidate Q&As (Recordings Available for Members Here)March 16th – March 31st
Steering Committee Screening MeetingApril 2nd
Endorsement MeetingApril 15th
Voting PeriodApril 16th – April 23rd

Candidates Seeking Endorsement

CandidateOffice Being SoughtQuestionnaire
Robin WonsleyMinneapolis Ward 2Questionnaire – Wonsley
Soren StevensonMinneapolis Ward 8Questionnaire – Stevenson
Jason ChavezMinneapolis Ward 9Questionnaire – Chavez
Aisha ChughtaiMinneapolis Ward 10Questionnaire – Chughtai
Aurin ChowdhuryMinneapolis Ward 12Questionnaire – Chowdhury
Suz WoehrleSaint Paul Ward 1Questionnaire – Woehrle
Hwa Jeong KimSaint Paul Ward 5Questionnaire – Kim
Nelsie YangSaint Paul Ward 6Questionnaire – Yang

Why Seek Endorsement?

Twin Cities DSA members will organize canvasses, phone banks, text banking, press releases, and more to help our endorsed candidates win their race! Our endorsements are meant to be more than a recommendation to our members to vote for a particular candidate — instead, they are a commitment to fight to get that candidate elected and enact change, while helping to build the broader movement for socialism. Once you’re in office, we will engage with you and continue to push the policies and projects that helped propel you to victory!

Step 1: Questionnaire

The first step to apply as a candidate is to view, study, and respond to the 2023 Candidate Questionnaire. You can find the Minneapolis City Council questionnaire form here, and the St. Paul City Council questionnaire form here. There are also PDF versions of the questionnaire you can read: (Minneapolis, St. Paul). After submission, questionnaire responses will be made available to members to review.

Step 2: Candidate Consideration

All questionnaire responses are sent to our Electoral Committee and forwarded to the Steering Committee. Members of the chapter are then informed that we have received an application for endorsement. To be considered, a candidate will need to demonstrate support for consideration from 1% of TCDSA members — roughly 12 people as of Feb. 2023 — who have been members for longer than 6 months.

Step 3: Candidate Q&A Session

After completing the questionnaire and being supported by the required number of chapter members, you will be invited to an online Question-and-Answer meeting with Twin Cities DSA’s general membership.

Step 4: Endorsement Meeting and Vote

At the Endorsement Meeting, each candidate will be given a few minutes to state why they should receive a TCDSA endorsement. Then, candidates will be required to leave the meeting so that members may speak freely while debating the decision.

Following the conclusion of the Endorsement Meeting, an OpaVote ballot will be emailed to TCDSA membership. To be endorsed, a candidate must receive at least 60% of votes on a ranked “Single Transferable Vote” (STV) ballot — defeating any competing candidates as well as “No Endorsement”.

A Note on Candidate Filtering

To help inform the general membership and Steering Committee of any important considerations, the TCDSA Electoral Committee will conduct basic research on candidates and the offices being sought for endorsement. This will most likely relate to the viability of a candidate’s campaign to win, or alignment on important issues if findings differ greatly from the submitted questionnaire. However, this research will not make recommendations for or against endorsement.

Based on this information — or for example, if an overwhelming number of candidates seek endorsement, making the Endorsement Meeting untenable — the chapter Steering Committee has the ability to decide who proceeds to the Endorsement Meeting and appears on the endorsement ballot.

Also Good to Know

If not endorsed: If it should happen that you don’t get endorsed, this will not prevent TCDSA members from working for your campaign, as long as nothing either you or they do would give the impression that TCDSA has endorsed you.

Building support with chapter members for consideration: As soon as your questionnaire is submitted, you can post on your own social media, ask in person, or ask other members to advocate for you in their networks! If you are also a member, you can ask your comrades on Slack or via other open channels to support Twin Cities DSA considering your candidacy for endorsement.

Have questions? Please email electoral@twincitiesdsa.org.

Solidarity Forever!