We pledge to make public safety our top priority, maintaining efficient and effective first responder systems and enhancing citizen/community relationships with police, fire, and other city departments.
We will work to make sure full and informed citizen participation comes before decisions are made —not after—and put the interests of all the people, including the affected communities and the intended beneficiaries, ahead of personal or partisan interests.
We believe city officials must be accountable to all citizens—including persons of color, seniors, persons with disabilities, low-income residents, immigrants, and refugees—and that they must be fully engaged to the public, not parties, and must respond to citizen concerns in a timely and nonpartisan fashion.
We will break down the barriers that exclude citizen participation and bring decision-making back into the public arena where it belongs; ensuring taxpayers are fully informed and have an opportunity to participate meaningfully in decision making.
We pledge to strengthen community voices and to work—across ward boundaries— to foster stronger neighborhoods with equal right and access to the resources and amenities of our city.
Understanding that our city was built by generations of people who loved it as we do, we pledge to build a stronger, safer, and more beautiful city for the generations that will come after us.
We are a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting transparent, accountable local government in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Saint Paul STRONG does not take positions on issues. We support inclusive, transparent, and accountable public process.
While individual members of Saint Paul STRONG have diverse opinions and take personal positions on local issues, Saint Paul STRONG only advocates for good public process.
We regularly grade policies, process, and elected officials in Saint Paul, and assign a letter grade score. These form the basis of our annual Transparancy Report.
We apply consistent criteria to evaluate performance and outcomes against our six core principles.
Our Steering Committee sets the overall direction for Saint Paul STRONG. Published articles and op-eds are reviewed by the entire Steering Committee and represent the position of the organization.
The committee meets monthly and welcomes guest observers. If you’d like to write a piece for us, attend a meeting, or serve on the Steering Committee, get in touch.
The Steering Committee currently (2023) includes:
Kassim Busari, Rick Cardenas, Nick Coleman, Don Gemberling, David Glass, Samakab Hussein, Ruby Hunt, John Poupart, Jane Prince, Gracfe Schmitt, Isian Sullivan, Chong Thao, Linda Winsor, Shirley Erstad, Jack Hoeschler, Yusef Mgeni, Dave Durenberger, David Greenwood-Sanchez