McGuire Announces Bid For Ramsey County Board

McGuire's seeking election in District two, whose territory includes Roseville.

Mary Jo McGuire, a veteran DFL state lawmaker, on Monday announced her candidacy for the Ramsey County Board.

“I know that the work that I have been doing at the state level will make for an easy transition to the county. I am passionate about my work in public health, violence prevention, public safety, and early childhood education and know that the County Board is an ideal place to implement many of the policies that I worked on as a state legislator.” McGuire said in a press statement submitted by her volunteer committee.

This spring, McGuire was thrust into the same Senate district as Roseville Sen. John Marty due to legislative redistricting. In a District 66 DFL endorsing convention, McGuire lost out to Marty and she pledged not to run in a primary to challenge him.

McGuire's volunteer committee said she is running for the Ramsey County Board in District Two, which includes Roseville, New Brighton, Little Canada, Lauderdale, one precinct in St. Anthony Village and one in Mounds View. Jan Parker, the current District Two County Board commissioner, announced her retirement earlier this year.

McGuire is a lifelong resident of Ramsey County; she attended high school at Alexander Ramsey Senior High School in Roseville (now Roseville Area High School), completed her undergraduate degree at The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul and received her law degree from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul.

McGuire has served as a state legislator for more than 15 years in the Minnesota House and Senate. She has represented Roseville, Falcon Heights. Lauderdale, St. Anthony Village and St. Paul. She was recognized as ‘Legislator of the Year’ by Politics in Minnesota and ‘Best Elected Official’ by the Roseville Review.

McGuire is an adjunct professor and civic educator and is active in her community, currently serving on the Board of Directors for Northwest Youth and Family Services.

Throughout her years as a state legislator, McGuire has been a champion for education, especially early childhood through higher education; violence prevention, public health, energy, the environment; equity and human rights, her committee said.

Of her candidacy, McGuire said, “We continue to face a tough economic and political climate. The realities of these challenging times demand a leader with the fortitude and experience to stand up for our progressive values, to not only push back against the divisive right-wing agenda, but to continually strive to find ways to advance our priorities and move Minnesota forward."

Sue Jacobson May 15, 2012 at 11:20 PM
There is much to be said for experience, and especially Mary Jo's time in the Senate. The fact that she listens to her constituents and is willing to relocate in order to better serve, are just a few of the reasons I think she will be an excellent County Commissioner.
John Kysylyczyn May 15, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I think the term is called carpetbagger isn't it?
Tony Nickelsen May 16, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Sue, It's hard to disagree with your comment. If the districts hadn't changed like they did, we wouldn't even be having this discussion! As it is, Mary Jo had her run for Senate in the new district and lost to the stronger opponent. (At least that's what the majority of the delegates in district 66 thought) To all of sudden run for another office soon after defeat is quite uncommon, but has been done before. I wish her all of the luck and hope she wins!
John Kysylyczyn May 16, 2012 at 04:28 PM
This is from the Alexandria Echo Press article today on Douglas County Commissioner seats: In order to qualify for candidacy, an affidavit of candidacy must be submitted affirming that a person is: eligible to vote in Minnesota; has not filed for any office in the upcoming primary or general election; will be 21 years of age or more when assuming office; will have maintained residence in said district for at least 30 days before the general election and if a major political party candidate, has either participated in the party’s most recent precinct caucuses or intends to vote for a majority of that party’s candidates at the next general election.
Scott Carlson May 16, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I found out from the Ramsey County Elections office that for someone to run for the county board in a specific district, they must be an eligible voters and have resided in the district for at least 30 days before the general election.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »