Endorsements!

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Mayor Melvin Carter

City of Saint Paul

“Uriah’s experience as an educator brings a unique and important perspective to his candidacy for school board - one I feel would be invaluable to the success of our students and faculty if elected. I’m proud to be supporting him this year.”

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Senator Erin Murphy

MN Senate District 64

"Our schools and our students are our greatest hope in pursuit of our bright future. We must build an equitable system that supports every student in our city and prepares them for their bright future. I am supporting Uriah Ward for the Saint Paul School Board because I believe he will work with communities across our city to support and create strong schools for all of our students and a future we believe in."

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Representative Athena Hollins

MN House District 66B

"I am excited to endorse Uriah Ward for St. Paul School Board. His experience as a middle school teacher is a critical perspective that is desperately needed on the board. His community organizing shows that he is a hard worker, who can bring people together even in the most challenging of situations. But more than anything Uriah has demonstrated a clear desire to put St. Paul students first. As a parent of a SPPS student, I trust Uriah to protect and care for all of our students, and I am proud to endorse his campaign for St. Paul School Board."

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Representative Kaohly Her

MN House District 64A

“As a member of the Minnesota Legislature, I understand how crucial it is that we work to build our public schools to be the best they possibly can be, and that we must fight against attacks on public education wholeheartedly. As a former teacher, Uriah Ward has a strong understanding of education policy, a unique passion for building our schools while supporting our students, and the ability to listen to, and collaborate with other when making important decisions. It is for these reasons and more that I am proud to endorse Uriah Ward for the Saint Paul School Board.”

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Representative Dave Pinto

MN House District 64B

"There's no work more important than public education - the preparation of our community's children for success in life. As a former teacher, Uriah Ward understands this. He has a unique passion for strengthening our schools and a deep support of every one of our students. I trust that he'll listen to, and collaborate with, others when making important decisions. I am proud to endorse Uriah Ward for the Saint Paul School Board.”

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Senator Sandy Pappas

MN Senate District 65

"I'm endorsing Uriah Ward because his experience and youthful energy will be an asset for the School Board. He has a strong understanding of the issues facing our schools and I'm confident he will approach those issues thoughtfully. He has been a great advocate for our students and I hope you'll join me in supporting him!"

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Council Member Mitra Jalali

Saint Paul City Council Ward 4

"Uriah will be a thoughtful new voice for the SPPS Board committed to funding the schools we deserve. I know he'll work hard to make SPPS more responsive to kids, families and the educators working every day to support them. Join me in supporting Uriah for school board!"

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Council Member Nelsie Yang

Saint Paul City Council Ward 6

"I'm ecstatic to endorse Uriah Ward - a leader with integrity and commitment to our public schools and fighting for our most marginalized students, families, and educators. He proved this over and over again during his time in the classroom as an educator, as an advisor, & as a worker unionizing his current workplace. Electing Uriah Ward as our next school board member is how we continue building the movement for restorative justice, fully funding our public schools, and building public schools that are reflective of our diverse community's needs."

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Commissioner Trista MatasCastillo

Ramsey County Commission District 3

“I’m excited to support Uriah Ward, for St Paul School Board. Uriah brings a unique perspective from teaching in the classroom to funding for higher Ed and all the connections in between. His work organizing for our students and our educators will be valuable as we make investments in our schools and programs to ensure we are addressing issues of historic racial inequities and investing in the future that benefits all St Paul students.”

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Jon Schumacher

Former Saint Paul School Board Member

"As a former St. Paul Public School Board member, I’m excited to support Uriah Ward because I believe he combines the passion, experience and thoughtful approach necessary to make an important difference in the lives of our students and district. He will do the hard work to understand the issues, engage the community, and promote solutions to ensure all our kids feel supported to succeed."

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D'Andre Gordon

Student and Advocate

"I am excited to endorse Uriah Ward for St. Paul School Board. Uriah is a champion for public school education and he recognizes the need for strong public investment not only from the board, but from the state legislature. I am confident Uriah will approach all the issues facing Saint Paul students and their parents with thoughtfulness. He will put all of Saint Paul’s students first and fight for equity across the board."

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Dave Thune

Former Saint Paul City Council Member

"I am enthusiastically supporting Uriah Ward for our School Board! Uriah's progressive values and his commitment to Special Education make him stand out! Please give him your support as well!"

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Director John Brodrick

Saint Paul School Board Member

"I first met Uriah Ward in 2018 when he and his wife were working tirelessly on the Referendum Campaign. He is a former teacher and has the perspective of someone who has taught in a classroom. Uriah has the sincere conviction to make the kids of Saint Paul his number one priority. I wholeheartedly endorse him."

These endorsements were for our campaign in 2021. They are not necessarily an indication of support for future elections.