Serving the neighborhoods of Frogtown, Mt. Airy, Capitol Heights,
& East Midway since 1970.


Please help VOTE for our new 2016 BOARD CANDIDATES!

This year’s Board Elections will be a little different than past years because our Subdistricts 2 (Avon to Macubin) and 3 (Macubin to Marion) are completely filled with folks who are in the middle of their terms (see below for a listing).  But Sub district 1 has only one existing Board member as does Subdistrict 4.  In the past when we had one or two seats to fill in a sub district the Board would appoint folks that had run but not taken the existing open seats as at large members.   But now that we have full representation for both Sub district 2 and 3 all the other seats will be elected as At Large board members.  Get to know your At large candidates below. 
 

Subdistrict 1

Current Board members:  Fres Thao

Up for Election: Nawthet Tunwin

This is the area between Lexington and Avon. this subdistrict is home to the Frogtown Park and Farm and will host local artist Seitu Jones's project "Create The Community Meal" this September.

Nawthet Tunwin

 I’ve been working in the Frog Town area for the past three years. Currently, I’m working as a Case Manager at Amherst H Wilder Foundation. I believe Frog town has a lot of potential for economic success due to the location, diversity and the latest addition, the Light Rail. Many of the community members that I serve reside in Frogtown. , Just like any other neighborhood, there are pros and cons about living Frog town. However, I would like to see Frog town being preserved as a thriving neighborhood, and continue improving, so that it will become THE hangout place for friends, families and communities of the Twin Cities.

Subdistrict 2

Current Board Members:  Corina Serrano, Metric Giles, Christina Chapman

Up for reelection: all sub district 2 seats are full

This is the area between Avon and MacKubin. Some of the interesting things happening in Subdistrict 2 are the Dale Street Walkability Project which identifies the issues and concerns for pedestrians in the area and the city of St. Paul's Rehab Support Program, which provides 0% interest home repair loans for qualified residents.

Subdistrict 3

Current Board Members: Oskar Ly, Delinia Parris, Leroy Duncan

Up for reelection: all sub district 3 seats are full

This is the area between Mackubin and Marion. This Subdistrict is home to the Saxon Ford site and Preserve Frogtown's Flagship project, the remodel of 452 Thomas Ave.

 

Subdistrict 4

Current Board member:  Debrorah Weinhold

Up for Election:  Norberto Sarzoza

This is the area from Marion to 35E. This Subdistrict is home to the Como Gardens and is in the process of creating an exciting new small area plan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Norberto Sarzoza I have been a Frogtown Resident for 40 years, I Love the Neighborhood and the people who live here.  I want to represent on the District 7 Planning Council because I want to know what I can do for my neighborhood and the my community.

                                                               

                                                                                                                                       Norberto Sarzoza

I have been a Frogtown Resident for 40 years, I Love the Neighborhood and the people who live here.  I want to represent on the District 7 Planning Council because I want to know what I can do for my neighborhood and the my community.

At Large

Current Board member:  Abdi Ali

Up for Election:  Deshawn Wilson, Tou Saiko Lee, Kiki Usuda, Chris Gordon, J'Tionna Hobby, Mohamed Liban, Keyara Clardy

Represents all of Frogtown

 

DaShawn Montez Wilson

I was born in Chicago Illinois in 1982 to John and Annette Wilson.  I am the youngest of four children.  I became a resident of Frogtown as of November 5, 1995 when my Mom saved my life by moving us out of Gary, Indiana. 

I have seen this community in it's worst times, I take personal responsibility for some of the destruction of this neighborhood, being young is no excuse.  I believe my behavior was a result of lack of guidance or having positive influences.

Now that I have my family, I see and understand the importance of Community and extended family.  I see the potential in our youth and neighborhood. 

I would very much like to be involved in the reconstruction of Frogtown, I believe the reason people call the neighborhood “The Hood” is because we have forgot to treat one another as neighbors, We forgot to take care of our streets and children.  It's time we bring the neighbors to the hood.  I am currently the manager of  'Brotherhood Brew' which is a product of the brotherhood inc., a non profit organization that empowers young men through job training, social skills and neighborhood redevelopment. 

 

                                                                                                                         Tou SaiKo Lee  He is a spoken word and hip hop artist/activist, born in a refugee camp in Thailand, raised in New York and currently residing in Minnesota. Tou has been developing and working with youth as part of the Science Musuem’s Frogtown Crew.   The Frogtown Crew has enlivened Frogtown’s streets and lots for the past two years

 

                                                                                                                       Tou SaiKo Lee 

He is a spoken word and hip hop artist/activist, born in a refugee camp

in Thailand, raised in New York and currently residing in Minnesota.

Tou has been developing and working with youth as part of the Science Musuem’s Frogtown Crew.  

The Frogtown Crew has enlivened Frogtown’s streets and lots for the past two years

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 Kiki Usuda

I have lived in the heart of Frogtown since 2009.  I have experienced frustration due to poverty, gang shootings, car accidents, break ins, foreclosure etc. 

In my neighborhood I am very motivated to create a safer, positive neighborhood and spread the word that Frogtown is getting better as a place to live and work.

I want to build myself up, grow myself, get a stronger mindset in order to stand out in this neighborhood.  I am a mother, a neighbor, and looking forward to building positive relationships in my community.

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Chris Gordon

I work with Frogtown Crew and I want to see more places in Frogtown to go and have fun also more cleaner places
  

                                                                                                                       J'Tionna Hobby

 I am a 17 year old youth on the Frogtown Crew.  I go to Washington Tech Magnet.  I play on 2 Volleyball teams, I run track, and I'm on the Youth Leadership team at my school.  
The reason I'm interested in the FNA board is because I waant to see a greater change in Frogtown.  I want to be more involved in the changes of this community.  I'm tired of people (myself included) just complaining and not doing.  I want to bring the community together and make Frogtown a more fun and safe place for everyone

 

                                                                                                                                     Mohamed Liban

I've lived in the Frogtown area since 2012 and I've owned a commercial lot on North Dale Street since February 2015.  The reason I want to join the Frogtown Board is because I am civic mined and the Neighborhood Association are extremely important to quality of life in community.  

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Keyara Clardy   I'm a B average student who doesn't participate in any sports or extra curricular activities.  I participate in a lot of positive community movements.  I am a part of the Frogtown Crew and we have done 9 block parties and 1 chalk the pavement activity.  Before I joined FTC, I was involved in a unpaid youth program at ASANDC.  With my family we did a annual block party.  Funded by my family.  I love to see change in the community.  I want to see more people involved in the community and taking better care of their neighborhood.  A change that I would love to see is more people 'going green' and cleaning the earth as they also prevent pollution.  I want to make a change in the police departments and so much more that could be further explained.  The United States has so much space to improve, but we must first start in Frogtown.

                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                    Keyara Clardy  

I'm a B average student who doesn't participate in any sports or extra curricular activities.  I participate in a lot of positive community movements.  I am a part of the Frogtown Crew and we have done 9 block parties and 1 chalk the pavement activity.  Before I joined FTC, I was involved in a unpaid youth program at ASANDC.  With my family we did a annual block party.  Funded by my family.  I love to see change in the community.  I want to see more people involved in the community and taking better care of their neighborhood.  A change that I would love to see is more people 'going green' and cleaning the earth as they also prevent pollution.  I want to make a change in the police departments and so much more that could be further explained.  The United States has so much space to improve, but we must first start in Frogtown.


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