Senate District (SD) 37 serves the cities of Blaine, Eastern Coon Rapids, and a portion of Spring Lake Park. The Senate District elects one State Senator (currently Jerry Newton, a Democrat!), and two State Representatives to represent us in St. Paul.
SD 37 is further divided into two Minnesota House of Representatives Districts: 37A and 37B. Our 37A Representative is Erin Koegel (also a Democrat!)
SD 37 is the governing body and the driving force behind the precinct-and-grassroots efforts in this area. The Senate District also coordinates activities with Anoka County and the 3 Congressional Districts (CD) of which we are a part and hosts events throughout the year.
Congressional Districts – SD 37 is located within 3 U.S. Congressional Districts (CDs). The CDs elect the members of the US House of Representatives (Congress). We are located in CD 3 (Coon Rapids), CD 5 (Spring Lake Park) and CD 6 (Blaine).
The Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) – The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party was created on April 15, 1944, after the Minnesota Democrats merged with the Farmer-Labor Party. Hubert H. Humphrey was instrumental in the merger and is considered by many to be the founder of Minnesota DFL Party. The Party’s history began during the 1920s, when representatives of the Nonpartisan League in Minnesota entered candidates for state election under the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party. The party’s platform consisted of progressive agrarian reform, the protection of farmers and union workers, the public ownership of railroads, utilities, and natural resources, and social security legislation.
Currently, the party is primarily concerned with coordinating statewide activities, such as recruiting statewide candidates, advertising, organizing and marketing. It sets the rules that govern our Senate Districts and our county organizations.
National Democratic Party – There are essentially three branches of the National Democratic Party: The Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). The DNC is primarily the vehicle for managing the national convention every four years and a major entity in supporting the Party’s presidential nominee. The DSCC is responsible for recruiting and raising money for Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate. The DCCC serves the same function for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Every two years the party holds Precinct Caucuses. Volunteers are needed to make arrangements, prepare and print all of the materials required for the caucus and Caucus Conveners need to be secured. Anyone can attend and you attend a meeting with your neighbors who live in a precinct whose boundaries are determined by your local city government, and elect a Precinct Chair and a vice chair and a second vice chair. You can also bring statements of items that you would like to see adopted and become part of the “Party Platform”. These are called resolutions and the group votes on whether or not to accept them and send them on to the next level. Everyone who attends their Precinct Caucus can be elected as a delegate or alternate to their Senate District Convention if they so choose. You can also volunteer to be an Election Judge at the caucus.
After the Precinct, caucus committees are formed to prepare for the Senate District Convention. Volunteers are needed to provide arrangements (secure a location, food, prepare and print the materials needed for the convention and other duties), Credentials (prepare and mail the convention Call to all of the delegates that were elected at the caucuses and develop a check-in system for the delegates when they arrive at the convention), Nominations (screen candidates for the SD offices) Senate District officers are elected at the convention along with Directors and State Central Committee delegates, Constitution, Rules (these are sometimes combined and review the previous Constitution and Rules and recommended any necessary changes) and Resolutions (this committee reads and sorts all of the proposed resolutions to match the categories in the MN DFL platform and types them up in a ballot form for the delegates to vote on at the convention).
CHAIR: It shall be the duty of the Chair to convene the Convention (following the procedures described in the Call) and preside at meetings of the Central Committee and Executive Committee. The Chair shall attend meetings of the State and Congressional District Central Committees. The Chair shall also perform all other duties incident to the office.
VICE CHAIR: The Vice Chair shall preside at Central and Executive Committee meetings, and convene the Convention, in the absence of the Chair. It shall be a further duty to assist the Chair in the discharge of the Chair’s duties, and to attend meetings of the State and Congressional District Central Committees.
OUTREACH and INCLUSION OFFICER: The Outreach and Inclusion Officer shall be responsible for outreach to underrepresented groups within the Senate District, and shall perform all other duties usually incident to the office of Outreach Officer in the DFL Party.
SECRETARY: It shall be the duty of the Secretary to preserve the minutes and attendance records of all proceedings of the Executive and Central Committees. The Secretary shall, at the direction of the Chair, notify members of the Executive and Central Committees of meetings of this organization. The Secretary shall perform all other duties usually incident to the office of Secretary.
TREASURER: The Treasurer shall have charge of the funds of this organization, and shall make no disbursement thereof without authority or ratification by the Executive Committee or Chair. The Treasurer shall perform all other duties usually incident to the office of Treasurer. SD37 members shall turn in to the Treasurer any money received within 10 days of receipt.
DIRECTORS: The Directors shall perform those functions assigned to them from time to time by the Committee or the Central Committee. There shall be 12 directors elected with gender balance.
PRECINCT CHAIRS: The chairs elected at the caucuses attend the Central Committee meetings and work with the candidates where they can with organizing and contacting other Democrats within the precinct.
STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE: Members represent the district at the Congressional District and State levels.