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Monday, November 07, 2005 

Chris Coleman for Mayor

Welcome to everybody from the Chris Coleman campaign.

I'm supporting Chris Coleman because he's the candidate that will improve St. Paul's future. Why?

For one thing, a lot of people much smarter than me think so. I think all of those state representatives and state senators make a powerful statement. One would think that they would know who can best serve their constituents in the mayor's office. Kelly, on the other hand, boasts the endorsement Chicago Mayor Richard Daley - what does he know about St. Paul?

For another, public safety (which I see as a top priority for the mayor of nearly any big city) has not improved under Kelly's administration. Chris' website notes the statistics - more violent crime and fewer police officers. Either of these facts would be bad enough, but both together is unforgivable. Mayor Kelly apparently has a plan to put 100 new police officers on St. Paul streets by 2010, and that's awfully nice, but what has he been doing for the past four years? Chris Coleman will do better.

A third important issue is transportation. I just don't think that Mayor Kelly has done enough to promote quality pubic transportation. While progress has been made on the central corridor line, it's not enough - it's been on the table for a long time, and it seems like it's only the fact that it's an election year that is making Kelly promote it. According to Kelly's website, he'll make it a major focus of his second term. Too late, Mayor Kelly. Chris Coleman will do better.

Yet another issue is, unfortunately, that of Kelly's endorsement of Pres. Bush last year. I'm not such a partisan that I would condemn him just for this, but it should be clear to everyone by now that Pres. Bush hasn't been good for the city of St. Paul, for Minnesota, or for the United States of America. Bush has failed us all, and in endorsing Bush, Kelly both showed enormous disloyalty to his party and linked himself to each and every one of Bush's failures. Once again, Chris Coleman will do better.

Tomorrow, I encourage all St. Paulites to go to the polls and vote for Chris Coleman for mayor.

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