Longtime St. Paul activist Johnny Howard picked up some support this week in his campaign to unseat St. Paul City Councilmember Melvin Carter.
The Green Party of St. Paul voted unanimously to endorse Howard for the Ward 1 City Council seat, touting his emphasis on job creation and "a greener, healthier environment."[jump]
Howard is well known in St. Paul. In the 1980s, he helped found the Thomas-Dale Block Club, a neighborhood watchdog group that protested brothels and crack houses in Frogtown.
We wrote about Howard last summer after the St. Paul Parks and Rec Department relieved him of a coaching position with Frogtown Football, a youth sports program he also started. When Howard told us he was running for City Council two months ago, he said losing his position with Frogtown Football was the catalyst for the campaign.
"Once I get into office, no one will ever be treated like that again on my watch," said Howard in February.
The Green Party also endorsed Jim Ivey for the Ward 2 City Council seat. An alumnus of Purdue University, Ivey's on the coordinating committee for the Green Party and co-founder of a St. Paul-based software company.
"Johnny and Jim put people first in their campaigns. They embody the Green Party key value of Grassroots Democracy," says Green Party Co-chair Gary Carlson in a statement.
Howard will face DFL incumbent Melvin Carter, Independent Anthony Fernandez, and Debbie Montgomery for the Ward 1 seat. Ivey is up against incumbent Dave Thune.