Rena Moran and Jeremiah Ellis are in a tough DFL primary battle to represent House District 65A. Whoever wins the contest will almost certainly become the first African American to represent St. Paul at the Legislature.
Moran‘s campaign expects volunteers to put in 200 three-hour shifts of either phone-calling or door-knocking before the polls close at 8 p.m. She has two bases of campaign operations: St. James Church and the office of TakeAction Minnesota.
Moran’s team expressed relief that the skies had cleared after a dreary morning. “We have a very strong ground game right now,” said her campaign manager, Patrick Ness. “The rain would have hurt us.”
Ellis, the DFL-endorsed candidate, is basing operations out of his house in the central St. Paul district. Volunteers and relatives are door-knocking and making phone calls. This evening Ellis and his supporters will gather at Schroeder’s Bar & Grill to monitor the election results. They’ll be joined by U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum and Ramsey County Attorney candidate John Choi.