Bobby Champion and Jeff Hayden represent bold new leadership for our community and for our state. Champion is seeking to be the next state representative for Legislative District 58B, largely North Minneapolis and parts of downtown. It was the seat former State Representative, now Congressman, Keith Ellison held before moving on the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Minnesota's Fifth District. Bobby Champion and Jeff Hayden represent bold new leadership for our community and for our state. Champion is seeking to be the next state representative for Legislative District 58B, largely North Minneapolis and parts of downtown. It was the seat former State Representative, now Congressman, Keith Ellison held before moving on the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Minnesota's Fifth District.
Jeff Hayden is stepping forward to serve the South Minneapolis community, Legislative District 61B, that has been ably served by another pioneering public servant, State Representative Neva Walker, who recently announced she will not seek reelection.
Champion and Hayden will stand on the shoulders of their groundbreaking predecessors. They will continue the great tradition of excellence in public service, leadership and civic engagement that has been hallmark of the effective community organizing and grassroots accountability our communities engender.
A key benchmark for Champion and Hayden is this week's precinct caucuses. As Minneapolis residents revel in excitement and hope infused in the national question of whether Obama or Clinton, the precinct caucuses in our neighborhoods offer hands-on opportunity to argue our interests, setting the agenda for our political party, for our community and state through the delegate selection process.
Insight News heartily endorses Bobby Champion and Jeff Hayden for the state legislative posts they seek and we heartily encourage our neighbors to get involved on Super Tuesday, February 5, in the precinct caucus process in support of Champion and Hayden.
We warn that some people have called Hennepin County inquiring about how to get involved in the political process, only to be told that the precinct caucuses are not important, and that their "vote" only becomes important in the actual primary election and general election both this fall.
But nothing could be further from the truth. Becoming a delegate at the precinct caucus level is supremely important. It is at the source political enfranchisement and political power. It is where the issues are shaped, where public policy ideas are formulated, presented, challenged, and refined. It is the first place where our voices and our preferences really count.
We are fortunate to have strong, effective visionary young leaders like Bobby Champion and Jeff Hayden both willing and properly prepared to serve and to lead. We create and amplify our own good fortune by each becoming personally committed and involved.
So what does this mean to you, the reader?
It means that Tuesday is your day. It means that the precinct caucus you attend is the arena for your demonstration of the power you possess to set the agenda for the prosperity and health of our community.
We encourage our readers in 58B and 61B to attend their precinct caucuses and become delegates, declaring their support for Bobby Champion and Jeff Hayden, respectively. Let us continue to make history. The future is in our hands.