Check out the below articles and video clips to learn more about Wendy, where she stands on different issues and how she’s been making a stand in West St. Paul already:
The Women of West St. Paul held a candidate forum for Ward 3 City Council candidates. Due to a death in my family, I was unable to attend, but answered the same questions in the same format via Facebook Live:
Here’s a clip of me speaking at the May 14th City Council meeting, where I also announced my intent to run for City Council:
Wendy Berry, a West St. Paul resident, said she plans to run for City Council. “We are ready for change,” she said. “We will not be intimidated.”
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Berry announced her intention to run at the May 14 council meeting, where women showed up in force to push back against Bellows. “I’ve decided to do the only thing I know how to do: to get involved where these hidden rules can’t get in the way — I’m going to run for city council,” said Berry.
“If you threaten us, we will not bow down to you,” Wendy Berry, one of the targets of the screws and a candidate for city council, told the council at this week’s meeting. “If you tell us we can’t do something, we will show that we can. If you come to our homes and vandalize our tires, we will change them in our driveway on a Sunday morning. We will file a police report, and we will start to organize a clinic to make sure that other women know how to change their tires.”
“We are equally as smart and capable as a male so we have every right to be in every position,” said Berry, who is running for council.
I want to show underrepresented folks that it’s possible to be a part of local government. We need more perspectives that accurately represent the population of our city. Our city is less than 30 minutes from one of the largest Pride Festivals in the nation. Our current council rarely acknowledges the city’s LGBTQ+ community. My wife and I are raising two young sons, who will be attending public school in a few years. We think it’s important for them to see diversity in their government, and experience first-hand the roles we play in it. I’m honored to give a voice to the underrepresented populations in our city.
It’s important to me to get more people involved. Our city needs more outreach to our minority communities. We need resources for our residents who don’t speak English as their first language. This starts with things like subtitles for city council meeting broadcasts so they can participate in our government. Our city can do better in not only welcoming that diversity, but encouraging it and engaging it.
“Maybe nobody in this room put those drywall screws there,” Berry said to the council, “but the bullying and intimidation tactics you continue to show from your positions behind those desks to citizens that are finally showing up, and to our mayor, are giving permission for people to act in this way.”