WOODBURY, MINNESOTA — Mary Giuliani Stephens announced today she is returning to public service as a candidate for the Minnesota State Senate. Stephens served as both Councilmember and Mayor of Woodbury from 2007-2019, running unopposed for a second term as Mayor in 2014. She will face current DFL Sen. Susan Kent.
“There are many challenges facing the families of Washington and Ramsey Counties, especially in healthcare, safe and clean water, transportation and education – and my experience as a mom, mayor, lawyer and business person will be put to good use in the Minnesota State Senate,” said Stephens. “After a year away from the mayor’s office, I’ve been surprised at how much I miss working for my neighbors, solving problems, and getting things done.”
Stephens is seeking the Senate District 53 seat, which includes the cities of Woodbury and Landfall, and parts of Maplewood and Oakdale.
“There is a sense of uncertainty when it comes to our politics and government,” said Stephens. “People are seeking strong, proven leadership and I’m ready to bring the success we’ve had in Woodbury, where our economic growth and civic pride are booming, to the Minnesota legislature,” added Stephens.
During Stephens’ tenure, Woodbury was consistently rated among the top places to live in America, and as Mayor, Stephens presided over significant growth and job creation in the city’s economy due to an outreach program she undertook with local businesses to make sure they were positioned for success at the end of the last recession.
“Woodbury, Landfall, Maplewood and Oakdale families are hard-working and caring. They deserve an efficient and effective state government that doesn’t waste their tax dollars, and a State Senator dedicated full-time to the needs of the communities in which they live,” said Stephens.
Stephens has lived in Woodbury for 35 years with her husband Greg. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.