Mary Giuliani Stephens Endorsed to Run Against Susan Kent for State Senate

Mary Giuliani Stephens, former mayor of Woodbury, was today unanimously endorsed by the Senate District 53 Republican Party to run against DFL Senator Susan Kent.
Stephens served as both Councilmember and Mayor of Woodbury from 2007-2019, running unopposed for a second term as Mayor in 2014. 
“I am honored to have received the strong support of local Republicans from Landfall, Maplewood, Oakdale and Woodbury, and look forward to working side-by-side with them for victory whether that be at the doors, on the phones, online or in whatever way we can to share our positive message of proven leadership that is community focused,” said 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. 
“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 businessperson 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 was endorsed in an unusual manner due to the coronavirus: a virtual convention, held entirely online and via conference call for Senate District 53 delegates.
“Minnesotans are tough, and we come together in tough times to help each other and find solutions. It is a privilege to advocate on behalf of my neighbors during this challenging period in our state’s history, and look forward to the opportunity to serve them at the state capitol,” Stephens concluded.