Over 200 people attended the Jackie Stevenson Dinner May 19 at the UFCW Local 653 Hall & Banquet Center. The dinner was sponsored by the Third Congressional District in remembrance of long time activist Jackie Stevenson as well as Linda Scheid, Senator and Representative for Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center, and State DFL Constitution Committee Chair and CD3 Associate Chair Rick Nelson. The following awards were given to people who have continued their outstanding work in the DFL.
The Jackie Stevenson Award
Someone who is the consummate volunteer. Active in lots of activities, comes up with ideas, involves and engages others. Always there. Always willing.
Jackie's daughter Leslee Tejada (center) and former DFL State Chair Rick Stafford (right) presented the award to Georgiana Ruzich, longtime Chair of Congressional District 3, tireless supporter of DFL Candidates, and DFL Senior Caucus Board Member. Georgiana commented, “The inspiration Jackie gave me and so many others to fight the good fight and never give up goes a long way. I was just lucky enough to walk in her shadow for a while."
The Linda Scheid Award
A local legislator who works hard for all of us. Leads on issues, speaks out on policy discussions and listens to constituents.
Barb Benson received the award for Representative John Benson from DFL State Chair Ken Marten. Barb Benson noted, “John says we can still feel Jackie in our lives. She understood that the secret in success in politics is that science of addition not subtraction; everyone has a place and need to contribute their talents. The promise of what America means will not be real unless we keep up the fight for all people.”
The Rick Nelson Award
Someone who makes the trains run on time. Not the face of the party nor the lead of an activity but the one behind the scenes who works hard for all of us.
Mike Rothman, MN Commerce Commissioner, longtime Chair of the DFL Constitution Committee, State DFL Finance Chair, and Chair of many DFL State Conventions, received the award from Kathy Nelson. Mike stated, “Rick Nelson was one of my dearest friends and mentors. I remember watching Rick and John French run a state convention and thinking, ‘wow, I hope I can do that someday.' "
Congratulations to the award winners whose longtime service to the DFL is much appreciated by everyone.