We at FiftyFive.One love politics almost as much as we love soccer. Since local politics has played such an important role in soccer, we thought it also important that we get our local candidates to weigh in on the biggest soccer issues of the day.
Accordingly we sent a three question survey to the candidates. If you’re looking for candidates’ takes on other, far less important issues, go over to Minnpost.com or read up on the last debate.
We wanted to keep our survey to the most relevant aspects of St. Paul and soccer knowledge, so we kept it brief.
This question would allow us to understand the candidate’s taste. Do they like attacking flair? Would they choose the local boy? Or, would they pick the coolest sounding name and go with Vadim Demidov?
Again, a question of taste? Do they go obscure? Are they bandwagon? Would someone just pick FC St. Pauli for sake of ease?
There is no more important issue facing world soccer today than the hotly debated talking point: should Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger be fired? This question has broken careers and it will likely make or break this election.
Melvin Carter III, Democrat
1. Christian Ramirez. We finally get a chance to see him suit up for the national team, but I can’t wait to see him suit up in St. Paul.
2. St. Paul alone has some outstanding soccer teams. We’re lucky to have top level Division 1 women’s soccer at the U, so I’d probably have to give it to the Gophers.
3. There comes a time when new leadership is needed to take us in a new direction. That’s true for St. Paul and that’s true for Arsenal.
Dai Thao, Democrat
1. Kevin Molino.
2. Borussia Dortmund.
3. Wenger Out. Fresh idea, new energy, and bold direction is good for any team and city alike.
Elizabeth Dickinson, Green
3. If we’re talking Arsene Wenger [leaving] Arsenal, I think I’m in favor of a new approach. (But it all depends on whether you judge success by economic viability or by recent overall wins…)☺
Tom Goldstein, Democrat
Pat Harris, Democrat
Tim Holden, Independent
We can NOT afford to subsidize Taxes for 50 years.
Real men Pay TO Play
SAVE SAINT PAUL
FiftyFive.One: Thanks for your reply to our survey. Just to clarify: is that Wenger In or Out?
TH: They are ALL OUT if they do not PAY UP
Kara Lynum, Write-In, #BanCars
2. Hmmm… I had to google “professional soccer teams” to answer this. Let’s go with Vancouver Whitecaps because Vancouver is awesome and Canadian.
3. Knowing absolutely nothing about this, I’m going to confidently say In. Very In.
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