Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Thank you for your vote -- we got nearly 20%

Hello there!

Thank you for the support and encouragement. I am honored to have received nearly 20 percent of the vote on Tuesday in my run for First District alderperson.

I am relieved the primary is over BUT also saddened by the low voter turnout for the aldermanic race.

My heartfelt thanks especially goes out to those who provided the extra effort on my behalf and on behalf of the district. This race was, and still is, very emotional for myself and many of you. I know that we now have "time" for other things in life again.

BUT we will be diligently aware of the actions of those who are to serve us all. This event will keep me, and I hope you, watching and listening to our local representatives.

Although they have seemed to not be serving me, obviously they pleased others in this district.

OR is this another sign of apathy!!??
OR too busy making a living to live!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Vote today for Mercedes Dzindzeleta

Today, Feb. 17, is election day. I ask for your vote for First District alderperson. The polling place for First District voters is Festival Park Hall, 5 Fifth St. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you are not sure of your voting place, click here.
Whatever you do today, be sure to VOTE. It is your power. Thank you for your vote and your willingness to make Racine a better place to live. I hope to see you at the polls!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

"...will provide fine leadership..."

Another letter to the editor in today's Racine Journal Times in support of Mercedes. We appreciate the support. Find letter online or keep reading:
Vote for Dzindzeleta
We would like to suggest Mercedes Dzindzeleta for Racine City Council. A long-time resident and business person in Downtown Racine, she will be an energetic and productive member of the City Council.
Her desire to improve pedestrian access and safety, by itself, is a quest of great importance to the city and our attempts to recreate the tightly-knit community of past years — a community dependent on close proximity of goods, services, and residences that will be ever more appropriate to an age of wise use of petroleum transportation. The elements for such a community are coming together again; Dzindzeleta will provide fine leadership as progress is made.
Robert Venn, Racine

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Dzindzeleta receives endorsement of Progressive Majority

Mercedes Dzindzeleta, candidate for alderman for First District for Racine City Council, has received the endorsement of the Wisconsin group affiliated with the national Progressive Majority.

Dzindezleta, who has been involved as a community activist for many years, is one of 14 Wisconsin candidates spotlighted on the group’s web site. She is identified as “a candidate who emerged from the work of the Women's Progressive Network of Racine and has been an active member for more than a year and a half. She is described on the group's Web site in this way:

"Mercedes is a long-time Racine resident with deep ties to the community. She has long been active in the political scene, but with the support of the women in the group, she has made the decision to run for office. Mercedes faces a primary election and will have help with developing her campaign from both the Women's Progressive Network of Racine County and Progressive Majority."

Dzindzeleta has lived in Racine for 48 years, 25 of those years in the First District. She estimates that she has attended more than 250 City Council meetings through the years, initially as director of the former Task Force On Unemployment in Racine and later as an interested citizen.

She has been campaigning throughout the First District during the past month and has received endorsements and support from numerous Downtown business owners as well as numerous residents and business and property owners in her district, including Elizabeth Jones, owner of The Laughing Dragon; Amanda Paffrath, owner of Funky Hannah's Beads & Art; Steve Merrill and Ann Huber, owners of Sheepish; and Morakot Kamphane, owner of Sticky Rice Restaurant.

Other candidates from the area who have received the endorsement of the Progressive Majority are Gretchen Warner and Kim Plache, both running for school board seats for the Racine United School District, and Katie Simenson, candidate for the Burlington City Council.

The Women’s Progressive Network of Racine County started in 2007 and counts about 200 women, including business and civic leaders in the community, who work together to coordinate resources and information, advocate for political accountability and positive societal change that benefit the lives of women and their families in Racine County.

For more information on Progressive Majority and its work with a variety of candidates from school board to state level, click here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

"A first-class candidate"

Proud to have another letter to the editor in today's Racine Journal Times. Click here or read below:

Vote for Dzindzeleta

The heart of Racine is the 1st District, with its cluster of offices, restaurants, retail stores and residences.
Certainly, “Racine on the Lake” deserves effective representation in City Hall but, sadly, the incumbent and two others running for alderman in the Feb. 17 primary are lacking. The fourth candidate — Mercedes Dzindzeleta (pronounced Din-se-let-a) — is exceptionally qualified. She has the energy, common sense and intelligence to become the best alderman the First district has ever had.

You can find out a lot more about this civic-minded woman on her web site. Check out Some highlights:
As a private citizen, Mercedes has attended more than 250 City Council meetings, earning the respect of officials for her analysis and grasp of the issues. She brings wide life and work experiences as an environmental consultant, business owner and instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

She knows about government regulations and the need for recycling and quality education and social service. She has participated in numerous workshops and seminars, including a Minnesota camp for progressive community leaders. Her special interests include the KRM rail, pedestrian safety, historic preservation and keeping the Downtown and its neighborhoods vital and alive.In my 30 years as a reporter and editor, I have interviewed many candidates for public office. Rarely did I see one like Mercedes who has such passion, dedication and love for the City of Racine. With so much at stake, we can’t afford to miss a chance to elect Mercedes, a first-class candidate.
Norman Monson, Racine

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"Tough, smart and honest..."

We appreciate today's letters to the editor in The Racine Journal Times endorsing Mercedes Dzindzeleta for First District Alderperson. Visit the newspaper's site here or keep reading:
Dzindzeleta best choice to lead 1st District
After a demoralizing winter, Racine voters are demanding positive changes in leadership. It’s gratifying to see candidates willing to serve our community.

Mercedes Dzindzeleta is running for 1st District Alderman in the Feb. 17 primary election. An energetic advocate for progress and ethical reform, she’s ready to lead. Mercedes’ vision and integrity have enhanced civic and nonprofit groups for two decades. With a broad range of experience on business and environmental projects, she’ll offer the confident leadership we need. She’s spent years studying municipal issues and listening to taxpayers. Tough, smart and honest, she knows the problems — and the opportunities — within her district and the city. Many of us welcome the prospect of strong, qualified women in city government. Mercedes’ common-sense insight and clear focus will help us move Racine forward.
Please remember to vote!
Carol Olson, Racine
Mark M. Giese also endorsed Mercedes in the same opinion page section along with other favored candidates running on Feb. 17. See same link.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Next campaign stops at Urban League, etc.

Mercedes Dzindzeleta, candidate for First District alderman, is one of the invited guests for the upcoming Community Forum at the Urban League from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Urban League, 718 N. Memorial Drive, Racine.

The forum is sponsored by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 325 and the Urban League of Racine and Kenosha. She is invited to dialogue about recent racial biases affecting families in the Racine community. Included will be a panel discussion among various community leaders and testimonials from area residents. The remainder of the program will be a question-and-answer session, taking questions from the audience. Please RSVP by e-mail to Yolanda Adams at

Parking will be available in the lot immediately south of the Urban League building and on the north and south side streets intersecting Memorial Drive.
Other appearances this week include:
  • 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Arcade Apartments, 424 Lake Ave., Racine.
  • 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at McMynn Tower Apartments, 110 Seventh St., Racine.

Stay tuned for additional appearances and updates.