Meet St. Paul Public Schools' newest board member: Marny Xiong

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Erin Hinrichs Even though she had the advantage of the St. Paul DFL Party’s endorsement — along with that of the local teachers union — Marny Xiong and her team of volunteers hunkered down at their campaign headquarters on Payne Avenue on Election Day, squeezing in one last round of phone calls to potential voters.As a first-time candidate for an elected office (not counting her board seat on the District 5 Payne-Phalen Community Council), Xiong says she wasn’t comfortable relying on any endorsements to carry her through. She, along with a core team of about seven supporters, had spent the last eight months phone banking, door knocking and fundraising. Yet the 28-year-old newcomer says she still had trouble falling asleep those last...

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