October 20, 2019

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On September 10, 2019 at 11:24 AM info <> wrote:

September 10, 2019

To: Mike Smith – President Saint Paul Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 21, Paul Kuntz – President Saint Paul Police Federation                                                                                       

Re: Political Action Committees - Conflicts of Interest

Dear Gentlemen,

My name is Bill Hosko, I am a Ward Two City Council candidate.  As we know, the election is this fall.  I am writing today, not to seek a donation or endorsement, but rather to respectfully request that your organizations sit out this fall’s city election and all future city elections. 

Most would agree (including more than a few fire fighters and police officers) that by your funding and endorsing political candidates seeking city office:

1. clear conflicts of interest are created,

2. the best interests of citizens are not served,

3. many citizens receive the impression that our Fire and Police departments have endorsed a particular candidate, when in fact of course they have not.

Additionally, in the past, uniformed officers have campaigned with and for political candidates, in person and on campaign literature.

Perhaps things have changed since the last election and you may no longer be interested in assisting political candidates.  Surely the public would be best served, and arguably your members. 

At your earliest convenience, please let me and others know your thoughts on this very important matter.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely.yours,                                                                                                                                                              Bill Hosko

Cc: Saint Paul Mayor Carter, Saint Paul Fire Chief Butch Inks, Saint Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell


---------- Original Message ----------
From: info <>
Date: September 17, 2019 at 10:50 AM
Subject: Re: Political Action Committees - Conflicts of Interest

September 17, 2019

Dear Gentleman, 

I would like to confirm that you received my email from September 10th?  If so, may I know when you will have time to reply?

Thank you.



Bill Hosko

(10-19-19 - No replies received. FF IAF has endorsed the incumbent).