Eagan City Council Member Cyndee Fields is proud to be a Republican.
It says so right on the campaign leaflets she
handed out at last month's GOP caucus.Fields
, 44, is running for mayor, and as the leadership legislative assistant to Minnesota House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, she's
made no bones about her
political leanings.While hardly the first partisan to run for local office in the sprawling suburb of nearly 67,000, she
appears to be the first to campaign so overtly under a political banner.
insists the political literature was a one-time deal, meant to shore up her
base at the caucuses, where she
also gave a campaign speech.Running in a nonpartisan race doesn't preclude political involvement, she
"Whether it's a green-space rally, lifecycle housing or a political party's caucus night, I feel it's appropriate and important to share my core values and guiding principles at any forum I attend," she
However, the two-term council member sheds her
political affiliations at the chamber door, she