WHO'S ON THE BALLOT?
OFFICES ON THE BALLOT FOR THE NOVEMBER MUNICIPAL ELECTION
Park & Recreation Board - Districts 1 through 6
Race to the Polls
2017 Minneapolis Candidate Profiles
Forward by Anika Robbins, Founder, Black Votes Matter
Profiles by Brandi Phillips, Contributor
The municipal races are in full swing in the Twin Cities with an onslaught of contenders vying for seats in almost all 13 wards, with the exception of Ward 1’s Cameron Gordon who’s running uncontested. Many wards have 3-4 candidates running-including hot-button 4th &; 5th Wards, which promise to be a nail-bitter to the very end. Also compelling are the several candidates of color running for office-including 1 candidate for mayor and 4 LGBTQ candidates-for the first time in the history of Minnesota.
America is contracting. With opposing forces vying for control of the narrative, the economy and the future landscape of this country, while striving to maintain global dominance, the struggle is more of an identity crisis. A once dominant white privileged few must now contend with a burgeoning diverse majority demanding to be heard. Demanding change. The tide is changing in America with a desire for fresh voices, true equity and new leadership expanded to include a few more seats at the table.
BVM sought to compile profiles on the candidates running for office. What we thought would be a simple enough task, turned into an eye-opening experience into those would-be future leaders who would shape the vision of the city and its policies for the next 4-10 years. Since launching this project over 3 months ago, we’ve had responses from only 1 of the 16 candidates running for mayor, and a little under half of those running for city council seats. Some candidates don’t have email addresses, websites or or even a Facebook page-which is free to set up. Many were slow to respond and only did so with constant prodding. We delayed our deadline to allow time for more candidates to respond, but with less than 6 weeks to the election, we wanted to provide what we have to you so can make informed decisions. However, we began to wonder: Is this what constituents can expect from their candidates? Are they responsive? Are they versed on the issues? Are they ready to lead? With that said, BVM created a rating scale to assess each candidate. Mind you, this isn’t an endorsement or non-endorsement of any candidate. This is simply our rating of our experience with each candidate based on: 1. Responsiveness 2. Accessibility 3. Issue knowledge. We’ve compiled what we could on each candidate. It is up to you decide who best to represent you!
MINNEAPOLIS MAYORAL CANDIDATES
Nekima Levy-Pounds, Aswar Rahman, Betsy Hodges, Raymond Dehn,
Jacob Frey, Captain Jack Sparrow, Troy Benjegerdes, Al Flowers & Tom Hoch
MEET THE MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: WARDS 1-13
BOARD OF ESTIMATE & TAXATION - ELECT 2
Carol Becker & David Wheeler
PARK & RECREATION BOARD AT LARGE - ELECT 3
Devin Hogan, Bob Sullentrop, Londel French, Mike Derus, Russ Henry,
Charlie Casserly, LaTrisha Vetaw, Jonathan Honerbrink & Meg Forney
PARK & RECREATION BOARD - DISTRICTS 1-6
Billy Menz, Mohamed Issa Barre & Chris Meyer
Mike Talley Tate & Kale Severson
Charles Exner, AK Hassan & Abdi Gurhan Mohamed
Jono Cowgill & Tom Nordyke
Bill Shroyer, Steffanie Musich & Andrea Fahrenkrug
Jennifer Zielinski, Brad Bourn, Bob Fine & Robert Schlosser