Don Samuels offers the best of all worlds for residents of Minneapolis’ Third Ward and for our city. As an immigrant and naturalized American, he brings a voice to the thousands of new Americans... Don Samuels offers the best of all worlds for residents of Minneapolis’ Third Ward and for our city.
As an immigrant and naturalized American, he brings a voice to the thousands of new Americans whose arrival helps stem the Minneapolis population decline attributable to urban flight of recent decades.
As a man of African descent, Samuels brings the reality of diversity to a City Hall that is long on lip service and short of action, when it comes to recognizing that the lives and aspirations of people of color are not just peripheral issues to be relegated to the margins of the City’s business agenda.
As a businessman, Samuels’ corporate experience brings a sense fiscal reality, that accountability of having to operate within the budget. But that hard nosed business pragmatism is balanced by the entrepreneurial zeitgeist, the dogged hope, the irrepressible commitment to being a possibility thinker.
Samuels says without boasting, but a as matter of fact, that he was a single father who parented a son 24-hours a day for over 15 years. That fact speaks volumes about his belief in the responsibility of men to be present in the lives of their children, especially their sons. Samuels has a new family, He and his wife, Sandra chose to live in the Third Ward --the challenging part of the Third Ward in the Jordan neighborhood. That family decision, to create a home and to raise their daughters in a neighborhood that has been scarred by gang violence and deaths, and drug dealing lawlessness, reflects Samuels’ sense of obligation to be a part of the solution by demonstrating that rallying neighbors can vanquish fear that allows hopelessness and lawlessness to flourish.
Samuels is a DFLer who showed strongly in the special DFL endorsing convention for Third Ward and strongly in the special primary last month.
Now is the time for DFLer’s of good conscience, who are not afraid of the progressive and liberal tradition and standards of this great party, to be their finest and grandest.
We encourage DFLers to act in good faith, adding their vote to the expected votes of Republicans, Independent, Green Party and not aligned voters to bring a fresh voice to city government.