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Dec 19th

2013 Voters Guide

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image1Here is the Insight News 2013 Voters' Guide, information to help readers make informed decisions on Election Day, November 5th. This year, voters will use Ranked Choice Voting when they go to the polls. Ranked Choice Voting is a system that permits voters to list the candidates by preference instead of picking one candidate. Each voter can rank the order of preference for 3 candidates and it is recommended that the voter rank the three top choices.

Insight invited all candidates to submit 100-word statements outlining why they are running for office. Not all responded. We are publishing the statements of those who did respond. We are encouraged by the number of people who launched campaigns for office this year. In Minneapolis, 35 people are vying to represent the city as Mayor. In the Minneapolis City Council race, there is a chance that six of the council seats could go to people of color and in Wards 9 and 10, there's a chance to elect someone under the age of 35. Additionally, pending election outcomes, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board may have its first East African and Somali board member.

We hope this guide encourages you to get out and exercise your right to vote.

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CANDIDATES FOR MINNEAPOLIS MAYOR

mark andrewMark Andrew
Campaign Phone:
(612) 399-MARK (6275)
Website:
www.markforminneapolis.com
Email:
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markforminneapolis.com
Campaign Message:
I want to make our great city great for everyone by closing the achievement gaps in our schools so every student thrives, providing excellent city services, creating living wage jobs in every neighborhood, and making Minneapolis the greenest city in North America. I was born in Minneapolis to a working class family. I went to public school here. My wife Connie and I raised our children here. We've done well. I'm running for mayor because I know those opportunities don't reach everyone in Minneapolis. I spent 16 years on the Hennepin County board. I'm a proven progressive leader.

jackie cherryhomesJackie Cherryhomes
Campaign Phone:
(612) 822-2046
Website:
http://jackiecherryhomesformayor.com/
Email:
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Campaign Message:
I am running for Mayor to make Minneapolis a city that works for everyone; to bridge the gaps in our city and insure that our city is one where all our children have a bright future, is safe, where everyone has a place to live and a job to do. I have lived on the Northside for 35 years working as a community organizer and representing the 5th Ward on the City Council. I have served as Council President. I have run my own business. I have more experience than any candidate in this race. I look at the world through the lens of justice, equality and opportunity. I have built a big tent, and will govern with that big tent – involving everyone, representing everyone. Together we can build a city where everyone has an opportunity to prosper.

dan cohenDan Cohen
Campaign Phone:
(612) 655-3465
Website:
www.dancohenformayor.com
Email:
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Campaign Message:
I oppose the current Vikings Stadium deal. We should have had the vote and we should not do business with a judicially adjudicated "civil racketeer." I support a downtown casino in Minneapolis. We have one in Duluth, a tax paying, not a tax grabbing job year round job engine and tourist attraction. I want to end racism in the Minneapolis Police Department. We must save the Minnesota Orchestra, a world class cultural asset and a major tool for recruiting talented people to Minnesota. I support Plain Language Charter Reform. I want to end conflicts of interest on the Planning Commission.

bob fineBob Fine
Campaign Phone:
(612) 922-6992
Website:
www.fineformayor.com
Email:
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Campaign Message:
I'm running for mayor because Minneapolis deserves better; our government must operate more effectively and efficiently, we need more business to locate in Minneapolis and offer quality jobs for our residents, and Minneapolis needs to be an affordable place to live. A life-long resident of Minneapolis, I've been on the Board of Estimate and Taxation and the Park and Recreation Board for the last 16 years, served on the Commission on Civil Rights for 18 years, worked in business/real estate development and management and practiced real estate law, and have spent the last 39 consecutive years coaching youth sports.

cam wintonCam Winton
Campaign Phone:
(612) 520-1617
Website:
www.wintonformayor.org
Email:
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Campaign Message:
I'm fiscally responsible, socially inclusive, and offering fresh eyes in City Hall. I'm coming from a background in small business, not government. My wife & I have two young children. My co-workers and I have built a wind-turbine maintenance company providing services nationwide. As mayor, I'll draw on that background to lead City Hall to provide basic services more effectively (restoring balance between taxes and services received), cut red tape to enable private-sector job growth, and lead all stakeholders to put kids first in our public schools so that they're a world-class engine of opportunity for all children.

CANDIDATES FOR ST. PAUL MAYOR

chris colemanMayor Chris Coleman
Campaign Phone:
(651) 243-2220
Website:
www.chriscoleman.org
Email:
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Campaign Message:
With Light Rail soon to open, an exploding housing market across the city, new redevelopment opportunities, and a continued commitment to public safety, our city is poised to accomplish great things over the next several years. This is because of the strength of the partnerships I have led, and will continue to lead. We are stronger when we act together and it is important that we continue to fight for Saint Paul; to make sure investments in transit are balanced, that education policy is practical and addresses the achievement gap, and that Saint Paul is vibrant, safe and strong.

tim holdenTim Holden
Campaign Phone:
(651) 387-8076
Facebook:
Tim Holden for Mayor of Saint Paul
Email:
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Campaign Message:
I am running for Mayor because the citizens of St. Paul have been short changed for too long. The current Mayor subsidizes projects at public expense and leaves St. Paul and it's people with streets uncared for, declining educational results, small businesses fleeing the city and no one's voice heard except those of big business and interests outside the city. St. Paul deserves a Mayor who puts the best interests of ALL the city first. Pot holes, parking, recreation centers, schools, snow plowing, safer streets -- these will be my priorities. People matter. St. Paul and it's citizens matter to me.

CANDIDATES FOR MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL - WARD 3

kristin gronquistKristina Gronquist
Campaign Phone:
(612) 619-8656
Website:
Gronquistforcitycouncil.nationbuilder.com
Email:
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Campaign Message:
I am running to bring transparency, accountability and citizen empowerment to City Hall. I believe that the Green Party's principled leadership and future focus can best guide our city. I envision a city where all residents have equal access to economic opportunities, housing, green space, quality education and safe, healthy neighborhoods. I will put the needs of working people ahead of corporate welfare and I will aggressively address police misconduct, in order to avoid any more tragedies at the hands of the MPD, for example, the unnecessary deaths of Terrance Franklin and Ivan Romero on May 10th of this year.

diane hofstedeDiane Hofstede
Campaign Phone:
(612) 280-1077
Website:
www.dianehofstede.com
Email:
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Campaign Message:
"Our Third Ward has the most exciting growth in the city, with miles of biking paths, over 2,000 new residents, strong business development, a diverse population and lower crime rates, stable taxes and a fabulous riverfront. My vision shows I am leading the way for human rights, more jobs and sustainable housing, while keeping a close eye on our city budget of $1.2 billion dollars. Our plan is in place and it is working; I am running this year to continue to drive success in the Third Ward."

michael katchMichael Katch
Campaign Phone:
(612) 250-3910
Email:
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Campaign Message:
I am running for the City Council because I am anxious to protect my neighbors from the effects of government run amok. City government has the greatest potential for resident abuse of any arm of government, and can hit us all at home, where it counts. Property taxes in Minneapolis have quadrupled in the last 10 years, and the city council needs to understand what a regressive tax property taxes represent. It is reprehensible that our most vulnerable should be forced to choose between keeping their home or eating and buying medicines. I believe in constitutional rights and the City Charter.

CANDIDATE FOR MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL - WARD 4

kris broganKris Brogan
Campaign Phone:
(612) 801-4942
Website:
www.krisbrogan.com
Email:
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Campaign Message:
I believe that my work experience and dedication to my community will serve to re-build and strengthen the 4th Ward. I served as Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton's Policy Aide on Housing and Economic Development. I have worked with several developers in the creation of over 200 units of new affordable housing and the redevelopment of nearly 50 renovated rental units. I have made my career working for the people of Minneapolis. As a neighborhood activist I have provided expert knowledge in zoning and planning issues; working on environmental issues; transportation issues; and economic development issues.

CANDIDATES FOR MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL - WARD 5

ian alexanderIan Alexander
Campaign Phone:
(612) 529-0000
Website:
www.voteforian.com
Email:
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Campaign Message:
Why am I running? It's simple. I want to help North Minneapolis realize its full potential, and economic development is my number one priority. Together, we will create a New North Minneapolis that is vibrant, prosperous and safe. We will attract employers that provide careers – not just jobs – by creating an environment where small and large businesses will thrive, with more and better shopping and housing options. Residents will think of North Minneapolis with pride, and non-residents will think of North Minneapolis as a place they want to be.

brett bucknerBrett Buckner
Campaign Phone:
(612) 229-1508
Website:
http://www.brettbuckner.com/welcome/
Email:
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Campaign Message:
As a lifelong Northsider whose family has been here since 1919, our campaign is about moving all Northsiders Forward. We've endured a lot - the great recession, predatory lending, underdevelopment, school closings, high unemployment and even a tornado two years ago which destroyed my family's home of 43 years. With your support, we're ready to build a community that my grandmother, my mother, and those who came before us would be proud to call home, again. Together, we'll improve our financial condition, education, safety, housing, infrastructure and our relationships with each other. Now is our time to move Forward, Together!

kale  seversonKale R. Severson
Campaign Phone:
(612) 741-5664
Website:
www.gp.org/index.php/kale-severson.html
Email:
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Campaign Message:
I am an organic "Northsider". I was born, raised, and am a product of North Minneapolis. I am a community member that holds police accountable; I am a community member who led the fight to keep North High School open. I am a community member that supports our youth. I believe that housing is a human right, I'll fight for affordable housing! I am a community member that has North Minneapolis' best interest at heart. If elected I will be a leader that stays true to the people that elected me, and the community that raised me. I am Kale Severson, your 1st choice for Minneapolis 5th Ward City Council.

blong yangBlong Yang
Campaign Phone:
(612) 460-0133
Website:
www.blongyang.org
Email:
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Campaign Message:
I come from a poor family. Through hard work, I became a lawyer with a specialty in family law and civil rights. I understand struggle and will bring that perspective to my public service. With adequate funding, the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department can monitor how the city is truly performing in terms of minority contracting and hiring. We need to cut red tape to attract diverse businesses to North Minneapolis. I'll also fight for accountable, community policing; sensible and affordable housing; programs that support educational attainment; comprehensive transportation options; and more investment in North Minneapolis.

CANDIDATE FOR MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL - WARD 6

robert lilligrenRobert Lilligren
Campaign Phone:
(612) 825-2237
Website:
www.VoteRobert.com
Email:
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Campaign Message:
My history in office demonstrates a commitment to civil rights, economic equity, increased access to transit, a cleaner environment, and social justice. Under my leadership we've increased women and minority hiring on city projects, improved quality of life in core-city neighborhoods, and brought community voices to decision-making tables. I have been a champion for new arrival and immigrant communities. I am committed to creating more affordable housing, jobs and small business support, especially in communities of color. I look forward to working with all 6th Ward communities to make Minneapolis a welcoming and fair place for all people.

CANDIDATES FOR MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL - WARD 9

abdi abdulleAbdi Abdulle
Campaign Phone:
(612) 200-9466
Website:
www.vote4abdulle.com
Email:
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Campaign Message:
I am running because I care about my neighbors and their families. I want to make sure that our community is a safe place for both families and investor to flourish. I want to eliminate and fight against community violence, poverty, racism, crimes, discrimination, classism and homelessness that are existing and also growing in our community. I abhor seeing a family lose their loved one, due to community violence. My goal is to stand with the poor, lower income and middle class families who cannot afford to lose a job. Small businesses are moving out due to safety issues in our community.

charles curtisCharles Curtis
Campaign Phone:
(763) 301-3806
Website:
www.curtisforcitycouncil.com
Email:
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Campaign Message:
Charles Curtis is an independent Democrat who grew up in a union home in Ward 9. He is an attorney with a Master's Degree in Public Administration. Charles helps run a small family business. He has worked for local and federal government agencies. Currently, he practices employment law, representing works against corporations who are treating them unfairly. Charles is running to address our community's needs with integrity. Charles is committed to restoring essential services that benefit everyone, preserving our environment, and growing our local economy. Charles has the education and experience we need to bring our neighborhoods forward.

pat fleethamPatrick Fleetham
Campaign Phone:
(612) 516-9001
Website:
www.pfleetham4mplscitycouncil.com
Email:
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Campaign Message:
I am the most qualified and experienced proven leader. I have a solid business background and a long history of committed/active community service. I have consistently addressed the issues facing our ward:
☀ Closing the Racial Gap
☀ Providing for the safety of our residents
☀ Reducing property taxes which have skyrocketed
☀ Address aging housing stock, foreclosures and homelessness
☀ Employment paying a living wage
☀ Empowering citizens in Police Review
Our Mayor and DFL City Council has mortgaged our future. We need to pioneer in developing a city for its residents, not its large corporate entities.

CANDIDATE FOR MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL - WARD 10

meg tuthillMeg Tuthill
Campaign Phone:
(612) 377-3123
Website:
www.megtuthill.com
Email:
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Campaign Message:
I am running because the Tenth Ward is my home. I am a community person who just happened to be elected four years ago to the Minneapolis City Council. I am running for re-election because I love representing such great neighborhoods. After owning three small businesses and having a strong commitment to my community, I have gained experience as a voice on the city council. I am the candidate with proven results and great constituent service. And over the next four years, I will bring stability and inclusive leadership to the most exciting of wards, the Tenth Ward.

CANDIDATES FOR MINNEAPOLIS PARK BOARD COMMISSIONER – AT LARGE

tom nordykeTom Nordyke
Campaign Phone:
(612) 802-3046
Website:
Email:
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Campaign Message:
The main issue I have promoted while campaigning and while I was on the Board is the need to address the continued infrastructure crisis and deferred maintenance facing so many of our neighborhood parks. This includes restoring our Parkways and trails, replanting our trees and upgrading our neighborhood Community Centers. My second priority is a continued push toward equity in the funding and use of our parks across the City.

hashim yonisHashim Yonas
Campaign Phone:
(612) 986-0024
Website:
Email:
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Campaign Message:
I am a product of Minneapolis. My passion is social justice, which guides my goal to serve all communities, especially those who are in need. After moving here from Somalia as a 10-year-old, the Parks were a crucial component of my upbringing. I served the Parks as a Youth Coordinator for Luxton, Matthews, Van Cleve and Brian Coyle Center. I am running to ensure our diverse communities have the same opportunity to access their recreational dreams through our park system, and that communities of color – particularly the African-American community – are prioritized when programming decisions are being made.

annie youngAnnie Young
Campaign Phone:
(612) 236-5985
Website:
www.annieyoung.net
Email:
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Campaign Message:
I am passionate about this Park system. The job of protecting, preserving and maintaining our 6500 park acres that include almost everything a person wants to do. The parks, lakes and trees are the woven fabric and natural resources of our City. It is important that we maintain what we have by providing basic services and fix things in the system that need fixing. This job is all about connecting human beings to the natural beauty of our City. It is imperative that we go north and northeast up both sides of the River to the City limits. We must be visionary and transformative about our Park system for future generations.
 

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