If you’re like me and have had it about up to here with winter, if this latest round of snow is getting you down, I know of one sure way to get yourself out of your funk: VOLUNTEER!
If you live in Minneapolis, it’s silly season already. There are several competitive City Council races and several seats are up for grabs. One dedicated volunteer can make a huge difference for a campaign. Also, there are a slew of candidates running to replace Mayor RT Rybak. Wash the winter blues away helping your favorite candidate win.
Minneapolis Mayoral candidates:
Jim Graves is challenging the embattled Michele Bachmann again. We’ve got a real chance this time. Her scandals make her vulnerable, but Graves needs your help to defeat her.
In 2012, Mike Obermueller did the best of any challenger has ever done against John Kline in MN-02. He’s running again in 2014. Obermueller needs your help to oust Kline.
From: David Ybarra – Minneapolis Building Trades Council President
The Minneapolis Building Trades represents over 25 local labor affiliates, which represents over 13,000 men and women union workers, and we are proud to announce we have voted unanimously to endorse Mark Andrew in his bid for mayor of Minneapolis!
We endorsed Mark because he has what it takes to lead all of Minneapolis. The reasons we endorsed Mark are numerous, but our decision was cemented by our belief that Mark is a bold, innovative leader who has a plan for jobs and economic development for Minneapolis. Mark has a proven track record of making big ideas reality.
Mark Andrew is a bridge-builder–literally and figuratively. He had the vision for the Hennepin Avenue Bridge and the Stone Arch Bridge – both icons of our community. Mark’s leadership also led to the creation of Midtown Greenway, which has spurred hundreds of millions of dollars of development along its’ path. He was also the catalyst in making Target Field the greenest ballpark in the world.
The Building Trades embrace Mark’s vision for economic development and to make Minneapolis the greenest city in North America–not only because it’s the right thing to do from a moral and environmental standpoint, but it also ensures our prosperity by increasing the tax base, creating sustainable-living wage jobs and improving social and economic conditions for all of Minneapolis.
Mark knows that jobs will build our tax base and population, which will allow Minneapolis to grow into the city we all envision. He is the candidate that is making jobs and economic development the foundation of his campaign. Please join the Building Trades membership in making this vision a reality–caucus for Mark Andrew on Tuesday, April 16th!
The current Minneapolis City Councilmember for Ward 13 is Betsy Hodges. She’s running for mayor. The Minneapolis DFL website lists two candidates to replace her: Matt Perry and Linea Palmisano.
You can check out a press release from Palmisano, regarding her campaign kickoff event, below the fold.
Next Thursday (Feb. 7), Linea Palmisano will continue a conversation she started with the community nearly a decade ago as she kicks off her campaign for Minneapolis City Council in the 13th Ward. From 6 – 7:30 PM, members of the community are invited to meet Linea at Turtle Bread in Linden Hills (3421 W. 44th St., Minneapolis) to discuss her campaign and vision for Minneapolis.
“I have lived in the Linden Hills neighborhood for 14 years, and am deeply rooted in the community through my volunteer and professional work. I am raising a family here, and look forward to conversations about issues and opportunities we face as a community,” said Palmisano.
Palmisano’s dedication to community involvement has given her the opportunity to serve as Linden Hills Neighborhood Council Board Chair, Board Member for the Linden Hills Farmers Market, and Assistant Track/Cross-Country coach at Southwest High School. She is also the founder of NAVIGATE, an immigrant college access program.
“Throughout my career and community organizing experiences, I have fought hard to ensure every voice is heard,” says Palmisano. “If elected, I will expand and advocate for strong and transparent communication between residents, businesses and the city, and work hard to prioritize issues pertaining to transit, development, property taxes, and a balanced budget.”
Here are the candidates that have clearly indicated that they are running, at this time:
- Cam Winton. He’s a Republican, though not in the same sense that, say, John Kline is a Republican. This race is “nonpartisan,” that is, party affiliations aren’t noted on the ballot (I’m pretty sure about that). Also note that ranked-choice voting is being used. The parties may endorse candidates, and that should be a serious rush for Minneapolis political junkies, on the DFL side. As far as agreeing to abide by said endorsements, I’ve seen nothing. I wouldn’t count on it. (No DFL endorsement wouldn’t be a surprise.)
- Dick Franson. (Apparently no campaign website, at this time.)
The next three are all members of the Minneapolis City Council.
- Betsy Hodges.
- Don Samuels. (Again, I couldn’t find a campaign website, yet.)
- Gary Schiff.
If I had to handicap the race, and pick a favorite right now, I suppose that it would be Schiff, by a nose. That’s just a gut feeling, and pretty meaningless. There will almost certainly be more DFL entrants, and third-party candidates, and even another GOPer or two for all I know. An eclectic field, to be sure!
Update: According to this, I need to add two:
- Grant Haas.
- Jackie Cherryhomes.
Minneapolis 3rd ward council member Diane Hofstede has released a list of endorsements. It’s posted below. Just for full disclosure, I donated to the campaign of one of her opponents, Jacob Frey.
MINNEAPOLIS – (Jan 31) – City Councilwoman Diane Hofstede (DFL-3rd Ward) today said she is pleased by the support she’s received for her re-election bid for a third term on the Minneapolis City Council. Those endorsing Hostede today include:
City Councilwoman Barb Johnson (DFL-4th Ward)
City Councilman Don Samuels (DFL-5th Ward)
City Councilwoman Meg Tuthill (DFL-10th Ward)
State Representative Diane Loeffler (DFL-District 60A)
State Representative Phyllis Kahn (DFL-District 60B)
Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins (DFL-2nd District)
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Commissioner Liz Wielinski (DFL-District 1)
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Commissioner Anita Tabb (DFL-District 4)
Hofstede also announced a number of endorsements from organized labor including:
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council 82
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49
ULLICO INC PAC
Hofstede also noted that she is gratified to have received the endorsement of former Minneapolis Mayor Don Fraser and Arvonne Fraser, Minneapolis Downtown Council President & CEO Mark Stenglein, and longtime DFL fundraiser Ruth Usem. She said she expects to announce additional endorsements as the campaign season begins in earnest.
“I’m enormously grateful for the support and endorsement of these longtime friends and colleagues who know me and know my record,” Hofstede said. “I’m running for re-election because I know there’s still work to be done on behalf of the Third Ward and for our city. With a team like this on my side, I’m ready to put myself before the voters of my ward and ask for the opportunity to continue in that work.”
”I’m proud of a lifetime of service to the Third Ward, first as a public school teacher, as a business owner, as Minneapolis Public Library Board chair, and as a passionate, progressive member of the city council. I’ve laid out a clear vision about where our city can grow and develop over the next decade and beyond and I’m eager to continue in my efforts to achieve that vision. I will fight for eco-friendly, sustainable economic development for all citizens – not just for any jobs, but for jobs that provide careers and that support families and grow the middle class.”