City Council Voting Guide

Your voting guide for Minneapolis 2017 municipal elections!

Ward 1

Incumbent

(Democratic Party)

"Our work together over the past 8 years has had a transformational impact on the Eastside. We’ve come this far because we’ve never settled for ‘good enough,’ and as long as I’m your City Council Member, we never will."

Source: www.kevinreich.org

(Democratic Party)

"Through my years of experience creating positive change in our city and state, I realized that we need strong advocates at City Hall who will not only listen, but work with communities to proactively create the progress we need to move our city forward."

Source: www.jilliaforwardone.com

(Independent)

"What I will bring to City Council is a strong commitment to meaningful employment for all, environmental stewardship, and healthy democracy—and I have the track record to prove it!My hope is that Ward 1, and all of Minneapolis, is a vibrant and beautiful place to live."

Source: www.myneighborjohn.com

Ward 9

Incumbent

(Democratic Party)

"Looking forward, as we govern under the new Trump administration, we will need to be more bold and more courageous to end the inequities that still exist in our neighborhoods and ones that may get worse within four years."

Source: www.alondracano.org

(Democratic Party)

"In a world struck by divisiveness and fear of the future, Minneapolis can stand strong as a place of opportunity, life, and refuge for all people. Ward 9 needs a council member who can protect and promote that vision."

Source: www.votefarah.com

(Democratic Party)

"An advocate for more affordable housing, Gary has the multicultural experience to work with all communities in the diverse Ninth Ward and a strong track record of building coalitions and passing progressive legislation."

Source: www.garyschiff.org

Ward 11

Incumbent

(Democratic Party)

"As an experienced, hard-working and veteran leader on the Minneapolis City Council, he looks forward every day to having the opportunity to serve constituents, and shape long-term sustainable public policy."

Source: www.johnmquincy.org

(Democratic Party)

"My wife Missy and I live in the Tangletown neighborhood of Ward 11 with our two dogs. I’ve had so many wonderful opportunities to serve. I believe that Minneapolis should be accessible and affordable for all its residents, and a sanctuary in every sense of the word."

Source: www.ericamauter.org

(Democratic Party)

"I’m running to bring more responsive, transparent leadership to Ward 11. By working together, we have a huge opportunity to make meaningful change at the local level. I am enthusiastic about leading the way to a more equitable, vibrant and sustainable Minneapolis."

Source: www.jeremyschroeder.org

Ward 1

Public Safety

Only about 8% of Minneapolis police officers actually live in the city limits. This is 72 police officers out of the department’s 873. Given that it might be challenging to have 100% of police officers living in Minneapolis, how will you work to ensure that all city police officers are culturally aware and respectful of the diverse communities they are patrolling?

(Democratic Party)

We have to prioritize cultural competency training, including training for policing within diverse immigrant communities, communities of color and the LGBTQ community. When elected, I would seek to prioritize investing in Minneapolis’ mental health co-responders pilot program and trauma specialists.

We must invest in de-escalation training for police officers to resolve conflicts peacefully and without force, ensure that implicit bias trainings are being carried out, and hold police officers who use excessive force accountable. We should work to incentivize hiring practices so that officers come from the communities they serve. Police, like all people, need to be held accountable for when they make a mistake - and even more so because often the cost of their mistakes are a loss of life. I support working with community members and organizations to bring forward collaborative solutions.

(Independent)

State law prohibits us from residency requirements, so we must financially incentivize officers to live in our community. I propose a targeted program of housing vouchers for officers living within their precinct. We also must advocate for legislation that will allow residency to be a factor in promotions and for leadership positions in the department. 

Incumbent (Democratic Party)

First of all, I strongly support creating programs and incentives to encourage more police officers to make their homes in Minneapolis, like our current Buy-Build-Rehab program. I also support continuing and enhancing reforms introduced over the past couple of years, including ongoing Implicit Bias training, Procedural Justice training, and Crisis Intervention training. Finally, I fully support continuing and expanding the new recruitment programs that will increase the diversity of our Police force so that our officers more fully reflects the communities they serve. 

(Independent)

Local police do not and should not hold an individual just so ICE has enough time to arrive. Local police are required to notify ICE, but they should not be required to do their dirty work. As a city, we need to ensure that those held by local police are aware of their rights and have access to legal advice. The city should do its part in providing this council.  

(Democratic Party)

We need to protect and enforce our Sanctuary City status and ensure our immigrant communities, including our newest immigrants and youth, have a voice in City Hall and know we will work to protect them. Cities are the last line of defense for many in our communities. We cannot allow our immigrant neighbors to be targeted by the Trump administration. No human is “illegal”. I reject programs like CVE and support the creation of specific ordinances detailing the ways in which the police should not violate the separation of city and federal immigration office duties. I also support creating disciplinary measures for officers who do not comply with this separation of powers. I will work to ensure any city data collected that could identify our undocumented immigrant neighbors be separated from federal ICE or other deportation forces and will work to support a legal defense fund and a county-wide sanctuary status. 

Incumbent (Democratic Party)

I fully support the City of Minneapolis’ separation ordinance and am willing to amend it as needed to address any challenges to its effectiveness. 

Sanctuary City

Given that we may see increased pressure from the federal government to allow ICE officers to collaborate with local police officers on immigrant detention and deportation, where do you stand on the use of separation ordinances to prevent ICE from collaborating with local police forces?

Housing

In Minneapolis, the cost of renting apartments is increasing more and more each year and the cost of buying a house is simply too high for many residents. While the cost of housing is steadily increasing, wages and salaries are staying at the same levels. What do you see is the role of the City Council in keeping Minneapolis an affordable place to live?

Incumbent (Democratic Party)

We need to encourage development of new housing in our city, which is why I authored an amendment to our Zoning Code to make it easier to develop new duplexes and am working to increase density along our transit corridors. We also need to facilitate the development and retention of affordable housing through strategies like our NOAH fund to preserve naturally occurring affordable housing and the infill housing program. We also need to support renters through legislation like Section 8 protections and funding for HOMELINE and other renter advocacy strategies. 

(Democratic Party)

Housing is a human right. Too many neighbors and residents of Minneapolis are struggling to afford a home that meets their needs. I support: 

  • Increased funding for affordable housing
  • Policy shifts that strengthentenants'rights to ensure people can stay in their neighborhoods including a just cause eviction ordinance and an ordinance similar to DC’s Tenant Opportunity Purchase Act to give renters the opportunity to work together to buy property if the owner is looking to sell. 
  • Practices that reduce racial disparities and discrimination -- including the city’s recent efforts to expand rights of Section 8 users. We must work to prevent landlord from using immigration status to intimidate renters.
  • Investment in the Community Land Trust model
  • Building more housing so people who can afford new, fancy apartments don’t outbid working families

(Independent)

The number one way to make this city affordable to provide employment training and pipelines to jobs that provide wages that break generational poverty cycles. Beyond that, we MUST increase funding to AHTF. I propose decertifying streetcar value capture and NRP TIF for frontend capital and using sales tax for significant ongoing funding. We can also relax zoning to allow for much-needed housing supply. Finally, we cannot fall for housing market manipulation gimmicks, such as rent control and inclusionary zoning. These policies would prove counterproductive in Minneapolis.

Ward 9

(Democratic Party)

When elected, the first thing that I will focus on is building relationship and trust between the residents of Ward 9 and the Police Department. This is a critical foundation that we must set before we tackle the issues we have around public safety within our neighborhood. I would push more community policing strategies. As the Police Department is hiring, I would do everything I can to urge them and to advise them to hire within our communities. I would push more various trainings on Police Officers, specially trainings around mental health.

(Democratic Party)

Working for a diverse city like the City of Minneapolis is an honor and a responsibility. Only officers who reflect our values of cultural diversity should wear the badge! I will work to create a culture of accountability in our police department, and require more cultural training, more de-escalation training, and require officers to spend more time in our community getting to know the community. As Council Member, I sponsored legislation for body cameras on cops. If elected again, I will create a full-time position of Independent Police Auditor, adding transparency and accountability to use of force complaints, employee discipline, and training methods. 

Incumbent (Democratic Party)

It's true that even if we had 100% of our police force live in Minneapolis, we may still face challenges with implicit bias, racial profiling, and police brutality. I would like to help ensure that our officers are culturally aware and respectful of our diverse residents by instituting an employee rewards program that helps officers gain a promotion and recognition by participating in community events organized by and for the community on topics such as racial justice, white privilege, and community policing. These trainings would have to be completed by each officer in the community setting and a personal reflection would have to be submitted by each officer completing these community based trainings to demonstrate the type of learning that each officer has been able to gain. However, we should not lose sight of believing that we can and should change the culture of policing for the better by working towards having the majority of our police officers come from our own communities. I have voted to support a housing incentive program for MPD officers who live within our City limits and I am also a strong supporter of Council Member Jacob Frey's staff direction to analyze the type of support we can lend to officers who want to live in Minneapolis: Star Tribune Article

Public Safety

Only about 8% of Minneapolis police officers actually live in the city limits. This is 72 police officers out of the department’s 873. Given that it might be challenging to have 100% of police officers living in Minneapolis, how will you work to ensure that all city police officers are culturally aware and respectful of the diverse communities they are patrolling?

Sanctuary City

Given that we may see increased pressure from the federal government to allow ICE officers to collaborate with local police officers on immigrant detention and deportation, where do you stand on the use of separation ordinances to prevent ICE from collaborating with local police forces?

(Democratic Party)

Immigration is our strength. I authored the Sanctuary City legislation in 2003 as Ninth Ward Council Member to stop Minneapolis police from doing the work of federal immigration police. 

City police are paid to keep our community safe, not to be used as pawns by a racist President. I will vigorously fight any attempt by Donald Trump to round up Minneapolis residents, and will work side by side our immigrant communities to defend our Sanctuary City laws, and disrupt the deportation pipeline. 

Incumbent (Democratic Party)

It is not enough to have one outdated city law preventing our local MPD officers from collaborating with ICE. While I support the current separation ordinance we have on the books, the ordinance is outdated and I've started the legislative process to strengthen this ordinance, I have also created the Sanctuary 

City Task Force and began the legislative process to approve a municipal ID. One of the main problem is that the City of Minneapolis does not own any jail space so we have to rent space from Hennepin County. Hennepin County under Sheriff Stanek collaborates extensively with ICE. I want the City to establish its own municipal holding cells and booking system to avoid interaction with the County and ICE. Also, we need to find more funding for the community based groups in Minneapolis who will build a true sanctuary movement because we know that sanctuary is not build by ordinances, it is built by the people who will put their bodies on the line to prevent or stop a deportation from happening.

 

(Democratic Party)

I firmly believe that our Police Department should NOT be working alongside with ICE. They are not federal employees. I would do everything in my power to separate Police Department from ICE with regards to collaboration. I would introduce and enforce ordinances to prevent any collaborations between local police forces and ICE. 

Incumbent (Democratic Party)

I am a public supporter of rent control and I am working with our City staff to explore ways we can implement this at the City level by making changes at the state level. Like any policy, a rent control policy would have to be crafted to meet the needs of renters and be flexible enough to incentivize landlords to improve the quality of housing. This is the same regulatory model we used with the implementation of our minimum wage ordinance. Rent control is possible and we need to start fighting for it. Additionally, I approved and led on the making sure that city lots in south Minneapolis were slated for land trust perpetual affordable housing programs instead of market rate development which leads to gentrification. I am also looking at ways to invest more money in cooperative housing projects and funding renters rights groups, to help us ensure that those who are impacted the most lead the change they want to see in their communities. 

(Democratic Party)

The City Council play a vital role on this issue. Building more affordable housing is a priority for me and this is a priority for many residents in Ward 9. To build more affordable housing, we need to bring stakeholders to the table. This is something we have not done so in many years. To address this, I will bring developers, city staff, county, state and federal to the table and push to build more affordable housing. There are many developers who interested on tackling this issue and we can do this. However, we need to engage them. We also need to listen and bring residents to this discussion as well. 

(Democratic Party)

Our city population is growing at the fastest rate in 100 years. Yet Alondra Cano has blocked two affordable housing projects in Phillips, and in the last four years no new affordable housing has been funded in the Ninth Ward. We need a Council Member who will prioritize more affordable housing to prevent gentrification. As Council Member from 2002-2013, I worked to create 549 new units of affordable housing in the Ninth Ward, including housing for seniors, American Indian elders, refugees, people with disabilities, teen mothers, and people with AIDS. I ask for your vote so we can restart affordable housing production and keep our neighborhoods affordable! 

Housing

In Minneapolis, the cost of renting apartments is increasing more and more each year and the cost of buying a house is simply too high for many residents. While the cost of housing is steadily increasing, wages and salaries are staying at the same levels. What do you see is the role of the City Council in keeping Minneapolis an affordable place to live?

Ward 11

(Democratic Party)

It’s deeply concerning to me the culture of policing that results in violence against people of color and indigenous people is due to the apparent fact that police officers do not see people of color as people. I support culture change and training efforts that seek to change that. I also support focusing recruitment efforts within the city. I will work to ensure there are resources in the budget for those efforts. However, I also feel strongly that to change our culture of police violence, we must also include stronger accountability measures through systemic change rather than relying on individual interventions through training.

(Democratic Party)

The broken trust between community members and police remains a problem, and one that demands intentional solutions. I support the city’s exploration of incentives to encourage Minneapolis Police officers to live within the city, as well as a deeper commitment to diverse hiring in order to make our police force fully reflective of the community it serves. Still, we need to do more than just change policies -- as a City Council member, I look forward to elevating community voices and pushing the police union to fundamentally transform its culture and behavior.

Incumbent (Democratic Party)

Building and strengthening the trust between law enforcement and the community is critical to the success and sustainability of a growing city. City-wide, we have to continue to build on the strengths we have initiated – including the collaborative safety strategies that are seeking long term structural reforms in process, including implementation of Body Camera Policies; strengthening our practices in Procedural Justice, Implicit Bias, De-escalation and Use of Force trainings.  

To sustain these efforts, we need to constantly improve and reform our culture of policing. City wide – but specifically at the Ward level - I have taken great pride in facilitating and engaging MPD with the community. This focuses on building relationships between my office, the precinct inspectors, our Crime Prevention Specialists with the neighborhoods and block captains.   

Retirements are opportunities for hiring and staffing for a 21st century police force – custom made for Minneapolis. Our concerted effort to hire more officers who like and have connections to the communities they serve is having positive results. Changes in our recruiting and hiring practices, building relationships with high schools and providing education pathways, and expanding our community service officer programs are bringing qualified, connected and local recruits to the force, that will help the department become more culturally aware and sensitive to our community’s needs, expectations and relationships. The Union Contract is now long term, and provides flexibility on staffing and assignments, and more discretion with chief that focuses on accountability.

Public Safety

Only about 8% of Minneapolis police officers actually live in the city limits. This is 72 police officers out of the department’s 873. Given that it might be challenging to have 100% of police officers living in Minneapolis, how will you work to ensure that all city police officers are culturally aware and respectful of the diverse communities they are patrolling?

Sanctuary City

Given that we may see increased pressure from the federal government to allow ICE officers to collaborate with local police officers on immigrant detention and deportation, where do you stand on the use of separation ordinances to prevent ICE from collaborating with local police forces?

(Democratic Party)

I completely support the use of separation ordinances to prevent problematic federal agencies like ICE from collaborating with local police forces. Further, I support applying pressure to other agencies which operate within Minneapolis (like the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department) to discourage and prevent cooperation with agencies enforcing the Trump administration’s racist policy. It is essential that Minneapolis leaders be loud and unequivocal in our message: immigrants have rights here and we will fight for them. 

Incumbent (Democratic Party)

fully support the Separation Ordinance, and am proud that the status of anyone is not of interest to our officers. No city resources will be used to enforce Federal Law Enforcement responsibilities. We will not abandon our values by threats and bully tactics. I will not compromise the public safety of the people of Minneapolis to satisfy Trump’s desire to put politics before public safety. I and my City Council colleagues unanimously rejected the Executive Orders and the mean-spirited message they convey. This is about public safety and building trust between our residents and law enforcement, regardless of their immigration status. No one should be reluctant or intimidated when contacting law enforcement or supporting investigations or complaints because of their status. The MPD cannot effectively do their jobs if they do not have the trust and cooperation with the communities they serve. if residents of the City are not willing to cooperate with law enforcement because they fear that their immigration status could be questioned.  

(Democratic Party)

I believe Minneapolis must be a sanctuary in every sense of the word. Every resident should have access to safe and healthy housing, food, and healthcare. Every resident should be able to go about their lives feeling safe in their community. I’ll advocate for municipal ID’s for participation in local government and services, enforcement and strengthening of our separation ordinance, and the other components of MIRAC’s Minneapolis Sanctuary Platform. 

Incumbent (Democratic Party)

The City Council should and has focused on both improving the financial health of our residents as well as the policies that breakdown barriers of participation. I am proud to have played a leadership role in passing the Working Families Agenda, where we worked to enforce wage theft practices by employers, adopted the Earned Sick and Safe Ordinance, and passed the $15 Minimum Wage. I am proud of the role I have played in eliminating discrimination in housing options for Section 8 voucher holders and remain dedicated to resourcing our plans and policies that focus on creating and preserving affordable housing in Minneapolis. Affordable housing – whether home ownership, or rental market development/rehabilitation, Minneapolis will continue to focus on the issue of equity in those opportunities. Access to safe, decent and affordable housing is a top priority, as we are a city of Housing First Community. 

(Democratic Party)

I strongly support the $15 minimum wage. I’ll advocate for strengthening renters’ rights so that tenants can more effectively organize and advocate for themselves without fear of retribution, including a Just Cause Eviction ordinance and a Right of First Refusal ordinance. I’ll advocate for adequate funding for housing inspectors to ensure the housing we have is safe and healthy. I’ll advocate for more housing of all kinds and an inclusionary zoning policy that requires affordable units to be built along with market rate units. I’ll work to change exclusionary zoning policies. I’ll work to find funding to preserve naturally occurring affordable housing. 

(Democratic Party)

Safe, affordable housing is the critical foundation upon which communities thrive, yet this sense of home is out of reach for too many of our neighbors -- people are working hard, but our system is not working for them. The City Council must be bold leaders in finding creative solutions that improve our housing market, deepening our commitment to economic justice through better housing policy. Shaping a more equitable, fairer housing economy must be a top priority, and as a housing policy expert, I am well-positioned to succeed in getting it done.

Housing

In Minneapolis, the cost of renting apartments is increasing more and more each year and the cost of buying a house is simply too high for many residents. While the cost of housing is steadily increasing, wages and salaries are staying at the same levels. What do you see is the role of the City Council in keeping Minneapolis an affordable place to live?