Mayoral Voting Guide

Your voting guide for Minneapolis 2017 municipal elections!

(Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party)

"I am Ray, a fourth-generation Northsider, currently living in the Jordan neighborhood. Like many who grow up with little opportunity, I experienced the justice system from the inside. With the help of my community and all who have embraced me, I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to chart a new direction for my life. I am humbled to be a candidate for Minneapolis’ highest executive office."

Source: www.raymonddehn.com

(Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party)

"Throughout his life, Jacob has always worked incredibly hard, building diverse coalitions, and quite simply getting things done. As a Council Member, Jacob's leadership has resulted in a thriving 3rd Ward, which saw record numbers of small business openings, substantial public realm and green space improvements, and increases in affordable housing. That new public school he promised is now a reality. When Jacob makes promises, he delivers on them, and those results will continue as Mayor."

Source: www.jacobfrey.org

(Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party)

"I have a track record—a long one—of leading with vision, urgently moving ideas forward and getting the on-the-ground results that make a real difference in people's lives. As your mayor, I will champion that unrestrained ambition every single day to make Minneapolis America’s progressive beacon that really works for all of us."

Source: www.tomforminneapolis.com

(Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party)

"Levy-Pounds is a civil rights attorney, freedom fighter, legal scholar, blogger, and nationally recognized expert on issues at the intersections of race, public policy, economic justice, public education, juvenile justice, and the criminal justice system." Most recently, she announced her candidacy to serve you as Mayor of the city of Minneapolis.

Source: www.minneapolisfornekima.com

Incumbent (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party)

After three attempts, we did not get a response from this candidate.

For more information: www.betsyhodges.org

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?

"First, I share concerns that such a small percentage of Minneapolis police officers live in Minneapolis. While state law prohibits Minneapolis from requiring our officers to live in the city, there are ways to incentivize more officers to live in the city. My city council office is currently working on a proposal to develop these policy incentives. Second, I am committed to reforming our currently inadequate implicit bias trainings. Bias trainings shouldn't be a one-time occurrence at the start of an officer's career; they should recur throughout an officer's career. Finally, a top police accountability priority for me includes strengthening our ineffective body camera policy with consequences for non-compliance and implementing the reforms to MPD's use of force policy that were rejected by the current mayor."

"There are several things we can do to increase the cultural sensitivity of our police officers. Though we cannot require officers to live in the city due to state law, we can and should offer incentives to officers to live in Minneapolis. I also support requiring officers to complete community service as part of their training and require a record of community involvement as one criteria for hiring. By getting officers into the community as part of their background and training and working with organizations that serve the neighborhoods they will patrol, we can build positive relationships from the start."

"It is important for the Mayor and the Police Chief to play a key role in building trust and positive relationships between diverse communities and the Minneapolis Police Department. Given how few police officers live in the City, it is imperative that we incentivize officers with an excellent track record of community engagement to live in Minneapolis. As Mayor, I would also work with the Chief to ensure that officers spend time in diverse communities, attending events, and getting to know the people who live there. Officers also need cultural competency training to get a better understanding of the rich and varied cultural traditions of communities of color and the historic ways in which law enforcement has interacted with diverse communities. I would also ensure open lines of communication between diverse communities and my office and the Chief of Police so that if and when trust is breached, residents feel that they have somewhere to go to report incidents that may occur."

"While the city of Minneapolis cannot require officers to live in the city limits, we can model off the practices of the Minneapolis Fire Department and give preferred hiring to candidates who live within the city. However, this alone will not solve the problems of police misconduct. We need to reinvest a portion of our police budget—which has increased each year for the four years—into the long-term health of our communities through affordable housing, employment, building community wealth, and creating healthy neighborhoods. Additionally, we need to de-militarize our police force, reform our use of force policies and evenly enforce them."

"I strongly support the current separation ordinance in Minneapolis and will defend it staunchly as your mayor. But, the city is not doing enough to support our immigrant communities. We must connect residents with legal resources, culturally-specific community education organizations, and other helpful networks. We also need to examine and act on arrests for low-level crimes. These arrests can put families at risk from the Hennepin County Sherriff’s Department that may expose them to ICE."

"I wholeheartedly support Minneapolis being a sanctuary city and I support the use of separation ordinances to prevent ICE from collaborating with our local police department. It is imperative that our immigrant and undocumented populations of people feel safe in Minneapolis."

"As Mayor, I will prohibit any coordination from MPD with ICE. However, because we do not have a city jail, anyone arrested by MPD is processed at the county level, putting our immigrant community in danger. Sheriff Stanek and his department have been fully coordinating with federal immigration officials. I will work at the county level to prevent ICE from collaborating with the Hennepin County Sheriffs, and instruct MPD to issue citations and court summons instead of making arrests. This will help prevent information from being obtained by ICE."

"First, I share concerns that such a small percentage of Minneapolis police officers live in Minneapolis. While state law prohibits Minneapolis from requiring our officers to live in the city, there are ways to incentivize more officers to live in the city. My city council office is currently working on a proposal to develop these policy incentives. Second, I am committed to reforming our currently inadequate implicit bias trainings. Bias trainings shouldn't be a one-time occurrence at the start of an officer's career; they should recur throughout an officer's career. Finally, a top police accountability priority for me includes strengthening our ineffective body camera policy with consequences for non-compliance and implementing the reforms to MPD's use of force policy that were rejected by the current mayor."

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 Mayor in keeping Minneapolis an affordable place to live?

"The Mayor must be a strong champion for the rights of everyday, ordinary people in our community. For me, that means pushing for inclusionary zoning ordinances that would mandate that all new housing development includes affordable housing units. It also means fighting for living wages for workers, as I did when I stood alongside the people in the push for a $15 an hour minimum wage. Additionally, as Mayor, I would effectively use the bully pulpit and my influence to encourage businesses and corporations to hire local workers and to provide training opportunities in partnership with the city and local nonprofits."

"Minneapolis has a very short window to address our affordable housing crisis. As mayor, my priorities will be creating new units of affordable housing, preserving existing affordable housing, combatting displacement, and protecting renters. I will use my proposed budgets, legislative agendas, and bully pulpit to reflect these priorities. Specifically, we need to pass a municipal housing bond, end exclusionary zoning codes, support the formation of housing cooperatives, take land off the private market and into community land trusts, and pass a just-cause eviction ordinance to protect tenants from unfair rent increase and unjust evictions."

"There are many areas where I believe a mayor has to compromise and accept an imperfect in order to make progress on an issue. Human rights and immigrants' rights are not one of those issues on which I am open to compromise. As mayor, I will refuse to cooperate with the Trump administration's attempts to deport New Americans living in Minneapolis even if it means losing federal funding."

"As the former Deputy Executive Director of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, I have managed affordable housing programs and understand themWe must do more to increase the wage levels of those who earn the least by creating good paying jobs.  I will ensure that the minimum wage ordinance recently enacted in Minneapolis is fairly enforced.  I will be diligent in monitoring its impact to ensure that it does not produce harmful consequences like a shift in jobs to outside the city or fewer total hours for workers. I will work hard to keep property taxes (which affect housing costs) low. I will support measures that create more affordable housing choices for rental and home ownership."