We received the following release signed by a number of members of the Minneapolis Legislative Delegation. The purpose of the release is to support someone for Minneapolis Mayor other than Jacob Frey. Absent from the list are: Sens Bobby Jo Champion (DFL-59, Minneapolis), Kari Dziedzic (DFL-60, Minneapolis) and Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-63, Minneapolis) along with Reps Sydney Jordan (DFL-60A, Minneapolis), Mohamud Noor (DFL-60B, Minneapolis), Frank Hornstein (DFL61A, Minneapolis and Jamie Long (DFL-61B, Minneapolis).
Minnesota State Legislators Call For End to Status Quo in Minneapolis City Hall
MINNEAPOLIS—A group of Minnesota state legislators from the Minneapolis delegation released the following statement today ahead of Minneapolis’ municipal elections on November 2nd. The statement was signed by Senator Scott Dibble (61), Senator Omar Fateh (62), Rep. Esther Agbaje (59B), Rep. Jim Davnie (63A), Rep. Aisha Gomez (62B), Rep. Emma Greenman (63B), and Rep. Hodan Hassan (62A).
“We are Minnesota state legislators who live in Minneapolis,” the elected officials said. “We share, along with our neighbors, a deep love for our city, and the belief that a better future is possible, one where every person of every background, Black, brown, Indigenous, and white, is safe and respected in their neighborhoods, workplaces and schools, and in interactions with law enforcement. We believe in a brighter future where everyone thrives, no exceptions.
“We have been through a lot together: a global pandemic, an economic and housing crisis, and the murder of George Floyd and the civil unrest that followed. In the wake of these crises, we have been listening to our constituents and engaging our communities as we have waited for mayoral leadership to meet this critical moment for our city. We find an emerging consensus that the status quo in Minneapolis does not work for the people of Minneapolis. But instead of using all the levers of power in City Hall to engage residents and create the urgent change we need, we have seen increased division, finger-pointing, and a failure to deliver meaningful and tangible changes to policing and public safety in the city.
“A new direction is possible in Minneapolis. To get there we need a new mayor, one committed to taking concrete action to address the city’s deep and persistent racial disparities, to improve public safety and police accountability, and to meet the needs of all Minneapolis residents, especially those marginalized by the status quo.
“We represent different communities within Minneapolis and we support different candidates for mayor. But we are coming together today to say that our city needs a new direction and that begins with electing a new mayor on November 2nd.”