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Livetweet Embed: House Redistricting Committee

By: McKenzie Kemper, Freelance Journalist-in-Training

The Minnesota House Redistricting Committee met on Aug. 25. Click on the tweet below to learn more about what happened during that meeting.

Livetweet Embed: Mounds View Board Meeting, Aug. 17

By: McKenzie Kemper, Freelance Journalist-in-Training

The Mounds View School Board met on Aug. 17. Click on the tweet below to learn about everything that happened during the meeting.

Livetweet Embed: Aug. 17 Social Studies Standards Discussion

By: McKenzie Kemper, Freelance Journalist-in-Training

The Minnesota K-12 Social Studies Standards Review Committee Meeting met on Aug. 17. This is a livetweet thread of their meeting. Click through the thread linked below.

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 12, City of Minneapolis: David Rosenfield

Primary Endorsementsn/aBrief Background: Member of the Socialist Workers Party and is often quoted in The Militant, a socialist weekly news publication. He ran in the 2017 Minneapolis mayoral election but was eliminated in round two (of five). He is a steelworker and a Detroit native.Primary IssuesPolice Accountability: N/A Charter Amendments: N/AEducation: N/ARacial Justice (gen.): N/AOther major issues/priorities: N/ABest Way to Learn More Information:’s Bio of David Rosenfeld

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 12, City of Minneapolis: Nancy Ford

By: JT Pinther, Freelance Journalist

Primary EndorsementsOperation Safety NowBrief Background: Ford is a small business owner and has lived in Minneapolis most of her life. She specifically mentions she is running as an Independent because she “believe[s] elected city officials should be nonpartisan. They should represent the people of Minneapolis before they represent a political party.”Primary IssuesPolice Accountability – Against defunding the police; supports police reform and Chief ArrondondoCharter Amendments – n/aEducation – n/aRacial Justice (gen.) – n/aOther major issues/priorities – Increasing homeownership; small businesses and environmentBest Way to Learn More Information: Nancy Ford Campaign Website

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 12, City of Minneapolis: Andrew Johnson

By: JT Pinther, Freelance Journalist

Primary EndorsementsRep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)DFL MinneapolisStonewall DFLSenator Patricia Torres RaySeveral local and state unionsBrief Background: Johnson is the first millennial to serve on the Minneapolis City Council. He is a small business owner and served on the Longfellow Community Council, being elected to council president his second year. Johnson currently lives in the Howe neighborhood.Primary IssuesPolice Accountability – Believes police need to be part of the City’s public safety system, but “we cannot continue to expect every problem to be solved by a police officer, nor dysfunction within the institution of MPD to be solved via minor reforms.”Charter Amendments – In favor of Department of Public Safety; opposed rent stabilizationEducation – n/aRacial Justice (gen.) – One of only three council members to vote against the East Phillips Water Yard; co-authored several BIPOC-related resolutions, including speaking out against the Dakota Access Pipeline and fought to repeal the lurking and spitting ordinances.Other major issues/priorities – small businesses; public health; affordable housing; climate change and the 2040 Comp Plan.Best Way to Learn More InformationAndrew Johnson Campaign Website | Minneapolis City Council Page

2021 Voter Guide: City of Minneapolis City Council

By: UpTake Community Journalists

Click the names below to find each individual candidate’s profile

Ward 1

Elliott Payne

Kevin Reich (Incumbent)

Calvin Carpenter

Ward 2

Yusra Arab

Robin Wonsley Worbolah

Tom Anderson

Cam Gordon (Incumbent)

Ward 3

Michael Rainville

Merv Moorhead

Steve Fletcher (Incumbent)

Ward 4

Phillipe Cunningham (Incumbent)

LaTrisha Vetaw

Leslie Davis

Ward 5

Victor Martinez

Jeremiah Ellison (Incumbent)

Suleiman Isse

Cathy Spann

Kristel Porter

Ward 6

Jamal Osman (Incumbent)

A Bihi

Ward 7

Lisa Goodman (Incumbent)

Nick Kor

Teqen Zéa-Aida

Joanna Diaz

Ward 8

Andrea Jenkins (Incumbent)

Robert Sullentrop

Ward 9

Mickey Moore

Yussuf Haji

Brenda Short

Ross Tenneson

Ward 10

David Wheeler

Chris Parsons

Katie Jones

Ubah Nur

Alicia Gibson 

Aisha Chughtai

Ward 11

Emily Koski

Dillon Gherna

Jeremy Schroeder (Incumbent)

Albert T. Ross

Ward 12

Andrew Johnson (Incumbent)

David Rosenfield

Nancy Ford

Ward 13

Bob Reuer

Linea Palmisano (Incumbent)

Mike Norton

Kati Medford

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 6, City of Minneapolis: Jamal Osman

By: JT Pinther, Freelance Journalist

Primary endorsements:AFSCME Council 5Operation Safety Now (but Osman rejected the endorsement in an August 5, 2021 Facebook post)Brief background: Refugee and longtime resident of Ward 6, living in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. Osman is a certified mental health first aid instructor. Prior to being elected to the City Council, Osman worked for Common Bond Communities in the Social Services department.Primary issues:Police Accountability: Supports “reform” but says “the MPD [needs] to be fundamentally re-imagined.” Says the MPD is often “openly hostile” toward BIPOC in the community. Charter Amendments: In favor of rent stabilization, in favor of Department of Public SafetyEducation – n/aRacial Justice (gen.): Nothing found beyond police-related issues.Other major issues/priorities: Affordable housing, youth empowerment, mental health and the opioid crisis. “We need a coordinated approach with law enforcement and government services, working together with a focus on treatment and recovery, not policing.”Best way to learn more information: Jamal Osman Campaign Website | Minneapolis City Council Page

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 6, City of Minneapolis: A. Bihi

By: JT Pinther, Freelance Journalist

Primary endorsements:Stonewall DFLBrief background: A Somali refugee, Minneapolis resident since 1996. Bihi was a translator for Hennepin County Medical Center, and founder of the Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center and the Hennepin County Multicultural Project.Primary issues:Police accountability:  “The structural racism that exists in the M.P.D [sic] makes it impossible for any fundamental reform to happen. That’s why we need to dismantle the department and create an equitable, unbiased, agency which protects Minneapolitans unconditionally, with courage and compassion.”Charter amendments: n/aEducation: n/aRacial justice (gen.): Nothing found beyond police-related issues.Other major issues/priorities – Affordable housing Best way to learn more information: Abdirizak Bihi Campaign Website

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 5, City of Minneapolis: Kristel Porter

By: JT Pinther, Freelance Journalist

Primary endorsements: n/aBrief background: Lifelong resident of North Minneapolis. Porter has led two Northside neighborhood organizations and several environmental justice-related programs, including founding MN Renewable Now.Primary Issues:Police accountability: In favor of police reform, specifically names not rehiring police officers after being fired for harm committed against a civilian, providing more time off for officers to rest and requiring liability insurance for officers.Charter amendments: n/aEducation: n/aRacial justice (gen.): “The only way to fully have safety and security in our community is to have racial justice….We have to come together and use our imaginations toward a YES, AND approach.”Other major issues/priorities: Environmental justice and clean energy; providing more community-based public safety options, including grants for residents to obtain “Peace Officer License and training” and making homeownership affordable. Best way to learn more information: Kristel Porter Campaign Website

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 5, City of Minneapolis: Cathy Spann

By: JT Pinther, Freelance Journalist

Primary endorsements:DFL Senior CaucusOperation Safety NowBrief background: Resident of North Minneapolis for more than 25 years; executive director of the Jordan Area Community Council. Spann was nominated to sit on Minnesota’s Ensuring Police Excellence and Improving Community Relations Advisory Council.Primary Issues:Police accountability: Supports Chief Arradondo, police reform. Advocates for collaborative systemic change. Charter amendments: n/aEducation: n/aRacial justice (gen.): “I will work within a system that hasn’t always been receptive to BIPOC communities in addressing issues that impact our lives.” Sees housing stability as an important anti-racism action.Other major issues/priorities: Housing stability; creating “equitable employment opportunities.”Best way to learn more information: Cathy Spann Campaign Website

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 5, City of Minneapolis: Suleiman Isse

By JT Pinther, Freelance Journalist

Primary Endorsements: n/aBrief background: Father, husband, entrepreneur, small business owner with more than 100 employees and a “non-politician.” Graduate of University of St. Thomas. Isse has lived in the Twin Cities since 1999 and ran for Minnesota Senate in 2020.Primary Issues:Police Accountability: Proposing law enforcement officers be paired with a mental health expert; introduce new training for police to have better resources to combat stress, high blood pressure and insomnia. Would also require police to have liability insurance.Charter Amendments: n/aEducation: n/aRacial Justice (gen.): Vocal about Black Americans being more likely to contract and die from COVID-19.Other major issues/priorities: Ending homelessness; increasing access to food/grocery stores; supporting community centers to train youth in cooking and entrepreneurship.Best way to learn more information: Suleiman Isse Campaign Website

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 5, City of Minneapolis: Jeremiah Ellison

By: JT Pinther, Freelance Journalist

Primary endorsements:Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)SEIU Minnesota State CouncilTakeAction MinnesotaOur Revolution Minnesota – TCStonewall DFLBrief background: Artist, muralist, community organizer. Father is Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General. Jeremiah Ellison was born and raised in North Minneapolis.Primary issues:Police accountability: “We have got to get out of the rut of ‘incremental’ change. It’s time we took a leap towards actual safe communities and put an end to police brutality.” — Dec. 2 2020 tweet.Charter amendments: – In favor of rent stabilization; in favor of Department of Public SafetyEducation – n/aRacial justice (gen.): Established Commercial Property Development Fund, giving better opportunity for BIPOC-owned businesses to buy commercial buildings; wrote an opinion piece for New York Times about COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on Black Americans.Other major issues/priorities: Affordable housing and rent control; environmental justice.Best way to learn more information: Jeremiah Ellison Campaign Website | Minneapolis City Council Page

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 5, City of Minneapolis: Victor Martinez

By JT Pinther, Freelance Journalist

Primary endorsements:Operation Safety NowTeamsters Joint Council 32Brief background: A pastor of New Generation Church and resident of North Minneapolis for 17 years. Married, father of three, entrepreneur, community organizer. Martinez has worked with the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization program and helped lead the Northside Residential Redevelopment Council.Primary issues:Police accountability: Supports Chief Medaria Arradondo, police reform. “We need more law enforcement more then [sic] ever before.” Charter amendments: n/aEducation: n/aRacial justice (gen.): n/aOther major issues/priorities: Focused primarily on increasing police presence on Northside, developing metrics to “ID troubled cops early on.” Aims to create a youth development fund, support seniors, create jobs and support environmental justice issues.Best way to learn more information: Victor Martinez Campaign Website

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 9, City of Minneapolis: Brenda Short

By: Sheila Regan, Freelance Journalist

Primary endorsements: N/ABrief background: Brenda Short moved to Minneapolis in the 1990s,  as a single mother of three children. She was homeless at the time, so the issue of homelessness is very important to her. which is why she was active within the sanctuary encampment at Powderhorn Park in the summer of 2020. She’s also in favor of rent control. Short is now a homeowner. Primary issues:Police accountability: Short told The Uptake she doesn’t believe in defunding MPD.

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 9, City of Minneapolis: Yussuf Haji

By: Sheila Regan, Freelance Journalist

Primary endorsements:Rep. Hodan Hassan (62 A)Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Commissioner AK HassanFormer Minnesota Senate candidate Osman Ali AhmedBrief background: Like Mickey Moore, Yussuf Haji also ran against U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar in 2020. He has now set his sights on Ward 9. He’s the recipient of the courage award by the Council of American and Islamic Relations, and cites Paul Wellstone as a major inspiration.Primary issues:Police accountability: Haji supports police reform efforts including an end to qualified immunity, and requiring police officers to carry liability insurance. He also favors creating a civilian oversight board, and ending prosecution for reporting police conduct.Charter amendments: Haji has stated on Facebook his support for a coalition of “community organizations introducing a Minneapolis city charter amendment proposal.”Education: On Twitter, Haji has emphasized the importance of fighting for student loan relief. He has also decried inequities exacerbated by distance learning.Racial justice (gen.): Haji believes that health disparities are a major priority.

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 9, City of Minneapolis: Mickey Moore

By: Sheila Regan, Freelance Journalist

Primary endorsements: Teamsters Joint Council 32Minneapolis Firefighters Local 82Legal Marijuana NowOperation Safety NowTom Hoch, former mayoral candidate Don Samuels, former City Council member and former School Board member Cup FoodsBrief background: Mickey Moore ran against U.S Rep. Ilhan Omar in 2020, after he was encouraged to do so by a police officer, according to his website. He is the owner of The Braid Factory, a hair care business.Primary issues:Police accountability: Moore is against “abolishing” the police, instead stating that he supports Chief Medaria Arradondo’s plans for reform within the department.Charter amendments: Moore is against charter amendments that would replace the police department with a new entity. “The best way to solve many of the challenging issues currently facing the city of Minneapolis is through the voter booth, not a new government structure proposed by the Minneapolis Charter Commission,” Moore states on his website.Education: Moore has pledged $20,000 of his city council salary for a scholarship fund for BIPOC youthRacial justice (gen.): Moore claims that he would have “the most diverse staff” of assistants and policy aides, and that he will consider all bills through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion.Other major issues/priorities: Moore is in favor of reopening George Floyd Square to public traffic. Best way to learn more information:

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 3, City of Minneapolis: Steve Fletcher

By: JD Duggan, Freelance Journalist

Primary endorsements: Stonewall DFLCollege DemocratsSierra ClubRep. Ilhan OmarUnions for service industry, hospitality, and government workers.Brief background: Fletcher was elected to City Council in 2017 and formerly worked as a technology professor, researcher and community organizer. He has worked with various progressive organizations to support the legalization of same-sex marriage, and to increase the minimum wage, among other issues. He lives with his wife and his dog.Primary issues:Police accountability: “I ran on a platform that called for transforming our system of public safety” and “I am running again to continue the work.”Charter amendments: Supports public safety and rent stabilization efforts and has been among those at the forefront of pushing those initiatives.Education: Wrote an amendment encouraging “larger, family-supportive housing units near our Public Schools.”Racial justice: Aims to create a better system of public safety that does not target BIPOC communities disparately. “When we achieve this transformation, we will disrupt one of the biggest drivers of racial disparities in our city.”Other major issues/priorities: Safe streets and transportation: Advocates for a variety of options to traverse the city; Supports policy that encourages a variety of housing options, like boarding houses. Supports tenant rights.Best way to learn more information:

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 3, City of Minneapolis: Merv Moorhead

By: JD Duggan, Freelance Journalist

Primary endorsements: Minneapolis DFL Senior Caucus Operation Safety NowBrief background: A father of two sons who lives with his wife. Moorhead was a regional director at General Mills and worked there for 30 years. Involved with the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association.Primary issues:Police accountability: “I support Chief Arradondo’s plan to reform the department by ending police brutality and holding bad actors accountable for misconduct.” Believes in transforming the arbitration process for disciplining officers.Charter amendments: Does not support public safety amendment, no indication of support on rent control.Education: No details mentioned on website.Racial justice: Wants to include communities of color in conversations about affordable housing.Other major issues/priorities: Wants an “active workforce development system,” where people can learn skills and find quality jobs. Supports investments in clean energy. Supports Vision Zero and wants to improve street design for better transit around the city.Best way to learn more information:

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 3, City of Minneapolis: Michael Rainville

By: JD Duggan, Freelance Journalist

Primary Endorsements Minneapolis DFL Senior CaucusOperation Safety NowMinneapolis Firefighters Local 82Tom HochDon SamuelsBrief background: Rainville’s family has lived in Northeast Minneapolis for generations. He is a father, and has been involved with preserving the Ritz Theater, cleaning BF Nelson Park and creating community programs like Cops on Bikes.Primary issues:Police accountability: Wants to offer incentives for police officers to live in Minneapolis, and wants to conduct mandatory twice-a-year psychological check-ins. Does not support de-militarizing the police; does support community control over police.Charter amendments: Does not support rent control or public safety charter amendments.Education: Wants to invest in after-school programs and fund mentorship for youth.Racial justice: Supports programs that help BIPOC people  start small businesses. Wants to work with trade unions to connect kids with training for well-paying union jobs.Other major issues/priorities: Believes in using existing infrastructure, like hotels and warehouses, to create “tiny houses” for people experiencing homelessness. Wants to see more affordable housing options and will lobby the federal government for a first-generation homeownership program.Best way to learn more information:

2021 Voter Guide, Ward 2, City of Minneapolis: Cam Gordon

Primary endorsements: Our Revolution MNGreen Party 5th Congressional DistrictSierra ClubSEIUBrief background: Gordon has been on the City Council since 2002 as a member of the Green Party. He previously worked as a teacher, small business owner, community organizer and musician. He lives in Seward with his wife and two sons.Primary issuesPolice accountability: Supports restructuring the police department and spoke out against the police kettling 646 people on Interstate 94.Charter amendments: Supports the public safety charter amendment and rent stabilization charter amendment.Education: Wants to ensure equity in education. Advocates for Stable Homes, Stable Schools initiative and Children’s Savings Accounts.Racial justice: Supported designating racism as a public health crisis, led efforts to diversify City boards and commissions, helped the efforts to rename Bde Maka Ska and change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Has worked to close racial gaps in homeownership.Other major issues/priorities: Authored resolution to establish Green Zones to address environmental racism; fought to close Northern Metals; supports urban farms.Best way to learn more information: