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his April, neighbors rom acrossour community will gather atthe DFL convention to endorse acandidate or the Ward 10 City Councilseat. I’m running or City Council be-cause I love our community and I can’tstop thinking about how to make it aneven a better place.oo ofen I’ve seen progress haltedby our current leadership saying noto good ideas, rom stopping a new plaza outside a neighborhood busi-ness, to restricting market gardens, toresisting the Open Streets events thatso many people enjoyed. Ofen theseinitial “no” reactions can be overcomewith strong community organizing,but we shouldn’t have to ght so hardor things that so many people want.Instead, with more open-minded lead-ership, we could spend our energy working together to support positive,progressive change.
I ask or your support because I will pro- vide the kind o innovative and collab-orative leadership we need in Ward 10.As a city planner and advocate or saerstreets I’ve worked or over a decade tomake cities more sustainable, equitableand healthy. I look orward to drawingon this experience and passion or com-munity service to serve Ward 10.
We live in a special place. Tat’s why my husband, Ryan, and I bought ourhome in Lowry Hill East when we wereready to start a amily. We can’t think o a better place to raise our daughter Al-ice, who turns two this month. We loveliving in a vibrant and diverse commu-nity where we can walk to the grocery store, bicycle to the Minneapolis Insti-tute o Arts or Lake Calhoun, and eatand shop at local businesses.Te neighborhoods o the new Ward 10are growing and changing, and we havea critical opportunity to make thingseven better than they are today. Weneed to do a better job o actively pur-suing improvements in our commu-nity, instead o just reacting to change.With the kind o orward-looking, col-laborative and positive leadership I willprovide, I invite you to imagine what ispossible.
Our community should be better con-nected. We’re adding thousands o new residents and we should be improvingour transportation system to reducecongestion and keep people moving.We need to improve transit access todowntown, reopen Nicollet Avenue,and connect people to the new South-west Light Rail line. We should buildupon the Midtown Greenway and de- velop a network o accessible sidewalksand protected bikeways or everyone. Iknow rom experience this won’t hap-pen without political leadership andthat is what I will provide.
Our community could be even health-ier. As a breast cancer survivor, diag-nosed when I was just 32 years old and12 weeks pregnant with our daughter,this issue is deeply personal. I havebecome a strong advocate or preven-tative health, research and access tohealth care. I will work or our commu-nity to be the healthiest place to live inthe country by making healthy choiceseasy. Tis means making it sae andun to walk and bicycle and support-ing policies that make it easier to accessresh and healthy oods.
Our community could better sup-port our schools. Like many parentso young children, I chose to live ina diverse urban neighborhood and Iwant to send my daughter to a thriv-ing neighborhood school. I will work closely in partnership with the Minne-apolis School Board to make this a real-ity, ensure we provide a great educationto our kids and close the achievementgap.
A connected, healthy and educatedpopulation welcomes economic oppor-tunity. I will turn that opportunity intosmart economic growth by working inpartnership with businesses to cut redtape and attract new jobs right here,close to where people live.
I’ve seen the need or stronger po-litical leadership rsthand during my thousands o hours o volunteer work to make our streets saer or bicy-cling. Several years ago, I helped startthe Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition,and together we have advocated ornumerous saety improvements andpolicy changes to open up bicyclingto people o all ages and abilities. Tiswork isn’t just about transportation.Cities across the country are recogniz-
am running or the 10th Ward City Council seat because I believe I cancreate the partnerships necessary to ensure Minneapolis is a leader at re-ducing global warming pollution whilegrowing an economy that is clean,unique, sustainable, and rich with op-portunities or all our residents.I’m a ather, a husband, an energy andenvironmental organizer by trade,and an advocate or providing nan-cial assistance or low-income collegestudents. I will provide air, open, pro-gressive leadership by listening to theconcerns and expertise o the people inour diverse neighborhoods, ensuringtransparency in the decision-makingprocess, and being a voice or the un-der-represented.
Global warming is our biggest debt
Tere is no bigger single governmentdebt being lef to our generation’s chil-dren than global warming. Our depen-dence on ossil uels aects every parto our daily lives here at home, and itwill only be solved with the combinedeorts o individuals, businesses, andederal, state, and local governments.welve o the past feen years havebeen the hottest on record. We already eel the impact o expanding droughtsacross the Midwest. Our response tothis crisis has been too slow and ourpolicies too timid. Te change we areseeking has to come rom within ourcommunity, because global IS localwhen it comes to the well-being o ourresidents.
Reducing our dependence on polluting energy
Minneapolis spends hundreds o mil-lions o dollars importing dirty energy every year. I will be a champion or re-ducing our dependence on ossil uelsby supporting energy eciency and lo-cal renewables.
Energy Options’ campaign to giveour city the power to directly negoti-ate or clean, local, aordable energy.
the ossil uel industry. Whateversmall nancial gains we might reaprom oil and coal now will be repaidmany times over in the uture.
Preserving our neighborhoods
As a child in the 1970s I remember my ather driving us down Nicollet Avetoward Lake Street and grumbling,“Who would ruin a perectly goodroad by building a store in the middleo it? Someone should drive a bulldozerthrough that thing.” My ather’s eel-ings then about what is now the Kmartbuilding remain the sentiment o thiscommunity today.Te worst thing we can do to this beau-tiul city is to take cues rom the samegeneric and inecient developmentmindset that did such a disservice tomany o our suburbs. Our quirkinessand our local, sustainable ocus arewhat make Minneapolis a city worthprotecting. Tat’s why I will ensure thatdevelopment reects the character o our neighborhoods. I will
-tive approach to development. Tisstarts with ensuring projects providethe greatest community benets by encouraging eedback and participa-tion rom all stakeholders.
-ciency standards in our buildings.
Supporting Entrepreneurs & New Technologies
As chair o the Solar Works or Minne-sota Coalition I understand the impor-tance o supporting entrepreneurs, new technologies and emerging businesses.I will work with others to develop aproactive approach or recruiting new industries that will shape our city orgenerations to come, by
and Entrepreneurs Contest.
help trailblazers bring new productsto the marketplace.
- veloping the clean energy technolo-gies o the uture.
Partnering with Schools
Trough my work serving onMinneapolis Community & echnicalCollege’s Foundation Board I have seenrsthand how inequality in housing, jobs, and transportation puts a terribleburden on children that weighs themdown socially and academically.Tis contributes to an educational
Profiles In Leadership
Seeking your vote in the 10th Ward
L beneKen ble
O l d S c h o o l W e d g e
Te Wedge has launched a candidate series or 10th Ward candidates. Every month candidates will have the opportunity to provide youwith their argument or support in the November election. Our second month’s submissions come rom Lisa Bender and Ken Bradley.Other candidates will ollow in alphabetical order.