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Meg Tuthill for Ward 10
By Anja Curiskis
When Meg Tuthill became our Ward 10 Council member she com-mitted herself to us, her new family. However, Meg was commit-ted to our neighborhoods long before that.In 1984 when I was a junior at Southwest High School, I was inthe office of my State Rep. Dee Long as part of Project 120. Atthe time I was earnestly talking about curbside recycling. BrynMawr, where I was living at the time, wasn’t part of the City’s pilotproject. At about the same time Meg Tuthill, of Tuthill’s BalloonEmporium, was doing the same thing, urging our elected officialsto get curbside recycling off the ground. Like our family, Mrs. Tut-hill was already separating her garbage and taking it to the vari-ous recycling stations around town. That’s just what conscientiouspeople did then. It is what anyone concerned about the environ-ment had to do until 1987 when curbside recycling was bestowedupon the entire city. Meg didn’t even allow plastic shopping bags inher store! She didn’t write an essay on the topic or come up with afancy name. She simply believed it was the right thing to do.Jump ahead to 2013 and Minneapolis has one-sort recycling. It isnot all because of Meg Tuthill, but it is certainly because of Megand people like her. In fact, now that I am an adult and servingon the East Calhoun Community Organization board, I have neveronce heard Meg take credit for anything she has helped along. Megtends to give credit rather than take credit. She always acknowl-edges the work of others. This is why she is such a great leader forour community. She recognizes that nothing is done in this townby just one person and encourages ideas from others.Meg Tuthill is fierce and principled. Experienced and passionate.She is a fierce defender of her neighbors in Ward 10, using the toolsat her disposal to fend off unscrupulous developers who seem tothink it is okay to make money at the expense of everyone else. Megstood in partnership with Park Board Commissioner Anita Tabb,to give an ultimatum to a developer who has been pumping groundwater discharge into the lagoon between Lakes Calhoun and Lakeof the Isles. This is what we should look for in a leader. One whodoes her best to enforce the rules meant to protect communitiesand the assets we all hold dear.Sometimes that means GoodCop. Sometimes that meansBad Cop. Meg can do both.Meg Tuthill’s priority is thiscommunity. It always has been.She pushes up her sleeves anddives in. She has my vote for10th Ward City Council Mem-ber. I hope you’ll join me.
Anja Curiskis resides in East Cal- houn.
Uptown residents took part in the CARAG Midtown Greenway cleanupon Oct. 5.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
A Clean Green
By Jessica Van Gilder, Editor
Local and community-specificpolitics don’t always draw theattention they should. Withoutthe energy and circus that sur-rounds the presidential race,the stakes involved with Wardrepresentation or parks’ officialsmay seem smaller, but that’s an
Pay attention and vote
Local elections matter most in day-to-day
immense and unfortunate mis-conception because local elec-tions matter most.The decisions that most impactday-to-day life, from streets inyour neighborhood to safety inyour community and improve-ments to schools and parks, stemfrom politics on the local level.All municipal offices are on the2013 ballot—mayor, City Coun-cil members, Board of Estimate& Taxation members, and Min-neapolis Park & Rec Board com-missioners.With so many candidates formayor on the ballot—35 arelisted on vote.minneapolismn.gov—Minneapolis is asking a lotof voters because it’s not a simplehim/her vs. him/her scenario andthere is a lot of noise out thereabout the multitude and vari-ety of candidates. So yes, a littlemore reading and awareness isrequired when narrowing downthese choices.But Ranked Choice Voting(RCV) also gives citizens theopportunity to seriously considerthe merits of up to three may-oral candidates instead of beingforced into choosing ‘the lesser of two evils (or best of two greats)’scenario. Please see [page #] for arundown of how RCV works.You’re likely most concernedabout the Ward 10 election andthe mayoral ballot, but that’s notall you’re voting on Nov. 5.Money—Board of Estimate &Taxation members impact taxlevies and City department bud-gets and since we care abouthow our hard-earned money isspent, read up on the four candi-dates, two of whom will receiveat-large positions.And considering how many of usare drawn to and enjoy Uptownbecause of access to the gorgeouslakes, don’t disregard the impor-tance of the races for Park & Reccommissioners in Districts 4 and6 at the very least.The UNN is a platform forinformed conversations. Wehave presented your options innews coverage, as well as printed
What You Need to Know About Ranked Choice Voting
Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) allows you to rank up to threecandidates for each municipal office.RCV is used for the following municipal offices: Mayor, CityCouncil, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and RecreationBoard (both At-Large and by District).In single seat races, the threshold is 50 plus 1 percent of theballots cast. If a candidate gets more than half of the votes in asingle seat race, that candidate is declared the winner.If none of the candidates reach this threshold the candidate whoreceived the lowest number of votes is eliminated along withany candidates who can’t mathematically win. Those votes arereallocated based on the second-choice votes no those ballots,and so on.Your ballot will count for your 2nd choice only if your 1st choice iseliminated, and it will count for your 3rd choice only if your firsttwo choices are eliminated.If you rank one candidate as your first, second and third choice, itis the same as if you left the second and third choices blank.Your vote for a candidate stays with that candidate throughout allcounting rounds until that candidate is defeated and only then isyour vote transferred to your next ranked candidate.
For more information about RCV and to see sample ballots visit vote.minneapolismn.gov/rcv