Our best policy sprouts from expansive community engagement, robust coalitions, and inclusive conversations. We shouldn’t settle for less, and I’m already laying that foundation in Ward 11. Grassroots community building is the cornerstone of this campaign, because it’s the best pathway toward equitable, inclusive, progressive policy.
I believe we are stronger when we come together. I’ve learned and lived that philosophy for the past two decades in my work as a policy advocate. Our community has seen it come to bear in Minneapolis in a big way -- most recently, in huge policy victories for working families. We need active listeners who believe in collaborative leadership. I do, and it’s why I’m committed to meeting you where you are -- literally, and figuratively.
Since kicking off this campaign last fall, I’ve met so many of you in our parks, at our local farmers market, in our Ward 11 businesses, and in neighbors’ backyards. I’ve heard your ideas and I’m better for it. That’s why I’ll knock on every door. That’s why I hand-deliver lawn signs. That’s why you’re always welcome to stop by my place -- even if you just want to pull something from our Little Free Library. Representing Ward 11 at City Hall means being a good listener, a responsive advocate, and a visionary thinker. But I can’t do it alone. We all do better when we’re all more involved.
I was honored to win more delegates than any other candidate at the Ward 11 DFL Convention earlier this year. And sure, I hope to earn your support going into the Nov. 7 election. But this campaign is about more than that. It’s about setting a high standard of transparency and accessibility in Ward 11. It’s about improving our democracy, and bringing more perspectives to the table. I want to be visible and available. I want you to be part of this.
I was the only candidate in Ward 11 -- and one of the only candidates for any city office -- to secure my spot on the ballot by gathering hundreds of signatures from community members rather than simply paying a $250 fee. I am running to be your voice at City Hall.
For the last 20 years, I’ve focused my work on advocacy -- for human rights, working families, better government, affordable housing, and more. My work has depended on building diverse coalitions to accomplish great things, from abolishing the death penalty and raising the minimum wage in Illinois to restoring voting rights for felons. It’s not the easy way, but it’s the right way. Active participation matters. We all deserve a say.
When we work together, we can transcend partisanship. We can break down biases. We can do the right things. We all want a better, more vibrant Ward 11. As your City Council member, my job will be to connect with our neighbors across the community and help to empower all of us to make every ambitious vision a reality. This is the kind of work I’ve done throughout my career, and I won’t stop after Election Day.