GroupE Candidate Evaluation
2017 Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates

Reviewed by the Core Working Group on 9/20/2017

Jacob Frey won the Nov 7, 2017 election with 57% of the final 5th-round ranked-choice vote followed by Dehn, Hoch, Hodges, Levy-Pounds and all other candidates. He began his four-year term in office on January 3, 2018.

RECOMMENDED CANDIDATES

Group-E has not endorsed one candidate as several candidates are both aligned and strong contenders.  In this race there does not appear to be a front runner (even though Betsy Hodges is the incumbent mayor).  Group-E recommends these candidates:

Recommended Candidates:    Betsy Hodges, Tom Hoch, Jacob Frey

NO ADVICE

These candidates are either 1) aligned with our Statement of Values but are not strong candidates or 2) only “mostly aligned.”

No Advice: Nekima Levy-Pounds, Raymond Dehn

NOT RECOMMENDED

These candidates either 1) do not align with our Statement of Values, or 2) are either unlikely or remote candidates and therefore we do not recommend them.

Not Recommended:  Al Flowers, Captain Jack Sparrow, Aswar Rahman, etc.

Minneapolis Mayoral Duties

Official Duties

  • Appoints representatives to a variety of agencies and commissions

  • Nominates department head candidates for Executive Committee and Council approval

  • Presides over Executive Committee meetings

  • Proposes policy direction in the annual State of the City address

  • Proposes the annual operating and capital budgets

  • Reviews and approves or vetoes all Council actions

  • Reviews and approves or vetoes all Park Board actions

  • Signs all City contracts

Customary Duties

  • Act as an ombudsman by attending to the individual needs of citizens for information, assistance or referral and improve the access of citizens to the decision-making process

  • Ceremonial leadership through participation in a wide range of community and civic activities

  • Develop and maintain communication with a network of public and private individuals, agencies and interest groups

Candidate Summaries and Evaluations

Candidate: Betsy Hodges, DFL

Group E Evaluation: Aligned, Strong Contender

Current Role: Incumbent Mayor

MPR News Summary:

Represented Ward 13 for two terms on the Minneapolis City Council.  Endorsements from Council Member Lisa Bender, with a strong populist following, Sen. Al Franken, SEIU and OutFront Minnesota

Website Summary

http://betsyhodges.org/

Deliberate, intentional leadership with a clear vision.

Closing the gaps.

Mayor Hodges is leading on the greatest challenge of our time: to build an equitable city through transformational efforts to tackle and eliminate the disparities between white people and people of color.

Growing a city for everyone.

Mayor Hodges’ growth agenda is rooted in the proven, well-documented fact that inclusive growth is the most effective and beneficial growth model for our time.

Running the city well.

From her combined 11 years as Mayor and a City Council member, Mayor Hodges knows that racial disparities cannot be effectively addressed, nor can inclusive growth be sustained, if city government is not run well, with attention to delivering the basics well, innovation and constant improvement, and strict fiscal responsibility.

Shifted the center of gravity around public safety by investing more than $1 million into innovative community-led initiatives to improve safety on the ground.         

August 1st Fundraising:  Raised $258k

 

Candidate:  Tom Hoch, DFL

Group E Evaluation: Aligned, Strong Contender

Current Role: former President of the Hennepin Theatre Trust

MPR News Summary:

Experience with organizations ranging from the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority to the Animal Humane Society

Website Summary

https://www.tomforminneapolis.com/

Let’s Lead with outrageous ambition.

Let’s Lead with urgent action.

Let’s Lead by putting the progress back into progressive.

Affordable Housing

PRIORITIZE PUBLIC HOUSING

PROJECT-BASED ASSISTANCE

INCLUSIONARY ZONING

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ACROSS THE METRO AREA

Public Safety

DISPROPORTIONATE ARREST RATES FOR BLACK AND NATIVE AMERICAN MEN

SANCTUARY CITY FOR IMMIGRANTS

INCREASE ARREST RATES FOR VIOLENT CRIMES

Jobs

MINNEAPOLIS NEEDS A PROSPERITY PLAN

ACCESS TO CAPITAL FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

RE-EVALUATE JOB REQUIREMENTS FOR POSITIONS IN CITY GOVERNMENT

August 1st Fundraising:  Raised $442k

Candidate:  Jacob Frey, DFL

Group E Evaluation: Aligned, Strong Contender

Current Role: City Council Member

MPR News Summary:

Age 35.  ...especially the parks and green spaces he's made a priority during his one City Council term

Website Summary

https://jacobfrey.org/

I'm running for mayor because Minneapolis is a city packed with potential, and I want to make sure that every bit of potential is realized.

1. Provide stable and affordable housing for all Minneapolis residents.

2. Put Minneapolis on track to be one of the greenest cities in America.

3. Create a Minneapolis where everyone is safe from both crime and police misconduct.

4. Grow local businesses that both provide stable, well-paying jobs and build wealth for the communities in which they are located.

5. Develop and implement a transportation plan that promotes public transit, and bike and pedestrian infrastructure.

August 1st Fundraising: Raised $360k

 

Candidate: Nekima Levy-Pounds, DFL

Group E Evaluation: Not evaluated.  Viable candidate.

Current Role: Civil rights activist, former President of the Minneapolis NAACP

MPR News Summary:

Hopes to increase connectivity between north side and the rest of the city. "I've always had a heart and a passion for the inner city."

Website Summary

http://www.minneapolisfornekima.com/

Help create a paradigm shift in how we do business in the city of Minneapolis to ensure we close racial gaps in employment and economic opportunity, promote environmental justice, and reform the criminal justice system.

Address the affordable housing crisis

Advocate for environmental justice and urban agriculture

Promote economic equity and fairness for all

 Early supporter of $15 Now

Spearhead criminal justice reform

LGBTQ+ Rights

August 1st Fundraising:  Raised $20k

 

 

Candidate: Raymond Dehn, DFL

Group E Evaluation:  Aligned & viable.

Current Role: State Representative

MPR News Summary:

I got involved in electoral politics, volunteering for the late Senator Paul Wellstone, and with then State Representative Keith Ellison. I was also awarded a Bush Fellowship, which I spent studying how people are affected by the way we build cities.  All this led me toward running for and being elected to the State Legislature in 2012, representing District 59B

Website Summary

https://www.raymonddehn.com/

I am running for Mayor because we must remedy disparities entirely—our incremental approach is not working.

REMEDY SYSTEMIC INEQUITY

GENERATE COMMUNITY WEALTH

ACHIEVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

CHAMPION PUBLIC EDUCATION

ESTABLISH ACCOUNTABLE POLICING

UPLIFT CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

TREAT SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND ADDICTION

August 1st Fundraising:  Raised $55k

 

 

Candidate: Al Flowers, DFL

Group E Evaluation: Not evaluated.  Unlikely

Current Role: Community Activist

MPR News Summary:

Two years ago, Al Flowers lost a daughter to gun violence.  As a full-time community organizer, he said he does what he can to keep the city's youth away from drugs and violence. "Nobody wants to talk about what we are doing to ourselves in the black community, so I think it's important to get the city behind a gun violence initiative.”

Website Summary

http://truthtothepeople.com/

Al Flowers brings various talents and skills to the community as well as Minneapolis politics.

Al Flowers believes that police accountability starts with the City of Minneapolis following the Federal Mediation Agreement between the Police Federation and the community.

Al Flowers reveals his New Housing Policy and Funding Platform at the Northside Minneapolis Mayoral Forum.

Al Flowers work includes organizing for the The North Minneapolis African American Housing Opportunity Survey in collaboration University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA).

August 1st Fundraising:  Raised $6k

 

 

Candidate: Aswar Rahman, DFL

Group E Evaluation:  Not evaluated.  Remote.

Current Role: Filmmaker, businessman.

MPR News Summary:

Age 23.  Smart usage of public funds.  Effective and innovative public safety.  Genuine economic empowerment for all.

Website Summary

http://aswarrahman.com/

The next mayor of Minneapolis.   

Immigrant son of a single mother.

A businessman, artist, and born leader.

Aswar is what Minneapolis needs in its next Mayor.

Economy

Safety

Energy

August 1st Fundraising:  Raised $14k

 

 

All other candidates.  Not evaluated. Remote candidacies.

 

Jeffrey Sterling Olson, DFL

            http://jeffreysterlingolsonformayorofmpls.com/

 

Troy Benjegerdes, DFL

            https://mayortroy.wordpress.com/

 

Gregg Iverson, DFL

            NONE FOUND

 

Basic Income Guarantee,        Captain Jack Sparrow

            http://occupirate.blogspot.com/

 

David Rosenfeld, Socialist Workers Party

            http://www.themilitant.com/

 

Charlie Gers, Libertarian

            https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/08/17/charlie-gers-minnesota/

 

David John Wilson, Rainbow, Butterflies, Unicorns

            Daveunicorn.com (NON FUNCTIONAL)

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