My name is Janne Flisrand.
I’m running for City Council in Ward 7 because I believe that Minneapolis holds a promise for everyone who lives here.
I landed on Dupont Avenue as a young adult, able to get my start in a neighborhood that had everything I needed. Bus stops around the corner. A food coop and pharmacy I could walk to. The lakes, the Walker. And a fixer-upper triplex I could afford, because I was sharing it with housemates. It was a promising place to start out, and Minneapolis kept that promise to all of us.
I’m running to be your city council representative because the joy and promise I was lucky to find on Dupont Avenue should be accessible to everyone. But looking around right now, I see a city that works for some and leaves others behind. It doesn’t have to be that way.
As your Council Member, I will work with you towards progressive change, as I’ve done in collaboration with so many others over the last 15 years.
- As a small business owner, I brought policymakers together with nonprofits to make sure all affordable housing funded in Minnesota is healthy and sustainable.
- I co-founded the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, which brings us Open Streets and protected bikeways
- I served on the City’s Energy Vision Advisory Committee.
- I serve as a board member and writer at streets.mn, an organization devoted to a public better informed and engaged on transportation and land use issues.
Together we can build a city where nobody is left behind. City Hall should look out for everybody, not just insiders and campaign contributors. That means fair wages for all, and safe streets with respectful and responsive police. Everybody deserves to have a voice in their government, and everybody who interacts with City Hall should be treated with respect.
Together we can build enough housing for all. Immigrants, young people, and families add vitality to our communities. But the high cost of housing is preventing far too many people from getting their start, and straining the budgets of long-term residents. Let’s work to keep people in our communities, and welcome new neighbors, instead of forcing them out.
Together we can build streets that put people before cars. It should be safe and pleasant for everybody to get where we’re going, whether we’re walking, biking, taking transit or driving. But too often City Hall prioritizes the cars that use our streets as rush-hour shortcuts, rather than the people who live here. Let’s put people first.
Together we can embrace the promise of Minneapolis. Our community welcomes new neighbors. We want action on climate change and a healthy environment for our loved ones. We seek affordable, energy-efficient housing. We love fresh, locally-grown food. But City Hall is leaving some of us behind--disproportionately people of color and indigenous people, low-income and homeless people, renters and women. Let’s deliver on our city’s promise to everyone.
It’s time for a leader who leaves no one behind. We need a leader who will see every city action as an opportunity not to build power for themselves or their powerful friends, but to make sure we leave no one behind.
I ask for your vote, and your volunteer support, so that together we can build a city that lives up to its promise.