The current Ward 7 Council Member has held her position for two decades. During this time, our city has seen significant changes in the demand for housing, the number of transportation options, social and racial equity, action to protect our environment, and much more. Ward 7 needs a leader who will support policies that address the needs of Minneapolis today, and ensure that, as we grow, we are not leaving our fellow citizens behind.
Yet the current council member has historically supported policies that leave many people behind. She has repeatedly worked and voted against worker protections, police reform and accountability, environmental initiatives, and pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly transit options. Some examples of her voting record are below. They may be surprising, but they’re all true—and we’ve linked to supporting documentation so you can learn more.
In contrast, I have a comprehensive vision for a Minneapolis that works for all its citizens and for policy solutions that will put us on the path toward that vision. You can learn more about my vision and solutions here.
The current Ward 7 Council member has:
- Opposed taking local action on racial equity and fighting institutional racism (vote on item 2f). Star Tribune, 12/1/2014.
- Opposed basic protections for workers, including protecting people from having their wages stolen and from having unfair and unhealthy schedules (see "Working Families," page 50).
- Voted against the idea of studying a local minimum wage (vote on page 1). And then voted against authorizing the contract for that study (vote on page 3) while complaining about what a local minimum wage might do to the cost of an ice cream cone.
- Opposed policies aimed at promoting local food, including opposing allowing community gardens to sell produce to their neighbors (vote on page 71, Ordinance 2014-OR-074).
- Taken thousands of dollars in campaign contributions (source) from the owners of downtown adult entertainment businesses (about whom she said “I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with him”) in which human rights abuses are taking place, including sexual assault on employees.
Opposed action on environmental policies, including:
- Voting to strip half of the funds from the Clean Energy Partnership (vote on item 2f).
- Opposed funding the popular citywide composting program. (vote on page 23)
- Opposed a resolution calling for divesting City resources from fossil fuels. (vote on page 17, Resolution 2015R-115)
- Voted repeatedly against expanding transit options and making walking and biking safer, adversely affecting the ability of lower-income people to find and keep jobs and the livability of our city for everyone. These are just a few examples among many:
- Used her office to benefit favored developers - including some of her close friends - over community-driven processes, for example at the “meter farm” on Nicollet. Her behavior was ruled “arbitrary and capricious” by the courts.
Opposed progressive options for police reform and voted to scrap civilian review of police (See page 22, Ordinance 2012-OR-061). Star Tribune, 7/25/2012.
- One year after the vote: "No Minneapolis cops have been disciplined after 439 complaints." Star Tribune, 8/28/2013.