I support Janne Flisrand for Minneapolis City Council. That’s probably not a surprise since I’m married to her, but I support her candidacy because the things I most admire about Janne are also the things that will make her a great City Councilmember for Ward 7.
Janne lives her principles more thoroughly than anyone I know. Her accomplishments, such as helping to create the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition (now Our Streets Mpls), creating a community garden, and working to improve energy efficiency in affordable housing, came out of a deep commitment to equity and sustainability. These values frame every choice she makes, not because someone said they would look good on a campaign flyer, but because that’s just the kind of person she is. You can count on her to carry herself with integrity, placing these values front and center in everything she does.
Janne is also one of the smartest people you will ever meet. She is incredibly curious, always looking to understand how the pieces of complex systems fit together. She takes data seriously and loves engaging with nitty gritty policy details. At the same time, she recognizes that her individual understanding of issues is never complete, and that listening to people with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences is the only way to create policies that will work for everyone. You may not always agree with Janne, but you will always know that your voice has been heard and your perspective taken seriously.
I am confident that as you get to see Janne in action, you will see her intelligence, prudence, work ethic, and values. I hope the people of Ward 7 will choose their next Councilmember as wisely as I chose my spouse!