A Strategic Vision for Minneapolis
Economic Inclusion Zones
Pass economic relief for our poorest neighborhoods in the form of no city fees or fully refundable fees on businesses for any licenses, approvals, permits, etc.
Work with state delegation to pass sales tax holiday zones for our most oppressed neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, and outstate MN. Our most oppressed and least served populations are sending money to the Vikings and institutions which do not serve them.
Drive capital with progressive demand side policies!
Who I Am
Called to serve
As a young man I joined the Marine Corps and trained as a Combat Engineer. I spent my first year in Okinawa, as I was deeply interested in Japanese culture and history. I witnessed 9/11 while on leave before deploying with the 26th MEU to Afghanistan. Shortly thereafter I was stop-lossed for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. I am deeply appreciative of my service even though the folly of these wars is clear. In the Marines I learned the values of leadership, honor, and humility in service. I also learned first hand the horrific costs of war on civilians as well as combatants. We must always remember that service is a privilege and an honor, and we must instill these ideas in those that serve us. To be allowed to serve is a privilege afforded those lucky enough to be able.
Why I am running
Fellow neighbors, I am running to provide a clear alternative for our city. Even now city leadership is falling back into its old habits, and we cannot afford to lose the plot at this critical time. As candidate for Mayor I will strive to drive accountability at all levels of government. We spend millions on infrastructure, equipment, training and staff, only to witness the utter capitulation of government at every level. We boast of our credentials, yet fail abysmally. The professional class seeks to change the narrative and bog us down in the same old fights, to distract us from who is ultimately responsible.
My career is in manufacturing and operations. My experience in project work, training and development across all levels of business have taught me how to effectively operate in "highly matrixed environments". I have extensive experience with cross disciplinary teams working together to solve complex problems and drive success. From working and training on union floors, to strategizing with operational directors, I believe I can work effectively with staff to drive improvements in city management and accountability.
My volunteer experience includes working on the city's MPD/911 workgroup, and public safety experience as a volunteer Special Deputy with Hennepin County, where I l learned about emergency management and community service. Closing the gap between police and community is the critical mission of our time, whatever form the police department takes. Dismantling white supremacy and toxic elements in our police force is a daunting task. Those officers who work and strive every day to serve their communities are themselves held back by the culture of silence and intimidation that rules police departments throughout our nation. This culture works every day against our communities, silences us, but most viciously it protects and promotes the culture of violence against minorities and BIPOC communities.
Where do we go from here?