Patch Candidate Profile: Steve Fletcher for Minneapolis Council

MINNEAPOLIS – This fall, residents of Minneapolis will vote in several important local elections. Among the offices on the ballot are the seats of the mayor and city council, as well as the Minneapolis Park council. Early voting in Minneapolis has already started.

Steve Fletcher is running for Minneapolis City Council in Ward 3.

Patch has asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will be posting candidate profiles in the coming weeks.


Age (on polling day): 44

Job sought : Minneapolis City Council Ward 3

Party membership: LDF

Does anyone in your family work in politics or in government? No.

Education: BA, University of Minnesota; M.Phil, New York University

Occupation: Community organizer, 10+ years old

Previous or current office elected or appointed: Current Member of Minneapolis City Council, Ward 3

Why are you looking for an elective position? We are at a crossroads in our city, and I want to build on the important racial justice work we have started on public safety, housing and climate change.

The most pressing issue facing our (council, district, etc.) is _______, and that’s what I intend to do about it.

The inseparably interconnected challenges of COVID recovery, public safety and housing are, collectively, essential for Ward 3. Solving all three will require focus and commitment to enact real policy and funding to create new approaches to recovery. public safety, add the transitional housing needed to get the homeless and reactivate downtown commerce.

What are the critical differences between you and other candidates for this position?

My opponents don’t have a plan for public safety beyond traditional policing approaches that don’t work well for our city, and they haven’t come up with new policy ideas on housing, transportation, climate change. or any other important policy area. supervised by the city council. They support the ‘strong mayor’ amendment and oppose Question 2, which would both limit Council’s power to make meaningful change – a strange position for aspiring Council members.

How do you think local officials are reacting to the coronavirus? What if something would you have done differently?

I think we collectively reacted well at the start. I have sometimes worried that the pressure to reopen aspects of the economy has led to decisions that have not protected the safety of critical workers as aggressively as we should have had. We formed the Downtown Workers’ Council to make sure the voices of frontline workers are heard, and I am proud of the way we have responded to some of their demands.

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.

I am an advocate for affordable housing at all levels of affordability, and I am a co-author on The Tenant Buying Opportunity, to Bridge the Homeownership Gap. I am a strong advocate for a more sustainable city, including improvements in energy efficiency, investments in renewable energies and jobs created by renewable energies, and dense pedestrian and cycling neighborhoods that reduce our dependence on water. with regard to cars.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as proof that you can handle this job?

I am proud to support the accomplishments of my first term including the creation of the Violence Prevention Office, passing new strict regulations on AirBnb and other short term rentals, a new data privacy policy to regulate how the government collects data on residents, and much more. I have been a leader in public safety beyond policing, tenant rights and more.

The best advice ever shared with me was:

I didn’t know Paul Wellstone very well, but I was fortunate enough to attend the last Camp Wellstone training he attended, and he dissuaded me from going to law school. He told me that there were a lot of people who were passionate about the law, but it was clear to him that I was passionate about people, and that I had to focus on community work.

What would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

I am proud to serve my community in the city that made me who I am, and I would be honored to continue serving for another term.

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