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Continued: Candidates vying to replace R.T. Rybak outline visions for Minneapolis

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 28, 2013 - 10:01 AM

Schiff, who chairs the city’s zoning and planning committee, highlighted the city’s wine inspectors, who he says cite wine bars if they do not serve bread before wine. “We need to comprehensively look through our liquor codes, look through our regulatory codes, and work to make sure we have the rules on the books that make sense,” he said.

Contemplating City Hall reform, Andrew focused on the number of top city officials who have their own “fiefdom.” “It’s really hard for all of those pieces to be knit together in a way that results in efficiency,” he said.

The tone of the debate was largely mellow, except for several impassioned speeches from Samuels. Referring to crime problems, Samuels said, “You can hold me accountable because we’re going to wrest this brute and strangle him! The brute of violence and injustice must be stopped. Our citizens must be safe.”

Following the debate, Winton observed to reporters that he is the only candidate in the race who doesn’t have a background in government. “I would ask what prevented my opponents from achieving all these grand ideas in their [collective] 54 years in government?” said Winton, senior counsel for Duke Energy.

He added that his priorities will be providing essential services, such as police, fire, plowing and paving, with less of a focus than his opponents on “bells and whistles” like streetcars.

The university is expected to hold another forum focusing on Winton’s campaign.

Eric Roper • 612-673-1732

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