Christopher Robin Zimmerman
Age: 42, Party or principal: Libertarian, Job and title: Technical writer, Symantec, Neighborhood: Prospect Park, Website: facebook.com/CRZforMayor
Priority, if elected: I would spearhead an initiative to make Minneapolis the most open, transparent municipal government in the world. Then, I would be in a great position to challenge every citizen to raise their expectations of their government, demand results, and hold accountable those who can't rise to the appropriate level. There are strict limits on what we need the government for, and I would veto every attempt by our government to exceed those limits, including the spending of any Minneapolis taxpayer money on wasteful initiatives in direct violation of the City Charter, not the least of which is the proposed stadium.
Ideas for job/population growth: I will do everything I can to knock down any barriers to job creation put in place by Minneapolis. Population growth is an unimportant issue.
Ideas to reduce crime: Start by reducing occurrences of tragic or embarrassing incidents involving the MPD. Making all data public and demanding accountability will lead to increased police effectiveness.
Ideas to lower property taxes: After lowering the city budget to a more libertarian level (vital services only), cutting property taxes and sending refunds will be very easy to accomplish.
Did you support or oppose the Minnesota Vikings stadium package, approved by the city in May 2012? I opposed it. I might have supported it if it had passed a vote by the people, but we were denied an opportunity to vote.
Should the city build a $200 million streetcar line along Nicollet and Central Avenues? No.
Should the mayor be allowed to appoint some school board members? Yes.