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Continued: Six key Minneapolis mayoral candidates make their pitches

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People elect a mayor to be a leader. In order to lead, you must be able to listen, bring people together and serve the best interests of all who live here. My long history of building broad coalitions across neighborhood, political and public-private lines is proof of my ability to do just that. I have the experience to step into office and get to work on Day 1.

My name is Jackie Cherryhomes, and I am asking for your first-place vote on Tuesday.

 

DAN COHEN

 

I’m Dan Cohen.

The heart and soul of my campaign is restoring the basic right of our democracy: the right to vote. It has twice been denied us.

We got the vote on the same-sex marriage amendment. We got the vote on voter ID. But when it came to the Vikings stadium deal, we didn’t get the vote, we got the shaft: a bill for $500 million, and a deal that puts us in business with a judicially certified civil racketeer. We are entitled to a better deal than this, and I will get it for us. And the right to vote on it.

We got the vote to permit racetracks years ago. But the Legislature, whose members receive some heavy-duty funding from the casinos at Mystic Lake, has refused to give us a vote that could end the Native American monopoly and permit a downtown Minneapolis casino. When a federal judge recently awarded Duluth $10.4 million in back revenue-sharing payments for its downtown casino, Duluth Mayor Don Ness said he would use the money to fix the streets. A Minneapolis downtown casino would generate hundreds of jobs, be a year-round tourist attraction, end the drain of retail businesses out of downtown, provide property tax relief and funding for education and fire and police — and how about fixing those Minneapolis potholes?

This is the second vote we’ve been denied, and I aim to go to the Legislature and get it for us.

I stand for ending racism in the Minneapolis Police Department.

I stand for passing the plain-language charter amendment this election.

I stand for saving the Minnesota Orchestra.

I stand for ending conflicts of interest on the Minneapolis Planning Commission.

I need your help to do it, and I ask for your first-choice vote. Thanks.

 

BETSY HODGES

 

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