Minneapolis needs new leadership! 2020 exposed the incompetence and incoherence of a divisive, dysfunctional City Council. We paid the price for allowing radicals to take over our politics and elect some of the most unqualified individuals ever to serve in City Hall.
Facing crime on the streets and chaos in the Council chamber, Operation Safety Now is doing its part to course-correct our city’s direction. We’ve screened dozens of candidates running for City Council in 2021, and endorsed those who met our twin objectives of restoring safety and sanity – safety to our neighborhoods through common-sense public safety policy and sanity to the chamber with sensible, coherent and effective governance.
Our work will save you time and make it easier to pick the right candidates.
Prior to one-hour panel interviews, our volunteers researched the candidates’ professional work experience and positions on public safety. During the interviews, we asked candidates to elaborate. Afterward, volunteers voted up or down on each candidate.
Public Safety Criteria
Public safety is the No. 1 issue in this election. We favored candidates who:
- Oppose police defunding and are favorably disposed to adding officers to our depleted force
- Support urgent and meaningful police reform, including the excessive and unnecessary use of force
- Support adding tested and proven alternative emergency response services and crime prevention programs, but not always funding them from the police budget
- Support the proposed “Executive Mayor” city charter amendment, or are keeping an open mind
- Oppose the two proposed amendments calling for a new Public Safety Department, both of which could put Minneapolis on track to defund and abolish the police department.
OSN did not endorse candidates who are avowed defunders and abolitionists or who fail to take clear, specific stances so as not to offend opposing views. Minneapolis deserves decisive, authentic leadership.
Professional Work Experience
Being an “activist” is a noble calling – but it does not necessarily qualify you to run a city our size. We experienced first-hand the pain of electing unprepared, unqualified, unprofessional individuals at a time when our city needed steady, and stable leadership.
So, we favored candidates who gave evidence of:
- Managerial experience in nonprofit or for-profit workplaces, preferably in complex, matrixed organizations
- Ability to manage people and processes, with understanding of how to develop, test and rollout programs
- Ability to think strategically and listen with an open mind
- Ability to master policy-making – asking the right questions and applying insightful analysis
- Reasonable aptitude for working with budgets and financial realities
Temperament & Leadership Skills
Both of these are glaringly missing this Council term, so we leaned toward candidates who gave evidence of:
- Maturity, with an ability to build relationships and compromise
- Sensitivity towards racial inequities and the need to address systemic racism
- Open-mindedness toward policy options based on merit, not emotion or skewed ideology
- Being approachable, responsive, and an effective communicator
- Ability to withstand criticism, stay engaged, and not overreact
- Possessing a constituent-service mindset
To be clear, not all candidates checked all boxes. But we took into consideration a person’s potential to grow into the role.
Over the next several months, we – the residents of Minneapolis – are conducting job interviews for senior positions in a $1.5 billion organization. We will “hire” individuals whose judgment and decisions will affect our families’ lives and the future of our city.
Don’t take this responsibility lightly. Contact your preferred candidate(s) and get involved in the April-June caucus process lest it be hijacked by radicals again. We may not get another opportunity to get this right.