A quirk in redistricting laws has the Minneapolis election season kicking off just eleven months after the City Council was sworn in. Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) incumbents Jason Chavez and Robin Wonsley launched their re-election campaigns earlier in November. Both kickoffs emphasized the role of DSA elected officials in supporting working class movements across the Twin Cities.
The resounding victory by Mary Moriarty in the Hennepin County Attorney race was a rejection of the fearful rhetoric and the status quo of Mayor Jacob Frey and his Downtown Council backers and highlights the opportunities for next year’s election. Twin Cities DSA should look to expand our socialist caucus on the Minneapolis City Council in 2023.
Across the river, after voters passed the strongest rent control in the nation, the Saint Paul City Council caved to corporate lobbyist pressure and gutted protections for renters. With the potential for several incumbents retiring, Twin Cities DSA has a real shot at electing a pro-rent control majority in Saint Paul.
Join the Twin Cities DSA Electoral Committee (open to all) for a debrief of our 2021-2022 campaigns and to help plan for next year. The meeting will be Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Roosevelt Library (4026 S 28th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406). RSVP in-person or Zoom.
by Luke M.