Ward Six is a vibrant community at the heart of Minneapolis with a diverse mix of neighborhoods, an active and engaged citizenry, and thriving arts and educational institutions. It is home to the Twin Cities’ largest East African community as well as the center of the Native American community in Minneapolis.

The Sixth Ward covers parts of Steven Square, Ventura Village, Philips West, Elliot Park, Seward, and Cedar Riverside neighborhoods.

Fadumo Yusuf

Why are you running for office?

By doing a better job, and bringing best way all of us can be in one community.

Tell Us About Yourself

Pronouns: [Not Answered]
Party Affiliation: Republican
Do you own or rent your home? Rent

 

Let’s Get To Know You

What is your favorite album?

American flag song. One Nation one flag under the God.

 

Who are your heroes?

My dad, and my Mom.
How do you plan to engage with and be held accountable by community once you are elected?

By making a quarterly meeting the all ward 6 residents. I will let each village to elect their own leaders among them so these leaders speak on their behalf as a city council women. I will held accountable of my promised unless I come back for the ward 6 residents and share why I couldn’t make it happened.

 

What’s your favorite thing about Minneapolis?

Minneapolis its green, more about diversity.

 

The Issues

Why should young people be invested in local politics?

To have a better understanding the meaning of political, so they can vote when they 18 and up. To be the future of our generation, and leader.

 

Where do the inequities in our city stem from?

It’s from the leaders of all communities. The official electors. And inside the communities as well.

 

What single issue could have the biggest impact in closing racial disparities in our city?

To start a group neighboring dialogue.

 

Do you believe that we could ever have a city without police?

No

 

What would you do, as an elected official, to bring us closer to police abolition?

By making sure our police to work closely all the resident and giving the more training on how to communicate each situation. We will also make sure our ward 6 residents understand and knowing on how to be friend with our officers.

 

How do we continue to grow our city without displacing the people that want to stay here?

To create more jobs the inner city, so the people to be able to pay their home rent.

 

How will you fight against state preemption of local control?

To make a proposal and share as a ward 6 residents our issues and concerning.

 

What policy changes are necessary to improve the health of all Minneapolis residents?

To allow residents to choose their health care. And to pay small amount on having the health care they looking for.

 

How can the city improve our transportation infrastructure?

To be implemented more small businesses to pay taxes so that money goes the improvement of our roads.

 

How will you work to improve conditions for workers in our city?

To let our workers to have enough skills, so they have what each company is looking for.

 

How do you define sanctuary city? Do you believe that Minneapolis should fill this role and what would you do to make this happen?

[Not answered]

 

What is the role of city government in shaping Minneapolis as the city of the future?

Bringing more jobs inner the city, helping small businesses, and building more housing so people will be able to pay their rent.

 

Anything else you want people to know? 

People should ask me on how I wanna change ward 6. I also wanna share all ward 6 residents, I do have a heart each and everyone of ward 6 residents. Regardless of who they are, I care and have concern all their issue.

 

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/FadumoYusuf2017.

Mohamud Noor

Why are you running for office?

I am a native of Somalia, I migrated to the United States in 1999 and have called Minneapolis my home. I currently live in Cedar-Riverside neighborhood with my wife, Farhiya Del, who is an educator with the Minneapolis Public Schools, and my four children. I currently serve as the Executive Director of the Confederation of Somali Communities and am a former Minneapolis School Board Member. I believe that my time working for Hennepin County and serving as a Minneapolis School Board Member gives me unique experience on the role of the city on local politics and governance. Also, my experience running a local non-profit allowed me to see the shortfalls that currently exist within the law. I can take that experience and right city policy will be able to help the people it is meant to help – like many of my community members.

Tell Us About Yourself

Pronouns: He/his
Party Affiliation: DFL
Do you own or rent your home? Rent

Let’s Get To Know You

What is your favorite album?

[Not answered]

 

Who are your heroes?

Ilhan Omar
How do you plan to engage with and be held accountable by community once you are elected?

I will enact a co-governing approach to my time in City Hall. This will include excellent and receptive constituency service and a consistent approach to help all ward members that call. A co-governing approach requires more than just answering the phone, I will prioritize listening sessions throughout the district. My opponent has not held a single listening session during his entire 4 year term and I will commit to doing much better. I believe that if our elected officials are open and reach out to constituents, more citizens will engage in the process.

 

What’s your favorite thing about Minneapolis?

The diversity of our communities.

 

The Issues

Why should young people be invested in local politics?

Young people are the future of politics and tend to support more progressive and innovative ideas to improve life for all. They also have the most at stake when it comes to climate change which is an existential threat to all life on the planet.

 

Where do the inequities in our city stem from?

Our inequities stem from historical inequality throughout our history as a country, and from a system in which the wealthy doesn’t pay their fair share while working families struggle.

 

What single issue could have the biggest impact in closing racial disparities in our city?

Investing in livable wage jobs and training programs to ensure everyone has an opportunity to give their family a life of dignity.

 

Do you believe that we could ever have a city without police?

[Not answered]

 

What would you do, as an elected official, to bring us closer to police abolition?

I believe we need to invest in community policing to provide public safety while divesting from institutions that refuse to be held accountable. We need to make sure that the police are accountable for their actions. That is why I support BLM’s efforts and have supported them from the beginning. That being said, our leaders need to do a better job of bringing the police and the community together to find the common ground that exists. I will focus on have community forums and opening communications between the community and police will help focus the need. I believe that finding this common ground will lead to safer communities and better policing.

 

How do we continue to grow our city without displacing the people that want to stay here?

We need to invest in affordable housing, ensure new developments include affordable housing and community benefits agreement created by the communities impacted by development.

 

How will you fight against state preemption of local control?

I will leverage my connections to elect progressives statewide and fight the Trump agenda.

 

What policy changes are necessary to improve the health of all Minneapolis residents?

We need to stop industrial polluters dumping toxic waste in under resourced communities and ensure our city acts as a conduit to connecting residents with the health care resources available to them.

 

How can the city improve our transportation infrastructure?

We need to invest in public transit and bike lanes so that every resident is able to travel safely.

 

How will you work to improve conditions for workers in our city?

I am a strong supporter of union rights and the campaign to raise our minimum wage to $15 and hour. We need to continue building on the working families agenda and engaging workers in policy discussions.

 

How do you define sanctuary city? Do you believe that Minneapolis should fill this role and what would you do to make this happen?

I believe Minneapolis must be a sanctuary in every sense of the word and act as the first line of defense against Trump’s attacks whether they target immigrants, poor people, women, or people color.

 

What is the role of city government in shaping Minneapolis as the city of the future?

We must decentralize our democracy to bring as many voices to the table as possible and put real decision making power in the hands of all our residents regardless of citizenship status.

 

Anything else you want people to know? 

[Not answered]

 

For more information, visit www.votenoor.com.

Abdi Warsame, Incumbent

Why are you running for office?

As a Muslim-American and a current Council Member, I believe I am in a unique position to stand up to bigotry and protect the rights of our entire community, regardless of faith, skin color, gender, or sexual orientation.The past four years, I worked hard against discrimination in our city: increasing the capacity of the Civil Rights Department, defending our neighbors worried about deportation, and giving a voice to those who feel like outsiders in their own city. I want to build on that work.

Tell Us About Yourself

 

Pronouns: he/his/him

Party Affiliation: Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Endorsed 

Do you own or rent your home? Own

 

Let’s Get To Know You

What is your favorite album?

Urban Hymns – The Verve

 

Who are your heroes?

Martin Luther King Jr, Florence Nightingale, Robert Kennedy, Diego Armando Maradona.

How do you plan to engage with and be held accountable by community once you are elected?

I will emphasize active engagement over passive engagement. We have held many listening sessions, but found that the most vulnerable community members among us can’t attend. Most of the time, people who are hurting the most in society don’t have the ability to go to a listening session. They are a single mom working 3 jobs or homeless or ill. The best way to engage and be held accountable by your community is to meet them on a real human level; face-to-face in a familiar spot.

 

What’s your favorite thing about Minneapolis?

I love all of the green spaces. Growing up in London, it was all concrete. Here I love that there are trees and grass in so many areas.

 

The Issues

Why should young people be invested in local politics?

Many are, but they need help from others. They have the power in numbers to win on issues that have been ignored by previous generations.

 

Where do the inequities in our city stem from?

Much of it is from where people are forced to live. Public and affordable housing is concentrated in two wards in our city. One of those is Ward 6. The lack of creating mixed income neighborhoods over the years by the city has created pockets of poverty. We need to change the way we do housing to address this. We need a more even distribution of housing types around the city to create mixed-income neighborhoods, which produce more equitable outcomes for residents living there.

 

What single issue could have the biggest impact in closing racial disparities in our city?

Housing. As I mention above, the mixed-income neighborhood structure helps the poorest among us access better schools, food, and jobs.

 

Do you believe that we could ever have a city without police?

No

 

What would you do, as an elected official, to bring us closer to police abolition?

We need to demilitarize our police and focus on police-community relations. I also believe that many neighborhoods with community public safety accounts should be better funded by the city. I have made that a focus of mine while in office and increased funding to neighborhood public safety accounts in Ward 6. The local communities are far more familiar with how and where public safety funding is best spent in their neighborhoods than the city is.

 

How do we continue to grow our city without displacing the people that want to stay here?

I want to reiterate how key it is to maintain an affordable and public housing element in all areas with new city growth. If we only give access to the newest parts of our city to those who can afford it, racial inequities will continue to grow and the concentration of low-income families in other parts of our city will grow as well. I also believe that a community driven approach is best for all new projects. Bringing multiple stakeholders to the table to build consensus rather than just the developers will help to ensure that people can remain in the communities they want to live in.

 

How will you fight against state preemption of local control?

I will use my platform as a City Council Member to lobby the State Legislature. Also, I will throw my support behind electing more progressives to office at the state and federal level.

 

What policy changes are necessary to improve the health of all Minneapolis residents?

Funding for health education outreach can give communities, health organizations, and nonprofits the tools they need to successfully improve health outcomes for all Minneapolis residents. With how diverse our communities are, we need to make sure this information is passed along in multiple languages, and through various mediums. These efforts should begin in our most vulnerable neighborhoods. Misinformation has caused the resurgence of many diseases that were once nearly eradicated.

 

How can the city improve our transportation infrastructure?

I walk or ride the light rail to work everyday. To reduce vehicle traffic on our roads and CO2 emissions hurting our planet, we need to continue to invest in pedestrian, bike, and public transportation options. While doing this, we also need to make our vehicle infrastructure more efficient to avoid backups and accidents.

 

How will you work to improve conditions for workers in our city?

I was proud to be a co-author of the Safe and Sick Time Ordinance. I fought for a unanimous vote of support for it, because I knew we had to show our workers that this city supports them. Now, my focus is on workforce skills development training. I raised over 1 million dollars in philanthropic funds to create the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center. We need to provide our workers free resources to maintain the job they have or get the job they want. The Opportunity Center assists in this regard.

 

How do you define sanctuary city? Do you believe that Minneapolis should fill this role and what would you do to make this happen?

I define it as, “Zero city resources going to the assistance of federal immigration (deportation) organizations like ICE.” I will make sure our city resources go to the aid of immigrant families in their struggle to have a better life.

 

What is the role of city government in shaping Minneapolis as the city of the future?

Part of our job is to make sure the streets are plowed, the potholes are filled and the trash is picked up. However, we also have the power to create change on a large scale. We need to make sure that as change inevitably comes, moving us toward the city of the future, that we do it as a community. That we bring multiple stakeholders to the table and move in the right direction as partners with the community, not just as an independent body.

 

Anything else you want people to know?

I am also very proud to have stood up for our LGBTQ community and all other historically marginalized communities by strengthening our public accommodation ordinance and by helping to create the Transgender Equity Council.

 

This is our city. A city that honors the dignity of all people.

 

Dandelions”

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