Libertarians and liberty-supporters are encouraged to support our endorsed candidates this November. While odd-year municipal elections tend to receive minimal publicity by the media and lower turnout by the general public, it also affords libertarians an opportunity to have an outsized impact on the election results. Also, for the first time, Minneapolis residents will have a chance to try out the new Ranked Choice Voting method (Instant Runoff Voting), which the Libertarian Party had endorsed before its approval by city voters in 2006.
Michael J. Katch is running for Minneapolis City Council in Ward 7 (consisting of Downtown, Kenwood neighborhood, and Cedar Lake/Lake of the Isles area). His primary campaign issues include:
Katch’s website is www.neighborsforkatch.org, and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org. His main rival is incumbent Lisa Goodman, who has been accused of corruption, strongarm tactics, trampling on private property rights, and obstructing development in the downtown area, in a recent article by the City Pages. A map of Minneapolis wards can be found at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/about/maps/wards06.pdf.
Mary O’Connor is running for Brooklyn Center School Board in District 286. Her primary campaign issues include:
O’Connor’s email is email@example.com.
If there are no Libertarian candidates where you vote, then please consider lending your support to these campaigns. Michael Katch and Mary O’Connor would appreciate financial contributions as well as any volunteer efforts on their behalf. Success of these candidates would give a voice to liberty, benefiting the entire metro area.
In addition, two other candidates may deserve your consideration. Both are running under the Libertarian banner, although they did not seek or receive LPMN endorsement. Christopher Clark is running for Minneapolis Mayor; his email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Raymond Rolfe is running for Minneapolis City Council in Ward 3; his email is email@example.com. These candidates have not been vetted by the LPMN Executive Committee, so we cannot vouch for their positions on issues or their qualifications, and voters are urged to perform their own due diligence by investigating media sources or contacting them directly with any questions.
To find your polling place and other important voting information, you may use the Secretary of State’s Poll Place Finder. Please stand up for liberty and vote on Tuesday, November 3!