I want to congratulate Linea Palmisano, Ward 13's new council member. It was a very competitive race and the final counting of the votes this morning shows that Linea won by 324 votes from a total of over 10,000 cast. Ward 13 always has great voter turnout and we can be proud of our collective civic action. A Council Member is most successful through active partnerships with those they represent. Council Member-elect Palmisano can count on me to be one of those who will work with her to help make our ward and city even better.
My thanks to all the candidates for their efforts. Council Member-elect Palmisano, Missy Durant and Bob Reuer all worked hard to bring to light issues that mattered to them and those they connected with in our community. It is not easy to run for public office. They should all be commended for their commitment to make our city a better place to live and work.
I am so grateful for the support from my campaign team and the community. I was able to run for office because of so many that supported me, especially my wife Karen. My campaign was a true grassroots effort, with support from Ward 13 residents in all stages of life: retirees, parents, business owners, first-time homeowners and renters, students, and even a few future voters! The time and energy that my team spent is invaluable to me and I truly hope they do not feel that their efforts were in vain. Together we ran an excellent, issues-oriented campaign. We made a compelling case, one door knock at a time.
There is still so much more work to be done in Southwest Minneapolis, the City and our region. I will continue to do what I love to do – work with others to improve our community for everyone.