Voter’s Guide 2021 Ward 12, City of Minneapolis: Andrew Johnson


By: JT Pinther, freelance journalist

  1. Main riders
    1. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)
    2. LDF Minneapolis
    3. LDF stone wall
    4. Senator Patricia Torres Ray
    5. Several local and state unions
  2. Brief history: Johnson is the first millennial to serve on Minneapolis City Council. He is a small business owner and served on the Longfellow Community Board, being elected Board Chair in his second year. Johnson currently lives in the Howe neighborhood.
  3. Main issues
    1. Police responsibility – Believes that the police should be part of the City’s public safety system, but “we cannot continue to expect every problem to be solved by a police officer, nor that dysfunctions within the institution of the MPD are resolved with minor reforms ”.
    2. Amendments to the Charter – In favor of the Ministry of Public Security; opposes the stabilization of rents
    3. Education – n / A
    4. Racial Justice (gen.) – One of only three council members to vote against the East Phillips Water Yard; co-authored several BIPOC-related resolutions, most notably against the Dakota Access Pipeline and fought to repeal the hiding and spitting ordinances.
    5. Other major issues / priorities – small businesses; public health; affordable housing; climate change and the Comp 2040 Plan.
  4. Best way to find out more
    1. Andrew Johnson Campaign Website | Minneapolis City Council Page

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