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Diversity in Politics

The Unprecedented Saint Paul City Council Takes Office

"I'm grateful to our community for modeling the values that got us here.”

Election Highlights: Saint Paul Elects All-Women City Council

Nadia Mohamed, a young candidate in Saint Louis Park, is the first Somali-American mayor. Saint Paul elects an all-women city council. Several newcomers do well in Minneapolis. Nationally, protecting abortion rights rose significantly in states like Ohio and Virginia.

SERIES: Q&A With Robin Wonsley on Minneapolis Policing, Housing, and Socialism

We had a lengthy conversation with Minneapolis city council member Robin Wonsley for her perspectives on public safety and housing. She has been a strong voice advocating for major changes in both issues. As one of the state's few Socialist candidates elected to office, we also wanted to unpack ideology with her.

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SERIES: Talking About Public Safety With Two Minneapolis City Council Candidates

"The oversight capacity of the City Council is going to really matter. I have a really strong value around police accountability, and talking about it honestly and bluntly, because we need to as the city of Minneapolis.”
Katie Cashman

SERIES: Young City Council Candidates Show Their Experience

U.S. politics can sometimes seem immature and lacking in understanding of 'real people' problems. These young candidates are entering city council races to lead with a different kind of experience.

SERIES: Why Miranda Pacheco Is Running for Duluth City Council

“I went to a few Duluth city council meetings. I looked at all the city council members — they all bring something to the table, absolutely — but it didn’t represent all of Duluth. One of my motivations for running was: representation.”
Mary Moriarty

Talking to Mary Moriarty About Juvenile Justice Reform

As the new Hennepin County Attorney, Mary Moriarty…

Fresh, Diverse Voices Join the Minnesota Legislature

When the 2023 legislative session opened January 3, there were fresh voices in both the House and the Senate, thanks largely to urban voters. Here are some of them, who we talked to last fall during their campaigns.

Edie Barrett: My Run for House in Rural Minnesota

When it comes to behavioral change, and beliefs, this is not simply a Greater Minnesota challenge, nor a Minnesota challenge — it is a national challenge. It is THE challenge of our time. How do we find our way back to each other and to the values that connect us?

Values & Vision of Minnesota Voters

We listened to some of the voices, and saw some of the villages, at three locations on election night in Saint Paul. Here are a few highlights.

Values & Vision: Talking to People Engaged in Politics (With Election Results)

The values and vision of 20 Minnesotans who care about serving everyone in a culture of abundance, not scarcity and fear. "If it is about us, include us."

New Indigenous and LGBTQ+ Voices That Will Represent Minnesotans

At the state capitol, there is a historic slate of LGBTQ+ candidates and Native candidates. Here are parts of our conversations with some of them.

What Is On Voters’ Minds?

We talked with candidates and other Minnesota engaged in politics about how reproductive rights, public safety, and education are impacting voters.

People in Politics: What Makes a Powerful Leader?

"Women naturally function more as a collective. There is power in numbers. When it is transactional, people who want to succeed think that dividing and conquering is how you do it. That is actually a colonized way of leading."

Sen. Patricia Torres Ray: Transforming the Science of Politics

"We are working on transforming the science of politics. And when we get there, and when we do that, this world is going to be very, very different."

2024 coverage was made possible by Vote Run Lead and Women Winning.

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