Public safety is a key factor in the Minneapolis elections this November. Here is where the candidates stand.

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We believe there is no question more pressing to the November 2021 city elections in Minneapolis than candidate and voter viewpoints about public safety: how police and violence prevention programs are funded, and to what extent community members have a voice in how to improve on safety and public health.

Stress caused by violence in and out of the home (as well as being low-income in an increasingly expensive city), responses to gender-based violence and mental health crises, and long-standing incarceration of substance use rather than treatment have led to schisms in the way voters feel the city represents their needs.

These are not new issues. The question in November is: How do most Minneapolis voters want to see transformation happen?

A Department of Public Safety has been proposed as part of a YES 4 Minneapolis amendment campaign. This kind of department exists in nearby communities such as Plymouth, Maplewood, and Richfield.

We asked freelance journalist Cirien Saadeh to compile responses from Minneapolis City Council candidates about public safety. Here is what they told us, unedited. We are updating with news responses in the order they are received.


Minneapolis Mayor (those who have responded)

Ward 1

Candidates who responded: 

Candidates who have not responded: 

  • Thomas E Wortman 
  • Calvin L Carpenter

Ward 2

Candidates who responded: 

Candidates who have not responded: 

  • Yusra Arab 
  • Guy T Gaskin 
  • Cam Gordon

Ward 3

Candidates who responded

Candidates who have not responded: 

  • Steve Fletcher 
  • Hope Hennessey
  • Merv Moorhead

Ward 4

Candidates who responded: 

Candidates who have not responded: 

  • LaTrisha Vetaw

Ward 5

Candidates who responded: 

Candidates who have not responded: 

  • Suleiman Isse
  • Victor Martinez
  • Kristel Porter
  • James Seymour 

Ward 6

Candidates who responded: 

Candidates who have not responded: 

  • Jamal Osman

Ward 7

Candidates who responded: 

Candidates who have not responded: 

  • none

Ward 8

Candidates who have not responded: 

  • Andrea Jenkins
  • Robert “Bob” Sullentrop

Ward 9

Candidates who responded: 

Candidates who have not responded: 

  • Jon Denison 
  • Yussuf Haji 
  • Carmen Means 
  • Ross Tenneson

Ward 10

Candidates who responded: 

Candidates who have not responded: 

  • Ubah Nur 
  • David Wheeler

Ward 11

Candidates who responded: 

Candidates who have not responded: 

  • none

Ward 12

Candidates who responded: 

Candidates who have not responded: 

  • Andrew Johnson
  • David Rosenfield

Ward 13

Candidates who responded: 

Candidates who have not responded: 

  • Bob Reuer
  • Ken Salway