City Election Information and Forums

Learn about the Issues and Candidates on your Ballot

This fall’s election is full of important races and ballot measures that will impact the future of our City. Three charter amendments will determine the future of public safety, rent control, and the structure of our local government. Additionally, offices on the ballot include Mayor, City Council, Park Board, and the Board of Estimate and Taxation. As your neighborhood association, we are partnering with other Minneapolis neighborhoods to host several nonpartisan election forums (Ward 11 City Council, District 6 Park Board, and Charter Amendment details below) to help you make your voting decisions. Find your polling location, view a sample ballot, request an absentee ballot, register to vote, and more at

District 6 Park Board Commissioner Candidate Forum September 28 7:00pm

This nonpartisan candidate forum is your chance to meet the candidates for District 6 of the Park Board. The League of Women Voters will be moderating and it will be offered both in person at Mount Olivet Church (5025 Knox Ave S) and virtually streamed and recorded. Please register here. Even if you’re not able to attend or watch live, we recommend registering for additional event details and your opportunity to submit a question for the candidates. If attending in person, masks are required and we will be limiting capacity to maintain safe distancing. If COVID19 conditions do not allow for a safe event, we will remove the in person audience and only offer virtual viewing.

Confirmed candidates include:

Cathy Abene

-Bob Fine

Risa Hustad

Barb Schlaefer

Information for how to live stream and watch the recording will be emailed to those who register and posted here at a later date. Tangletown Neighborhood Association is hosting this event in partnership with East Harriet Farmstead, South Uptown, Linden Hills, Kingfield, Lyndale, Armatage, Fulton, Kenny, Lynnhurst, and West Maka Ska neighborhoods.

Charter Amendment Education and Forum October 16

This fall, Minneapolis votes on three charter amendments that will determine the future of public safety, rent control, and the structure of our local government. Confused? The Charter Education Team, a partnership of Southwest Minneapolis Neighborhood Organizations including Tangletown, will host a public forum about these amendments on October 16. Advocates in favor of and opposed to each charter amendment will make their case, and help you decide which way to vote. Additionally our Charter Education Team is putting together a website and flier with more information on the charter amendments.

The Saturday October 16 forum will be held at 10:00am in a hybrid format, with an online stream and limited in-person attendance (COVID conditions permitting) at Mayflower Church (106 E Diamond Lake Rd). If attending in person, masks are required and vaccination strongly recommended for those eligible. We will be limiting capacity to maintain safe distancing. If COVID19 conditions do not allow for a safe event, we will remove the in person audience and only offer virtual viewing. Register here to attend virtually or in person and submit a question.

Public forum speakers include:

  • JaNae Bates from Yes 4 Minneapolis (Stance: For Department of Public Safety), a coalition of residents, neighbors, businesses, organizations, faith communities, and families across the city who are seeking to create a safe Minneapolis and to change the Minneapolis charter to create a Department of Public Safety. 
  • All of MPLS (Stance: Against Department of Public Safety), a coalition of DFL activists, labor unions, community leaders, and residents from across Minneapolis who are working to elect leaders and enact changes that promote accountability of candidates and elected officials and who are advocating to keep the Minneapolis Police Department in place and to instill just and accountable policing in Minneapolis. 
  • Charter for Change (Stance: For Change in Government Structure), an organization of Minneapolis residents, organizations and businesses, affiliated with Minneapolis Together who are advocating for a change in Minneapolis government structure as to make it more efficient and equitable. 
  • Ben Whalen from ISAIAH/Faith in Minnesota (Stance: Against Change in Government Structure), a faith-based coalition of communities who are fighting for racial and economic justice in Minnesota. 
  • Minneapolis United for Rent Control (MURC) (Stance: For Rent Stabilization Policies), an organization that is advocating for a strong rent control policy, free from corporate loopholes, covering all renters, and tying rent increases to the cost of living. 
  • Cecil Smith from Minnesota Multi Housing Association (MHA) (Stance: Against Rent Stabilization Policies), a coalition of the state’s largest apartment management companies, developers, common interest communities, and providers of related products and services (managers of properties) who are supporting the multi-housing industry.

Learn more about the proposed amendments and how they will alter the Charter, if passed here, in a presentation by Minneapolis City Clerk Casey Carl at a Kingfield board meeting.

This event is hosted in partnership with Tangletown, Kingfield, Lyndale, East Maka Ska, Kenny, Armatage, Lynnhurst, Fulton, Lowry Hill East, Linden Hills, South Uptown, West Maka Ska, Hale Page Diamond Lake, and Cedar Isles Dean Neighborhood Associations.

Ward 11 City Council Candidate Forum Recording

On September 15, the five candidates for Ward 11 City Council discussed the issues at our non-partisan candidate forum. You can view the recording of the forum here. We’re grateful to the League of Women Voters Minneapolis who moderated the forum and our partnering neighborhoods who cosponsored with us: Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, Hale Page Diamond Lake Community Association, and Windom Community Council.