‘This is life and death’: 7 future members of Minneapolis City Council say they will listen to the call to address public safety issues – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis City Council’s 2020 call to define police led to a nationwide debate that is still ongoing. And in the midst of an ongoing crime rise, Minneapolis voters elected seven new council members.

WCCO’s Esme Murphy sat down with all seven and found that although there is a political lean, there are also signs of cooperation.

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The group was first asked by Murphy if they could promise to work with each other and other councilors to tackle the public security crisis in our community.

“I promise to work with council members, the new and the old, we need to find out,” said Ward 3 winner Michael Rainville, believed to be more moderate than Steve Fletcher, who was voted out.

Three young Democratic Socialists were also elected – Jason Chavez in Section 9, Aisha Chughtai in Section 10 and Robin Wonsley Worlobah in Section 2. They are also involved in co-operation and meaningful police reform.

Chughtai, 24, said she will work to represent Uptown.

“I look forward to working with this group and the mayor to help achieve that,” she said.

Chavez, 26, will represent the riot-ridden district where George Floyd was murdered. He said the work of resolving the public safety crisis is “what Section 9 deserves.”

Newly elected LaTrisha Vetaw will represent North Minneapolis. She deployed a “defund the police” crew and won in a landslide of support from black and white residents who were tired of the crime in their backyards.

“This issue of public safety was the one thing that divided us, and that should have been what brought us together,” she said.

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There was recognition among the seven that battered business districts need help, from Nicollet Mall to Lake Street.

“We have to bring back the small businesses, the Mom and Pop stores that are struggling and that were burned to the ground,” Chavez said.

Voters approved a change that allows rent control – 60% of Minneapolis residents are tenants. An average two-bedroom in the city rents for $ 2,500 a month.

“We have to focus on tenants and we have to bring in a lot of votes,” Emily Koski said in Section 11.

Department 10’s Aisha Chughtai said, “We need rent control in this city,” Chughtai said.

But the other issues eventually circulated back to public safety. Among these new voices, there is an urgent need.

“This is life and death,” said Elliott Payne of Department 1. “I think everyone here sincerely ran because they saw the crisis we were operating under.”

WCCO included Ward 2’s certified winner Wonsley Worlobaugh in our extended interview. She won by just 19 votes over Yusra Arab. Due to the small margin, a publicly funded recount will begin Friday.

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