Hi! I’m Lisa Goodman, and I’m running for reelection to the Minneapolis City Council in the 7th Ward.
We are living through another period of change, and it is clear there is concern for the city’s future. I share that concern. I have dedicated my life to standing up for opportunity and fairness. I came to Minnesota after college to work for Paul Wellstone because he represented the positive change I wanted to see, then I fought for women’s reproductive rights as the Executive Director of Minnesota NARAL before running for this seat because there wasn’t another female candidate on the ballot.
I’m running now because we have more to do to provide opportunities to ALL Minneapolis residents, and I know we can do these things because I’ve spent my time on the City Council getting things done.
I champion affordable housing on the City Council. Under my leadership, the City has produced or preserved more than 10,000 units of affordable housing. I founded the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund and continue to challenge the city to do better on housing so the families with greatest need find a home. Last year, I authored an ordinance to protect renters who use housing vouchers from discrimination from landlords.
I lead Minneapolis’ investment in smart, sustainable green infrastructure and our treasured parks. I led the effort to establish green roofs downtown, including City Hall, Target Center, and Central Library to mitigate damage to our ecosystem from stormwater runoff and keep our city cool. I worked to establish the solar array on the Minneapolis Convention Center, the largest in the Midwest, to help reduce carbon-emitting fossil fuels. Last year it became apparent that our neighborhood parks were in financial trouble, and I worked with the Park Board to fund parks for 20 years, providing continuity in our commitment to our parks.
I drive workforce development and support for small business. As a Democrat, I know that a rising tide raises all ships, and I make sure residents have jobs. I have supported vocational training, authored changes to allow food trucks to operate in Minneapolis, and helped establish a partnership to provide free college education at MCTC for anyone who graduated from a Minneapolis Public School. I also authored a Halal lending program to expand opportunities for our immigrant neighbors to start small businesses.
Whether it has been providing affordable housing so families with the greatest need have a home, striking a deal to fund our neighborhood parks, or attracting innovative businesses so residents have access to good living wage jobs, I’ve done the work to find space in our budget for sustainable solutions for Minneapolis families, kids, and seniors.
I love our City, and have more work to do. I hope to earn your vote on November 7th.
Lisa is proud to be endorsed by:
US Senator Al Franken Governor Mark Dayton Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith