Equity Debate Draws Candidates for Minneapolis Park Board Election

The following article by Steve Brandt was published in the November 15, 2016 edition of the Star Tribune.

Equity Debate Draws Candidates for Minneapolis Park Board Election

Citywide and southwest seats are drawing the most competition so far. 
Carol House pushed her grandson Isaiah Halsall on a swing at the newly remodeled East Phillips Park May 29, 2014


A year before next year’s Minneapolis park commissioner elections, the field of citywide candidates is getting crowded.

And that’s before a push to recruit equity-focused candidates hits high gear.

There are already two candidates challenging Commissioner Brad Bourn for his southwest Minneapolis seat. And a half-dozen candidates are possibilities for the three citywide seats on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, which oversees more than 6,000 acres and a $101.2 million budget. It’s poised to spend a windfall of new money to fix neighborhood parks but bedeviled by charges of racism.

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