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
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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