In St. Paul we are blessed to have so many talented, intelligent, passionate and principled community members and new and experienced leaders, active in our schools, for profits, non-profits and the arts.
We need to leverage our existing talent and nurture new leadership from all our local communities, including from women and communities of color.
As your mayor, I pledge to increase transparency and community engagement at every level of city government. If you're reading this, it is because you care. You care about the city, you care about the people who live here, you care about the social, economic, political and environmental health of our neighborhoods, our unions and businesses-especially the small businesses that provide close to 75% of new jobs.
You want everyone to thrive, not just survive. And you believe that it possible for us to ameliorate the bad, to improve on the good, and to strive for the great.
I believe that, too.
In the St. Paul city government I envision, everyone has a seat at the table. Even if the outside world feels divided by false separations and strict political lines, St. Paul can be different. It can and must be a progressive beacon of light and hope and inclusivity. The way to achieve that is to make sure everyone is welcome, that everyone has a voice, and that everyone's voices, hearts and opinions are respected and listened to.
Lowertown Media asked all the candidates how we'd approach finding solutions to our concerns about St. Paul and building upon our strengths. Here's one of my answers-
How do we promote the community part of community policing?
All the mayoral candidates say they want to see more community policing. Following are recommendations that I call relationship-based policing.
In Arthur Miller’s iconic play, Death of a Salesman, Linda (the salesman’s wife) tells her son in the middle of the story, “Attention must be paid.” At the end, her older husband who has tried and tried and tried to make a bigger commission commits suicide because he believes the insurance money will help his family more than continuing to try.
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