January 2, 2021

Today I announce that I am running for re-election.

Serving our community has been an honor and a privilege. Thank you for the opportunity and your support! We have been through so much over the past year. None of us anticipated the global pandemic which has impacted every facet of our lives, the horrific killing of George Floyd by police which positioned Minneapolis at the center of a national racial reckoning, nor the worst civil unrest in our state’s history. Yet in each instance, we’ve seen people come together to support one another as we worked through these unprecedented challenges. I am so proud of our community for stepping up in each of these moments, and I am humbled to help navigate these troubled waters with you.

In considering these challenges over the past year, I believe that together we have worked to improve outcomes. I want to highlight some of my efforts on your behalf.

Responding to the Pandemic

  • Authored the paid safe and sick leave ordinance which has provided protections for over 100,000 workers (many in essential services)
  • Established the Small Business Office which connected businesses to financial support and provided guidance so they could safely stay open
  • Requested USI open their Wi-Fi so families and individuals without the Internet could connect freely (now utilized by more than 7,000 residents)
  • Brought together community partners to create and promote a COVID business directory, helping residents discover ways to support local businesses
  • Fought for financial aid to help those most impacted and to stabilize core city services amid an unprecedented revenue shortfall

Transforming Public Safety

  • Established the 911 Workgroup which laid the groundwork for a mental health responder program and other alternative responses beyond policing
  • Co-authored a budget amendment funding an independent staffing study of the MPD, enabling data-driven decisions on staffing levels moving forward
  • Engaged in thousands of conversations with constituents, listening to your hopes, concerns, and ideas for how we can transform our public safety system, and brought them into the conversations at City Hall
  • Voted to move toward a more effective, equitable, and just system via alternative responses, crime intervention strategies, and addressing root causes, while also ensuring we have the resources in place to respond to emergency calls today

Responding to Civil Unrest

  • Created and distributed daily situational updates for constituents as events unfolded
  • Requested additional resources for our neighborhoods and triaged needs in real-time
  • Helped organize hundreds of residents to assist in protecting our blocks and critical community assets
  • Authored legislation to waive city fees and expedite approvals to aid in recovery efforts
  • Worked to bring together a coalition of community partners and provide formal recognition and support for community-led rebuild efforts
  • Worked with our Intergovernmental Relations team and legislators to pursue aid to help our small businesses and corridors rebuild

In each instance, these efforts led to better results. For some of you, I realize there were times when my approach, position, or vote on a particular issue may have been disappointing. Differences of opinion, sometimes significant, are inevitable. I am also not perfect and have made my share of mistakes. However, I hope when you consider my body of work you will conclude that I have represented the ward and its many diverse perspectives and needs well.

My commitment to service remains the same: putting the people of our city first, being accessible and responsive, listening with an open-mind, carefully weighing decisions, advancing legislation in a thoughtful and outcome-oriented way, being transparent, seeking compromise, and ensuring we don’t forget about the basics.

Over the coming weeks this website will be updated with more information on my work during this term, from affordable housing and homelessness, to environmental sustainability and public health; from racial equity and public safety, to constituent and core services. And over the coming months, I will be looking to connect with and hear from you. I have always valued your feedback and appreciate your thoughts more than ever. Your feedback helps inform the ways in which I work and what is prioritized for the road ahead.

The coming special two-year term (due to redistricting) will be short. My focus will be on good governance of the city as an organization while continuing the work of transforming our public safety system for better results, rebuilding from the civil unrest, recovering from the pandemic, and addressing other critical needs as they emerge.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this work and for all your contributions in making our community and city a better place. I am grateful for all you have done, and ask for your continued support in our work over the next few years.

Wishing you a Happy New Year,

~ Andrew
2017 campaign endorsements:
DFL Party Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO Minnesota Nurses Association OutFront MN Minneapolis Firefighters Local 82 Our Revolution - Twin Cities TakeAction MN Stonewall DFL DFL Environmental Caucus SEIU Minnesota Young DFL AFSCME Southside Pride Newspaper Sierra Club

2017 Accomplishments and Record

Quick Highlights

  • Providing excellent constituent service and being accessible, transparent, and responsive
  • Established a Small Business Office and cut red tape by eliminating more than three-dozen ordinances
  • Secured paid sick leave for over 100,000 workers across our city and paid parental leave for nearly 4,000 City employees
  • Working on the proposed redevevelopment around the 38th Street Station Area and more than 350 units of affordable housing in Ward 12
  • Saved taxpayers $3 million a year by leading the effort to break-up the largest City contract and voting against more spending than any other council member
  • Led efforts to increase the number of firefighters, reduce 911 wait times, and secure more investigative resources for the Police Department
  • Led to unprecendented transparency by authoring the Open Data Policy, launching a portal, and getting Council videos permanently online
  • Helped pass a historic deal to solve the decades-long deficit in our park and road infrastructure
  • Consistantly helping to advance a number of environmental and racial justice policy changes
  • Helped mentor and elect the nation's first Somali American legislator, Ilhan Omar

Ward 12 Specific

  • Hosted nearly two-hundred open office events and community meetings, attended nearly every neighborhood association meeting, and resolved over a thousand constituent issues
  • Currently working on more than 350 units of affordable housing (including: 4041 Hiawatha Ave, Snelling Yards, and 54th Street & Riverview Road)
  • Leading effort to improve the 38th Street Station Area with excellent transit-oriented development, public amenities, better lighting, more trees, and more commercial spaces
  • Provided support to businesses during Minnehaha Avenue reconstruction, from securing a billboard on Hiawatha Ave to helping with logistics such as parking access
  • Led effort to restore funding for Nokomis Healthy Seniors, which has helped thousands of residents stay in their homes as they age and stay physically/mentally/socially active
  • Split up multiple election precincts to improve Ward 12 voter experiences and reduce wait times
  • Worked with Representative Wagenius and Senator Torres Ray to pass state law allowing Cap's Grille to expand their business
  • Currently working to have trash grids installed at Lake Hiawatha to reduce litter entering the lake from the stormwater system, along with other water quality improvements
  • Secured funding to repair several areas that had fallen into long-time disrepair: 46th & 46th, street near the Holiday station, and the railroad tracks at 35th Street
  • Working to speed up rollout of fiber optic internet across Ward 12 and all of Minneapolis by helping ISPs address barriers
  • (See a number of additional efforts related to Ward 12 under other categories)

Small Businesses

  • Led effort to create a Small Business Office to help small businesses navigate City processes (and identify opportunities to further improve)
  • Authored the repeal of over three-dozen antiquated ordinances and helped lower a number of license fees
  • Authored budget amendment to create one-page checklists for opening a new business, improve customer service training, and explore business incubators and microloans
  • Authored budget amendment to create a business portal (see example) and make permits available online (launching in 2017)
  • Authored an ordinance allowing temporary extended business hours
  • Endorsed and campaigned for repeal of the outdated 70/30 laws
  • Worked with Representative Wagenius and Senator Torres Ray on SAC fee reform bill at State Capitol in 2016
  • Helped get SAC fees waived and reduced for a number of Ward 12 businesses
  • (See efforts to support businesses during Minnehaha Avenue reconstruction under "Ward 12")
  • (See efforts to pass state law enabling Cap's Grille to expand business under "Ward 12")

Public Safety

  • Secured additional resources for North Minneapolis in 2014 from the Sheriff, which led to Joint Enforcement Teams and better investigations follow-up
  • Led effort to get the Fire Chief, Finance, and others on the same page to increase the number of firefighters
  • Worked with Mayor's Office to secure additional resources for MPD investigations in 2016 budget
  • Brought attention to delays in 911 call time answers and pushed for system improvements (before and after story)
  • Appointed to the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board, working to increase cross-jurisdiction collaboration for Emergency Management Systems
  • Advocated for and supported funding of rolling out body cameras to all police officers
  • Worked closely with MPD 3rd Precinct, neighborhood associations, and residents to address crime and promote home/block safety
  • (See co-authorship of budget amendment for police training under "racial equity")
  • (See appointment to DOJ subcommittee under "racial equity")


  • Authored ordinance change to enforce ban on environmentally-harmful containers, require commercial recycling, and to make it friendlier for businesses
  • Authored 2017 budget amendment to develop plan to eliminate fossil fuel vehicles from the City's fleet
  • Identified restrictions on urban agriculture as unconstitutional, resulting in lifting of restrictions
  • Completed study on deconstruction and currently working with staff and Council Member (CM) Palmisano on a construction and demolition waste diversion ordinance
  • Requested Public Works to bring forward proposal to fast-track LED streetlight rollout, ultimately included in the 2016 budget
  • Worked to make Ward 12 PERC-free (a carcinogenic dry cleaning chemical) and authored ordinance prohibiting new PERC use across Minneapolis
  • Worked with legislators to provide municipalities authority to restrict pesticides that are harmful to pollinators
  • Opposed expansion of HERC burner, which helped pave the way for a city-wide organics recycling program via a compromise with Hennepin County
  • Co-hosted a city-wide forum on Zero Waste
  • (See effort to reduce litter in Lake Hiawatha under "Ward 12")
  • (See co-authorship of Green Zones under "racial equity")

Racial Justice and Equity

  • Leading Restorative Justice expansion, including working with the Mayor to triple funding via the 2016 budget, completing a study, and hosting a city-wide forum
  • Co-authored 2016 budget amendment to fast-track implicit bias and procedural justice training for police officers
  • Co-authored 2016 budget staff directive to create website for increased transparency and accountability of racial equity initiatives
  • Fought during 2015 budget process for equity office positions, One Minneapolis Fund, and Clean Energy funding
  • Co-hosted northside forum with CM Yang in the aftermath of Ferguson to examine community/police relationships
  • Appointed to Department of Justice subcommittee on improving Minneapolis community/police relationships (recommendations currently being developed)
  • Pushed on HR, Legal, and MPD (with CM Yang) for greater action on racial disparities in officer hiring, and later co-hosted a public forum
  • Co-authored ordinance to decriminalize posession of small amounts of marijuana
  • One of only three CMs to vote against the East Phillips Water Yard (watch speech)
  • Co-authored Indigenous Peoples Day resolution
  • Co-authored Green Zones Resolution, forming a task force to bring forward recommendations addressing the disproportionate impact of pollution on communities of color
  • Authored Coldwater Springs resolution, resulting in the Dakota People returning to their sacred site and freely/publicly performing ceremonies for the first time since exile
  • Co-authored resolution against the Dakota Access Pipeline and spoke out against use of Hennepin County resources to infringe on protests in North Dakota
  • Co-authored resolution calling on Washington to change their NFL team name
  • Laid out a strong case for repealing the lurking and spitting ordinances
  • Called for an independent federal investigation into the death of Jamar Clark


  • Led effort to improve light timings along Hiawatha Avenue (Highway 55)
  • Led policy change to increase ADA pedestrian infrastructure compliance
  • Advocating to route Minnehaha Creek trail under 28th Street bridge as part of the upcoming reconstruction
  • Pushed for better sidewalk snow removal enforcement in the winter, led to a ten-fold increase
  • Successfully pushed for dedicated bicycle lanes and wider sidewalks for 38th Street reconstruction (from Minnehaha Ave to Hiawatha Ave)
  • One of four CMs to vote against Penn Ave reconstruction plans due to absence of dedicated bicycle lanes despite them being in the City's master plan
  • One of six CMs to vote for safer bicycle infrastructure on 3rd Avenue downtown
  • Helped fund bicycle safety awareness mailer to all residents via utility statements
  • Hosted community meeting in Standish-Ericsson on bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements
  • (See securing funds for several long-deteriorating streets under "Ward 12")
  • (See safety improvements around our schools under "For Kids")

For Kids

  • Helped secure funding in the 2015 budget to maintain adequate mental health services at Roosevelt High School
  • Implemented multiple pedestrian safety improvements around our schools (and working on even more)
  • Currently working on a positive youth corridor project around Roosevelt High School, leveraging volunteers and businesses to work with youth
  • Worked with Homegrown MPLS to create a website to help neighborhoods start school gardens
  • Advocated for increased funding for Northrop and Roosevelt in 2015 MPS budget
  • Helped resolve several roadblocks as part of the Sanford Middle School expansion project
  • Organized with SENA a community welcome for students starting the school year at Roosevelt

Financial Stewardship

Labor and Workers

  • Started effort and was co-author of ordinance to ensure paid sick leave for more than 100,000 workers, which passed unanimously and paved the way for other cities
  • Led the effort to bring 33 non-union jobs in-house by breaking up the Unisys contract
  • Led early effort to get paid parental leave for nearly 4,000 City employees
  • Led effort to close a loophole that allowed contractors to skirt the City's apprenticeship requirements
  • One of only three CMs to vote against the reappointment of Director Korbel due to Labor concerns

Government Transparency

  • Led effort to pass an Open Data Policy and launch website, making Minneapolis 16th in the nation to do so
  • Authored staff directives to post neighborhood association budgets, performance reports, and bylaws online
  • Worked to get City Council meetings posted on YouTube so that they are now available indefinitely and more easily shared

LGBT Issues

  • Authored ordinance change to allow gender-neutral single-stall restrooms and authored resolution encouraging businesses to go gender-neutral
  • Co-founding CM (along with CM Glidden) of the Transgender Issues Workgroup, addressing everything from police training and HR policies, to youth employment and public education

Airplane Noise

  • Knocked doors to encourage and help eligible residents take advantage of airport noise mitigation funds before they expired
  • Introduced a new idea to create market incentives for airlines to fly quieter model aircraft in and out of MSP
  • Lobbied for action on airport noise in Washington, D.C. to members of Congress and staff


  • Led effort on comprehensive rewrite of Animal Care and Control Ordinances to improve outcome for animals across Minneapolis and under facility care
  • Brought historic preservationists together to pilot a workgroup model for proactive preservation
  • Defended neighborhood association funding by co-authoring 2015 budget amendment to return TIF revenue to the NCR department
  • Worked with legislators to legalize medical marijuana, including authoring a City Legislative Agenda amendment and testifying before state committee