What will Minneapolis' energy future look like in the next few years?

Community Power grew a city-wide discussion on local energy issues during the 2021 city council & mayoral elections, building on our 2013 Minneapolis Energy Options campaign, the 2017 candidate forums, and all the work in between. Both the questionnaires, and the mayoral & ward-specific public Q&A forums with candidates were an important opportunity for Minneapolis residents to hear their city council and mayoral candidates’ plans on energy choice, affordability, and access.

 

                          2022-2024 Minneapolis City Council Members on Energy & Equity

 

 Ward 1 Watch Elliot Payne- in our July 21st Candidate forum  

The councilmember-elect also submitted a questionnaire which could be read here

 

Ward 2 Watch Robin Wonsley in our June 16th Candidate forum   

The councilmember-elect also submitted a questionnaire which could be read here

 

Ward 3 Watch Michael Rainville in our July 26th Candidate forum

Ward 4 Watch LaTrisha Vetaw in our June 21st Candidate forum 

Ward 5 Watch Jeremiah Ellison in our September 18th Candidate forum

Ward 6 Jamal Osman provides some answers on climate here

 

Ward 7 Watch Lisa Goodman's video at the beginning of our Sept 21st Candidate forum

The councilmember also submitted a questionnaire which could be read here

 

Ward 8 Andrea Jenkins submitted a questionnaire which could be read here

 

Ward 9 Watch Jason Chavez Cruz in our May 19th candidate forum 

The councilmember-elect also submitted a questionnaire which could be read here

 

Ward 10 Watch Aisha Chughtai in our May 5th Candidate forum 

The councilmember-elect also submitted a questionnaire which could be read here

 

Ward 11 Watch Emily Koski in our May 20th candidate forum 

The councilmember-elect also submitted a questionnaire which could be read here

 

Ward 12- Andrew Johnson submitted a questionnaire which could be read here

Ward 13- Linea Palmisano submitted a questionnaire back in 2017 which could be read here

 

Minneapolis Mayor - Jacob Frey submitted a questionnaire back in 2017 which could be read here and participated in our 2017 Mayoral forum as a non-incumbent which could be seen here: https://vimeo.com/224249028 . As an incumbent Mayor Frey answered a Community Power question starting at timestamp 51:53 in this video link here  

 

 Read candidates for Mayor & City Council's answers to our 2021 Energy Questionnaire

Click the above link to read returned questionnaires to date

 Watch Q&A forums with Minneapolis City candidates seeking to represent you!

Either click above or click a link below to view a video of a Community Power forum: 

 

 

HOW OUR 2021 FORUMS WORKED  

All of our 2021 forums took place online. Candidates for City Council and Mayor shared their visions how to meet Minneapolis’ local clean energy and climate goals in ways that also benefit key priorities of the city such as housing affordability, renter’s rights, economic, racial & environmental justice, and workforce development for clean energy jobs.
In addition to prepared questions, we also invited audience members to submit questions upon RSVPing at the Zoom link or live in the Zoom Chat, which we screened. 

Following the formal Q & A, we would switch over to a different Zoom meeting for informal post-forum conversations with candidates and audience members in virtual breakout rooms.

Prior to each of the forums, Community Power held meetings all participating candidates so that all had the same basic information and go to hear the story on how Community Power originated as the 2013 Minneapolis Energy Options campaign that led directly to the City forming its first-in-the-Nation Clean Energy Partnership with Xcel and Centerpoint. 

For the Ward forums, we had some occasional help from Twin Cities Youth for Climate Justice, a collective who are carrying on the momentum of the 2019 Climate Strikes, along with Minneapolis Climate Action, MNIPL, and Friends of the Mississippi River. The September 14th Mayoral candidate forum was also cohosted by the MN BIPOC Environmental Justice Table, Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate and Climate Gen: A Will Stegar Legacy.
The beginning of each of each forum had a guest appearance from FairVote Minnesota, which is a national leader in the movement for Ranked Choice Voting. Rank choice voting is a simple, but powerful change to the way we vote that gives voters more choice and more power.

 

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Interested in reading the current council + mayor's answers from 2017? Check them out here