Although we did not get the outcome we had hoped for, I am inspired by the outpouring of support from the thousands of volunteers, donors, and voters who turned out on Tuesday. I’m proud of us because we fought for what we believed in and stood by our neighbors — through thick and thin, no matter what. That’s what community means; that’s who we are. I am honored that we stood together through it all.
When I was inaugurated, I said that we were called upon to do three things: run the city well; grow it in a way that includes everyone; and eliminate the disparities of race, place, and income that have divided us from each other. I said that when we heed that call, there would be no limitations on our greatness.
Every day in the last four years, we did heed that call: as a result, together we’ve made real, lasting change in our city. We built the strongest foundation for transforming policing of any city in the country, and chose an extraordinary new police chief who is leading us to the next horizon. We made sure no one has to choose any longer between getting well and getting paid. We passed a $15 minimum wage that does not leave tipped workers behind. We extended organics recycling to every neighborhood in our city. We assembled a Cradle to K Cabinet that is working to prevent disparities for our youngest children before they arise. We did it all, and much more, with fiscally responsible, structurally balanced budgets, and by putting racial equity at the core of everything we do.
We looked our challenges straight in the eye, and took them on together. We met resistance along the way, and we didn’t flinch. In so doing, we made our great city even greater — for everyone.
In the nearly 40 candidate forums I participated in, I was always asked about my favorite part of Minneapolis. Amid all the nearly endless list of great features and great places that there are to choose from, I never hesitated: my answer always was — and always will be — the people of Minneapolis, the most welcoming, engaged, passionate, diverse, committed, strong, and loving people anywhere. The people of Minneapolis are determined to do what’s right for our neighbors and communities. The people of Minneapolis are determined to build One Minneapolis, no matter the challenges or the resistance. Working together in the last four years, we took great steps forward. I’m proud of this work, and I’m proud of us.
I’m humbled to extend my heartfelt thank you to my supporters, volunteers, staff, friends, family, donors, and the wonderful progressive organizations who never wavered in backing this grassroots campaign.
It’s been the greatest privilege to serve our city and the people of Minneapolis. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.