It will be critically important in the next four years to continue this important work and build on this solid base of progressive results.
But we must also recognize that last November 8, everything changed across our country. Make no mistake: Donald Trump, along with the Republican majorities in the Minnesota Legislature, are openly hostile to and will attack progressive cities like Minneapolis, and those of us who live in and love them.
I have a record of successfully fighting back against Republican attacks on Minneapolis in years past, and I’ve been doing so again. Just since Donald Trump was awarded the presidency, I have defended our Muslim, LGBT, trans, and Native American brothers and sisters against vicious attack, and I have stood rock-solid in defense of our immigrant communities so that they and everyone in Minneapolis can feel safe and protected by police. I will not waver in my defense of our city against Donald Trump or anyone who comes after our people.
These times require a mayor who thinks big and plays a long game, not a mayor who goes for short-term wins and easy headlines. These times require a mayor who can continue to lead the way toward making Minneapolis a shining beacon of progressive light and accomplishment in a time of authoritarian darkness.
That’s the mayor I have been, because that’s the mayor I am. I am asking for your support to continue to be that mayor, to allow me to lead the work to keep our vibrant and inclusive city one of the best and most progressive in the country.