I live in Southwest Minneapolis with my wife Maren and our three children Moritz, Antonia, and Harriet (yes! we named her after the lake). I grew up in the suburbs, but have called Minneapolis my home since 1985, living in the Wedge, Powderhorn, Phillips, Northeast and, for the last thirteen years, Southwest. Like many of you, my family and I are daily users of the parks. Our daughter works for Minneapolis Parks and our kids spent several years playing and thriving in Minneapolis Parks’ Rec Plus program and attending Minneapolis Public Schools.
Minneapolis is my home and I love it here, absolutely, and that’s a sentiment I know is shared by neighbors and friends. Like any place, Minneapolis is not perfect but our starting point has always been strong. Personally, I believe that to experience positive change and progress, we must uplift, not tear down. Maya Angelou said, "A person cannot develop moral character unless they are valued." Can this idea also be applied to a place? I believe it can. I promise to meet people where they are and find the intersections where our values connect. Let’s come together to sustain, maintain, and improve our parks for ourselves and our children. Toward this end, I will do all that I can.
Please vote for me as your next MPRB District 6 Park Commissioner