At its May 8 Fifth Congressional District convention, the Minneapolis Green Party endorsed its first-ever mayoral candidate, Farheen Hakeem, re-endorsed At-Large Park Board Commissioner Annie Young and 5th Ward Councilmember Natalie Johnson Lee, and endorsed Aaron Neumann for the 3rd Ward Council seat that covers Nicollet Island and the East Bank.
Hakeem said she had four major platform areas. "I would like to deviate ourselves from being dependent on state and county funding and try to create our own income. I would like to see real affordable housing - currently, the standard is based on income of approximately $38,000 per year. As a result, 30 percent of the people of Minneapolis can't afford housing. Which leads to my next issue, which is livable wages: $38,000 a year is about $19 an hour; this is a salary whose jobs are not easily available. My last issue is an antiracist approach to public safety. We still have a problem of our communities not trusting officers, and this makes it difficult to increase their funding."
The 29-year-old, a membership coordinator with the Girl Scout Council of Greater Minneapolis, also emphasized her opposition to a new Twins stadium, in contrast to DFL mayoral candidates R.T. Rybak and Peter McLaughlin.
Neumann faces DFLer Diane Hostede, while Johnson Lee faces fellow incumbent Don Samuels, a DFLer redistricted into the ward. Next stop for all is the Sept. 13 primary.
In the other Council race affecting Downtown, delegates rejected Robert Halfhill for the 7th Ward race against DFL incumbent Lisa Goodman.
The party platform includes "no stadium paid with taxes unless we have a locally owned team," restoring Metro Transit budget cuts, more parks and libraries funding, publicly financed elections and establishing a commission to study raising local taxes progressively.
For more on local Greens, see 5cd.mngreens.org/