The Green Party of Minneapolis has endorsed Andy Exley for city council in Minneapolis’ 6th Ward. The 6th ward was one of the first in Minneapolis to elect a Green when voters elected Dean Zimmerman to the council in 2001. Exley is campaigning on a platform of favoring local businesses over national chains, removing restrictions to small business creation, reverse measures that criminalize homelessness, protect tenant rights, strengthen civilian review of police conduct, increasing accountability on the council, preserving the independent park board, and improving public transit options.
In Minneapolis’ first election using instant runoff voting, Exley is campaigning against the incumbent together with two other candidates, as the Star Tribune reports:
Three of Lilligrens challengers – Andy Exley, Laura Jean and Michael Tupper – have come up with a unique strategy: they’re campaigning together. The three candidates have been holding shared meet-and-greet events and are refraining from criticizing each other.
“We are campaigning against the incumbent because he is not serving the needs of his constituents,” says Tupper. “You have three choices this time.”
According to the same story, two other Greens are running for the office, although Exley is the party’s endorsed candidate. Other candidates endorsed by the Minneapolis Greens include Cam Gordon in Ward 2, Marcus Harcus in Ward 4, Jeanine Estime in Ward 8, Dave Bicking in Ward 9, and Annie Young for Park Board Commissioner-at-large.