A Letter to Minneapolis Voters

 

Dear Neighbors,

After many conversations and careful consideration, I have decided to run for Mayor of Minneapolis.

I believe in my heart that we can do better than working from crisis to crisis, and that we must do better in tearing down the country’s largest achievement gaps. Our best days are ahead of us, so long as we work together to build the brighter future that we all deserve.

Like many who grow up with little opportunity, experience the justice system from the inside, and struggle to find their way, I have walked the same path of those in our city who have been forgotten and left to fend for themselves. With the help of my community and the people who embraced me, I was blessed with the opportunity to chart a new direction for my life.

As an architect, I can think strategically about how our economy, schools, justice system, infrastructure, and public spaces impact both current and future generations. As a 3-term state representative, I can leverage my strong relationships with Governor Dayton and legislators from both sides of the aisle to sustain and strengthen the invaluable partnership between our city and state.

As your mayor, my goal will be to build a city that works for everyone. To do so, I am making you a simple promise: to proactively engage people of all colors, faiths, incomes and backgrounds – in times of high spirits, in times of frustration, and in times of sorrow. You deserve a leader who listens, who stands alongside you, and who looks you in the eye when it’s not easy or comfortable to do so. This is the mayor I will be for you. You deserve no less.

Lastly, but certainly not least, I want to thank the incredible people of the Northside, Bryn Mawr, North Loop, and downtown Minneapolis for allowing me the privilege of serving as your state representative. We worked together for years before you elected me, and now I hope to serve you, and our entire city, in an exciting new capacity as mayor.

I look forward to talking to you and hearing your ideas in the days to come.

-Ray