“It's time for real criminal justice reform in Minneapolis. Raymond Dehn for Minneapolis championed police accountability as state representative, and as mayor he'll lead on de-militarizing police and training police in de-escalation. We're proud to endorse his campaign for Mayor,” said a statement from the national organization.
“Ray champions young voices and his dynamic leadership has brought together a coalition of young people of all backgrounds,” said MYDFL President, Alex Boutrous. “Ray’s proactive approach to governance will allow every young person the same opportunities for success. His bold vision for and commitment to investing in our communities and dismantling the violence of our existing system makes him the best choice for mayor. "
You have probably received multiple emails today about the fundraising deadline in the Mayoral race tomorrow night, just 31 hours away. Team Dehn is trying to raise an additional $4835 which equals 300 hours of organizing, allowing us to knock over 100,000 doors.
Beyond the resignation of Chief Harteau, we need to completely change our city’s approach to public safety—moving towards providing services, investing in communities, and developing community-based solutions. Until then, we must make immediate changes in the Minneapolis Police Department.
Last night, Minneapolis Police Department officers killed a woman in south Minneapolis—another unacceptable murder by those sworn to keep us safe. While the details are not yet known, we do know the officers at the scene did not have their body cameras on. The incident perpetuates the historical lack of transparency and accountability in institutions of law enforcement—an institution fueled by an established culture of excessive force and state sanctioned murder.
Yesterday, we proved conventional wisdom wrong, coming in first place at the DFL City Convention. We beat big money. We proved working people, young people, and people of color and Indigenous people are powerful. We proved when we organize—we win.
My name is Karen Clark, I'm a State Representative for District 62A, representing South Minneapolis. During my time at the legislature, I've championed LGBTQ+ equality—I was the chief author of the bill to legalize same-sex marriage; Ray was one the first legislators to sign on. Since then, we've stood together fighting for our progressive values.
Ray is one of our city’s most effective legislators at the Capitol. His energy and efficiency at the Capitol have been remarkable. Ray lead the legislature on reformed drug sentencing guidelines, ban-the-box for jobs, and securing funding for Clare Housing. Ray brings unique, neighborhood-based insight to governing which is something desperately needed in our city leadership.
We’re proud to support Raymond Dehn for Mayor of Minneapolis. Ray values youth as one of the most powerful constituencies in our nation. Ray is the only candidate who has authentically engaged with students, not to acquire our vote, but to understand our perspective. His puts in the time: Ray is the only candidate with an active U of M student group in this election. His campaign team reflects these values—their average age is 24 years.
Philando’s senseless death should at least stand for progress, but it will join a long list of police executions—fueled by an established culture of racial profiling and excessive force built on laws upholding white supremacy—nationwide. We had hope, with this verdict, that things would be different, that we wouldn’t see our state sanction another murder.
Rep. Clark and I would never have thought that we could go for seven days without food. We learned the body is amazing and resilient, even when we did nothing for it, it kept working for us—this is how government should operate and this is the type of Mayor I will be; in the fight with you.
As a State Representative, I’ve attempted to respond to the errors made by city leadership by echoing the concerns of the community after the removal of former Inspector Friestleben, offering guidance to the Mayor during the 4th Precinct occupation, and now rejecting Delmonico as our Inspector.
In the past weeks, we have seen many of our leaders shift their view in support of a $15 minimum wage. This is largely due to the organizing work done by NOC, 15NOW, CTUL, SEUI, ISAIAH—proof that when we mobilize communities progress follows. When Minneapolis builds a plan to implement a living wage, we must write in provisions for regular wage increases with inflation. Else, we will face the present crisis—where the wage must be raised $5.50 sense to catch up with decades of neglect—once again.
Our campaign is humbled by the groundswell of support we received at last night’s precinct caucuses. The DFL caucuses saw participation more than double, with many residents caucusing for the first time. We are excited so many people chose to participate in neighborhood democracy—we hope the process continues to improve accessibility in future years.
The three of us have had thousands of conversations—on the doors, on the phone, and over the phone, and at public debates about education for our children. We bring a diversity of perspectives and solutions for our schools, yet we agree Ray will be the best Mayor for education.
“Ray searches for solutions to problems that aren’t yet apparent. His ability to foresee need is evident in his legislative record. A progressive leader of action, he is inviting and empowering a coalition of stakeholders generally forgotten in city elections."
As the only candidate endorsed by healthcare workers, I also wanted to share my Community Health Plan on Substance Abuse and Addiction.
"Representative Dehn shares nurses’ beliefs and vision for healthcare as a human right for all," said MNA President Mary Turner.