MEET THE CANDIDATES:
Like many who grow up with little opportunity, I experienced the justice system from the inside. With the help of my community and all who have embraced me, I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to chart a new direction for my life. I am humbled to be a candidate for Minneapolis’ highest executive office.
All this led me toward running for and being elected to the State Legislature in 2012, representing District 59B, which includes the Northside, Bryn Mawr, North Loop, Elliott Park, and Downtown.
Al Flowers brings various talents and skills to the community as well as Minneapolis politics.
Al Flowers builds partnerships, creates community dialogue, respects people, brings common sense government, cares about our elders and youth, has strength and dedication.
Throughout his life, Jacob has always worked incredibly hard, building diverse coalitions, and quite simply getting things done.
As a Council Member, Jacob's leadership has resulted in a thriving 3rd Ward, which saw record numbers of small business openings, substantial public realm and green space improvements, and increases in affordable housing. That new public school he promised is now a reality. When Jacob makes promises, he delivers on them, and those results will continue as Mayor.
Tom Hoch is a lifelong resident of Minneapolis. He was born in Minneapolis where he was raised as the fifth oldest of eleven children. He graduated from Washburn High School in Minneapolis, the same high school attended by his father.
After practicing law for two years, Tom joined the Minneapolis Community Development Agency, where he was involved in a variety of Downtown projects, including overseeing the restoration of the State Theatre and acquisition and initial operation of the Orpheum Theatre, which was acquired from singer/songwriter Bob Dylan.
Betsy Hodges was elected mayor of Minneapolis in 2013; she is only the second woman ever to serve as mayor. She ran and was elected on a platform of running the city well, growing the city for everyone, and eliminating the gaps between white people and people of color — and she has delivered.
She is co-owner and co-founder of Black Pearl, LLC, a multi-faceted company that provides business consulting, talent management, and public relations. In 2016, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Governor’s Commission on Martin Luther King Day. In 2015, she was named one of “40 Under 40” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In 2014, she was named a “Minnesota Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer and recognized as one of “50 Under 50 Most Influential Law Professors of Color in the Country” by Lawyers of Color Magazine. She formerly served as a law professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School for thirteen years, as president of the Minneapolis NAACP, and as an adviser to Black Lives Matter Minneapolis.
Aswar is Minneapolis through and through. Raised in Northeast and Northside, educated in South and Southwest, drilled in running businesses, sharpened by experiences in the Mayor’s Office and the Police Department.
Aswar’s experiences in Crime Prevention in Minneapolis reinforced his belief in the need of good government. By directing investments in high-crime areas, Aswar was able to create competitive athletic opportunities for youth in crime-heavy parts of Minneapolis. This showed remarkable results, and educated Aswar on the need for opportunity to counter societal ills.