This is an open seat; long-time commissioner Toni Carter decided not to run again.
On the ballot:
Rena Moran is a state legislator who is endorsed by the DFL and basically every Democrat holding office in the area. Darryl “The Rev” Spence is a pastor who is endorsed by a bunch of cops.
I spent a bunch of time trying to determine whether Darryl’s church was a conservative church or a liberal church. It’s Baptist, which could go either way. After a lot of digging I still don’t really have an answer. They just don’t say much on their website about their stance on anything, at all. I will note they require masking at their services. Anyway, it doesn’t matter all that much since “she’s endorsed by all the Democrats and he’s endorsed by Sheriff Bob Fletcher” is sufficient reason to say, I would vote for Rena Moran.
In addition to writing political commentary, I write science fiction and fantasy. My book that came out in April 2021, Chaos on CatNet, takes place in a future Minneapolis. It’s a sequel to Catfishing on CatNet and signed copies of both books are usually available from Dreamhaven and the NOW REOPENED Uncle Hugo’s (it’s at 2716 E 31st St in Minneapolis, in the former Glass Endeavors.)
I do not have a Patreon or Ko-Fi, but you can make a donation to encourage my work! I get a lot of satisfaction watching fundraisers I highlight getting funded (or, in the case of the Movement Voter fundraiser, continuing to raise money past their goal). I explained back in May why I’m fundraising for the Movement Voter PAC and that fundraiser is still active.
I also went looking for a DonorsChoose fundraiser for a classroom in St. Paul and found an English teacher at Harding Senior High who would like snacks for her students. In her project intro, she notes, “With a new schedule this year, some students have to wait a very long time to eat lunch everyday. When students are hungry, they cannot focus and most students can’t afford to buy their own snacks.” This made me curious about their schedule. Some students at Harding don’t get to eat lunch until 1 p.m. School starts at 8:30. When I eat breakfast at 7:30 I’m ravenous by noon, never mind 1 p.m. Feeding kids is an absolute no-brainer, seriously.
(WordPress turned that last bit into a weirdly formatted mess, so I’m editing to see if that fixes it or makes it worse.)