- First, the current mayor has been in the job since 1995.
- Over the last month or so, I've seen an anecdotal rise in crime. Graffitti, a violent incident in a neighbor's yard and stolen cars being deposited on our street have all suddenly become a part of life here. These are the first incidents I've seen since moving here and my other neighbors who've lived here for 18 years say that it's always been quiet without incidents. I want to do some more digging to see if this is just anecdotal or is backed by stats, but my gut says it's a real rise. The parade shouldn't be the only time we see the police cars roll through the neighborhood.
- I think the ways that Brooklyn Center has used eminent domain is an abuse. One incident (that I won't cover right now as I don't yet have all of the facts) comes to mind that is not only an abuse of the policy, but seems to have targetted an immigrant business specifically.
- I want to go through the process and document it for others to read and understand.
- It only costs $5 to file and run. That makes the barrier of entry low. I do want to win, but even if I lose, it's a reasonable experiment and a good way to show the process from the inside.
Those things are the impetus for my candidacy, but I'll be spending the coming months making my positions/platform clearer as I get a better handle on the scope of authority for mayor.
I'll be filing as a member of the Independence party when I finish going through the paperwork and making sure everything is squared up.
I'm also going to run this campaign without spending money. I'm curious how far I'll get using only free tools and will be sharing the details of how this whole thing works.
FYI, Brooklyn Center is about 30,000 people an located just north of Minneapolis proper. And, since a couple of people have asked when I mentioned this in conversations in person, Jesse Ventura was mayor of the neighboring suburb: Brooklyn Park before running for governor.
Now I just need to read through the piles of campaign regulations to make sure I don't run afoul of anything accidentally. Then, it's down to the city office after work to plop down my Abe Lincoln and become an official candidate.