Thank You!

11/6/2013

I am deeply honored and humbled to have been elected to represent the residents and businesses of Ward 12 as your next city council member.

This victory is not mine – it is ours. Together we built a grassroots campaign that was centered on bettering our community. We had thousands of conversations with residents, walked hundreds of miles, and went down every block several times over. We elevated issues no other campaign was talking about, such as government transparency. We brought attention to and helped change antiquated ordinances. We identified and developed community leaders. And we ran a positive and inclusive campaign.

I want to thank everyone who believed in me and saw themselves and their values reflected in what I stand for. My incredible staff, both current and former, who dedicated themselves to this campaign: Ilhan Omar, Chris Meyer, Wil Bernstrom, Kay Dubble, Patty Day, Sam Savage, Louis Garcia, Jesse Winkler, Danielle Augustson, and Christian Torkelson. I want to thank all of our incredible volunteers who kept us going and, in many cases, stepped outside their comfort zone by knocking on the doors of strangers to engage them in important discussions on the issues our city faces. Your courage and willingness to help have been inspiring, and I am proud to call you my friends. I want to thank our donors who gave what they could to keep us going. I want to thank all the wonderful elected officials and organizations that supported me and actively helped us win. And of course, I want to thank the voters of Ward 12 who, at the end of the day, gave me the opportunity to spend the next four years doing what I love most in life – working to better our community and city.

I want to thank our opponents who ran good campaigns. It’s not easy doing this… there are many stressful nights, an incredible amount of time and energy dedicated, and you have to put yourself out there and your reputation on the line. Their efforts meant a greater dialogue for residents, more engagement, and diversity of options. I thank them for their efforts and interest in working on behalf of the community, and I hope to have the chance to work with them over the next four years.

Finally, I want to thank Council Member Sandy Colvin Roy. She has accomplished much for our city and ward, and she deserves not only our respect, but recognition for her years of public service. I wish her all the best and look forward to working with her in the future.

This has been a historic election in many regards, as a new generation steps up and brings forth their ideas, energy, and passion. I hope you are as excited as I am! What a journey it has been over the past nine months. But now the real work begins.

I can’t promise we’ll always agree. In fact, I am bound to disappoint some of you on some votes here and there. But what I can promise you is this: I will always put the people of our ward and city first. I will be true to my progressive values. I will listen to you and carefully weigh and consider all sides of an issue with an open mind. I will tell you where I stand on issues and why I believe in the votes I take and the work I do. I will be available and accessible. I will be a strong partner to our neighborhood associations. And most importantly, I will work tirelessly on behalf of our residents to make our community even better than it already is.

Thank you for the opportunity, privilege, and pleasure to serve.
Yours,


Andrew Johnson
Minneapolis City Council Member Elect (Ward 12)

P.S. – Special thanks to my mom, Lynn. It’s no easy task being a single parent, especially without a big family or siblings to support you. I know it was stressful at times. I also know you couldn’t be prouder of the man I have become, and over the course of this campaign, when I ran into single parents who talked with me about the hardships of raising a child alone, I told them what a fine job you did and encouraged them to have faith in their own abilities.