I’ll admit to leaving assignments until the last minute. Here I am, writing this blog post right before the first deadline for the 2021 DFL caucus season. I kept hoping someone else with a commitment to defunding the police would run. I kept looking for someone the 12th ward could elect that would stand firm with those who are dedicated to defunding the police. I was waiting for a candidate that wouldn’t let the murder of George Floyd take a back seat to the fear. It’s a fear of change that retreats to the status quo of white comfort. It’s a fear that without police, terrible things will happen. It’s a fear that believes the violence of policing keeps bad people in line.
The 12th ward deserves a choice, and I suppose that will be me. I’ve got a lot to learn, and I hope you’ll take me to task and help me figure this out.