We're just one week out from one of the biggest election seasons in history and we've dumped it (sort of) for upcoming races. We just can't get enough of this idea of change! Bring it on!
Paul Thissen announced he will be running for Governor in 2010. Thissen has served in the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing south Minneapolis and Richfield, since 2002.
Bob Miller, director of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) also announced he will be running for Minneapolis mayor next year. More details below.
Here is Thissen's press release, published by the Pioneer Press:
November 11, 2008 PRESS RELEASE State Rep. Paul Thissen, who yesterday filed the papers to run for Governor of Minnesota in 2010, launched his new Web site today at www.paulthissen.com. A key feature of the Web site is the "Idea Board," a forum for Minnesotans of all walks of life to share ideas and discuss how we can move Minnesota forward together.
"Minnesota faces serious challenges ahead. We all know that. We must meet those challenges the way Minnesota always has -- with innovative leadership that offers fresh solutions and new ways of doing things," said Rep. Thissen. "That kind of openness to innovation and fresh thinking will be a central part of this campaign."
Experts from various fields will post short articles to the Idea Board outlining practical solutions to the problems we confront as a state. Visitors to the site can comment on or challenge the idea. More important, ordinary citizens can offer their own ideas for consideration.
"I have traveled to all corners of Minnesota in the last several months and I witnessed first hand the wealth of great ideas and insights that there is out there. If we really want to rebuild this state and restore our citizens trust in government and its leaders, we need to trust Minnesotans and take their ideas seriously," commented Rep. Thissen. "We can no longer operate government as a top-down institution. The world has changed. People rightly demand that government listen to and respect their insight. The Idea Board is an important step in that direction."
The initial posts on the Idea Board include Kathryn Roberts of Ecumen writing on transforming how we pay for long-term care; Jay Kiedrowski on Minnesota's unstable budget; Jill Wolf, Economic Development Director for Luverne, Minnesota, describing collaborative partnerships in rural Minnesota and Amy Dawson on health coverage for children with autism.
More about Miller's announcement, from Southwest Journal:
An e-mail sent earlier today says Miller believes the neighborhoods and residents of Minneapolis are being ignored at the city government level and that the city's finances need to be reexamined and more carefully managed.
Miller has been an outspoken critic of the city's new direction with NRP, which was approved by the City Council in September. It eliminates the current NRP body -- which Miller heads -- and replaces it with a department that answers directly to the city coordinator.
Who else is brave enough to step forward so soon and deal with a year or two of criticism?