As residents of Minneapolis, we are deeply invested in the future of our city. We urgently need a pro-active City Council who will move our progressive values forward. That’s why we’re endorsing Jillia Pessenda in Ward One.
As Minneapolis legislators in the Minnesota House and Senate, we know Jillia has been actively involved in improving the quality of life for many and diverse communities throughout the state. At this time four years ago, Jillia was working for Project 515 in support of the bill we co-authored for the freedom to marry for same sex couples -- families like ours. A year later, as a staff member at OutFront Minnesota, Jillia was back at the Capitol advocating for the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, which provides protections for all students, including those who identify as LGBTQ. Prior to that, Jillia was an advocate at the Minnesota legislature in 2012 and fought to protect homeowners from unjust foreclosures.
For me (Karen), I greatly appreciate the work Jillia did as a co-founder of California Street Farm, in collaboration with the Land Stewardship Project, to change city-zoning laws to allow urban agriculture and market gardens. When elected as the Ward One City Council Member, I trust Jillia will be the strong advocate we need for the Green Zone Policy Initiative, including urban farming and food justice, which is focused on mitigating the negative impact low-income communities and people of color experience in neighborhoods that are overburdened by environmental conditions such as traffic and industrial pollution as well as “food deserts”. Jillia will prioritize people over big business.
As the past chair and present ranking minority member of the Senate Committee on Transportation, Finance and Policy, I (Scott) trust that Jillia will not just promote and vote for policies like Complete Streets, she will take the action necessary to implement them. Jillia will fight for the kind of investments in transportation that will deliver on an agenda for equity and opportunity that everyone in Ward One and across Minneapolis deserves.
Jillia’s grassroots, people-powered campaign is empowering and engaging community members across Ward One. We believe that we will all benefit greatly from her principled leadership at City Hall.
Rep. Karen Clark & Sen. Scott Dibble