Some Background

Twenty years ago in 2001, I was a twenty-three-year-old candidate for Mayor of Minneapolis. I ran a protest campaign to publicly address issues like racial profiling and police brutality because I had been a victim of it here in my hometown, which traumatized, infuriated, and politicized me. In hindsight, sometimes I feel tempted to regret running as a protest candidate that year and again in 2005 because sometimes people (I don’t know) disparagingly refer to me as a failed perennial candidate. However, standing up and speaking out disruptively with dignity then helped me channel my young rage constructively and positively, so the efforts were worthwhile.