/MAYOR.html) would save taxes by restricting vehicles five tons or heavier from city roads. He would aggressively add renewable-energy infrastructure such as solar collectors on "ugly south-facing sound [freeway] barriers." He would not prosecute people possessing small amounts of marijuana, opposes a Twins stadium and would sign a resolution against the Iraq War. He favors an "edible landscape" of fruit trees rather than "decorative trees" such as elms.
Marcus Harcus (www.marcusharcus.com) wants to stop abuses by police officers against citizens: "Minneapolis Police officers must truly work as 'peace officers,' or else they must be terminated or imprisoned." Harcus would also "promote and support widespread business prosperity, livable-wage employment and ongoing socially conscious contributions from businesses to local human development and environmental health." In addition, he would "establish a social wellness system of true justice for rental housing tenants by elevating the standards of habitability and accountability enforced in city rental properties."
Former Councilmember Richard "Dick" Franson (729-6752) prefers former alderman, a title he held from 1963 to 1965 in Ward 12. If his 21st run for office succeeds, the former Army First Sergeant also pledges to toughen drug laws, get the city's streets repaved with concrete, and to hire 200 new police officers. Franson, 76, said Minneapolis taxpayers wouldn't have to pay for the new cops; he would "jawbone" federal and state governments for the needed funding. He said he'll also repeal the city's antismoking ordinance and allow smoking in bars but not in restaurants.
Tim Nolan (871-7955, 229-9912, [email protected]), is running because he is angered about "R.T. Rybak's criminal cuts to police and fire." The 64-year-old Northeast Minneapolis resident and former volunteer firefighter moved this summer from Stevens Square because of the rising crime rate. A fifth-generation Minneapolitan, he said he also has a passion for fighting homelessness.
Ernie Brown (729-4030) ran for mayor in 2001 and is running again because of the need for more affordable housing. He said he wants to produce more reliable transportation for the elderly, such as his mother. He said if elected, he would drop the crime rate by watching who enters the city because offenders often live outside Minneapolis.
Gregory Groettum and Gerald Savage are not actively campaigning, and David Albert Alvarado had no listed address, working phone number or Web page and had not registered a campaign committee with Hennepin County.