Over the past fours years, the Tenth Ward has had a Council Member who has brought balance and leadership in the most exciting times. The Tenth Ward is flourishing with development, new residents, thriving small businesses, and vibrant neighborhoods.
In a Letter to the Editor dated September 23rd, Sarah Sponheim denigrates Council Member Tuthill’s environmental positions. Ms. Sponheim’s statements are inaccurate.
Four years ago, with the support of businesses, renters, homeowners and the endorsement of the Sierra Club, Meg went on to win the Tenth Ward seat with 72% of the vote.
In her first term, Council Member Tuthill’s leadership has brought us the city’s single sort pilot program (now implemented citywide), buried power lines along the Greenway, completion of the Bryant Ave bike boulevard, and support for the first open streets event in Minneapolis.
Furthermore, Council Member Tuthill, stands with Park Board Commissioner Anita Tabb, in giving an ultimatum to a developer pumping groundwater discharge into the lagoon between Lakes Calhoun and Isles. That same developer, a large financial supporter of Tuthill’s opponent, is hugely disproportionate to Ms. Sponheim’s desire for “collaboration” in a council member. It is frankly the wrong type of collaboration.
Another term with Council Member Tuthill, Minneapolis will see the completion of a ban on commercial plastic bags. This is the environmental advocacy residents should expect in their Council Member.
Council Member Tuthill’s progressive leadership, ability to facilitate inclusive conversation, and her grassroots relationships is exactly type of Council Member the Tenth Ward needs.
I join the Firefighters Association, Minneapolis Police Federation, womenwinning, a full list of labor unions, and thousands of neighbors in supporting Meg Tuthill for Re-Election.