As a long time observer of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), I am concerned about the possible outcome of the Park Board election in November. The DFL slate endorsed at the DFL endorsing convention is, with two exceptions, an all-male slate.
Currently there are five women on the nine-member Park Board.
But at the DFL endorsing convention in July, 5th District incumbent Steffanie Musich was the only woman endorsed by the DFL. It was shocking that the DFL failed to endorse incumbents Liz Wielinski and Meg Forney, both experienced and highly qualified candidates. Liz also was a co-founder in 2004 of the influential ad-hoc group Park Watch. She will be retiring the end of the year as will be Anita Tabb and Annie Young.
So those voting the DFL slate will be voting for a MPRB with only one woman on it. It is surprising that the DFL has endorsed a male dominated slate without any regard for gender diversity.
Because of the DFL’s snubbing of women, Meg is running at-large without the DFL endorsement and so is LaTrisha Vetaw. Meg, LaTrisha and Steffanie are all endorsed by Women Winning.
I am hoping that Minneapolis voters will recognize the DFL’s failure to provide voters with a gender balanced slate and will vote with gender diversity in mind for the three qualified women candidates, Steffanie, LaTrisha and Meg.
Arlene Fried, co-founder of Park Watch