MARCH 21, 2014....THE FOLLOWING PAGES, WHICH STILL CONTAIN CONTENT FROM THE 2013 MINNEAPLIS MAYORS RACE, ARE UNDER RECONSTRUCTION TO REFLECT MERRILL ANDERSON AS A POTENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR OF MINNESOTA...WHILE THE DECISION IS NOT QUITE FIRM, THE LIKELIHOOD OF A POSITIVE ANNOUNCEMENT WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK IS MORE THAN A POSSIBILITY. IN THE MEANTIME....READ THIS REMAINING MATERIAL AS THE HISTORY IT IS.
This narrative will be in first person....because I'm going to try to pull off a kind of cybermiracle, using the internet to get my message across despite the fact our local media has determined there are only 6 or 7 "real" candidates in this race and that we others of the 35 registered are just some kind of inept amateurs and wannabes....
A major reason I am running is to try, in our city at least, to break the stranglehold that machine politics have had on the majority of "cities of the first class" across the country, to all our disadvantage and for far too long.
Despite the War on Drugs, Great Society, Model Cities Program, the National Defense Highway Program, generations of bloc grants....trillions of dollars poured into these and a multitude of other Federal, State and Local Education initiatives.....Drug use is trending up again, core cities are losing population fast...community relations are worse than ever...jobs are like hens teeth...you just can't find them...and our education system is dumbing down our kids...not preparing them for the future. And the Political Machines, like dragons eating their own tails, keep eating up more and more money from the taxpayers...with the people who are in need getting the leftovers, the dregs, the excrement.
I was born in Minneapolis 7 decades ago. I've been on scene long enough to remember when we kept up our infrastructure and planned well for needed expansions. I remember a Minneapolis which got it's streets plowed curb to curb every winter and where the potholes were patched each spring and streets in need were repaved as required. We weren't sending so much money to Washington then and standing hat in hand begging for bits and pieces to come back.
I think I can shake up the machines (Both Dem and Republican ) sufficiently with a win that we will be able to regenerate and renew our "can do" spirit....drawing together all the wonderfully disparate elements that go into building and maintaining a great metropolis.
If it tickles your funny bone at all to shake up the powers that be....and think a fresh Mayor's team might be just the thing...then be one of my Volunteers...get on your computer and SHARE this site with every friend you can think of. It does't matter whether they live in town....this election is being watched around the world, by governments, politicians, sociologists...psychologists....because of the Ranked Choice Voting.
Let's give the political pros and pundits something to chew on for the next few decades....and make some history!
....Vote for Me....When I say what I'll do...I'll do what I say!